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 Sedgefield
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Blair Labour 26,110 64.9 -6.3
Douglas Carswell Conservative 8,397 20.9 +3.1
Andrew Duffield Liberal Democrat 3,624 9.0 +2.5
Andrew Spence UK Independence 974 2.4  
Brian Gibson Socialist Labour 518 1.3 +0.3
Screwy Driver Rock Loony 375 0.9  
Helen John Independent 260 0.6  
Majority 17,713 44.0
Turnout 40,258 62.0 -10.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Sedgefield, the town after which the seat is named, is home to 5,000 souls and forms the basis of Conservative support in the constituency. But Labour leader Tony Blair is compensated for this by the votes he receives from the former coal field surrounding the town.

Once heavily reliant on its traditional industrial heritage, Sedgefield’s economy continues to recover and adapt following the decline of staple north east industries such as coal and steel. Diversification into light engineering, distributive trades and the service sector have all played a part here, as has inward investment from Japanese companies such as Fujitsu and Nippon Silica Glass.

The seat lies in the south east of County Durham, almost surrounding the Darlington seat on its south border. Aside from the town of Sedgefield major population centres include the Newton Aycliffe and larger former pit villages such as Chilton, Ferryhill and Trimdon.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sedgefield
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tony Blair Labour 33,526 71.2
Elizabeth Pitman Conservative 8,383 17.8
Ron Beadle Liberal Democrat 3,050 6.5
Miriam Hall Referendum 1,683 3.6
Brian Gibson Socialist Labour 474 1.0
Majority 25,143 53.4
Turnout 47,116 72.3
 
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