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 Stockton South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Dari Taylor Labour 23,414 53.0 -2.2
Tim Devlin Conservative 14,328 32.4 -0.6
Suzanne Fletcher Liberal Democrat 6,012 13.6 +4.5
Lawrie Coombes Socialist Alliance 455 1.0  
Majority 9,086 20.6
Turnout 44,209 62.2 -13.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
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.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stockton South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Daria Taylor Labour 28,790 55.2
Tim Devlin Conservative 17,205 33.0
Peter Monck Liberal Democrat 4,721 9.1
John Horner Referendum 1,400 2.7
Majority 11,585 22.2
Turnout 52,116 76.0
 
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