General election 2010: Labour hold City of Durham

By Aled Thomas

A small swing was not enough for the Liberal Democrats in the City of Durham, as Labour’s Roberta Blackman-Woods held on.

The governing party candidate held the seat with 20,496, a majority of just more than 3,000 over the Lib Dem candidate Carol Woods, with 17,429.

The third party had great hopes of taking this seat from Labour, hoping to appeal to a large student population, and whilst it did gain votes from the incumbent, the swing of 0.4% was not enough to win.

This result reinforces the sense that there is clearly no uniform swing across the country with individual seats behaving very differently.