|North West Durham|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of North West Durham in County Durham
Location of County Durham within England
|Electorate||72,760 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Consett, Crook, Lanchester and Willington|
|Member of Parliament||Richard Holden (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Barnard Castle, Consett, and Spennymoor|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||Consett and Barnard Castle|
|Created from||South Durham|
- 1 History
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
A first incarnation of the seat occurred under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 however this was abolished in 1918 to create Consett and to enlarge, using its Weardale part, Barnard Castle. During the first creation, Liberals represented the area and the first member until 1914 was the son of a prominent Chartist, Ernest Jones, and helped to promote New Liberalism, encouraging the Liberal Party to take on instead the politics of "mass working-class" appeal. This politics was epitomised by David Lloyd George whose People's Budget in 1909 led to the supremacy of the House of Commons over the House of Lords in 1911, national pensions under a basic welfare state (but without a National Health Service).
On its recreation in 1950, North-West Durham became the successor to Barnard Castle save for the town of that name and its immediate vicinity which instead joined the Bishop Auckland seat. Consett was abolished in 1983 having seen a gradual decline in population in the latter half of its years, and its area was added to North West Durham that year. Until December 2019, this seat has been represented in Westminster by members of the Labour Party, it is now represented by Richard Holden of the Conservative Party.
Both the future Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the future Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, were candidates for their respective parties at this seat for the 1992 general election, which both of them lost to incumbent Labour MP Hilary Armstrong.
1950–1974: The Urban Districts of Brandon and Byshottles, Crook and Willington, and Tow Law, and the Rural Districts of Lanchester and Weardale.
1974–1983: The Urban Districts of Brandon and Byshottles, Crook and Willington, Spennymoor, and Tow Law, the Rural Districts of Lanchester and Weardale, and the parish of Brancepeth in the Rural District of Durham.
1983–1997: The District of Derwentside wards of Benfieldside, Blackhill, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Castleside, Consett North, Consett South, Cornsay, Crookhall, Delves Lane, Ebchester and Medomsley, Esh, Lanchester, and Leadgate, and the District of Wear Valley wards of Crook North, Crook South, Howden, Hunwick, St John's Chapel, Stanhope, Stanley, Tow Law, Wheatbottom and Helmington Row, Willington East, Willington West, and Wolsingham.
1997–2010: The District of Derwentside wards of Benfieldside, Blackhill, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Castleside, Consett North, Consett South, Cornsay, Crookhall, Delves Lane, Dipton, Ebchester and Medomsley, Esh, Lanchester, and Leadgate, and the District of Wear Valley wards of Crook North, Crook South, Howden, Hunwick, St John's Chapel, Stanhope, Stanley, Tow Law, Wheatbottom and Helmington Row, Willington East, Willington West, and Wolsingham.
2010–present: The District of Derwentside wards of Benfieldside, Blackhill, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Castleside, Consett East, Consett North, Consett South, Cornsay, Delves Lane, Dipton, Ebchester and Medomsley, Esh, Lanchester, and Leadgate, and the District of Wear Valley wards of Crook North, Crook South, Howden, Hunwick, St John's Chapel, Stanhope, Tow Law and Stanley, Wheatbottom and Helmington Row, Willington Central, Willington West End, Wolsingham, and Witton-le-Wear.
It currently consists of the western part of the former Derwentside district (including Consett and Lanchester) and the northern part of the former Wear Valley district (including Weardale, Crook and Willington).
For many years the area gave large majorities suggesting a safe seat for the Labour Party; the majority of the electorate live in former mining or steel towns, where Labour traditionally have polled higher than other parties with the remainder in rural farms and villages throughout valleys cleft from the eastern, rocky part of the Pennines. The current MP is Richard Holden, elected at the 2019 general election. The previous MP was Laura Pidcock, who was elected at the 2017 general election. Prior to 2017 the constituency was served by Pat Glass. However, in the wake of the Brexit referendum, she announced her intention to step down at the next general election, which was held in June 2017.
Members of Parliament
MPs since 1950
Elections in the 2010s
|Brexit Party||John Wolstenholme||3,193||6.7||6.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Peacock||2,831||5.9||1.2|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+10.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Owen Temple||3,398||7.1||2.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Owen Temple||3,894||9.1||-15.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Owen Temple||10,927||24.9||+5.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Ord||7,869||19.9||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Ord||5,846||14.9||+4.1|
|Socialist Labour||Joan Hartnell||661||1.7||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Louise St John-Howe||7,101||15.3||-12.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Anthony Gillings||4,991||10.8||-3.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Farron||6,728||14.6||-6.1|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Chris Foote Wood||9,349||20.74||-4.91|
|Liberal||Chris Foote Wood||11,008||25.65|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Alan E Page||10,590||30.4|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Kenneth L Ellis||11,280||30.25|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Thomas T Hubble||13,110||32.59|
Elections in the 1910s
|Unionist||James Ogden Hardicker||5,564||31.2||−3.7|
|Labour||G. H. Stuart-Bunning||5,026||28.2||N/A|
|Conservative||James Ogden Hardicker||4,827||34.9||+1.7|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||Robert Marcus Filmer||3,999||30.4||−19.5|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal Unionist||John D Dunville||2,891||36.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)
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- "Mr. John Dunville in North-West Durham". Belfast News Letter. 14 Nov 1890. p. 3. Retrieved 21 November 2017.