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List of Parliamentary constituencies in County Durham

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The unitary authorities of Durham and Borough of Darlington are combined for the purpose of parliamentary constituency boundaries, being divided into 7 Parliamentary constituencies– 1 borough constituency and 6 county constituencies. Since the 2019 general election, 4 parliamentary seats are controlled by the Conservative Party and 3 by the Labour Party. Between 1992 and 2019, all 7 seats were held by the Labour Party. With the exception of Darlington, all seats in the current ceremonial county or their predecessors had returned Labour MPs since 1935.


  † Conservative   ‡ Labour

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[2][nb 2] Member of Parliament[2] Nearest opposition[2] Electoral wards[3][4] Map
Bishop Auckland CC 68,170 7,962   Dehenna Davison   Helen Goodman Durham County Council: Barnard Castle East, Barnard Castle North, Barnard Castle West, Bishop Auckland Town, Barningham and Ovington, Byerley, Cockfield, Cockton Hill, Cotherstone with Lartington, Coundon, Dene Valley, Eggleston, Escomb, Etherley, Evenwood, Gainford and Winston, Greta, Hamsterley and South Bedburn, Henknowle, Ingleton, Lynesack, Low Spennymoor and Tudhoe Grange, Middlestone, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Ramshaw and Lands, Romaldkirk, Spennymoor, Startforth, Streatlam and Whorlton, Sunnydale, Thickley, Tudhoe, West Auckland, Woodhouse Close.
City of Durham CC 71,271 5,025   Mary Foy   William Morgan† Durham County Council: Bearpark and Witton Gilbert, Belmont, Brancepeth, Langley Moor and Meadowfield, Brandon, Carrville and Gilesgate Moor, Cassop-cum-Quarrington, Coxhoe, Crossgate and Framwelgate, Deerness, Elvet, Framwellgate Moor, Neville’s Cross, New Brancepeth and Ushaw Moor, Newton Hall North, Newton Hall South, Pelaw and Gilesgate, Pittington and West Rainton, St Nicholas, Shadforth and Sherburn, Shincliffe.
Darlington BC 66,397 3,294   Peter Gibson   Jenny Chapman Darlington Borough Council: 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, Pierremont.
Easington CC 61,182 6,581   Grahame Morris Clare Ambrosino† Durham County Council: Acre Rigg, Blackhalls, Dawdon, Dene House, Deneside, Easington Colliery, Easington Village and South Hetton, Eden Hill, Haswell and Shotton, Horden North, Horden South, Howletch, Hutton Henry, Murton East, Murton West, Passfield,

Seaham Harbour, Seaham North.

North Durham CC 66,796 4,742   Kevan Jones   Ed Parson† Durham County Council: Annfield Plain, Bournmoor, Catchgate, Chester Central, Chester East, Chester North, Chester South, Chester West, Craghead and South Stanley, Edmondsley and Waldridge, Grange Villa and West Pelton, Havannah, Kimblesworth and Plawsworth, Lumley, North Lodge, Ouston, Pelton, Pelton Fell, Sacriston, South Moor, Stanley Hall, Tanfield, Urpeth.
North West Durham CC 72,166 1,144 Richard Holden   Laura Pidcock Durham County Council: Benfieldside, Blackhill, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Castleside, Consett East, Consett North, Consett South, Cornsay, Crook North, Crook South, Delves Lane, Dipton, Ebchester and Medomsley, Esh, Howden, Hunwick, Lanchester, Leadgate, St John’s Chapel, Stanhope, Tow Law and Stanley, Wheatbottom and Helmington Row, Willington Central, Willington West End, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear.
Sedgefield CC 64,325 4,513   Paul Howell   Phil Wilson Durham County Council: Bishop Middleham and Cornforth, Broom, Chilton, Ferryhill, Fishburn and Old Trimdon, Greenfield Middridge, Neville and Simpasture, New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange, Sedgefield, Shafto St Marys, Thornley and Wheatley Hill, West, Wingate, Woodham. Darlington Borough Council: Heighington and Coniscliffe, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Sadberge and Whessoe.

Boundary changes

The Boundary Commission for England decided to retain these 7 constituencies for the 2010 election, with minor changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce electoral disparity.

Name Pre-2010 Boundaries Post-2010 Boundaries
  1. Bishop Auckland CC
  2. City of Durham CC
  3. Darlington BC
  4. Easington CC
  5. North Durham CC
  6. North West Durham CC
  7. Sedgefield CC

Proposed boundary changes

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries.[5] Subsequently, the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020[6] was passed into law on 14 December 2020. This formally removed the duty to implement the 2018 review and set out the framework for future boundary reviews. The Act provided that the number of constituencies should remain at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.

The Act specified that the next review should be completed no later than 1 July 2023 and the Boundary Commission formally launched the 2023 Review on 5 January 2021.[7] See 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for further details.

Results history

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[8]


The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising Durham in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 123,112 40.6% Increase5.3% 4 Increase4
Labour 122,547 40.4% Decrease14.2% 3 Decrease4
Brexit 25,444 8.4% new 0 0
Liberal Democrats 21,356 7.0% Increase2.5% 0 0
Greens 5,985 2.0% Increase1.0% 0 0
Others 4,725 1.6% Decrease3.0% 0 0
Total 303,169 100.0 7

Percentage votes

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 30.4 28.3 28.4 17.6 20.6 16.6 21.4 25.4 35.3 40.6
Labour 45.5 52.0 57.1 68.5 62.7 56.3 45.3 48.5 54.6 40.4
Liberal Democrat1 23.9 19.7 14.2 9.7 14.2 21.3 24.1 6.0 4.5 7.0
Green Party - * * * * * - 3.7 1.0 2.0
UKIP - - - * * * 3.1 15.7 3.4 *
Brexit Party - - - - - - - - - 8.4
Other 0.1 - 0.3 4.2 2.5 5.8 6.2 0.7 1.2 1.6

11983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

* Included in Other


Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Labour 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3
Total 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7


Historical results by party

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918

  Conservative   Independent Conservative   Independent Labour   Labour   Liberal   Liberal-Labour   Liberal Unionist

Constituency 1885 1886 88 90 91 1892 93 1895 98 1900 03 04 1906 07 Jan 10 10 Dec 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Bishop Auckland Paulton Havelock-Allan
Durham North West Atherley-Jones Williams
Durham Mid Crawford Wilson Galbraith
Darlington Fry A. Pease H. Pease Lincoln H. Pease
Durham Milvain Fowler Elliot Hills
Durham South East Havelock-Allan Havelock-Allan Richardson Havelock-Allan Richardson Lambton Hayward
Barnard Castle J. Pease Henderson
Chester-le-Street Joicey Taylor
The Hartlepools Richardson Richardson C. Furness Richardson C. Furness S. Furness1 Runciman
Gateshead James Allan Johnson Elverston
Jarrow C. Palmer Curran G. Palmer
South Shields Stevenson Robson Rea Cochrane Wilson
Houghton-le-Spring Wilson Wood Fenwick Cameron Wing
Stockton-on-Tees Dodds Davey Wrightson Samuel Ropner Samuel Watson
Sunderland Gourley Pemberton Stuart Storey Greenwood
Storey Doxford Summerbell Knott Goldstone

1victor in January 1910, Christopher Furness, declared void. Fresh by-election held June 1910, won by Stephen Furness.

1918 to 1950

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Labour Independent Group (1949) / Independent Labour (1949-50)   Labour   Liberal   National Labour   National Liberal (1931-68)

Constituency 1918 19 1922 23 1923 1924 26 29 1929 31 1931 1935 42 43 1945 47 49
Chester-le-Street Taylor Lawson
Spennymoor Galbraith Batey Murray
Seaham Hayward Webb MacDonald Shinwell
South Shields Wilson Harney Chuter Ede Johnstone Chuter Ede
Durham Hills Ritson McKeag Ritson
Bishop Auckland Spoor F. Dalton H. Dalton Curry H. Dalton
Consett Williams Dunnico Dickie Adams Glanville
Blaydon Waring Whiteley Martin Whiteley
Houghton-le-Spring Richardson Chapman Stewart Blyton
Jarrow Palmer Wilson Pearson Wilkinson Fernyhough
Barnard Castle Swan Rogerson Turner-Samuels Headlam Lawther Headlam Sexton Lavers
Sedgefield Burdon Herriotts Ropner Herriotts Jennings Leslie
Gateshead Surtees Brotherton Dickie Beckett Melville Evans Magnay Zilliacus
Darlington H. Pease W. Pease Shepherd Peat Hardman
Stockton-on-Tees Watson Stewart Macmillan Riley Macmillan Chetwynd
Sunderland Greenwood Thompson Smith Thompson Furness Ewart
Hudson Raine Phillips Storey jr. Willey
The Hartlepools Gritten Jowitt Sugden Gritten Greenwell Jones

1950 to 1983

  Conservative   Labour   Social Democratic

Constituency 1950 1951 53 1955 55 56 1959 62 1964 1966 1970 73 Feb 74 Oct 74 1979 1981 83 Status in April 1974 reform
Bishop Auckland Dalton Boyden Foster Remained
Blaydon Whiteley Woof McWilliam Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Chester-le-Street Bartley Pentland Radice Part was transferred to Tyne and Wear
Consett Glanville Stones Watkins Remained
Durham Grey Hughes Remained
Durham North West Murray Ainsley E. Armstrong Remained
Easington Shinwell Dormand Remained
Gateshead East Moody Conlan Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Houghton-le-Spring Blyton Urwin Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Jarrow Fernyhough Dixon Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Sedgefield Slater Reed Abolished Feb 1974
South Shields Chuter Ede Blenkinsop Clark Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Sunderland North Willey Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Gateshead West Hall Randall Horam Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Stockton-on-Tees Chetwynd Rodgers Transferred to Cleveland
The Hartlepools Jones Kerans Leadbitter Transferred to Cleveland, named Hartlepool from Feb 1974
Sunderland South Ewart Williams Bagier Transferred to Tyne and Wear
Darlington Hardman Graham Bourne-Arton Fletcher O'Brien Remained

1983 to present

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 07 2010 2015 2017 2019
Bishop Auckland Foster Goodman Davison
City of Durham Hughes Steinberg Blackman-Woods Foy
Easington Dormand Cummings Morris
North Durham Radice Jones
North West Durham E. Armstrong H. Armstrong Glass Pidcock Holden
Sedgefield Blair Wilson Howell
Darlington Fallon Milburn Chapman Gibson

See also


  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.


  1. ^ Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (28 January 2020). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, page 4". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  4. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007
  5. ^ "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020".
  7. ^ "2023 Review launched | Boundary Commission for England". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  8. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (17 April 2020). "General election results from 1918 to 2019". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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