Labourís Dari Taylor took Stockton South with a majority above 10,000 and a swing of 16% in 1997, the first time her party had taken the seat since its creation in 1983.
Formerly known as Thornaby, the SDP and the Conservatives have been represented here during the 1980s and 90s, but the demise of the former was followed by fading support for the Liberal Democrats.
Unlike the majority of seats in the North East, Stockton South is mainly middle-class in nature and owner occupation is high. The seatís refined and rural nature has not held back its development, however; the Ingleby Barwick ward grew by 177.7% in the decade before the 1991 census.
The "wildcard" recent electoral history of Stockton South should not be forgotten. In the 1992 general election, the Conservatives saw their Commons majority slashed from nearly 100 to just 21, yet the Tory MP Tim Devlin saw his majority shoot up from 774 to 3,369.