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 Durham North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Kevan Jones Labour 25,920 67.2 -3.1
Matthew Palmer Conservative 7,237 18.8 +4.3
Carole Field Liberal Democrat 5,411 14.0 +2.9
Majority 18,683 48.4
Turnout 38,568 57.0 -12.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The loss of 6,000 voters to Durham North West in the last boundary review could not prevent Giles Radice, MP here since a 1973 by-election, romping to victory in 1997 with a towering majority of 26,299.

The economically ailing town of Consett now resides in neighbouring Durham North West while the more prosperous Chester-le-Street has become the major population centre of this relatively small seat.

Situated on the site of a Roman camp, (originally known as "Congangium"), and provided with excellent transport links by the A1(M), the town has traditionally mustered a reasonable Conservative vote in its well-to-do eastern sector which stretches out towards the stately grounds of Lambton Park.

However, this support for the Tories, and to a lesser extent for the Liberal Democrats, has in the past been swamped by the stranglehold of former-mining villages that ring Chester-le-Street.

Mr Radice, for many years a leading member of the Labour right, was once Shirley Williamsí PPS, but wisely chose not to follow her into the ill-fated SDP. Instead, he has continued to press for deeper European integration and was one of only five Labour MPs to vote for the third reading of the Maastricht Bill in 1993.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Durham North
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Giles Radice Labour 33,142 70.3
Mark Hardy Conservative 6,843 14.5
Brian Moore Liberal Democrat 5,225 11.1
Ian Parkin Referendum 1,958 4.2
Majority 26,299 55.8
Turnout 47,168 69.2
 
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