Crewe and Nantwich (UK Parliament constituency)
|Crewe and Nantwich|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Crewe and Nantwich in Cheshire.
Location of Cheshire within England.
|Electorate||78,845 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Edward Timpson (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Crewe and Nantwich|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The constituency was created for the 1983 General Election. For 25 years the constituency elected the Labour MP Gwyneth Dunwoody. Dunwoody gained increasing majorities in the elections of 1987, 1992 and 1997. Her majority was slightly reduced in the 2001 and 2005 elections. Gwyneth Dunwoody died on 17 April 2008 leading to a by-election held on 22 May 2008 which was won by the Conservative candidate Edward Timpson.
The by-election produced the first Conservative MP for the seat and nationally the first gain for a Conservative at a parliamentary by-election since the Mitcham and Morden by-election in 1982 during the Falklands War, and the first from Labour since the Ilford North by-election of 1978.
The constituency was created from parts of the constituencies of Crewe and Nantwich. Crewe had elected Labour MPs since 1945, while Nantwich had only elected Conservative MPs since its creation in 1955.
The boundaries of the constituency include the towns of Crewe and Nantwich in the unitary authority of Cheshire East; however, much of the rural area west of Nantwich, and parts of the north of the town of Crewe around Leighton Hospital are in the Eddisbury constituency. Part of Delamere Forest is included in its area.
Latest boundary review
In 2007 the Boundary Commission's review led to minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population change. The electoral wards included in this modified constituency were (as at 12 April 2005):
- Alexandra, Barony Weaver, Birchin, Coppenhall, Delamere, Englesea, Grosvenor, Haslington, Leighton, Maw Green, St Barnabas, St John's, St Mary's, Shavington, Valley, Waldron, Wellington, Wells Green, Willaston, Wistaston Green and Wybunbury in the former borough of Crewe and Nantwich now part of Cheshire East
Members of Parliament
|2008 by-election||Edward Timpson||Conservative|
|General Election 2015: Crewe and Nantwich |
|Labour||Adrian Heald |
|Liberal Democrat||Roy Wood|
|General Election, May 2010 
Turnout: 51,084 (65.9%) +6.0
Majority: 6,046 (11.8%)
Swing: 13.7% from Lab to Con
|Roy Wood||Liberal Democrat||7,656||15.0||−3.7|
|By-election, May 2008 
death of Gwyneth Dunwoody
Turnout: 41,498 (58.2%) −2.0
|Conservative gain from Labour
Majority: 7,860 (18.9%) +2.6
Swing: 17.6% from Lab to Con
|Elizabeth Shenton||Liberal Democrat||6,040||14.6||−4.0|
|David Roberts||English Democrats||275||0.7||N/A|
|The Flying Brick||Monster Raving Loony||236||0.6||N/A|
|Paul Thorogood||Cut Tax on Diesel and Petrol||118||0.3||N/A|
|General Election, May 2005 
Turnout: 43,485 (60.0%) −0.2
Majority: 7,078 (16.3%)
Swing: 3.8% from Lab to Con
|Paul Roberts||Liberal Democrat||8,083||18.6||+5.1|
|General election, June 2001 
Turnout: 41,547 (60.2%) −13.7
Majority: 9,906 (23.9%)
Swing: −3.7% from Lab to Con
|David Cannon||Liberal Democrat||5,595||13.5||+1.7|
|General election, May 1997 
Turnout: 73.7% (−8.2)
Swing: 13.4% from Con to Lab
|David Cannon||Liberal Democrat||5,940||11.7||−0.2|
|Peter Astbury||Referendum Party||1,543||3.0||N/A|
|General election, April 1992 
Turnout: 61,401 (81.9%) +2.6
Majority: 2,695 (4.4%) +2.5
Swing: 1.3% from Con to Lab
|Gwyn Griffiths||Liberal Democrat||7,315||11.9||−2.0|
|General election, June 1987 
Turnout: 57.844 (79.3%) +4.6
Majority: 1,092 (1.9%) +1.4
|Kenneth Roberts||Social Democratic||8,022||13.9||−4.4|
|General election, June 1983 
Turnout: 53,592 (74.7%)
Majority: 290 (0.6%)
|John Pollard||Social Democratic||9,820||18.3||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "MP Gwyneth Dunwoody dies aged 77". BBC News. 17 April 2008.
- "By-election to replace veteran MP". BBC News. 29 April 2008.
- Watt, Nicholas (23 May 2008). "Conservatives win Crewe and Nantwich byelection with 7,860 majority". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
- "Tories snatch Crewe from Labour". BBC News. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
Tory candidate Edward Timpson won 7,860 more votes than his Labour rival, overturning a 7,000 Labour majority at the general election - a 17.6% swing.
- The borough of Crewe and Nantwich and its constituent wards were abolished on 1 April 2009, when they became part of the new unitary authority; however, the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency remain fixed according to the wards in operation at 12 April 2005
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, S.I. 2007/1681
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- General Election 2010 - Crewe and Nantwich BBC News
- "Aristotle: Crewe and Nantwich", Guardian Unlimited
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "UK General Election results June 1987". Political Science Resources.
- "UK General Election results June 1983". Political Science Resources.