is a pit town in County Durham
, in the foothills of the Pennines
and near the River Wear
. It is close to Crook and Bishop Auckland
. The colliery closed in 1967
and the town has still not fully recovered. The Labour Party
is very strong here, and in the 2003 council elections, Labour won 82% of the vote in Willingdon. Willington is part of Wear Valley council, and Durham North West parliamentary constituency.