|North West Durham|
| County constituency |
for the House of Commons
|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 |
North West Durham is a constituencyrepresented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 12 December 2019 by Richard Holden of the Conservative Party.
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.
The constituency is in the north west of County Durham, in the North East England region. When it was created in 1885 it centred on two main communities, Consett and Lanchester.
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 previous MP was Laura Pidcock, who was elected at the 2017 general election. Prior to that, the constituency was served by Pat Glass who announced her intention to step down at the 2017 general election in the wake of the Brexit referendum. Her successor, Laura Pidcock a close supporter of party leader Jeremy Corbyn lost the seat in 2019 general election to the current MP, Richard Holden, as part of the Conservative Party's strategy to target seats in the so-called red wall.
|Brexit Party||John Wolstenholme||3,193||6.7||New|
|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|
|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||New|
|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|
|Liberal||Chris Foote Wood||9,349||20.74||-4.91|
|Liberal||Chris Foote Wood||11,008||25.65|
|Conservative||Alan E Page||10,590||30.4||+4.0|
|Conservative||Colin Nevil Glen MacAndrew, 2nd Baron MacAndrew||9,070||26.42|
|Conservative||Kenneth L Ellis||11,280||30.25|
|Conservative||Thomas T Hubble||13,110||32.59|
|Unionist||James Ogden Hardicker||5,564||31.2||−3.7|
|Labour||G. H. Stuart-Bunning||5,026||28.2||New|
|Conservative||James Ogden Hardicker||4,827||34.9||+1.7|
|Conservative||Robert Marcus Filmer||3,999||30.4||−19.5|
|Liberal Unionist||John D Dunville||2,891||36.1||New|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Wear Valley was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district in County Durham, England. Its council and district capital was Crook.
Derwentside was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district in County Durham, England.
Consett is a town in County Durham, England, about 14 miles (23 km) south-west of Newcastle upon Tyne. It had a population of 27,394 in 2001 and an estimate of 25,812 in 2019.
Stanley is a former colliery town and civil parish in County Durham, England. Centred on a hilltop between Chester-le-Street and Consett, the town lies south west of Gateshead.
Crook is a historic market town in County Durham, in the North East of England.
Satley is a village and civil parish in County Durham, England, with a population of 292 in 2001, falling to 282 at the 2011 Census. It is situated six miles to the south of Consett on the B6296 road near the A68. The village of Satley lies in a narrow valley between Lanchester and Tow Law. It was long ago part of the large parish of Lanchester, but has become a parish in its own right in 1834. The Satley Parish Council meets often and is part of the County Durham Association of Local Councils, they attempt to solve issues in the village by meeting with Durham County Council or solving them internally.
Weardale is a dale, or valley, of the east side of the Pennines in County Durham, England. Large parts of Weardale fall within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – the second largest AONB in England and Wales. The upper valley is surrounded by high fells and heather grouse moors. The River Wear flows through Weardale before reaching Bishop Auckland and then Durham, meeting the sea at Sunderland.
North Durham is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Kevan Jones of the Labour Party.
Derwentside was a non-metropolitan district in County Durham, England. It was abolished on 1 April 2009 and replaced by Durham County Council.
Consett was a county constituency, centred on the town of Consett in County Durham. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.
Spennymoor was a county constituency centred on the town of Spennymoor in County Durham. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.
The 01207 national dialling code for Consett in the United Kingdom. The area it serves includes almost the entire former district of Derwentside. When STD codes were first introduced, Consett was assigned 0207. The current 01207 code became active as part of PhONEday on 16 April 1995. In common with all other British area codes the initial '0' is a trunk prefix that is not required when dialling Consett from abroad.
The Derwent Valley Railway was a branch railway in County Durham, England. Built by the North Eastern Railway, it ran from Swalwell to Blackhill via five intermediate stations, and onwards to Consett.
The Lanchester Valley Railway was an English railway line that was developed by the North Eastern Railway to run between Durham to Consett. Extending 12 miles (19 km) along the valley of the River Browney, it opened on 1 September 1862. Closed under the Beeching Axe, it has been redeveloped by Durham County Council as a foot and cycle path as the Lanchester Valley Railway Path.
Crook railway station served the town of Crook, County Durham, England. It was located on the Bishop Auckland and Weardale Railway line from Bishop Auckland to Blackhill between Wear Valley Junction and Tow Law, 17 miles (27 km) north west of Darlington.
Robert Mitcheson was an English footballer who played as an outside forward in the Football League for Darlington and in non-league football for Leadgate Park.