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Stockton South (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°31′23″N 1°19′19″W / 54.523°N 1.322°W / 54.523; -1.322

Stockton South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Stockton South in Cleveland
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Location of Cleveland within England
CountyCounty Durham, North Yorkshire
Electorate74,698 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsStockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentPaul Williams (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromStockton-on-Tees, Thornaby, Easington and Richmond (Yorks)[2]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyNorth East England

Stockton South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since June 2017 by Paul Williams, a Labour MP.[n 2]

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.

BoundariesEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

The seat was formed from a combination of Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby in 1983, predominantly as a replacement to the latter seat.

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.

Constituency profileEdit

Based on ONS data, workless claimants and registered jobseekers, were in May 2017 lower than the North East average of 5.9%[3] and also lower than the national average of 4.6%, at 3.4%[4] of the population.

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Stockton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Williams[6] 26,102 48.5 +11.5
Conservative James Wharton 25,214 46.8 +0.1
UKIP David Outterside[7] 1,186 2.2 -8.4
Liberal Democrat Drew Durning 951 1.8 -0.9
Green Jo Fitzgerald 371 0.7 -1.1
Majority 888 1.6
Turnout 53,824 71.2 +2.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.7
General election 2015: Stockton South[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Wharton 24,221 46.8 +7.8
Labour Louise Baldock 19,175 37.0 -1.3
UKIP Ted Strike 5,480 10.6 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Drew Durning 1,366 2.6 -12.5
Green Jacqui Lovell 952 1.8 +1.8
Independent Steve Walmsley 603 1.2 +1.2
Majority 5,046 9.7
Turnout 51,797 69.0
Conservative hold Swing +4.55
General election 2010: Stockton South[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Wharton 19,577 38.9 +4.7
Labour Dari Taylor 19,245 38.3 −9.4
Liberal Democrat Jacquie Bell 7,600 15.1 −1.0
BNP Neil Sinclair 1,553 3.1 +3.1
UKIP Peter Braney 1,471 2.9 +0.9
Independent Yvonne Hossack 536 1.1 +1.1
Christian Ted Strike 302 0.6 +0.6
Majority 332 0.7
Turnout 50,284 67.4 +4.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing −7.0

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Stockton South[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dari Taylor 21,480 47.8 −5.2
Conservative James Gaddas 15,341 34.1 +1.7
Liberal Democrat Mike Barker 7,171 16.0 +2.4
UKIP Sandra Allison 931 2.1 N/A
Majority 6,139 13.7
Turnout 44,923 63.0 +0.1
Labour hold Swing −3.5
General election 2001: Stockton South[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dari Taylor 23,414 53.0 −2.3
Conservative Tim Devlin 14,328 32.4 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Fletcher 6,012 13.6 +4.5
Socialist Alliance Lawrence Coombes 455 1.0 N/A
Majority 9,086 20.6
Turnout 44,209 62.9 −13.1
Labour hold Swing −0.8

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Stockton South[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dari Taylor 28,790 56.3 +16.5
Conservative Tim Devlin 17,205 33.7 −11.5
Liberal Democrat Peter Monck 4,721 9.2 −5.8
Referendum John Horner 400 0.8 +0.8
Majority 11,585 22.7
Turnout 51,116 74.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +14.0
General election 1992: Stockton South[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Devlin 28,418 45.2 +10.2
Labour John McKie Scott 25,049 39.8 +8.6
Liberal Democrat Kay R. Kirkham 9,410 15.0 −18.8
Majority 3,369 5.4 +4.1
Turnout 62,877 82.8 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Stockton South[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Devlin 20,833 35.0 −1.6
Social Democratic Ian Wrigglesworth 20,059 33.7 −3.1
Labour John McKie Scott 18,600 31.3 +5.0
Majority 774 1.3
Turnout 59,492 79.0 +6.9
Conservative gain from Social Democratic Swing
General election 1983: Stockton South[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Social Democratic Ian Wrigglesworth 19,550 36.8 N/A
Conservative Tom Finnegan 19,448 36.6 N/A
Labour Frank Griffiths 13,998 26.3 N/A
Independent D. Fern 205 0.4 N/A
Majority 102 0.2 N/A
Turnout 53,201 72.1 N/A
Social Democratic win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "'Stockton South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ [1] Office for National Statistics
  4. ^ [2] House of Commons Library
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)
  6. ^ "Local GP named Labour General Election candidate for Stockton South". BNT Media. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ "David Outterside Tweet". Twitter. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Stockton South". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.