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 Easington
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Cummings Labour 25,360 76.8 -3.4
Philip Lovel Conservative 3,411 10.3 +1.7
Christopher Ord Liberal Democrat 3,408 10.3 +3.1
Dave Robinson Socialist Labour 831 2.5  
Majority 21,949 66.5
Turnout 33,010 53.6 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Located to the north of Hartlepool and south of Sunderland, the pit village of Easington, which lends its name to this small, coastal Labour-held seat, witnessed widespread picketing and arrests during the minerís strike of 1984 after just one worker crossed the lines.

Labourís majority here is 30,012 but the seat is now completely bereft of its coal mining heritage.

Unsurprisingly, unemployment rates are high with manual occupations providing the mainstay of the remaining workforce, most of whom are concentrated in the seatís largest towns Seaham and Peterlee. Peterlee being a new town named after the Durham-born international minersí union leader Peter Lee.

Following the closure of the remaining pits at Horden, Murton and Easington itself in the early 1990s, attempts at regeneration have been made with the arrival of companies from Korea, France and America. Despite these initiatives, the seat remains the third highest in England and Wales for people on government schemes, 37% of its homes are council rented and it has the sixth highest proportion of one-parent families in the country.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Easington
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
John Cummings Labour 33,600 80.2
Jason Hollands Conservative 3,588 8.6
James Heppell Liberal Democrat 3,025 7.2
Richard Pulfrey Referendum 1,179 2.8
Steve Colborn Socialist Party 503 1.2
Majority 30,012 71.6
Turnout 41,895 67.0
 
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