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Darlington
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The MP may well put Darlington firmly on the political map. He is Alan Milburn, perhaps the fastest rising of Cabinet members, holding the high-profile and vital Health portfolio, and from the point of view of early in the year 2001 a reasonable bet as a long-term successor to his fellow Durham representative Tony Blair as party leader and even PM. Darlington has never been a rock solid Labour seat. It was held by Michael Fallon for the Conservatives from 1983 to 1992, and it is not just an industrial town known in history as the central station on the world's first passenger railway line, from Shildon to Stockton (1825) but as a major market centre even for folk from the North Yorkshire Dales, with attractive residential areas in the west of the town, less than 20pc council tenants and overall half and half working and middle class. Take away the 14pc swing Milburn and his party achieved in 1997 and one is left with a majority of only just over 5pc, or about 2,500. That would be a very diffferent matter for the fast rising Mr Milburn to chew on.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Pinched-faced and abrasive with a strangulated Geordie accent to rival the more affected tones of Jack Cunningham, Alan Milburn is the effortlessly-rising Blairite. Son of a single mother, he was born 1958, educated at Stokesley Comprehensive School and Lancaster University and rose via jobs for unions and local authorities before winning this seat from the Tories in 1992. Currently Health Secretary, he has spent all his time in government either at Health or in the Treasury, so he probably knows better than anyone the truth about NHS spending under a Labour government, as the customers struggle to work it out.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.50% 14.99% 83.40
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.69% 2.49% 27.60
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.87% 4.43% 42.30
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.10% 7.27% 97.56
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.02% 2.56% 117.78
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.04% 2.04% 2.09
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.94% 3.94% 74.54
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.42% 13.04% 56.90
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 35.36% 12.70% 278.37
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.83% 8.14% 83.86
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.64% 4.02% 40.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.78% 3.19% 118.56
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.58% 11.31% 75.85
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.11% 3.06% 69.03
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.12% 2.52% 242.86
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.95% 9.41% 116.31
5-10K 19.55% 16.63% 117.53
10-15K 18.55% 16.58% 111.86
15-20K 14.20% 13.58% 104.54
20-25K 10.13% 10.39% 97.49
25-30K 7.10% 7.77% 91.32
30-35K 4.99% 5.79% 86.14
35-40K 3.55% 4.33% 81.86
40-45K 2.56% 3.27% 78.35
45-50K 1.87% 2.48% 75.47
50-55K 1.39% 1.90% 73.11
55-60K 1.05% 1.47% 71.18
60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.58
65-70K 0.62% 0.91% 68.27
70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 67.18
75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 66.28
80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 65.53
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 64.92
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 64.40
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 63.98
100K + 0.85% 1.34% 62.95

Local Map of the constituency
Darlington - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Darlington - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.47%)
Conservative (- 14.70%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.07%)
Conservative (3.48%) Liberal Democrat (3.46%)
Labour (-  6.41%)
Con - 14.70%
Lab 13.47%
LD - 1.07%
Con 3.48%
Lab - 6.41%
LD 3.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Milburn
Labour hold
Con Conservative (31.78%) 12,950 31.78%
Lab Labour (55.16%) 22,479 55.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.69%) 4,358 10.69%
Oth Other (2.37%) 967 2.37%
Maj Majority (23.38%) 9,529 23.38%
Turn Turnout (63.35%) 40,754 63.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Milburn
Labour hold
LD Robert Adamson 4,358 10.69%
SA Alan Docherty 469 1.15%
L Alan Milburn 22,479 55.16%
I Craig Platt 269 0.66%
C Tony Richmond 12,950 31.78%
SL Amanda Rose 229 0.56%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Milburn
Labour
Con Conservative (28.30%) 13,633 28.30%
Lab Labour (61.57%) 29,658 61.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.23%) 3,483 7.23%
Ref Referendum (2.90%) 1,399 2.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (33.27%) 16,025 33.27%
Turn Turnout (73.95%) 48,173 73.95%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.00%) 23,758 43.00%
Lab Labour (48.10%) 26,556 48.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.30%) 4,586 8.30%
Oth Other (0.60%) 355 0.60%
Maj Majority (5.10%) 2,798 5.10%
Turn Turnout (82.62%) 55,255 82.62%

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