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Durham North West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The North West Durham constituency includes some industrial scenery of an almost brutal nature. The seat of this name has always included several lonely little towns founded for coal mining among the hills and moors around the upper Wear valley - Tow Law, Crook and Willington, Esh Winning. Since 1983 this territory has been supplemented by Consett, a town which suffered economic and social disaster in the early 1980s when its steelworks were closed. Consett wa every much a one industry town, and most of its families depended directly or indirectly on the steel industry. Located in Derwentside district, Consett is a bleak place, the highest town in County Durham, and for some years the ruined site of the steelworks stood on typ of the hill, eerily dominating the redstone town like a kind of ghost. Things have moved on now, but this is still a rock-solid Labour seat, in the Armstrong dynasty for fifty years, and unlikely to change in either respect for quite some time to come.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Hilary Armstrong, a worthy and earnest lisping Methodist, was elected here in 1987 in succession to her father. As an MP's daughter, well-schooled in the political arts, she helped John Smith secure union backing for his introduction of OMOV (One member one vote) in 1993. Born 1945 and educated at Monkwearmouth Grammar School, West Ham College of Technology and Birmingham University, she was a social worker and then lecturer. She was appointed to government in 1997 and has been stuck as a local government and housing minister. Dubbed "a dull Harriet Harman", she has a rather relentless debating style.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.81% 14.99% 38.74
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.22% 2.13% 104.41
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.44% 4.43% 32.64
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.76% 7.27% 51.70
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 10.86% 13.04% 83.30
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 31.30% 12.70% 246.39
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 18.24% 8.14% 224.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.00% 4.02% 49.65
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.70% 3.19% 178.99
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.25% 11.31% 152.47
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.06% 3.06% 1.94
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.36% 2.52% 54.07
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 12.16% 9.41% 129.21
5-10K 20.47% 16.63% 123.07
10-15K 18.79% 16.58% 113.35
15-20K 14.13% 13.58% 104.03
20-25K 9.96% 10.39% 95.85
25-30K 6.90% 7.77% 88.80
30-35K 4.79% 5.79% 82.69
35-40K 3.35% 4.33% 77.37
40-45K 2.37% 3.27% 72.69
45-50K 1.70% 2.48% 68.54
50-55K 1.23% 1.90% 64.84
55-60K 0.91% 1.47% 61.52
60-65K 0.67% 1.15% 58.52
65-70K 0.51% 0.91% 55.80
70-75K 0.38% 0.72% 53.32
75-80K 0.29% 0.57% 51.04
80-85K 0.23% 0.46% 48.96
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 47.03
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 45.25
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 43.60
100K + 0.48% 1.34% 35.54

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.77%)
Conservative (- 11.97%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.82%)
Conservative (5.56%) Liberal Democrat (4.13%)
Labour (-  6.25%)
Con - 11.97%
Lab 10.77%
LD - 3.82%
Con 5.56%
Lab - 6.25%
LD 4.13%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hilary Armstrong
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.89%) 8,193 20.89%
Lab Labour (62.52%) 24,526 62.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.90%) 5,846 14.90%
Oth Other (1.69%) 661 1.69%
Maj Majority (41.64%) 16,333 41.64%
Turn Turnout (58.49%) 39,226 58.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hilary Armstrong
Labour hold
L Hilary Armstrong 24,526 62.52%
C William Coulston 8,193 20.89%
SL Joan Hartnell 661 1.69%
LD Alan Ord 5,846 14.90%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Hilary Armstrong
Labour
Con Conservative (15.33%) 7,101 15.33%
Lab Labour (68.77%) 31,855 68.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.78%) 4,991 10.78%
Ref Referendum (5.12%) 2,372 5.12%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (53.44%) 24,754 53.44%
Turn Turnout (68.97%) 46,319 68.97%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (27.30%) 13,930 27.30%
Lab Labour (58.00%) 29,596 58.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.60%) 7,458 14.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (30.70%) 15,666 30.70%
Turn Turnout (74.84%) 50,984 74.84%

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