Congleton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Congleton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Congleton in Cheshire.
Outline map
Location of Cheshire within England.
County Cheshire
Electorate 73,820 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Congleton, Alsager, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich and Sandbach.
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Fiona Bruce (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Congleton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Fiona Bruce of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency adjoining the Peak District in Cheshire has since its 1983 creation been a Conservative stronghold.[n 3]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the central portion of the Cheshire East unitary authority, located in the south-east of Cheshire. It includes the towns of Congleton, Alsager, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich and Sandbach.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cheshire, the Boundary Commission for England made minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes. The electoral wards used in this seat are co-terminous with the boundaries of the former Borough of Congleton, as it existed on 12 April 2005.[2]

The changes were approved in 2007 and came into effect at the 2010 general election.[3]

History[edit]

The constituency was established at the 1983 general election, and was held comfortably until 2010 by the Conservative Ann Winterton, the wife of Sir Nicholas Winterton, the MP for the adjacent Macclesfield constituency. Both stood down at the 2010 general election; their joint statement cited the hectic life of politics as part of their reason for standing down.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 Ann Winterton Conservative
2010 Fiona Bruce Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Congleton[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Fiona Bruce 23,250 45.8 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Peter Hirst 16,187 31.9 +5.0
Labour David Bryant 8,747 17.2 −10.5
UKIP Lee Slaughter 2,147 4.2 N/A
Independent Paul Edwards 276 0.5 N/A
Independent Paul Rothwell 94 0.2 N/A
Independent Adam Parton 79 0.2 N/A
Majority 7,063 13.9
Turnout 50,780 68.9 +4.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Congleton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Winterton 21,189 45.4 −0.9
Labour Nicholas Milton 12,943 27.7 −2.8
Liberal Democrat Eleanor Key 12,550 26.9 +5.3
Majority 8,246 17.7
Turnout 46,682 64.2 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing 0.9
General Election 2001: Congleton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Winterton 20,872 46.3 +5.1
Labour John Flanagan 13,738 30.5 +2.9
Liberal Democrat David Lloyd-Griffiths 9,719 21.6 −8.2
UKIP Bill Young 754 1.7 +0.2
Majority 7,134 15.8
Turnout 45,083 62.7 −14.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Congleton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Winterton 22,012 41.2 −7.3
Liberal Democrat Joan Walmsley 15,882 29.7 −2.0
Labour Helen Scholey 14,713 27.6 +8.4
UKIP John Lockett 811 1.5 N/A
Majority 6,130 11.5
Turnout 53,418 77.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Congleton[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Winterton 29,163 49.0 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Iain M. Brodie-Browne 18,043 30.3 −3.5
Labour Matthew Finnegan 11,927 20.0 +2.2
Natural Law Peter Brown 399 0.7 N/A
Majority 11,120 18.7 +4.2
Turnout 59,532 84.5 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Congleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Winterton 26,513 48.3 −0.4
Liberal Iain M. Brodie-Browne 18,544 33.8 +2.4
Labour M. Knowles 9,810 17.9 −2.0
Majority 7,969 14.5
Turnout 54,867 80.5
Conservative hold Swing −1.4
General Election 1983: Congleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Winterton 23,895 48.7 N/A
Liberal C.V. Smedley 15,436 31.4 N/A
Labour E.C.. Gill 9,783 19.9 N/A
Majority 8,459 17.2 N/A
Turnout 49,114 76.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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. ^ 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ The borough of Congleton and its constituent wards were abolished on 1 April 2009, when they became part of the new unitary authority of Cheshire East; however, the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency remain fixed according to the wards in operation at 12 April 2005
  3. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, S.I. 2007/1681
  4. ^ MP pair to step down at election "MP pair to step down at election". BBC News. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/electoral_services/parliamentary_general_election/congleton_constituency.aspx
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Congleton". BBC News. 
  8. ^ a b c "Congleton CONSERVATIVE HOLD". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Election history". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2009. [dead link]

Coordinates: 53°9′N 2°16′W / 53.150°N 2.267°W / 53.150; -2.267