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City of Durham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6146 (13.29%)
Labour: 20496 (44.31%)
Liberal Democrat: 17429 (37.68%)
BNP: 1153 (2.49%)
UKIP: 856 (1.85%)
Independent: 172 (0.37%)
Majority: 3067 (6.63%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 20928 (47.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 17654 (39.8%)
Conservative: 4179 (9.4%)
Other: 1603 (3.6%)
Majority: 3274 (7.4%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 7167 (17.3%)
Labour: 23254 (56.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 9813 (23.7%)
UKIP: 1252 (3%)
Majority: 13441 (32.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 8598 (17.5%)
Labour: 31102 (63.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 7499 (15.3%)
Referendum: 1723 (3.5%)
Other: 213 (0.4%)
Majority: 22504 (45.8%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: Co-terminous with the City of Durham itself, it includes Durham itself – a small medieval city dominated by its cathedral and ancient university – and the surrounding villages such as Waterhouses, Ludworth, Brandon, Coxhoe, Sherburn.

A Labour seat since 1935, but became a marginal seat with the SDP in the 1980s and, more recently from the Liberal Democrats. While Durham itself is strongly Liberal Democrat (and the City council is now controlled by the Lib Dems), the outlying villages are largely former mining areas and in many cases monolithically Labour.

portraitCurrent MP: Roberta Blackman-Woods(Labour) born 1957, Belfast. Educated at the University of Ulster. Former lecturer and professor at the University of Northumberland. Former Oxford councillor and Newcastle councillor. PPS to Hilary Armstrong (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitNick Varley (Conservative) Student at the University of Hull.
portraitRoberta Blackman-Woods(Labour) born 1957, Belfast. Educated at the University of Ulster. Former lecturer and professor at the University of Northumberland. Former Oxford councillor and Newcastle councillor. PPS to Hilary Armstrong (more information at They work for you)
portraitCarol Woods (Liberal Democrat) born 1954. Educated at the University of Hull. Runs a holiday cottage business. Durham councillor since 2003. Contested Durham in 2001 and 2005.
portraitNigel Coghill-Marshall (UKIP)
portraitRalph Musgrove (BNP)
portraitJonathan Collings (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87709
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 18.7%
Over 60: 19.5%
Born outside UK: 4.7%
White: 97.7%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.7%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 79.7%
Muslim: 0.6%
Full time students: 14.5%
Graduates 16-74: 22%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.1%
Owner-Occupied: 67.6%
Social Housing: 23.3% (Council: 20%, Housing Ass.: 3.3%)
Privately Rented: 6.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 1.7%

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