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NamePeter Gibson
Votes20,901 (48.05%)
Margin3,294 (+7.57%)
Term12/13/2019 - 05/02/2024

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Parents > United Kingdom > England > North East > North East  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 14, 2005 12:18am
Description Darlington is the largest town in County Durham. However, it differs from much of the rest of the county because it has never been a mining town and it is not on the coast - so does not have a shipbuilding tradition either. Darlington heritage is steeped in the railways, and it was the site of the main station on the first passenger line in the world, from Shildon to Stockton, and is still one of the main half-way stations on the GNER route from Edinburgh to London. The economy of this seat is traditionally based on the rail industry and heavy engineering, but with its demise, local industry has moved to new technologies and communications. Darlington is also a popular shopping town, and attracts shoppers from across North Yorkshire. This seat has been held by both the Conservative and Labour parties for substantial periods over the last 50 years. The Conservatives held it from 1951 to 1964, Labour held it from 1964 until 1983, and then it went back into Conservative hands until 1992 when Alan Milburn won with a swing of over 5%. This was a marginal seat for Labour until the 1997 election when Mr Milburn was returned with a sweeping majority of more than 16,000 votes. In 2001 he held the seat with a majority of 9,529 votes.




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