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 City of Durham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gerry Steinberg Labour 23,254 56.1 -7.2
Carol Woods Liberal Democrat 9,813 23.7 +8.4
Nick Cartmell Conservative 7,167 17.3 -0.2
Christine Williamson UK Independence 1,252 3.0  
Majority 13,441 32.4
Turnout 41,486 59.6 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.8% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Designated a county constituency and containing a great deal more territory than just the ancient city, this seat was drawn to be identical to the City of Durham local government unit and its name distinguishes it from the six other seats in County Durham. Gerry Steinberg, MP here since 1987, recorded a majority of 22,504 in 1997.

The seat contains an ancient and beautiful city with an esteemed university based on the collegiate system of Oxbridge. It has a reasonable employment rate, a fair number of professionals and more non-manual workers than manual. This constituency has been held by Labour since 1935 and is in the heart of what was the former mining industry, and still hosts the minerís annual gala, which amongst other things celebrates the links between the industry and the Labour movement.

The centre challenged for the seat in 1983 when the SDP came within 2,000 votes of unseating Labourís Dr Mark Hughes. However, since the decline and extinction of the SDP, Liberal Democrat candidates here have struggled to make their mark.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 City of Durham
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Gerry Steinberg Labour 31,102 63.3
Richard Chalk Conservative 8,598 17.5
Nigel Martin Liberal Democrat 7,499 15.3
Margaret Robson Referendum 1,723 3.5
Paul Kember Natural Law 213 0.4
Majority 22,504 45.8
Turnout 49,135 70.8
 
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