Sedgefield (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Sedgefield in County Durham.
Location of County Durham within England.
|Electorate||67,386 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Phil Wilson (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Durham, Durham North West, Easington and Bishop Auckland|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||Bishop Auckland,
|European Parliament constituency||North East England|
Labour have held Sedgefield since 1935. From 1983 to 2007, the constituency was represented by Tony Blair, who became leader of the party in 1994, and Prime Minister in 1997. Blair resigned as the MP for the constituency and as Prime Minister in 2007, triggering a by-election which returned the current MP.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
Upon its abolishment for the February 1974 General Election, the constituency included: The urban district of Billingham, the rural districts of Darlington and Sedgefield, and the rural district of Stockton (excluding Norton, Elton, Preston-on-Tees, Dalton Piercy, Greatham and Seaton).
1983-1997: The District of Sedgefield wards of Bishop Middleham, Broom, Chilton, Cornforth, Ferryhill, Fishburn, Low Spennymoor and Tudhoe Grange, Middlestone, New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange, Old Trimdon, Sedgefield, Spennymoor, and Tudhoe, the District of Easington wards of Deaf Hill, Hutton Henry, Thornley, Wheatley Hill, and Wingate, and the Borough of Darlington wards of Heighington, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Sadberge, and Whessoe.
1997-2010: The District of Sedgefield wards of Bishop Middleham, Broom, Chilton, Cornforth, Ferryhill, Fishburn, Middridge, Neville, New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange, Old Trimdon, Sedgefield, Shafto, Simpasture, West, and Woodham, the District of Easington wards of Deaf Hill, Hutton Henry, Thornley, Wheatley Hill, and Wingate, and the Borough of Darlington wards of Heighington, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Sadberge, and Whessoe.
2010-present: The Borough of Sedgefield wards of Bishop Middleham and Cornforth, Broom, Chilton, Ferryhill, Fishburn and Old Trimdon, Greenfield Middridge, Neville and Simpasture, New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange, Sedgefield, Shafto St Mary's, West, and Woodham, the District of Easington wards of Thornley and Wheatley Hill, and Wingate, and the Borough of Darlington wards of Heighington and Coniscliffe, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Sadberge, and Whessoe.
Proposed constituency changes
Under proposed constituency changes announced in September 2016, the constituency will be abolished. The proposals, if accepted, are expected to take effect in 2018. The majority of the area of the current constituency is proposed to be included in a new "East Durham" constituency, including Newton Aycliffe, Chilton, Sedgefield, Trimdon and Wheatley Hill. The major differences between the current Sedgefield constituency and the proposed East Durham are: (1) the loss of most of the south of the constituency around Darlington to an extended Darlington constituency covering the entire Borough of Darlington (2) the loss of Ferryhill in the west of the constituency to an altered Bishop Auckland constituency (3) the gain of the area around Coxhoe from the current City of Durham constituency (4) the gain of an area containing Haswell, Shotton Colliery, Castle Eden and Blackhall Colliery from the current Easington constituency (5) the gain of an area around Hart village from the current Hartlepool constituency.
Sedgefield was recreated in 1983. Its member from 1983 until 27 June 2007 was Tony Blair, who led a successful campaign for his party to win in a landslide in 1997 and thereafter served for ten years as the Prime Minister, leading the campaigns in two subsequent elections. This was the first triple term for the Labour Party. Blair resigned as a Member of Parliament on the same day as he resigned as Prime Minister, which triggered a by-election.
Sedgefield has a long mining history (extracting coal, fluorspar and iron ore) and very strong affiliation to the Labour Party, with nearly monolithic support in parts of the constituency. The area contains a mixture of former coal country in the area around Trimdon and more industrial areas around the new town of Newton Aycliffe. The construction of a new Hitachi factory created 730 jobs in the town . There are more also prosperous parts of the constituency that form the bulk of the Conservative vote - for example the ancient market town of Sedgefield itself, with a charter dating back to 1312. The outer suburbs of Darlington are also relatively wealthy, for instance Hurworth-on-Tees where unemployment stands at just 1.0% .
- In statistics
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of two local government districts with similar characteristics: a working population whose average income is lower than the national average and close to average reliance upon social housing. At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 5.0% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 5.5%.
The local authority contributing to the bulk of the seat has a middling 27.2% of its population without a car, a high 27.5% of the population without qualifications and a medium 21.5% with level 4 qualifications or above. Darlington has 28% of its population without a car, 24.8% of the population without qualifications and a medium 23.7% with level 4 qualifications or above
In terms of tenure 65.8% of County Durham homes and 64.9% of Darlington homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||constituency abolished|
|1983||Rt Hon. Tony Blair||Labour||Leader of the Labour Party 1994–2007, Prime Minister 1997–2007|
|2007 by-election||Phil Wilson||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Psallidas||797||1.9||1.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Glenn||1,370||3.5||−16.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Thompson||8,033||20.0||+8.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Gregory Stone||5,572||19.9||+8.0|
|English Democrat||Stephen Gash||177||0.6||N/A|
|Christian Vote||Tim Grainger||177||0.6||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Alan Hope||129||0.5||+0.1|
|Anti Crime||Norman Scarth||34||0.1||N/A|
|Labour||Rt Hon Tony Blair||24,421||58.9||−6.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Robert Woodthorpe Browne||4,935||11.9||+2.9|
|National Front||Mark Farrell||253||0.6||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Melodie Staniforth||157||0.4||N/A|
|Blair Must Go Party||Jonathan McQueen Cockburn||103||0.2||N/A|
|Senior Citizens Party||Terence Pattinson||97||0.2||N/A|
|UK Pensioners Party||Cherri Gilham||82||0.2||N/A|
|Labour||Rt Hon Tony Blair||26,110||64.9||−6.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Duffield||3,624||9.0||+2.5|
|Socialist Labour||Brian Gibson||518||1.3||+0.3|
|Rock 'n' Roll Loony||Christopher Anthony Peter Driver||375||0.9||N/A|
|Independent||Miss Helen John||260||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Elizabeth Mary Alice Pitman||8,383||17.8||−11.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Ronald Walter Alexander Leslie Beadle||3,050||6.5||−4.1|
|Socialist Labour||Brian Gibson||474||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative||Nicholas Mark Fletcher Jopling||13,594||28.9||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Gary Garry Huntington||4,982||10.6||−5.5|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Nigel Bligh Spencer Hawkins||12,907||27.9||−1.3|
|Social Democratic||Ralph Irving Andrew||7,477||16.1||−6.5|
|Conservative||Gavin Tobias Alexander Winterbottom Horton||13,120||29.2||N/A|
|Social Democratic||David Louden Shand||10,183||22.6||N/A|
|Independent||Maurice Ekegren Logan-Salton||298||0.7||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Arthur Albert Beck||24,036||39.5||+4.1|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Cyril Frank Thring||18,620||35.4||-4.1|
|Conservative||Cyril Frank Thring||20,931||39.3||-2.2|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Dudley Fitz Mowbray Appleby||21,771||41.5||+1.2|
|Conservative||Dudley Fitz Mowbray Appleby||18,368||40.3||+2.6|
|Conservative||Eric H Harrison||17,095||37.7||+0.2|
|Labour||Joseph Slater||27,946||62.5||- 1.3|
|Conservative||John Erskine Scott Walford||16,782||37.5||+ 1.3|
Elections in the 1940s
|Labour||John Robert Leslie||27,051||63.8||+ 11.5|
|Conservative||John Erskine Scott Walford||15,360||36.2||- 11.5|
Elections in the 1930s
|Labour||John Robert Leslie||20,375||52.3||+ 11.1|
|Conservative||Roland Jennings||18,604||47.7||- 11.1|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Conservative||Roland Jennings||21,956||58.8||+ 19.3|
|Labour||John Herriotts||15,404||41.2||- 6.5|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour||John Herriotts||15,749||47.7||+ 0.4|
|Unionist||Leonard Ropner||13,043||39.5||- 13.2|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing|
|Unionist||Leonard Ropner||13,968||52.7||+ 2.7|
|Labour||John Herriotts||12,552||47.3||- 2.7|
|Unionist||Leonard Ropner||11,093||50.0||+ 9.5|
|Labour||John Herriotts||11,087||50.0||+ 6.4|
|Unionist gain from Labour||Swing||+1.6|
|Labour||John Herriotts||9,756||43.6||+ 6.8|
|Unionist||Eli Waddington||9,067||40.5||- 1.6|
|Liberal||C. H. Brown||3,561||15.9||- 5.2|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing|
Elections in the 1910s
|Liberal||Charles Walter Starmer||3,333||21.1||N/A|
- endorsed by Coalition Government
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "'Sedgefield', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- Statutory Instrument 1970 No. 1674 The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 (Coming into force 25 November 1970)
- "(36) Proposed East Durham seat". Initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries in the North East (Report). Boundary Commission for England. September 2016. p. 14.
- Blair resigns as prime minister, BBC News, 27 June 2007
- Newton Aycliffe's Hitachi train plant opens
- Tees Valley Ward Statistics
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2011 census interactive maps Archived 2016-01-29 at the Wayback Machine.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)
- "Sedgefield constituency General Election 2017 - parties, candidates and the history of the seat". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Sedgefield". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Sedgefield". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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