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Stockton South

2010 Results:
Conservative: 19577 (38.93%)
Labour: 19245 (38.27%)
Liberal Democrat: 7600 (15.11%)
BNP: 1553 (3.09%)
UKIP: 1471 (2.93%)
Christian: 302 (0.6%)
Independent: 536 (1.07%)
Majority: 332 (0.66%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20503 (47.5%)
Conservative: 14807 (34.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 6974 (16.2%)
Other: 897 (2.1%)
Majority: 5696 (13.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15341 (34.1%)
Labour: 21480 (47.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 7171 (16%)
UKIP: 931 (2.1%)
Majority: 6139 (13.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 14328 (32.4%)
Labour: 23414 (53%)
Liberal Democrat: 6012 (13.6%)
Other: 455 (1%)
Majority: 9086 (20.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17205 (33%)
Labour: 28790 (55.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4721 (9.1%)
Referendum: 1400 (2.7%)
Majority: 11585 (22.2%)

Boundary changes: Minor. Loses part of the Western Parishes ward, part of Newtown and the town centre to Stockon North. It gains a small part of Bishopsgarth, containing less than a hundred voters.

Profile: Straddling the traditional boundary between Yorkshire and County Durham, Stockton South is a relatively affluent and middle class seat compared to most seats in the North-East. Contains the southern part of Stockton itself and the towns of Thornaby, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe.

Regarded as a marginal seat, although now quite a remote target for the Conservatives, Stockton South was one of only 6 to return SDP MPs in the 1983 election, with Ian Wrigglesworth one of only four of the sitting MPs who crossed the floor to retain his seat, largely because his Conservative opponent was revealed to have past links with the National Front and many Conservative ministers refused to campaign for him. The seat fell to the Conservatives in 1987, and to Labour in 1997. In 2005 the Conservative candidate was the former Bad Girls actor James Gaddas.

portraitCurrent MP: James Wharton (Conservative) Educated at Durham University. Currently works for a North-East law firm.

2010 election candidates:
portraitJames Wharton (Conservative) Educated at Durham University. Currently works for a North-East law firm.
portraitDari Taylor(Labour) born 1944, Rhondda, daughter of former Labour MP Dan Jones. Educated at Ynyshire Girls School, Burnley Municipal College and the University of Nottingham. Former regional education officer for the GMB. Sunderland Councillor from 1986-1997. First elected as MP for Stockton South in 1997. PPS to Hazel Blears from 2003-2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJacquie Bell (Liberal Democrat)
portraitPeter Braney (UKIP)
portraitNeil Sinclair (BNP)
portraitTed Strike (Christian Party)
portraitYvonne Hossack (Independent) Solicitor.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89924
Male: 48.9%
Female: 51.1%
Under 18: 23.7%
Over 60: 18.7%
Born outside UK: 3.4%
White: 96.4%
Asian: 2.4%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 81.5%
Muslim: 1.9%
Full time students: 3.4%
Graduates 16-74: 18.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.6%
Owner-Occupied: 78.1%
Social Housing: 15.2% (Council: 11%, Housing Ass.: 4.2%)
Privately Rented: 5.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.6%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.