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 Darlington
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Milburn Labour 22,479 56.3 -5.3
Tony Richmond Conservative 12,095 30.3 +2.0
Robert Adamson Liberal Democrat 4,358 10.9 +3.7
Alan Docherty Socialist Alliance 469 1.2  
Craig Platt Independent 269 0.7  
Amanda Rose Socialist Labour 229 0.6  
Majority 10,384 26.0
Turnout 39,899 62.0 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Darlington is the largest town in County Durham. Its heritage is steeped in the railways, and it was the site of the main station on the first passenger line in the world, from Shildon to Stockton, and is still one of the main half-way stations on the GNER route from Edinburgh to London.

The economy of this seat is traditionally based on the rail industry and heavy engineering, but with its demise local industry has moved on to new technologies and communications.

The main employers in the area now include the Rothmans factory (owned by British American Tobacco), Fujitsu, Samsung, as well as the pre-existing blue chip companies Cleveland Bridge (Kaverner) and AMEC Construction.

The rise of the new call culture industry has also impacted on Darlington. AXA Insurance and the mobile phone company Orange (who transformed the former Cummins engine component factory) both have call centres in the town.

This seat has been held by both the Conservative and Labour parties for substantial periods over the last 50 years. The Conservatives held it from 1951 to 1964, and Labour from 1964 until 1983. It then went back into Conservative hands until 1992, when Alan Milburn won it.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Darlington
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Milburn Labour 29,658 61.6
Peter Scrope Conservative 13,633 28.3
Leslie Boxell Liberal Democrat 3,483 7.2
Michael Blakey Referendum 1,399 2.9
Majority 16,025 33.3
Turnout 48,173 73.9
 
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