Darlington

2015 Result:
Conservative: 14479 (35.2%)
Labour: 17637 (42.9%)
Lib Dem: 1966 (4.8%)
Green: 1444 (3.5%)
UKIP: 5392 (13.1%)
TUSC: 223 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 3158 (7.7%)

Category: Semi-marginal Labour seat

Geography: North East, Durham. Part of the Darlington council area.

Main population centres: Darlington.

Profile: The constituency is drawn tightly around the town of Darlington itself, with its rural hinterland in the Sedgefield seat that almost surrounds it. Unlike much of the rock-solid Labour areas surrounding it, Darlington was never a coal mining area - rather this was a railway town, the home of the first passenger railway and a prosperous engineering town, and it remains an affluent town with a solid Conservative vote in its western suburbs.

Politics: Darlington is a reliable Labour seat, but unlike most of the North East it is not impregnable. There is a solid base of Conservative support here and, indeed, it was a Conservative seat between 1983 and 1992, represented by Michael Fallon, now sitting in the far safer Tory bastion of Sevenoaks.


Current MP
JENNY CHAPMAN (Labour) Born 1973, Surrey. Educated at Hummersknott School and Brunel University. Former prison psychologist. Darlington councillor 2007-2010. First elected as MP for Darlington in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 13503 (31%)
Lab: 16891 (39%)
LDem: 10046 (23%)
BNP: 1262 (3%)
Oth: 1194 (3%)
MAJ: 3388 (8%)
2005*
Con: 10239 (26%)
Lab: 20643 (52%)
LDem: 7269 (18%)
UKIP: 730 (2%)
Oth: 507 (1%)
MAJ: 10404 (26%)
2001
Con: 12950 (32%)
Lab: 22479 (55%)
LDem: 4358 (11%)
Oth: 967 (2%)
MAJ: 9529 (23%)
1997
Con: 13633 (28%)
Lab: 29658 (62%)
LDem: 3483 (7%)
MAJ: 16025 (33%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PETER CUTHBERTSON (Conservative) Born 1983, Darlington. Educated at Hummersknott Academy and Essex University. Political consultant.
JENNY CHAPMAN (Labour) See above.
ANNE-MARIE CURRY (Liberal Democrat)
DAVID HODGSON (UKIP)
MICHAEL CHERRINGTON (Green)
ALAN DOCHERTY (TUSC)
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Comments - 75 Responses on “Darlington”
  1. Other Tory targets in the area over 3.5% swing, this seat more or less dead heat on Bishop swing? dreadfull Tory candidate may have been one of the reasons and popular MP perhaps

  2. Is she the MP who said she didn’t write an acceptance speech because she was convinced she’d lose?

  3. Jenny Chapman tweeted about a year ago that if Corbyn stayed as leader she’s lose her seat.

    When this result came in I knew the exit poll was right. If the Cons were to make significant gains this was one of the 10 or 15 most likely.

  4. She was almost in tears at the end of the declaration and the Green candidate had to hug her.

  5. She said she did not have a speech prepared for this outcome, means she believed it was very tight and over 3000 majority was very unexpected and the national picture was not what she expected of course.
    I guess she had a winning speech along the lines of despite a bad night for Labour Nationally managed to hang on here etc.

    No names but some experienced LP councillors expected a loss based on canvass returns in their wards as the focus would have been on known 2015 supporters and enough of these went Tory to lose New voters and Con-Lab switchers were largely not picked up in the returns, plus GTVO of 2015 supporters was better than anticipated.

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