Denton and Reddish (UK Parliament constituency)

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Denton and Reddish
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Denton and Reddish in Greater Manchester.
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Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 65,684 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Andrew Gwynne (Labour)
Number of members One
European Parliament constituency North West England

Denton and Reddish is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Andrew Gwynne of the Labour Party.[n 2]


The constituency presently consists of an electorate of c.65,500, in eastern Greater Manchester divided among the electoral wards of:

In historic terms and in terms of distinct settlements it covers the former townships: Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Haughton Green, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris and Reddish.

Historic boundaries[edit]

Before the seat's creation in 1983 Reddish was part of the marginal Stockport North constituency; the large Brinnington council estate, now in part bought under right to buy was in the Labour safe seat of Stockport South; Audenshaw and Denton formed the core of the Manchester Gorton; and Dukinfield was part of the Stalybridge and Hyde.

From 1983 to 1997 the constituency consisted of the electoral wards of Brinnington, Reddish North, and Reddish South, from the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport; and Audenshaw, Denton North East, Denton South, and Denton West, from the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside.

In 1997 Labour-leaning Brinnington ward was moved out of the constituency and transferred to the Stockport seat, and was replaced with the equally Labour-leaning Dukinfield ward in Tameside.

Historically both Audenshaw and Denton West wards returned Conservative councillors, but this has not occurred since 1992 and 1987 respectively.

In 2005 provisional recommendations of the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review, the Reddish ward was to be repatriated with the Stockport constituency. Denton, Audenshaw and Dukinfield would have been joined with Droylsden East, Droylsden West and the St Peter's, Ashton-u-Lyne wards of Tameside to form a Denton constituency, wholly in Tameside. However, following a public inquiry into Greater Manchester's constituencies held in late 2005, changes to the original proposals for the county were made. It was recommended that the Denton and Reddish seat should remain unchanged with five wards from Tameside (Denton North East, South and West; Audenshaw and Dukinfield) and two wards from Stockport (Reddish North and Reddish South), with slight readjustments to reflect the new ward boundaries introduced in 2004. The new parliamentary boundaries in Greater Manchester took effect at the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Andrew Bennett Labour
2005 Andrew Gwynne Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Denton and Reddish[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Gwynne
Conservative Lana Hempsall
Liberal Democrat Mark Jewell
UKIP Andrew Fairfoull
Green Nicholas Koopman
General Election 2010: Denton and Reddish[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Gwynne 19,191 51.0 −6.4
Conservative Julie Searle 9,360 24.9 +5.6
Liberal Democrat Stephen Broadhurst 6,727 17.4 +1.5
UKIP William Robinson 2,060 5.5 +2.3
Independent Jeff Dennis 297 0.8 +0.8
Majority 9,831 26.1
Turnout 37,635 58.1 +5.6
Labour hold Swing −6.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Denton and Reddish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Gwynne 20,340 57.4 −7.8
Conservative Alex Story 6,842 19.3 −0.3
Liberal Democrat Allison Seabourne 5,814 16.4 +4.0
BNP John Edgar 1,326 3.7 +3.7
UKIP Gerald Price 1,120 3.2 +0.4
Majority 13,498 38.1
Turnout 35,442 51.9 +3.4
Labour hold Swing −3.8
General Election 2001: Denton and Reddish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Bennett 21,913 65.2 −0.2
Conservative Paul Newman 6,583 19.6 −1.7
Liberal Democrat Roger Fletcher 4,152 12.4 −0.9
UKIP Alan Cadwallader 945 2.8 N/A
Majority 15,330 45.6
Turnout 33,593 48.5 −18.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Denton and Reddish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Bennett 30,137 65.4
Conservative Barbara Nutt 9,826 21.3
Liberal Democrat Iain Donaldson 6,121 13.3
Majority 20,311 44.1
Turnout 46,084 66.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Denton and Reddish[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Bennett 29,021 55.2 +5.6
Conservative Jeffrey Horswell 16,937 32.2 −1.6
Liberal Democrat Dr Fred Ridley 4,953 9.4 −7.1
Liberal Martin W. Powell 1,296 2.5 +2.5
Natural Law John P.G. Fuller 354 0.7 +0.7
Majority 12,084 23.0 +7.3
Turnout 52,561 76.8 +1.3
Labour hold Swing +3.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Denton and Reddish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Bennett 26,023 49.6 +5.4
Conservative Peter Slater 17,773 33.9 −0.1
Social Democratic Thomas Ian Huffer 8,697 16.6 −5.1
Majority 8,250 15.7
Turnout 52,493 75.8 +3.3
Labour hold Swing +2.8
General Election 1983: Denton and Reddish
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Bennett 22,123 44.2 N/A
Conservative J. Snadden 16,998 34.0 N/A
Social Democratic J. Begg 10,869 21.7 N/A
Majority 5,125 10.2 N/A
Turnout 49,990 72.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough 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.
  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 "D" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^
  4. ^ Statement of Candidates Nominated for Denton and Reddish Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  5. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 


Coordinates: 53°26′16″N 2°09′35″W / 53.4378°N 2.1598°W / 53.4378; -2.1598