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Easington
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of Labour's strongest of all traditional strongholds, this was the seat of Manny Shinwell, an MP who first entered Parliament in 1922, defeated Ramsay MacDonald, his party's first ever Prime Minister in 1935 in Seaham (MacDonald had "betrayed" Labour by forming a coalition National government in the 1931 economic crisis), and was MP for Easington from its creation in 1950 to 1970, when he was well over 80 years of age. Shinwell went to the Lords, and remained active in his Labour's interest even as a centenarian. Easington still includes Seaham Harbour, along with big ex-colliery villages like Murton, Horden and Easington itself, whose pit workings extended far out below the North Sea. The New Town of Peterlee is also to be found here in east County Durham, but even its connections with age old tradition are apparent in its name: Peter Lee was the Durham-born international miners' union leader. In 1997 this seat produced Labour's second biggest numerical majority after Knowsley South, and its second biggest percentage majority after another Merseyside constituency, Bootle.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Cummings, a fifth generation child of the pits, is now one of only 12 remaining former NUM-sponsored MPs, having worked for 30 years as a pit electrician before being elected here in 1987. Born in 1943 and locally educated at Murton schools and Easington Technical College, he spent 17 years on the local council, 10 as leader, and was a Whip at Westminster for three years before being dropped by Blair on the morrow of victory in 1997. Though a leftwing defender of the dying coal industry and of a Palestinian state, he has rebelled only modestly against the Blair government, on the Prime Minister's power to nominate life peers and on disability benefit cuts. As a Catholic he backs curbs on abortion and embryo research.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.69% 14.99% 11.25
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.04% 2.13% 1.96
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.65% 4.43% 37.36
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.71% 7.27% 119.70
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 0.22% 3.94% 5.62
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.65% 13.04% 12.68
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 33.97% 12.70% 267.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.92% 8.14% 183.26
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.21% 3.19% 163.60
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 27.33% 11.31% 241.63
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.21% 3.06% 6.91
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.39% 2.52% 174.15
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 14.70% 9.41% 156.12
5-10K 24.89% 16.63% 149.63
10-15K 20.74% 16.58% 125.11
15-20K 13.87% 13.58% 102.11
20-25K 8.74% 10.39% 84.10
25-30K 5.49% 7.77% 70.65
30-35K 3.51% 5.79% 60.65
35-40K 2.30% 4.33% 53.16
40-45K 1.55% 3.27% 47.44
45-50K 1.07% 2.48% 42.98
50-55K 0.75% 1.90% 39.45
55-60K 0.54% 1.47% 36.58
60-65K 0.39% 1.15% 34.21
65-70K 0.29% 0.91% 32.22
70-75K 0.22% 0.72% 30.53
75-80K 0.17% 0.57% 29.07
80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 27.79
85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 26.66
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 25.65
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 24.75
100K + 0.28% 1.34% 20.79

Local Map of the constituency
Easington - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Easington - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.50%)
Conservative (-  8.14%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.38%)
Conservative (1.77%) Liberal Democrat (3.10%)
Labour (-  3.38%)
Con - 8.14%
Lab 7.50%
LD - 3.38%
Con 1.77%
Lab - 3.38%
LD 3.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Cummings
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.33%) 3,411 10.33%
Lab Labour (76.83%) 25,360 76.83%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.32%) 3,408 10.32%
Oth Other (2.52%) 831 2.52%
Maj Majority (66.49%) 21,949 66.49%
Turn Turnout (53.65%) 33,010 53.65%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Cummings
Labour hold
L John Cummings 25,360 76.83%
C Philip Lovel 3,411 10.33%
LD Christopher Ord 3,408 10.32%
SL Dave Robinson 831 2.52%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Cummings
Labour
Con Conservative (8.56%) 3,588 8.56%
Lab Labour (80.20%) 33,600 80.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.22%) 3,025 7.22%
Ref Referendum (2.81%) 1,179 2.81%
Oth Other (1.20%) 503 1.20%
Maj Majority (71.64%) 30,012 71.64%
Turn Turnout (67.01%) 41,895 67.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (16.70%) 7,879 16.70%
Lab Labour (72.70%) 34,269 72.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.60%) 5,001 10.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (56.00%) 26,390 56.00%
Turn Turnout (71.61%) 47,149 71.61%

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