Stockton South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|County||County Durham, North Yorkshire|
|Major settlements||Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe|
|Member of Parliament||Matt Vickers (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby, Easington and Richmond (Yorks)|
1983–1997: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Bishopsgarth, Egglescliffe, Fairfield, Grangefield, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Mandale, Parkfield, Preston, Stainsby, Victoria, Village, and Yarm, and the Borough of Middlesbrough wards of Ayresome, Brookfield, and Kader.
1997–2010: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Bishopsgarth, Egglescliffe, Elm Tree, Fairfield, Grangefield, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Mandale, Parkfield, Preston, Stainsby, Victoria, Village, and Yarm. The three Middlesbrough wards were transferred to the redrawn Middlesbrough constituency.
2010–present: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree, Eaglescliffe, Fairfield, Grangefield, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick East, Ingleby Barwick West, Mandale and Victoria, Parkfield and Oxbridge, Stainsby Hill, Thornaby-on-Tees, and Yarm.
Stockton South consists of the south-western half of Stockton-on-Tees and on the same bank, upstream, the town of Eaglescliffe – on the southern bank of the River Tees are the towns of Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm, and Ingleby Barwick.
- Political history
More middle-class than neighbouring Stockton North, this seat was first won by the SDP-Liberal Alliance in a narrow victory at the 1983. Ian Wrigglesworth, the former Labour MP for Thornaby, defected to the newly-formed Social Democratic Party in 1981, and held the successor seat as the SDP candidate.
This result came after the Conservative candidate's nomination was withdrawn when he was revealed to have previously been in the National Front.
Following this, the seat was held by a Conservative for ten years, from 1987 to 1997. It was a bellwether in Labour's landslide at the 1997 general election, and its member, Dari Taylor, retained it until the 2010 general election, when the Conservative, James Wharton narrowly won back the seat.
It was the Conservative Party's only gain in the North East, with Wharton substantially increasing his majority at the 2015 general election. However, Labour's victory in the seat in 2017 saw the seat's 30 year status as a bellwether constituency come to an end. In 2019, the Conservatives took it back, in line with the general swing in their favour in multiple north-east Red wall seats.
Based on ONS data, workless claimants and registered jobseekers, were in May 2017 lower than the North East average of 5.9% and also lower than the national average of 4.6%, at 3.4% of the population.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
On 11 December 2019, the day before the election, the Liberal Democrat candidate Brendan Devlin endorsed the Labour candidate Paul Williams, urging people to vote tactically to stop the Conservatives winning the seat. However, Devlin still appeared on the ballot paper and therefore received votes.
|Liberal Democrats||Brendan Devlin||2,338||4.3||2.5|
|Brexit Party||John Prescott||2,196||4.0||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||5.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Drew Durning||951||1.8||0.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||5.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Drew Durning||1,366||2.6||12.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Jacquie Bell||7,600||15.1||−1.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||−7.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Barker||7,171||16.0||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Suzanne Fletcher||6,012||13.6||+4.4|
|Socialist Alliance||Lawrence Coombes||455||1.0||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Monck||4,721||9.2||−5.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+14.0|
|Labour||John McKie Scott||25,049||39.8||+8.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Kay R. Kirkham||9,410||15.0||−18.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||John McKie Scott||18,600||31.3||+5.0|
|Conservative gain from SDP||Swing|
|SDP win (new seat)|
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