Eddisbury (UK Parliament constituency)

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Eddisbury
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Eddisbury in Cheshire.
Outline map
Location of Cheshire within England.
County Cheshire
Electorate 65,914 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Winsford, Audlem, Kelsall, Malpas and Tarporley
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Stephen O'Brien (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Nantwich
18851950
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Eddisbury is a constituency[n 1] in Cheshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1999 by Stephen O'Brien, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is mostly rural, covering the south-west of Cheshire, noted in minerals for salt mining and within easy access to the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and the industrial and manufacturing centres of the Wirral Peninsula and Deeside. To the east of the seat lies part of Delamere Forest. The main town in the constituency is Winsford; other main settlements include Audlem, Kelsall, Malpas and Tarporley.

The seat contains electoral wards:[2]

  • Barrow, Farndon, Kelsall, Malpas, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Tilston, and Waverton in the former Chester District
  • Acton, Audlem, Bunbury, Minshull, Peckforton, and Wrenbury in the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough
  • Cuddington and Oakmere, Davenham and Moulton, Mara, Tarporley and Oulton, Winsford Dene, Winsford Gravel, Winsford Over, Winsford Swanlow, Winsford Verdin, and Winsford Wharton in the former Vale Royal Borough

Latest boundary review[edit]

In 2007 the Boundary Commission's review led to minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes.The changes were approved in 2007 and came into effect at the 2010 general election.[3]

History[edit]

The constituency was re-established in 1983, largely replacing the former Nantwich constituency and is named for the former hundred of Eddisbury. Since then, it has always been held by a Conservative. Between 1983 and 1999, it was represented by Alastair Goodlad, who resigned upon being appointed the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Australia. The ensuing by-election was won by Stephen O'Brien, who has held the seat since.

The closest the Labour Party has come to winning the seat was in the 1997 general election, when the Conservative majority was reduced to just 1,185. Eddisbury consists of mainly rural villages and small towns which are favourable to the Conservative party; Labour currently has local councillors only in two wards, in the constituency's largest town, Winsford. Labour fell from second to third place in the 2010 general election — the Conservative candidate held the seat with a majority of over 13,000 and a Liberal Democrat moved into second place.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1950[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1885 Henry James Tollemache Conservative
1906 Arthur Lyulph Stanley Liberal
1910 Harry Barnston Conservative
1929 Richard John Russell Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1943 by-election John Eric Loverseed Common Wealth
1944 Independent
1945 Labour
1945 Sir John Denman Barlow National Liberal
1950 constituency abolished

MPs since 1983[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Alastair Goodlad Conservative
1999 by-election Stephen O'Brien Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Eddisbury [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 23,472 51.7 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Bob Thompson 10,217 22.5 +4.5
Labour Pat Merrick 9,794 21.6 −10.5
UKIP Charles Dodman 1,931 4.3 +1.3
Majority 13,255 29.2
Turnout 45,414 69.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 21,181 46.4 +0.1
Labour Mark Green 14,986 32.8 −3.2
Liberal Democrat Joanne Crotty 8,182 17.9 +2.2
UKIP Steve Roxborough 1,325 2.9 +0.9
Majority 6,195 13.6
Turnout 45,674 63.2 −1.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General Election 2001: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 20,556 46.3 +3.8
Labour George William Eyres 15,988 36.0 −4.1
Liberal Democrat Paul David Roberts 6,975 15.7 +2.5
UKIP David John Edward Carson 868 2.0 N/A
Majority 4,568 10.3
Turnout 44,387 64.2 −11.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Eddisbury by-election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 15,465 44.8 +2.3
Labour Mrs. Margaret R. Hanson 13,859 40.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Paul D. Roberts 4,757 13.8 +0.6
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 238 0.7 N/A
Independent Conservative Robert J. Everest 98 0.3 N/A
Natural Law Ms. Dinah Grice 80 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,606 4.7
Turnout 34,497 51.4 −24.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 21,027 42.5 −8.5
Labour Mrs. Margaret R. Hanson 19,842 40.1 +9.6
Liberal Democrat David Reaper 6,540 13.2 −3.8
Referendum Party Mrs. Norine D. Napier 2,041 4.2 N/A
Majority 1,185 2.4
Turnout 49,450 75.8
Conservative hold Swing −9.1
General Election 1992: Eddisbury[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 31,625 51.0 −0.1
Labour Ms. Norma M. Edwards 18,928 30.5 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Derrick W. Lyon 10,543 17.0 −6.6
Green Andrew Basden 783 1.3 −0.4
Natural Law Nigel P.J. Pollard 107 0.2 N/A
Majority 12,697 20.5 −7.0
Turnout 61,986 82.6 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing −3.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 29,474 51.1 −2.4
Liberal Rod I. Fletcher 13,639 23.7 −1.8
Labour Catriona Grigg 13,574 23.5 +2.5
Green Andrew Basden 976 1.7 N/A
Majority 15,835 27.5
Turnout 57,663 78.0
Conservative hold Swing −0.3
General Election 1983: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 28,407 53.5 N/A
Liberal Rod I. Fletcher 13,561 25.5 N/A
Labour David George Hanson 11,169 21.0 N/A
Majority 14,846 28.0 N/A
Turnout 53,137 74.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Eddisbury[7]

Electorate 35,224

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sir John Denman Barlow 15,294 57.7 +16.7
Labour Warrant Off. John Eric Loverseed 7,392 27.9 -15.8
Liberal Cmdr. Dunstan Michael Carr Curtis 3,808 14.4 -0.9
Majority 7,902 29.8
Turnout 26,494 75.2 32.5
Liberal National gain from Common Wealth Swing +16.2
Eddisbury by-election, 1943[8]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Common Wealth Warrant Off. John Eric Loverseed 8,023 43.7 n/a
Liberal National Thomas Peacock 7,537 41.0 n/a
Independent Liberal Harold Heathcote Williams 2,803 15.3 n/a
Majority 486 2.7 n/a
Turnout 18,363 56.1 n/a
Common Wealth gain from Liberal National Swing n/a

General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Liberal National: Richard John Russell, Liberal: William Gretton Ward.

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935

Electorate 31,901

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Richard John Russell unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal National hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 30,592

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard John Russell 13,688 51.6 -1.8
Unionist Roderick George Fenwick-Palmer 12,862 48.4 +1.8
Majority 3.2 826 -3.6
Turnout 86.8 +6.2
Liberal hold Swing -1.8
Eddisbury by-election, 1929

Electorate 23,760

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard John Russell 10,223 53.4 +7.5
Unionist Roderick George Fenwick-Palmer 8,931 46.6 -7.5
Majority 1,292 6.8
Turnout 80.6 -6.3
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +7.5
General Election 1924

Electorate 23,409

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Harry Barnston 11,006 54.1
Liberal Richard John Russell 9,337 45.9
Majority 1,689 8.2
Turnout 86.9
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906 Eddisbury[9]

Electorate 10,988

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Arthur Lyulph Stanley 5,315 55.9 n/a
Conservative Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell 4,192 44.1 n/a
Majority 1,123 11.8 n/a
Turnout 86.5 n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a

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.
References

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ The districts of Chester, of Crewe and Nantwich (Borough) and of Vale Royal (Borough) were abolished on 1 April 2009 when they became part of the new unitary authorities of Cheshire West and Chester and 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. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ Boundary change information [1]. Results from BBC Website
  6. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  7. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  8. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)