Stockton North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 11069 (28%)
Labour: 19436 (49.1%)
Lib Dem: 884 (2.2%)
UKIP: 7581 (19.2%)
Others: 601 (1.5%)
MAJORITY: 8367 (21.1%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: North East, Cleveland. Part of the Stockton on Tees council area.

Main population centres: Stockton, Billingham.

Profile: The northern part of Stockton, including the town centre, along with the chemical manufacturing town of Billingham (once the site of a major ICI factory, now closed) and the rural western parts of the borough of Stockton on Tees. The constituency also includes the gas terminal and processing areas on the northern side of the Tees estuary.

Politics: Stockton was split into two seats in the 1983 boundary review, when the sitting MP for the town was Bill Rodgers, one of the four founders of the SDP. Rodgers contested Stokton North at its first election, but finished third. Since then it has been a safe Labour seat. At the 2010 election the sitting Labour MP Frank Cook was de-selected by his local Labour party and stood as an independent, the least successful of the four sitting MPs who stood as independents against their old party.

Current MP
ALEX CUNNINGHAM (Labour) Born 1955. Educated at Branksome Comprehensive and Darlington Technical College. Former head of Communications for Transco, now running a communications and web design business. Cleveland country councillor 1984-1997, Stockton councillor from 1999. First elected as MP for Stockton North in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 10247 (26%)
Lab: 16923 (43%)
LDem: 6342 (16%)
BNP: 1724 (4%)
Oth: 4262 (11%)
MAJ: 6676 (17%)
Con: 7575 (21%)
Lab: 20012 (55%)
LDem: 6869 (19%)
BNP: 986 (3%)
UKIP: 986 (3%)
MAJ: 12437 (34%)
Con: 7823 (22%)
Lab: 22470 (63%)
LDem: 4208 (12%)
GRN: 926 (3%)
MAJ: 14647 (41%)
Con: 8369 (19%)
Lab: 29726 (67%)
LDem: 4816 (11%)
MAJ: 21357 (48%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
CHRIS DANIELS (Conservative)
ALEX CUNNINGHAM (Labour) See above.
ANTHONY SYCAMORE (Liberal Democrat)
JOHN TAIT (North East Party)
Comments - 41 Responses on “Stockton North”
  1. The way that Returning Officer fluffed his lines in the 1983 declaration rather spoilt the spectacle as he announced Labour as one thousand 870 rather than eigheen thousand.

    Rodgers chances were I think rated the worst of the Gang of Four, and his defeat was heaviest and in third place, but at just over 4,000 votes behind the winner it wasn’t complete humiliation.

    A very good Conservative result which slightly increased and strangely didn’t lose even 1 or 2 pc to the Allliance.

  2. Found it a bit ironic that a Labour Mayor
    fluffed the spectacle of the SDP losing.
    by announcing the Labour figure too low.

  3. Actually, the Returning Officer appears to have read out the majority 1,870
    rather than missed a 0 on the end.

    What a dipstick – ruined the whole spectacle of this sanctimonious Lib Dem (to all intents and purposes) being booted out.

  4. The Tories might have won Stockton North in 1983 if the Labour and SDP votes had divided slightly differently but it would have been a certain Labour gain in 1987.

  5. That’s true.
    There are a number of Tory wards – even part of Billingham is now I think,
    and probably was in 1983.

    In fact it would probably have been about the most impressive Labour gain in 1987 – by about 7,000 votes.

  6. In fact, if he hadn’t corrected his declaration – Labour 1,870, then it would have been a Conservative gain by about 2,000.

    I think it is actually quite a serious matter because if the result is declared wrong and not cured immediately it sticks as the official result?

  7. I think it’s the figures that are written down that count as the official result, not the ones spoken aloud by the returning officer.

  8. Yes – that must be so – because there has been at least one case of the former in a local election.

    I must say it would have been a funny spectacle if the Gang of 4 were all decapitated in close sequence in 1983.

    You can imagine the bitterness.

  9. I think one of the things that was so hilariously funny about the Returning officer bumbling the announcement
    is it looked for a split second that Bill Rodgers was glancing at the result “surely not – may be I did it after all if there was shum mistake”


  10. My 2015 forecast here

    Lab 48
    Con 22
    UKIP 15
    LD 7
    Others 8

  11. Did anyone else find it as hilarious as I did when the Returning Officer made a complete mess of the declaration in 1983?

  12. Yes I did too Joe. It was bitterly ironic as you said ages ago. Of course, once BR left the seat the SDP collapsed in 1987, perhaps adding to the irony of Bill Rodgers’ respectable showing in 1983.

  13. As usual the more interesting declaration in Stockton South in 1983 doesn’t seem to be available anywhere. All the more frustrating that they had cameras there, assuming it was held in the same counting venue.

  14. I am grateful to that returning officer. Gave me something to laugh at.

  15. Go to 29.58 for this declaration.

    I’d urge anyone to take another look at it – it really is hugely funny.

  16. Bbcqt from Stockton-on-Tees. The panel includes Lord Heseltine, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint and Dragons’ Den Duncan Bannatyne.

  17. very bizarrely, i have just heard mandy boylett, ukip candidate for this constituency, sing (on social media) a version of chiquitita by abba with words changed to fit ukip’s policies. i couldn’t listen for more than a few seconds, she was pretty out of tune, and i’m a music graduate with perfect pitch.

  18. Labour hold. 10,000 majority

  19. Billingham North Ward By-election result:

    Labour 40% (+5%)
    Cons 39% (+19%)
    Ind 11% (+11%)
    LD 5% (+5%)
    NE Party 5% (+5%)

  20. One is inclined to ask Lancs why when all these by-election results were mentioned and discussed the other day, are you now posting specifically about the one comparatively poor result for Labour?

  21. Rivers- this is exactly why I cannot take this poster remotely seriously. He’s a bitter, nasty piece of work. Even when he highlights supposedly interesting stories about local councillors, it’s always about Labour ones, and are usually of the ‘Lab councillor has overdue library book shokka ‘ variety. He’s a troll whose only fans on here are other provincial right wing dullards.

  22. In fairness no one had mentioned the result on the constituency thread, which perhaps suggests that Lancs Osbserver is by no means the only contributor who comments selectively on results.

  23. Yes, Barnaby only posted the results that were good for Labour. I for one, had no idea about this one – and Barnaby is the sort of contributor I would expect to deliver the bad (from his perspective) news as well as the good. On this particular seat it’s difficult to make many judgements; I imagine that a UKIP candidate stood last time and this is where most of the Tory increase came from, rather than any genuine movement towards the Tories. But just as with the results that were good for Labour, we shouldn’t read too much into anything.

    As for accusations of trolling – it’s difficult. None of Lancs’s posts taken individually are particularly partisan, but taken as a whole there’s a definite agenda there. I think once you take that into account, there’s not too much to worry about. And he certainly isn’t trolling in the classic sense of posting stuff specifically to irritate or upset others.

  24. I didn’t post this result because it took quite a long time for the percentage polling to appear, although it was announced surprisingly early that Labour had held the seat. It did stick out like a sore thumb. All the other results ranged from good to fantastic from Labour’s point of view.

  25. It wasn’t a bad result like many of the seats the tories lost last month Labour increased their share but was just overshadowed by a larger increase from the Tories. Comparatively it wasnt as strong as what was a good night for labour but as the Tories did well last week I’m not sure it means anything at all. The result seems to emphasise the success the Tories are having in Tees Valley having won the mayoralty and Middleboro & East Cleveland despite losing Stockton South

  26. That’s true but Labour still had no trouble in holding Stockton North (in the general election – apparently the Tories put quite a lot of effort in, effort they would have been wiser to expend in Stockton South.

  27. Its a pretty safe seat atm Stockton North

  28. Tristan “bitter, nasty piece of work” – that’s number 6.

    Even your comment without abuse is false. In fact, I note defections and convictions of all cllrs and have done so for years.

    The tally actually has LDs, Lab, SNP, UKIP, Con in that order – (in the unlikely event you were actually interested in facts of course).

    Rivers10 – been away on holiday so haven’t posted. Didn’t see any results posted from any of the by-elections over the past month.

  29. “He’s a bitter, nasty piece of work. Even when he highlights supposedly interesting stories about local councillors, it’s always about Labour ones, and are usually of the ‘Lab councillor has overdue library book shokka ‘ variety. He’s a troll whose only fans on here are other provincial right wing dullards.”

    I’ve had my share of cross words with Lancs but I do think that comment is unfair, and I’m not right wing, though call me a provincial dullard if you like.

    Lancs has posted about convictions for numerous Tory councillors, disturbingly often (for all parties) these seem to relate to child sex offences. This may just be the nature of the kid of people who become councillors these days and it is a very worrying thing.

  30. Do you consider yourself centre right?

  31. Yes. Economically slightly right of centre, more so on social issues usually, but staunchly pro-European. Essentially a Heseltineite. There used to be very many such people on the Tory benches in the 70s and 80s but few if any now. The few remaining pro-Europeans like Clarke and Soubry tend to be very socially liberal.

  32. Perhaps your own MP Nicholas Soames is fairly close to your own worldview?

  33. Yes he is

  34. Lancs- ‘that’s number 6’.

    6 of what? Believe me I’ve slagged you off more than 6 times.

  35. ‘Yes. Economically slightly right of centre, more so on social issues usually, but staunchly pro-European. Essentially a Heseltineite.’

    I thought you were generally more liberal on social matters than ecomic ones but obviously you know better than me!

    Pertinent (and often forgotten) point about Heseltine, who is considerably more socially conservative than other staunch pro-Europeans like Soubry and to a lesser extent Clarke. He was one of only three Major government cabinet ministers who voted against lowering the age of homosexual consent to 18 in 1993 (he thought it should stay at 21)

  36. I didn’t know that Heseltine was generally regarded as a social conservative. He didn’t join in the ‘demonisation’ of single mothers in the early 1990’s from what I recall.

  37. Heseltine changed his mind on gay rights and supported gay marriage in the Lords.

    For me “social conservative” means supporting children and the family, and having robust views on law and order. It is possible to do that without taking a bigoted line on gay rights, abortion etc.

  38. I agree with Tristam that Heseltine is hard to ckassify as a social cobservative but take the point that hes not as liberal as other pro-Europeans, like Soubry and Clarke

    I’ve just checked Tim’s claim that he voted to keep the age of consent for gay couples at 21 and he’s right. I can’t believe he supports that now

  39. Alex Cunningham has been appointed shadow housing minster.

  40. Labour source here says they will be surprised if Labour lose here and that their Data reflects the MRP (Which gives Labour a 44-36 lead.)

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