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Stockton South MP James Wharton wins ministerial post

Stockton South MP James Wharton is now a junior minister.

James Wharton, the MP who delivered one of the most important Conservative victories of the General Election, has been rewarded with a junior ministerial post.

The Stockton South MP becomes a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he will have responsibility for the 'Northern Powerhouse' plans to boost the economy of the North of England.


Stockton woman dies after being hit by lorry in County Durham

A woman from Stockton has died after being hit by a lorry in County Durham.

The crash happened shortly after 2.30am last Saturday (9th May) on the A690 at West Rainton, near Durham.

A woman from Stockton has died after being struck by a lorry on the A690 at West Rainton, near Durham in the early hours of Saturday morning. It was on the inside lane of the westbound carriageway between West Rainton and the entrance to the Ramside Hall hotel. 36-year-old Kelly Bennett had been walking on the road when she was hit from behind by the Volvo truck.

Witnesses can contact Durham Police by calling 101.

We believe Kelly had left a friend's house in WestRainton and for some unknown reason was walking on the carriageway, in the direction of Durham when she was struck by the lorry. If anyone driving along the A690 at that time remembers seeing a woman on foot in that area, we would ask them to contact us."

– Sgt Jonathan Morgan, Durham Police

Police concerned for missing teenage girl from Stockton

Police have said they are concerned for the welfare of a missing teenager from Stockton.

16-year-old Kay Tempest was last seen in the town at around 3pm yesterday, May 7.

Kay Tempest
  • She is described as white, 5’5”, slim build, blonde hair, and blue eyes.
  • She was last seen wearing a grey hooded tracksuit top.

Police are concerned for her welfare due to her age. If anyone has any information please call 101.


Watch: Conservatives keep Stockton South despite Labour push

The Conservative James Wharton has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for despite it being one of Labour's top targets across the country.

The seat was thought to be on a knife-edge after James Wharton won it by just 332 votes at the last election in 2010.

But tonight his majority increased to 5,046.

Result breakdown:

James Wharton (Con) - 24,221 (46.76%, +7.83%)

Louise Baldock (Lab) - 19,175 (37.02%, -1.25%)

Ted Strike (UKIP) - 5,480 (10.58%, +7.65%)

Drew Durning (Lib Dem) - 1,366 (2.64%, -12.48%)

Jacqui Lovell (Green) - 952 (1.84%)

Steve Walmsley (IASI) - 603 (1.16%)

Conservative majority: 5,046 (9.74%)

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