|Gerry Steinberg MP||Durham City Labour Party|
The City of Durham
The constituency with a beautiful city at its heart.
Around the city are many villages, some almost towns in themselves. Most were originally mining villages. There is also a strong rural and agricultural aspect to the constituency.
The constituency boundary coincides exactly with that of the City of Durham Council, a district council within the County of Durham.
|View of Durham Cathedral from the river bank opposite the Fulling Mill|
The constituency is not without its problems though. The Tories' deliberate, rapid destruction of the coal mining industry has hit the area hard, and in the former mining communities which surround the city, much hardship was caused and still persists. New industry has been attracted and is still coming, but there remain too many who cannot find employment.
To the north, a few minutes away by car or
train is the regional capital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a major centre
of industry and commerce. Just as near is Sunderland, one of England's
newest cities, although an ancient town, famous for its long tradition
of shipbuilding, and like the rest of the Durham area, coal mining, both now
gone as a result of the Tories' economic mismanagement.
View of the Castle and Cathedral from the Riverside
This shows where Durham is. Although as a World Heritage Site, in the summer one could be
forgiven for thinking that everybody in the world has found it.