List of Parliamentary constituencies in County Durham
The county of Durham, together with the now separate unitary authority of Darlington, is divided into 7 Parliamentary constituencies – 1 Borough constituency in Darlington and 6 County constituencies. All the parliamentary seats are controlled, as of 2017, by the Labour Party.
|Constituency[nb 1]||Electorate||Majority[nb 2]||Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Electoral wards||Map|
|Bishop Auckland CC||67,661||502||Helen Goodman‡||Christopher Harrison||Durham County Council: Barnard Castle East, Barnard Castle North, Barnard Castle West, Bishop Auckland Town, Barningham and Ovington, Byerley, Cockfield, Cockton Hill, Cotherstone with Lartington, Coundon, Dene Valley, Eggleston, Escomb, Etherley, Evenwood, Gainford and Winston, Greta, Hamsterley and South Bedburn, Henknowle, Ingleton, Lynesack, Low Spennymoor and Tudhoe Grange, Middlestone, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Ramshaw and Lands, Romaldkirk, Spennymoor, Startforth, Streatlam and Whorlton, Sunnydale, Thickley, Tudhoe. West Auckland, Woodhouse Close.|
|City of Durham CC||71,132||12,364||Roberta Blackman-Woods‡||Christopher Lawrie||Durham County Council: Bearpark and Witton Gilbert, Belmont, Brancepeth, Langley Moor and Meadowfield, Brandon, Carrville and Gilesgate Moor, Cassop-cum-Quarrington, Coxhoe, Crossgate and Framwelgate, Deerness, Elvet, Framwellgate Moor, Neville’s Cross, New Brancepeth and Ushaw Moor, Newton Hall North, Newton Hall South, Pelaw and Gilesgate, Pittington and West Rainton, St Nicholas, Shadforth and Sherburn, Shincliffe.|
|Darlington BC||66,341||3,280||Jenny Chapman‡||Peter Cuthbertson||Darlington Borough Council: Bank Top, Central, Cockerton East, Cockerton West, College, Eastbourne, Faverdale, Harrowgate Hill, Haughton East, Haughton North, Haughton West, Hummersknott, Lascelles, Lingfield, Mowden, Northgate, North Road, Park East, Park West, Pierremont.|
|Easington CC||62,385||14,892||Grahame Morris‡||Barney Campbell||Durham County Council: Acre Rigg, Blackhalls, Dawdon, Dene House, Deneside, Easington Colliery, Easington Village and South Hetton, Eden Hill, Haswell and Shotton, Horden North, Horden South, Howletch, Hutton Henry, Murton East, Murton West, Passfield,
Seaham Harbour, Seaham North.
|North Durham CC||66,970||12,939||Kevan Jones‡||Laetitia Glossop||Durham County Council: Annfield Plain, Bournmoor, Catchgate, Chester Central, Chester East, Chester North, Chester South, Chester West, Craghead and South Stanley, Edmondsley and Waldridge, Grange Villa and West Pelton, Havannah, Kimblesworth and Plawsworth, Lumley, North Lodge, Ouston, Pelton, Pelton Fell, Sacriston, South Moor, Stanley Hall, Tanfield, Urpeth.|
|North West Durham CC||71,918||8,792||Laura Pidcock‡||Sally Ann-Hart||Durham County Council: Benfieldside, Blackhill, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Castleside, Consett East, Consett North, Consett South, Cornsay, Crook North, Crook South, Delves Lane, Dipton, Ebchester and Medomsley, Esh, Howden, Hunwick, Lanchester, Leadgate, St John’s Chapel, Stanhope, Tow Law and Stanley, Wheatbottom and Helmington Row, Willington Central, Willington West End, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear.|
|Sedgefield CC||63,889||6,059||Phil Wilson‡||Dehenna Davidson||Durham County Council: Bishop Middleham and Cornforth, Broom, Chilton, Ferryhill, Fishburn and Old Trimdon, Greenfield Middridge, Neville and Simpasture, New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange, Sedgefield, Shafto St Marys, Thornley and Wheatley Hill, West, Wingate, Woodham. Darlington Borough Council: Heighington and Coniscliffe, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Sadberge and Whessoe.|
The Boundary Commission for England decided to retain these 7 constituencies for the 2010 election, with minor changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce electoral disparity.
|Name||Pre-2010 Boundaries||Post-2010 Boundaries|
Changes proposed for 2022
As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies the Boundary Commission for England has proposed the following constituencies to cover County Durham and Darlington.
- Billingham and Sedgefield
- Bishop Auckland
- City of Durham and Easington
- Houghton and Seaham
- North Durham
- North West Durham
|Year||Labour Party||Conservative Party||Total|
|2017||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|2015||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|2010||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|2005||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|2001||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|1997||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|1992||7 (100%)||0 (0%)||7|
|1987||6 (86%)||1 (14%)||7|
|1983||6 (86%)||1 (14%)||7|
Historical results by party
A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.
1885 to 1918
|Constituency||1885||1886||88||90||91||1892||93||1895||98||1900||03||04||1906||07||Jan 10||10||Dec 10||12||13||14||15||16||17||18|
|Durham North West||Atherley-Jones||Williams|
|Darlington||Fry||A. Pease||H. Pease||Lincoln||H. Pease||→|
|Durham South East||Havelock-Allan||Havelock-Allan||Richardson||Havelock-Allan||Richardson||Lambton||Hayward|
|Barnard Castle||J. Pease||Henderson|
|The Hartlepools||Richardson||Richardson||C. Furness||Richardson||C. Furness||S. Furness1||Runciman|
|Jarrow||C. Palmer||Curran||G. Palmer|
1918 to 1950
1950 to 1983
|Constituency||1950||1951||53||1955||55||56||1959||62||1964||1966||1970||73||Feb 74||Oct 74||1979||1981||83||Status in April 1974 reform|
|Blaydon||Whiteley||Woof||McWilliam||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Chester-le-Street||Bartley||Pentland||Radice||Part was transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Durham North West||Murray||Ainsley||E. Armstrong||Remained|
|Gateshead East||Moody||Conlan||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Houghton-le-Spring||Blyton||Urwin||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Jarrow||Fernyhough||Dixon||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Sedgefield||Slater||Reed||Abolished Feb 1974|
|South Shields||Chuter Ede||Blenkinsop||Clark||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Sunderland North||Willey||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Gateshead West||Hall||Randall||Horam||→||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
|Stockton-on-Tees||Chetwynd||Rodgers||→||Transferred to Cleveland|
|The Hartlepools||Jones||Kerans||Leadbitter||Transferred to Cleveland, named Hartlepool from Feb 1974|
|Sunderland South||Ewart||Williams||Bagier||Transferred to Tyne and Wear|
1983 to present
|City of Durham||Hughes||Steinberg||Blackman-Woods|
|North West Durham||E. Armstrong||H. Armstrong||Glass||Pidcock|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Cleveland for Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in the North East (region)
- BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
- The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, page 4". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007
- "Boundary Commission for England Final Recommendations Volume 1" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 16 September 2018.