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Darlington (UK Parliament constituency)

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created for the 1868 election[n 2] and covers the market town of Darlington in County Durham. The seat has been held by all three major parties in its long existence, but has been a marginal constituency between the Labour and Conservative parties in the years since the Second World War. Labour have held the seat since 1992 with their candidate Jenny Chapman winning the seat in 2010 with a 3,388 majority down from 10,404 in the previous election. In 2015, her majority over the Conservatives fell to 3,158.

BoundariesEdit

1918-1983: The County Borough of Darlington.

1983-2010: The Borough of Darlington wards of Bank Top, Central, Cockerton East, Cockerton West, College, Eastbourne North, Eastbourne South, Harrowgate Hill, Haughton East, Haughton West, Hummersknott, Lascelles, Lingfield, Mowden, Northgate North, Northgate South, North Road, Park East, Park West, and Pierremont.

2010–present: The Borough of Darlington wards of 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, and Pierremont.

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit


Next UK General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jenny Chapman
Conservative Peter Gibson
General election 2017: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jenny Chapman[3] 22,681 50.6 +7.7
Conservative Peter Cuthbertson[4] 19,401 43.3 +8.1
UKIP Kevin Brack 1,180 2.6 −10.5
Liberal Democrat Anne-Marie Curry 1,031 2.3 −2.5
Green Matthew Snedker 524 1.2 −2.3
Majority 3,280 7.3 −0.5
Turnout 44,817 67.6 +5.1
Labour hold Swing −0.2
General election 2015: Darlington[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jenny Chapman 17,637 42.9 +3.5
Conservative Peter Cuthbertson[6] 14,479 35.2 +3.7
UKIP David Hodgson[7] 5,392 13.1 +10.3
Liberal Democrat Anne-Marie Curry[8] 1,966 4.8 −18.6
Green Michael Cherrington[9] 1,444 3.5 N/A
TUSC Alan Docherty [10] 223 0.5 N/A
Majority 3,158 7.7 −0.2
Turnout 41,141 62.5 +0.6
Labour hold Swing −0.1

In the 2015 election, 89 ballot papers were issued omitting the UKIP candidate before the error was corrected.[11]

General election 2010: Darlington[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jenny Chapman 16,891 39.4 −13.0
Conservative Edward Legard 13,503 31.5 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Mike Barker 10,046 23.4 +4.9
BNP Amanda Foster 1,262 2.9 N/A
UKIP Charlotte Bull 1,194 2.8 +0.9
Majority 3,388 7.9
Turnout 42,896 61.9 +1.6
Labour hold Swing −9.2

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Darlington[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Milburn 20,643 52.4 −3.9
Conservative Anthony Frieze 10,239 26.0 −4.3
Liberal Democrat Robert Adamson 7,269 18.5 +7.6
UKIP John Hoodless 730 1.9 N/A
Veritas David Davies 507 1.3 N/A
Majority 10,404 26.4
Turnout 39,388 60.3 −1.7
Labour hold Swing +0.2
General election 2001: Darlington[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Milburn 22,479 56.3 −5.2
Conservative Tony Richmond 12,095 30.3 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Robert Adamson 4,358 10.9 +3.7
Socialist Alliance Alan Docherty 469 1.2 N/A
Independent Craig Platt 269 0.7 N/A
Socialist Labour Amanda Rose 229 0.6 N/A
Majority 10,384 26.0
Turnout 39,899 62.0 −11.9
Labour hold Swing −3.6

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Darlington[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Milburn 29,658 61.6 +13.5
Conservative Peter Scrope 13,633 28.3 −14.7
Liberal Democrat Leslie Boxell 3,483 7.2 −1.1
Referendum Michael Blakey 1,399 2.9 N/A
Majority 16,025 33.3
Turnout 48,172 73.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 1992: Darlington[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Milburn 26,556 48.1 +6.5
Conservative Michael Fallon 23,758 43.0 −3.6
Liberal Democrat Peter Bergg 4,586 8.3 −3.5
BNP Donald Clarke 355 0.6 N/A
Majority 2,798 5.1 +0.1
Turnout 55,255 83.6 +2.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.0

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Darlington[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Fallon 24,831 46.6 +2.0
Labour Ossie O'Brien 22,170 41.6 +3.8
Liberal Arthur Collinge 6,289 11.8
Majority 2,661 5.0
Turnout 53,290 80.8
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Darlington[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Fallon 22,434 44.6
Labour Ossie O'Brien 18,996 37.8
Social Democratic Ray Dutton 8,737 17.4
Christian Democratic Party A.H. Clark 108 0.2
Majority 3,438 6.8
Turnout 50,275 80.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
1983 Darlington by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ossie O'Brien 20,544 39.5 −6.0
Conservative Michael Fallon 18,132 34.9 −8.5
Social Democratic Anthony Cook 12,735 24.5 +14.3
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 374 0.7 N/A
Independent Arthur Clark 164 0.3 N/A
Tactical Voting Annihilates Bennite Tatchellites Thomas Keen 27 0.1 N/A
Yoga and Meditation Jitendra Bardwaj 15 0.0 N/A
Republican Peter Smith 10 0.0 N/A
Majority 2,412 4.6 +2.5
Turnout 52,001
Labour hold Swing +1.25

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General election 1979: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 22,565 45.52 +0.0
Conservative Timothy Kirkhope 21,513 43.39 +5.8
Liberal K. Walker 5,054 10.19 −6.4
National Front H. Outhwaite 444 0.90 N/A
Majority 1,052 2.12 −5.8
Turnout 49,576 78.4 +13.4
Labour hold Swing −2.82
General election October 1974: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 21,334 45.55
Conservative Brian Hord 17,620 37.62
Liberal Philip Frietag 7,882 16.83
Majority 3,714 7.93
Turnout 46,836 74.40
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 20,546 40.75
Conservative Brian Hord 18,477 36.65
Liberal Philip Frietag 11,398 22.61
Majority 2,069 4.10
Turnout 50,421 80.78
Labour hold Swing
General election 1970: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 23,208 48.47
Conservative Anthony Bourne-Arton 19,447 40.62
Liberal Stuart S. Newton 5,222 10.91
Majority 3,761 7.86
Turnout 47,877 76.44
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General election 1966: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 23,909 50.50
Conservative Anthony Bourne-Arton 19,546 41.28
Liberal Robert Oakeshott 3,891 8.22
Majority 4,363 9.22
Turnout 47,346 82.26
Labour hold Swing
General election 1964: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 21,751 45.15
Conservative Anthony Bourne-Arton 19,841 41.19
Liberal Gurney Pease 6,578 13.66
Majority 1,910 3.97
Turnout 48,170 82.98
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General election 1959: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Bourne-Arton 24,318 48.56
Labour Ronald Lewis 19,901 39.74
Liberal John Patrick McQuade 5,863 11.71
Majority 4,417 8.82
Turnout 84.40
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Graham 25,765 52.64
Labour Arnold John Parkinson 23,184 47.36
Majority 2,581 5.27
Turnout 82.34
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1951: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Graham 26,858 50.77
Labour David Hardman 26,045 49.23
Majority 813 1.54
Turnout 87.11
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General election 1950: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Hardman 23,528 44.78
Conservative Geraldyne Edith Mary Walford 17,421 33.16
Liberal Gordon Victor Rogers 11,588 22.06
Majority 6,107 11.62
Turnout 88.48
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940sEdit

General election 1945: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Hardman 21,442 48.91
Conservative Charles Peat 13,153 30.02
Liberal Gordon Victor Rogers 9,215 21.03
Majority 8,289 18.92
Turnout 80.09
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General election 1935: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Peat 22,320 55.21
Labour Arthur Shepherd 18,105 44.79
Majority 4,215 10.43
Turnout 84.79
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Peat 24,416 60.72
Labour Arthur Shepherd 15,798 39.28
Majority 8,618 21.43
Turnout 89.47
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General election 1929: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Shepherd 17,061 44.0 −0.5
Unionist Robert Stewart 15,596 40.2 −3.1
Liberal John Joseph Richardson 6,149 15.8 +3.6
Majority 1,465 3.8 +2.6
Turnout 89.6 +2.0
Labour hold Swing +1.3
1926 Darlington by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Shepherd 12,965 44.5 −1.7
Unionist E. H. Pease 12,636 43.3 −10.5
Liberal John Dickie 3,573 12.2 N/A
Majority 329 1.2 N/A
Turnout 29,174 87.6 +1.5
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +4.4
General election 1924: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Edwin Pease 15,174 53.8 +11.6
Labour Arthur Shepherd 13,008 46.2 +12.6
Majority 2,166 7.6 −1.0
Turnout 28,182 86.1 −0.7
Unionist hold Swing −0.5
General election 1923: Darlington [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Edwin Pease 11,638 42.2 −14.4
Labour Will Sherwood 9,284 33.6 −9.8
Liberal Robert Wright 6,697 24.2 n/a
Majority 2,354 8.6 −4.6
Turnout 86.8 +1.5
Unionist hold Swing −2.3
1923 Darlington by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Edwin Pease 14,684 56.6 +6.9
Labour Will Sherwood 11,271 43.4 +9.6
Majority 3,413 13.2 −2.7
Turnout 25,955 85.3 −2.7
Unionist hold Swing −1.4
General election 1922: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Herbert Pease 13,286 49.7 −11.8
Labour Will Sherwood 9,048 33.8 N/A
Liberal Thomas Crooks 4,419 16.5 −22.0
Majority 4,238 15.9 −7.1
Turnout 26,753 88.0 +20.2
Unionist hold Swing N/A

Election results 1868–1918Edit

Elections in the 1860sEdit

General election 1868: Darlington [23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Edmund Backhouse 1,789 67.2 N/A
Independent Liberal Henry King Spark[24] 875 32.8 N/A
Majority 914 34.3 N/A
Turnout 2,664 87.1 N/A
Registered electors 3,057
Liberal win (new seat)

Elections in the 1870sEdit

General election 1874: Darlington [23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Edmund Backhouse 1,625 45.9 −21.3
Independent Liberal Henry King Spark[25] 1,607 45.4 +12.6
Conservative Thomas Gibson Bowles[26] 305 8.6 N/A
Majority 18 0.5 −33.8
Turnout 3,537 86.8 −0.3
Registered electors 4,073
Liberal hold Swing −17.0

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General election 1880: Darlington [23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Theodore Fry 2,772 67.6 +21.7
Independent Liberal Henry King Spark[27][28] 1,331 32.4 −13.0
Majority 1,441 35.1 +34.6
Turnout 4,103 82.6 −4.2
Registered electors 4,966
Liberal hold Swing +17.4
 
Wilson-Todd
General election 1885: Darlington [29][30][31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Theodore Fry 3,302 61.2 −6.4
Conservative William Wilson-Todd 2,096 38.8 N/A
Majority 1,206 22.4 −12.7
Turnout 5,398 91.4 +8.8
Registered electors 5,907
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1886: Darlington [29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Theodore Fry 2,620 50.5 –10.7
Liberal Unionist H. O. Arnold-Forster 2,563 49.5 +10.7
Majority 57 1.0 –21.4
Turnout 5,183 87.7 –3.7
Registered electors 5,907
Liberal hold Swing –10.7

Elections in the 1890sEdit

General election 1892: Darlington [29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Theodore Fry 2,866 50.5 +0.0
Liberal Unionist Arthur Pease 2,810 49.5 +0.0
Majority 56 1.0 +0.0
Turnout 5,676 93.9 +6.2
Registered electors 6,045
Liberal hold Swing +0.0
General election 1895: Darlington [29][30][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Arthur Pease 3,354 55.4 +5.9
Liberal Theodore Fry 2,697 44.6 –5.9
Majority 657 10.8 N/A
Turnout 6,051 92.2 –1.7
Registered electors 6,560
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +5.9

Pease's death causes a by-election.

 
Philipps
1898 Darlington by-election [29][30][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Herbert Pease 3,497 55.5 +0.1
Liberal Owen Philipps 2,809 44.5 −0.1
Majority 688 11.0 +0.2
Turnout 6,306 90.7 −1.5
Registered electors 6,952
Liberal Unionist hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1900sEdit

General election 1900: Darlington [29][30][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Herbert Pease Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold
 
Mitchell
General election 1906: Darlington [29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Herbert Pease 4,375 51.7 N/A
Labour Repr. Cmte. Isaac Mitchell 4,087 48.3 N/A
Majority 288 3.4 N/A
Turnout 8,462 93.2 N/A
Registered electors 9,078
Liberal Unionist hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910sEdit

 
Lincoln
General election January 1910: Darlington [29][33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln 4,815 50.2 N/A
Liberal Unionist Herbert Pease 4,786 49.8 -1.9
Majority 29 0.4 N/A
Turnout 9,601 95.1 +1.9
Registered electors 10,097
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing N/A
 
Maddison
General election December 1910: Darlington [33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Herbert Pease 4,881 52.2 +2.4
Lib-Lab Frederick Maddison 4,475 47.8 −2.4
Majority 406 4.4 N/A
Turnout 9,356 92.7 −2.4
Registered electors 10,097
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +2.4
 
Scott

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General election 1918: Darlington[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Herbert Pease 11,951 61.5 +9.3
Liberal Alfred Scott 7,494 38.5 −9.3
Majority 4,457 23.0 +18.6
Turnout 19,445 67.8 −24.9
Unionist hold Swing +9.3
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 17 years before the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 which created many more
References
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  3. ^ Sam Howarth [@SamHowarth1991] (23 April 2017). "Great to be at @JennyChapman #GE2017 launch in a sunny South Park today - let's win again in Darlington! 🌹" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Watkins back for third go at Tooting. Macleod battles Cracknell for Brentford & Isleworth. Latest candidate news. - Conservative Home". conservativehome.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
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  30. ^ a b c d e f g The Liberal Year Book, 1907
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  32. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  33. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  34. ^ Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough 24 Jun 1914