Burton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Burton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Burton in Staffordshire.
Outline map
Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Electorate 75,302 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Burton upon Trent and Uttoxeter
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Burton is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency covers most of the East Staffordshire district. The main town is Burton upon Trent, while it also includes Uttoxeter, Tutbury and Rocester. The remaining small part of East Staffordshire (the area around Abbots Bromley and Yoxall) is in the Lichfield constituency.

Boundary review[edit]

Following a review by the Boundary Commission for England, at the 2010 general election the boundaries of the Burton constituency will be amended slightly, with the Needwood ward (containing the village of Barton-under-Needwood) being transferred to the Lichfield constituency.

History[edit]

The constituency was formed in 1885. From 1950 until 1997, the seat was held by the Conservative Party; the brewing industry of Burton upon Trent traditionally being a strong supporter of the Conservatives. However, like many traditionally Conservative seats, it fell to the Labour Party during their landslide victory at the 1997 general election. Labour's Janet Dean held the seat until 2010 when the Tories retook the seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Sir Michael Bass, 1st Baronet Liberal
1886 Sydney Evershed Liberal
1900 Robert Frederick Ratcliff Liberal Unionist
1912 Conservative
1918 John Gretton Conservative
1943 by-election John Frederic Gretton Conservative
1945 Arthur William Lyne Labour
1950 Arthur Colegate Conservative
1955 John Jennings Conservative
Feb. 1974 Ivan Lawrence Conservative
1997 Janet Dean Labour
2010 Andrew Griffiths Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Griffiths 22,188 44.5 +7.2
Labour Ruth Smeeth 15,884 31.9 -10.2
Liberal Democrat Michael Rodgers 7,891 15.8 +3.4
BNP Alan Hewitt 2,409 4.8 +1.0
UKIP Philip Lancaster 1,451 2.9 +1.0
Majority 6,304 12.7
Turnout 49,823 66.5 +6.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Dean 19,701 41.1 −7.9
Conservative Adrian Pepper 18,280 38.2 −0.4
Liberal Democrat Sandra Johnson 6,236 13.0 +3.4
BNP Julie Russell 1,840 3.8 N/A
UKIP Philip Lancaster 913 1.9 −0.2
Veritas Brian Buxton 912 1.9 N/A
Majority 1,421 3.0
Turnout 47,882 61.0 −0.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2001: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Dean 22,783 49.0 -2.0
Conservative Mrs. Maggie A. Punyer 17,934 38.6 -0.8
Liberal Democrat David A. Fletcher 4,468 9.6 +1.1
UKIP Ian E. Crompton 984 2.1 N/A
ProLife Alliance John D.W. Roberts 288 0.6 N/A
Majority 4,849 10.4
Turnout 46,457 61.7 −13.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Burton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Dean 27,810 51.0
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 21,480 39.4
Liberal Democrat David A. Fletcher 4,617 8.47
National Democrats Keith Sharp 604 1.11
Majority 6,330 11.61
Turnout 54,514 75.05
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Burton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 30,845 49.7 −1.0
Labour Ms. Patricia K. Muddyman 24,849 40.0 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Rob C. Renold 6,375 10.3 −5.5
Majority 5,996 9.7 −7.4
Turnout 62,069 82.4 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing −3.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 29,160 50.68
Labour D Heptonstall 19,330 33.60
Liberal KA Hemsley 9,046 15.72
Majority 9,830 17.08
Turnout 78.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 27,874 51.13
Labour REG Slater 16,227 29.76
Liberal J Garner 10,420 19.11
Majority 11,647 21.36
Turnout 75.88
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 29,821 54.00
Labour GS Jones 20,020 36.25
Liberal K Stevens 5,383 9.75
Majority 9,801 17.75
Turnout 78.75
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 23,496 44.45
Labour DR Hill 21,398 40.48
Liberal K Stevens 7,969 15.07
Majority 2,098 3.97
Turnout 77.97
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ivan Lawrence 28,343 53.09
Labour DR Hill 25,040 46.91
Majority 3,303 6.19
Turnout 79.48
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jennings 27,428 54.32
Labour RG Truman 23,063 45.68
Majority 4,365 8.65
Turnout 75.60
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jennings 23,773 50.29
Labour CW Shepherd 23,496 49.71
Majority 277 0.59
Turnout 78.74
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jennings 25,236 53.24
Labour TS Pritchard 22,161 46.76
Majority 3,075 6.49
Turnout 80.22
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jennings 26,926 56.14
Labour E McGarry 21,032 43.86
Majority 5,894 12.29
Turnout 82.36
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jennings 24,519 53.23
Labour E Taylor 21,546 46.77
Majority 2,973 6.45
Turnout 80.78
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Colegate 24,884 50.75
Labour JT Stonehouse 24,151 49.25
Majority 733 1.49
Turnout 86.31
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Colegate 24,903 51.54
Labour Arthur William Lyne 23,418 48.46
Majority 1,485 3.07
Turnout 86.05
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur William Lyne 18,288 51.06
Conservative John Frederic Gretton 17,528 48.94
Majority 760 2.12
Turnout 66.84
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Col. John Gretton 23,539 74.54
Labour Mrs. G. Paling 8,041 25.46
Majority 15,498 49.08
Turnout 65.64
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Burton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Col. John Gretton 26,117 74.73
Labour WT Paling 8,832 25.27
Majority 17,285 49.46
Turnout 74.65
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/463.htm
  4. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

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