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Durham North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Similar to the seat formerly named Chester le Street, this is a seat with one of the longest histories of continuous Labour party representation. The old Chester le Street was gained in 1906, and never lost, even in a byelection in the Liberals' annus mirabilis of 1973, when they carried all before them elsewhere, and even though the town of that name is quite a prosperous staging point on the original route form Newcastle to London, and is overshadowed by the stately Lambton Park - which also overlooks a fine new cricket ground purpose built to become the next Test arena. In the 1999 local elections Labour took 30 of the 33 council places available on Chester le Street district, and also dominated the Derwentside section around Stanley and Annfield Plain. Their 26,000 majority is invulnerable.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retreat of Labour's patrician Wykehamist Giles Radice comes Kevan Jones, who shares with his predecessor at least his career as a GMB union official in this, its North Eastern regional stronghold. Born in 1964 and educated at Portland Comprehensive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire and Newcastle Poly and the University of Southern Maine, Portland, USA, he is currently Northern Regional Political Officer of the GMB, Chief Whip of the ruling Labour Group on Newcastle City Council, where he has been a councillor since 1990, and a leading figure in the Northern Regional Labour Party. A campaigner on 'asbestos awareness', he comes with impeccable party, municipal and union credentials to take up where Radice left off after 28 years in a rock-solid Labour seat.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.69% 14.99% 17.96
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.04% 2.49% 1.71
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.03% 4.43% 181.36
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.53% 7.27% 144.80
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.28% 13.04% 78.86
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.64% 12.70% 217.57
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.55% 8.14% 141.89
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.16% 4.02% 4.06
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.35% 3.19% 168.08
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.29% 11.31% 161.68
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.82% 3.06% 26.76
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.61% 2.52% 182.94
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 12.87% 9.41% 136.76
5-10K 20.80% 16.63% 125.06
10-15K 18.69% 16.58% 112.72
15-20K 13.84% 13.58% 101.86
20-25K 9.66% 10.39% 92.99
25-30K 6.67% 7.77% 85.85
30-35K 4.64% 5.79% 80.05
35-40K 3.26% 4.33% 75.25
40-45K 2.32% 3.27% 71.19
45-50K 1.68% 2.48% 67.70
50-55K 1.23% 1.90% 64.63
55-60K 0.91% 1.47% 61.91
60-65K 0.68% 1.15% 59.46
65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 57.23
70-75K 0.40% 0.72% 55.20
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 53.33
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.59
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 49.98
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.47
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.06
100K + 0.53% 1.34% 39.77

Local Map of the constituency
Durham North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Durham North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.36%)
Conservative (- 10.39%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.22%)
Conservative (4.26%) Liberal Democrat (2.95%)
Labour (-  3.06%)
Con - 10.39%
Lab 10.36%
LD - 4.22%
Con 4.26%
Lab - 3.06%
LD 2.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kevan Jones
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.76%) 7,237 18.76%
Lab Labour (67.21%) 25,920 67.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.03%) 5,411 14.03%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (48.44%) 18,683 48.44%
Turn Turnout (57.04%) 38,568 57.04%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kevan Jones
Labour hold
LD Carole Field 5,411 14.03%
L Kevan Jones 25,920 67.21%
C Matthew Palmer 7,237 18.76%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Giles Radice
Labour
Con Conservative (14.51%) 6,843 14.51%
Lab Labour (70.26%) 33,142 70.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.08%) 5,225 11.08%
Ref Referendum (4.15%) 1,958 4.15%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (55.76%) 26,299 55.76%
Turn Turnout (69.48%) 47,168 69.48%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (24.90%) 12,610 24.90%
Lab Labour (59.90%) 30,374 59.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.30%) 7,755 15.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (35.00%) 17,764 35.00%
Turn Turnout (76.30%) 50,739 76.30%

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