Stockton South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°31′23″N 1°19′19″W / 54.523°N 1.322°W / 54.523; -1.322

Stockton South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stockton South in Cleveland.
Outline map
Location of Cleveland within England.
County Cleveland
Electorate 74,521 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament James Wharton (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Stockton South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by James Wharton, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Stockton South consists of the south-western half of Stockton-on-Tees and on the same bank, upstream, the town of Eaglescliffe – on the southern bank of the River Tees, are the towns of Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, and Ingleby Barwick.

History[edit]

The seat was formed from a combination of Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby in 1987, predominantly as a replacement to the latter seat.

Political history

More "middle-class" than neighbouring Stockton North, and first held by the former SDP-Liberal Alliance very narrowly in 1983, then by a Conservative from 1987 for the next ten years, the seat acted as a bellwether in Labour's landslide in 1997 and its member Dari Taylor retained until the 2010 general election when the Conservative, James Wharton narrowly won the seat. It was the Conservative Party's only gain in the North East. The Labour Party have nominated Louise Baldock as their candidate for the next election.

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 lower than the North East average of 5.7% but higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Ian Wrigglesworth SDP
1987 Tim Devlin Conservative
1997 Dari Taylor Labour
2010 James Wharton Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Louise Baldock
Conservative James Wharton
UKIP Edward Strike
General Election 2010: Stockton South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Wharton 19,577 38.9 +4.7
Labour Dari Taylor 19,245 38.3 −9.4
Liberal Democrat Jacquie Bell 7,600 15.1 −1.0
BNP Neil Sinclair 1,553 3.1 +3.1
UKIP Peter Braney 1,471 2.9 +0.9
Independent Yvonne Hossack 536 1.1 +1.1
Christian Ted Strike 302 0.6 +0.6
Majority 332 0.7
Turnout 50,284 67.4 +4.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing −7.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dari Taylor 21,480 47.8 −5.2
Conservative James Gaddas 15,341 34.1 +1.7
Liberal Democrat Mike Barker 7,171 16.0 +2.4
UKIP Sandra Allison 931 2.1 N/A
Majority 6,139 13.7
Turnout 44,923 63.0 +0.1
Labour hold Swing −3.5
General Election 2001: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dari Taylor 23,414 53.0 −2.3
Conservative Tim Devlin 14,328 32.4 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Fletcher 6,012 13.6 +4.5
Socialist Alliance Lawrence Coombes 455 1.0 N/A
Majority 9,086 20.6
Turnout 44,209 62.9 −13.1
Labour hold Swing −0.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dari Taylor 28,790 56.3 +16.5
Conservative Tim Devlin 17,205 33.7 −11.5
Liberal Democrat Peter Monck 4,721 9.2 −5.8
Referendum Party John Horner 400 0.8 +0.8
Majority 11,585 22.7
Turnout 51,116 74.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Stockton South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Devlin 28,418 45.2 +10.2
Labour John McKie Scott 25,049 39.8 +8.6
Liberal Democrat Mrs Kay R. Kirkham 9,410 15.0 −18.8
Majority 3,369 5.4 +4.1
Turnout 62,877 82.8 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Devlin 20,833 35.0 −1.6
Social Democratic Ian Wrigglesworth 20,059 33.7 −3.1
Labour John McKie Scott 18,600 31.3 +5.0
Majority 774 1.3
Turnout 59,492 79.0 +6.9
Conservative gain from Social Democratic Swing
General Election 1983: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democratic Ian Wrigglesworth 19,550 36.8 N/A
Conservative Tom Finnegan 19,448 36.6 N/A
Labour Frank Griffiths 13,998 26.3 N/A
Independent D. Fern 205 0.4 N/A
Majority 102 0.2 N/A
Turnout 53,201 72.1 N/A
Social Democratic win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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