North West Durham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 10018 (23.4%)
Labour: 20074 (46.9%)
Lib Dem: 3894 (9.1%)
Green: 1567 (3.7%)
UKIP: 7265 (17%)
MAJORITY: 10056 (23.5%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Consett, Crook, Lanchester, Willington.

Profile: A large rural seat, covering the remote and sparsely populated Wear Valley and part of the former Derwentside council area. The isolated towns and villages here are the relics of heavy industry now departed, former coal mining villages in the Wear Valley and the old steel town of Consett. The steelworks closed in the early eighties, devastating the local economy and rendering this an unemployment blackspot. More recently the area is better known for making snack food than steel - the Phileas Fogg company (now part of KP Snacks) used to advertise their crisps as being made in Medomsley Road, Consett..

Politics: The coal mining and heavy industrial traditions of the area have the unusual result of created a remote rural seat that is overwhelmingly Labour. The seat has been held by Labour since its creation in 1950, for most of the period by members of the same family (Ernest Armstrong, the MP from 1964 until 1987 was suceeded by his daughter, Hilary Armstrong, who represented the seat until 2010. While Labour have been dominant at the Parliamentary level, at a local level there has been significant Liberal Democrat and Independent strength on the old Wear Valley and Derwentside councils. Watts Stelling of the Derwentside Independents contested the 2005 and 2010 general elections, retaining his deposit both times.

Current MP
PAT GLASS (Labour) Born 1957, Esh Winning. Former education advisor and officer. First elected as MP for Durham North West in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 8766 (20%)
Lab: 18539 (42%)
LDem: 10927 (25%)
BNP: 1852 (4%)
Oth: 3731 (9%)
MAJ: 7612 (17%)
Con: 6463 (16%)
Lab: 21312 (54%)
LDem: 7869 (20%)
Oth: 3865 (10%)
MAJ: 13443 (34%)
Con: 8193 (21%)
Lab: 24526 (63%)
LDem: 5846 (15%)
Oth: 661 (2%)
MAJ: 16333 (42%)
Con: 7101 (15%)
Lab: 31855 (69%)
LDem: 4991 (11%)
MAJ: 24754 (53%)

2015 Candidates
CHARLOTTE HAITHAM-TAYLOR (Conservative) Born 1978, Malton. Educated at Heathfield School and City and Guilds of London Art School. Artist. Wokingham councillor since 2010.
PAT GLASS (Labour) See above.
OWEN TEMPLE (Liberal Democrat) Durham county councillor since 2008. Contested North West Durham 2010.
Comments - 111 Responses on “Durham North West”
  1. AlexF of course there is. However as you know I co-run Red Labour, and Laura is fairly close to us. I wasn’t born until 1960 so obviously I can’t claim to have known historical figures born before then. I have never met Tony Blair and have only met 3 Labour Party leaders past & present.

  2. who died* before then

  3. Just wanna say my comment was meant as a back handed compliment.
    ; )

    An amazing speech by the new MP here – tearing into the establishment of Parliament.

    She, argued that “the intimidating nature of this place is not accidental”.

    “Turning to this place, this building is intimidating. It reeks of the establishment & of power; its systems are confusing—some may say archaic.”

    “I believe that the intimidating nature of this place is not accidental. The clothes, the language, and the obsession with hierarchies, control and domination are symbolic of the system at large.”

    I am with her and imo it’s a good thing that Speaker Bercow has allowed MPS to come tie – less. I wonder how long before Corbyn turns up at PMQS open necked?

  4. Whatever she thinks of Westminster’s arcane structures – and she has a point! – she is going to have to learn to use them if she wants to achieve anything. This should be easier than usual for an opposition backbencher, given the parliamentary arithmetic (see Stella Creasy’s amendement for example).

    On a broader note, I have never understood the anarchic streak on the left. There seem to be very few concrete differences between the philosophies of anarchy and libertarianism, even though these are placed notionally at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Douglas Carswell could have said a lot of those things – in fact his maiden speech referred to how he was “embarrassed” to be in Westminster when he felt that real change could best be delivered outside parliament.

  5. Why connect a desire for a more modern place of elected representatives to acting like an anarchist?

  6. I haven’t seen the whole speech, only the snippets quoted here, so maybe I’m reading them out of context – did she suggest any improvements or was she just having a good old moan?

    If I’m reading too much into this, it’s only because of how excited people on here became. Maybe I read something interesting and radical into something that has actually been said a thousand times before.

  7. I am not sure what the MP’s views on Parliament have to do with polling.

  8. I agree. I did mention that there were some over-wild predictions about this seat earlier but they seem to have been overtaken……sorry if I contributed

  9. When you think about it our parliamentarians are protected from all manner of measures that has reduced and depleted the working lives of other public servants, who have had to endure:

    Sell off of beloved public buildings (uneconomical to run)
    Pay rise of 10% – 2 yrs ago
    Sell offs to private sector
    Cuts in numbers
    Constant improving in procedures
    Constant cost cutting

    Meanwhile the inhabitants of the Palace of Westminster just rumble along like it is 1899.

  10. Laura Pidcock has revealed she is pregnant.

  11. Has anyone on here come across a David Lindsay?

    A quick search reveals a blog, a Trial where he was the Defendant and so on. He says he’s a socialist, but ran a High Tory Dining Club @ Durham Uni at the same time as the infamous Mark Clarke was there.

    Does he stand in the locals as often as Bill Boakes was a PPC?

    A colleague said, “Oh, you must have heard of him. He claims to have his own Party” as I’m from ‘up North’ – but, of course, this character is firmly in the North East as far as I can tell, so I’ve yet to hear of his antics.

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