Conservative: 9445 (23.48%)
Labour: 18141 (45.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 8033 (19.97%)
BNP: 2075 (5.16%)
UKIP: 1479 (3.68%)
Independent: 1049 (2.61%)
Majority: 8696 (21.62%)
Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 23889 (58.8%)
Conservative: 5846 (14.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4861 (12%)
Other: 6013 (14.8%)
Majority: 17875 (44%)
Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 5972 (14.4%)
Labour: 24429 (58.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 4935 (11.9%)
UKIP: 646 (1.6%)
Other: 5501 (13.3%)
Majority: 18457 (44.5%)
Conservative: 8397 (20.9%)
Labour: 26110 (64.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 3624 (9%)
UKIP: 974 (2.4%)
Other: 1153 (2.9%)
Majority: 17713 (44%)
Conservative: 8383 (17.8%)
Labour: 33526 (71.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3050 (6.5%)
Referendum: 1683 (3.6%)
Other: 474 (1%)
Majority: 25143 (53.4%)
Boundary changes: loses part of the split wards of Faverdale and Harrowgate Hill to Darlington.
Profile: A former mining seat in County Durham, best known for being the former constituency of Tony Blair, who resigned in 2007 to take up a post as a Middle East envoy. Sedgefield itself is a small town of 5000, from where the Conservatives draw what little strength they have in the constituency. The rest of the seat is made up of former coalfields and mining villages, now diversifying into light engineering. The main population centre is the new town of Newton Aycliffe, built in 1947.
Sedgefield is a rock solid Labour seat, and had been held by Tony Blair since its creation in 1983. In 2005 it was contested by 15 candidates, the most of any seat in the UK. Candidates included Reg Keys, the father of a military policeman killed in Iraq who took 10% of the vote. The original Conservative candidate, Danny Kruger, was forced to stand down shortly before the election campaign after being quoted as saying that the Conservatives would bring in a “period of creative destruction in the public services”.
Current MP: Phil Wilson(Labour) born 1959, Durham. Educated at Trimdon Secondary Modern. Former shop assistant, clerical worker and aide to Tony Blair, instrumental in originally selecting Blair in 1983. Prior to his election ran a PR company (more information at They work for you)
Neil Mahapatra (Conservative) Educated at Oxford University. Works for a family investment office.
Phil Wilson(Labour) born 1959, Durham. Educated at Trimdon Secondary Modern. Former shop assistant, clerical worker and aide to Tony Blair, instrumental in originally selecting Blair in 1983. Prior to his election ran a PR company (more information at They work for you)
Alan Thompson (Liberal Democrat)
Brian Gregory (UKIP)
Mark Walker (BNP)
Paul Gittins (Independent)
2001 Census Demographics
Total 2001 Population: 81356
Under 18: 22.6%
Over 60: 22.2%
Born outside UK: 1.8%
Full time students: 1.9%
Graduates 16-74: 13.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 36.3%
Social Housing: 27.5% (Council: 25.6%, Housing Ass.: 1.9%)
Privately Rented: 4.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 1.7%
The Sedgefield by-election was held on the 19th July following the resignation of Tony Blair and during Gordon Brown`s honeymoon as Labour leader. The Labour party successfully held the seat with a 14.1% drop in their vote, with the Liberal Democrats taking second place from the Conservatives. The BNP and local Independent councillor Paul Gittins both managed to save their deposit.
Phil Wilson (Labour): 12528 (44.8%)
Greg Stone (Liberal Democrat): 5572 (19.9%)
Graham Robb (Conservative): 4082 (14.6%)
Andrew Spence (BNP): 2494 (8.9%)
Paul Gittins (Independent): 1885 (6.7%)
Toby Horton (UKIP): 536 (1.9%)
Chris Haine (Green): 348 (1.2%)
Stephen Gash (English Democrat): 177 (0.6%)
Tim Grainger (Christian): 177 (0.6%)
Alan Hope (Loony): 129 (0.5%)
Norman Scarth (Anti-crime): 34 (0.1%)
Majority: 6956 (24.9%)
Stephen Gash (English Democrat) stood in the 2006 local elections in Carlisle.
Paul Gittins (Independent) Sedgefield councillor and former greengrocer.
Tim Grainger (Christian Party) Barrister.
Chris Haine (Green) born 1969. Educated at Northumbria University. Humanist Funeral officiant.
Alan Hope (Offical Monster Raving Loony) born Mytchett. Publican. Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party since 1999. Contested Teignbridge 1983, 1987, 1992, Aldershot 1997, Eddisbury by-election 1999, Kensington and Chelsea by-election 1999, Brent East by-election 2003, Hartlepool by-election 2004, Aldershot 2005, Blaenau Gwent by-election 2006.
Toby Horton (UKIP) Director of a television production company. Contested Sedgefield 1983, Rother Valley 1992 for the Conservative Party. Defected to UKIP in 2006.
Graham Robb (Conservative) Educated at Nunthorpe School, Middlesborough. Founder and co-owner of a PR company. Former BBC radio producer and presenter. Was lead spokesman for the North East Says No referendum campaign. Contested Hartlepool 1992.
Norman Scarth (Anti Crime) born 1925. Retired stud farmer. Gaoled for six years in 2001 for wounding with intent after attacking a baliff with a chainsaw. Contested Chesterfield in 1997 as an Independent Old Age Pensioner.
Andrew Spence (BNP) Farmer and haulier. Leading figure in 2000 fuel protests. Contested Sedgefield in 2001 for UKIP.
Greg Stone (Liberal Democrat) born 1974, Yorkshire. Educated at Fulford School and Newcastle University. Newcastle councillor since 1998. Contested Vale of York 2001, Newcastle upon Tyne Central 2005. Contested North East region in 2004 European elections.
Phil Wilson (Labour) born 1959, Durham. Educated at Trimdon Secondary Modern. Former shop assistant, clerical worker and aide to Tony Blair, instrumental in originally selecting Blair in 1983. Now runs a PR company.