Durham (European Parliament constituency)


Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

Durham
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
Sources

The constituency of Durham was one of them.

From 1979 to 1984, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street, Consett, Darlington, Durham, Durham North West, Easington, and Houghton-le-Spring.[1] From 1984 to 1999 it consisted of: Bishop Auckland, Blaydon, City of Durham, Darlington, Easington, North Durham, North West Durham, Sedgefield.

Members of the European Parliament


ElectionMemberParty
1979 Roland Boyes Labour
1984 Stephen Hughes
1989
1994

Election results


European elections 1979: Durham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Boyes 81,982 54.2
Conservative R. Sheaf 53,043 35.1
Liberal C. Foote Wood 16,094 10.7
Majority 28,939 19.1
Turnout 151,029 27.7
Labour hold Swing
European elections 1984: Durham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Hughes 106,073 57.9 +3.7
Conservative Hon. W.R.F. Vane 44,846 24.5 -10.6
Liberal C. Foote Wood 32,307 17.6 +6.9
Majority 61,227 33.4 +14.3
Turnout 183,226 34.6 +6.9
Labour hold Swing
European elections 1989: Durham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Hughes 124,448 65.8 +7.9
Conservative R. Hull 37,600 19.9 -4.6
Green Miss H.I. Lennox 18,770 9.9 New
SLD P. Freitag 8,369 4.4 -13.2
Majority 86,848 45.9 +11.5
Turnout 189,187 35.7 +1.1
Labour hold Swing
European elections 1994: Durham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Hughes 136,671 72.1 +6.3
Conservative P.C. Bradbourn 25,033 13.2 -6.7
Liberal Democrats N. Martin 20,935 11.1 +6.7
Green S.R. Hope 5,670 3.0 -6.9
Natural Law C.J. Adamson 1,198 0.6 New
Majority 111,638 58.9 +13.0
Turnout 532,051 35.6 -0.1
Labour hold Swing

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