Stockton South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Stockton South in Cleveland
Location of Cleveland within England
|County||County Durham, North Yorkshire|
|Major settlements||Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe|
|Member of Parliament||Paul Williams (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby, Easington and Richmond (Yorks)|
|European Parliament constituency||North East England|
The seat is one of five won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of six covering the nearby set of local authorities (which each are considered separately by the Boundary Commission in so far as possible without causing great electorate (number of electors) disparity, a concept known as strong malapportionment). Williams' 2017 win was one of 30 net gains of the Labour Party.
The seat has been relative to others a marginal seat since 2005 as well as a swing seat as its winner's majority has not exceeded 9.7% of the vote since the 13.7% majority won in that year. The seat has changed hands twice since that year.
1983–1997: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Bishopsgarth, Egglescliffe, Fairfield, Grangefield, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Mandale, Parkfield, Preston, Stainsby, Victoria, Village, and Yarm, and the Borough of Middlesbrough wards of Ayresome, Brookfield, and Kader.
1997–2010: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Bishopsgarth, Egglescliffe, Elm Tree, Fairfield, Grangefield, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Mandale, Parkfield, Preston, Stainsby, Victoria, Village, and Yarm. The three Middlesbrough wards were transferred to the redrawn Middlesbrough constituency.
2010–present: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree, Eaglescliffe, Fairfield, Grangefield, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick East, Ingleby Barwick West, Mandale and Victoria, Parkfield and Oxbridge, Stainsby Hill, Thornaby-on-Tees, and Yarm.
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.
- 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 it 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, with Wharton substantially increasing his majority in the 2015 general election. However, Labour's victory in the seat in 2017 saw the seat's 30 year status as a bellwether constituency come to an end.
Based on ONS data, workless claimants and registered jobseekers, were in May 2017 lower than the North East average of 5.9% and also lower than the national average of 4.6%, at 3.4% of the population.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Drew Durning||951||1.8||-0.9|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Drew Durning||1,366||2.6||-12.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Jacquie Bell||7,600||15.1||−1.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||−7.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Barker||7,171||16.0||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Suzanne Fletcher||6,012||13.6||+4.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Lawrence Coombes||455||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Monck||4,721||9.2||−5.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+14.0|
|Labour||John McKie Scott||25,049||39.8||+8.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Kay R. Kirkham||9,410||15.0||−18.8|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Ian Wrigglesworth||20,059||33.7||−3.1|
|Labour||John McKie Scott||18,600||31.3||+5.0|
|Conservative gain from Social Democratic||Swing|
|Social Democratic||Ian Wrigglesworth||19,550||36.8||N/A|
|Social Democratic win (new seat)|
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