North West Durham Parliamentary Constituency is located within the County of Durham in the North East of England. The constituency covers a large geographical area which is predominately rural. North West Durham includes areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the moorlands of the North Pennines, the Dales of the Rivers Wear and Derwent Valley.
The constituency’s borders stretch from Tyne and Wear and South Northumberland to the North to the banks of the Wear in the South. The constituency borders with Cumbria to the west and stretches to the outskirts of the historic City of Durham in the east.
The Parliamentary Constituency covers parts of two districts, Derwentside in the North and Wear Valley in the south.
North West Durham was founded on the traditional industries of coal mining and steel making. These industries have disappeared over recent decades and the area has had to adapt to a new economy.
The largest town in the constituency is Consett, which was once famous for the massive Steelworks that dominated the town and provided employment for most of the town’s people.
The area also has a proud coal mining past – many of the villages in the constituency owe their existence to the local pit.
Pat Glass MP represents the areas of Consett, Leadgate, Shotley Bridge, Delves Lane, Dipton, Burnopfield, Lanchester, Burnhope, Cornsay, Esh, Langley Park, Tow Law, Crook, Stanley Crook, Willington, Stanhope, Wolsingham and St John’s Chapel.
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