Cannock Chase (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
Location of Staffordshire within England.
|Population||97,462 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||75,680 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Aidan Burley (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Cannock & Burntwood|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
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
|1997||Dr Tony Wright[n 3]||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Cannock Chase|
|Conservative||Amanda Milling |
|Labour||Janos Toth |
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).
|General Election 2010: Cannock Chase|
|Liberal Democrat||Jon Hunt||7,732||17.0||+3.0|
|Get Snouts Out The Trough||Roy Jenkins||259||0.6||N/A|
|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
|General Election 2005: Cannock Chase|
|Liberal Democrat||Jenny Pinkett||5,934||13.8||0.0|
|General Election 2001: Cannock Chase|
|Liberal Democrat||Stewart Reynolds||5,670||13.8||+5.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Cannock Chase|
|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|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- 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.
- "Cannock Chase: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Cannock Chase 1997-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Labour MP set to quit over health [bbc.co.uk] 21 July 2008
- Ransome Mpini; Charlotte Thornton; John Walton; Marcelo Zanni (24 February 2014). "Election 2015: The political battleground". BBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- BBC 2010 General Election Site
- BBC 2005 General Election Site
- BBC 2001 General Election Site
- BBC 1997 General Election Site
- nomis Constituency Profile for Cannock Chase — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.