Stockton South (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Stockton South in Cleveland.
Location of Cleveland within England.
|Electorate||74,521 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe|
|Member of Parliament||James Wharton (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby|
|European Parliament constituency||North East England|
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, slightly set back with docks then open meadows, are the towns of Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, and Ingleby Barwick. The curved meander of the southwestern border is the Tees which bisects this constituency.
- 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.
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.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Stockton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Jacquie Bell||7,600||15.1||−1.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||−7.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Stockton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Barker||7,171||16.0||+2.4|
|General Election 2001: Stockton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Suzanne Fletcher||6,012||13.6||+4.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Lawrence Coombes||455||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Stockton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Monck||4,721||9.2||−5.8|
|Referendum Party||John Horner||400||0.8||+0.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Stockton South|
|Labour||John McKay Scott||25,049||39.8||+8.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs Kay R. Kirkham||9,410||15.0||−18.8|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Stockton South|
|Social Democrat||Ian Wrigglesworth||20,059||33.7||−3.1|
|Labour||John McKay Scott||18,600||31.3||+5.0|
|Conservative gain from Social Democrat||Swing|
|General Election 1983: Stockton South|
|Social Democrat||Ian Wrigglesworth||19,550||36.8||N/A|
|Social Democrat win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.