Cannock Chase (UK Parliament constituency)

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Cannock Chase
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
Outline map
Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Population 97,462 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 75,680 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Aidan Burley (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Cannock & Burntwood
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Cannock Chase is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Aidan Burley of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The seat was created for the 1997 election; the Labour Party held the seat for 13 years until Aidan Burley of the Conservative Party was elected at the 2010 general election with an above-average 14% swing.


Cannock Chase constituency has the same boundaries as Cannock Chase local government district.

The constituency contains two main towns, Cannock and Rugeley, with the Chase itself situated between them. Prior to 1997, Cannock was part of the Cannock and Burntwood constituency, while Rugeley was part of the Mid Staffordshire constituency. Between 1997 and 2010 the village of Huntington was part of the constituency even though it was part of South Staffordshire local government district.

The 15 electoral wards for Cannock Chase are:

Brereton and Ravenhill, Cannock East, Cannock North, Cannock South, Cannock West, Etching Hill and the Heath, Hagley, Hawks Green, Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury, Hednesford Green Heath, Hednesford North, Hednesford South, Norton Canes, Rawnsley, and Western Springs

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3][4] Party
1997 Dr Tony Wright[n 3] Labour
2010 Aidan Burley Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Cannock Chase
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Amanda Milling [6]
Labour Janos Toth [7]
UKIP Grahame Wiggin[8]

Going into the 2015 general election, this is the 132nd most marginal constituency in Great Britain, Labour requiring a swing from the Conservatives of 3.5% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).[9]

General Election 2010: Cannock Chase[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Aidan Burley 18,271 40.1 +10.1
Labour Susan Woodward 15,076 33.1 −17.9
Liberal Democrat Jon Hunt 7,732 17.0 +3.0
BNP Terence Majorowicz 2,168 4.8 N/A
UKIP Malcolm McKenzie 1,580 3.5 −1.6
Independent Ron Turville 380 0.8 N/A
Get Snouts Out The Trough Roy Jenkins 259 0.6 N/A
Independent Mike Walters 93 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,195 7.0
Turnout 45,559 61.1 +3.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +14.0

The vote share change in 2010 comes from the notional, not actual, 2005 results because of the boundary change (loss of Huntington).

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Cannock Chase[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Wright 22,139 51.3 −4.8
Conservative Ian Collard 12,912 29.9 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Jenny Pinkett 5,934 13.8 0.0
UKIP Roy Jenkins 2,170 5.0 N/A
Majority 9,227 21.4 −4.6
Turnout 43,155 57.4 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −2.3
General Election 2001: Cannock Chase[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Wright 23,049 56.1 +1.3
Conservative Gavin Smithers 12,345 30.1 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Stewart Reynolds 5,670 13.8 +5.1
Majority 10,704 26.0 −1.6
Turnout 41,064 55.4 −18.6
Labour hold Swing −0.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Cannock Chase[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Wright 28,705 54.8 N/A
Conservative John Backhouse 14,227 27.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Richard Kirby 4,537 8.7 N/A
Referendum Party P. Froggatt 1,663 3.2 N/A
New Labour W. Hurley 1,615 3.1 N/A
Socialist Labour M. Conroy 1,120 2.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony M. Hartshorne 499 1.0 N/A
Majority 14,478 27.6 N/A
Turnout 52,366 72.4 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ Dr Tony Wright, a Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee (1999 to 2010), was the Labour MP for Cannock Chase from 1997 to 2010, and for Cannock and Burntwood from 1992 to 1997. He announced in 2008 that he would not stand at the 2010 general election, citing ill-health.[5]

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Coordinates: 52°42′N 2°00′W / 52.70°N 2.00°W / 52.70; -2.00