Hazel Grove (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hazel Grove
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 62,422 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bredbury, Romiley, Hazel Grove, Marple and Offerton
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Andrew Stunell (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Created from Cheadle
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Hazel Grove is a constituency[n 1] in Greater Manchester, England represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Andrew Stunell, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created in 1974 following a Boundary Commission report published in 1969. It took areas previously within the Cheadle constituency. When created, it was defined as consisting of the Urban Districts of Bredbury and Romiley, Hazel Grove and Bramhall, and Marple.

In 1983, the constituency lost the area of Bramhall back to the redrawn Cheadle constituency. In return it gained some areas formerly in Stockport South. It was defined as the following wards of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport: Bredbury, Great Moor, Hazel Grove, North Marple, Romiley and South Marple. A minor boundary change in 1997 was made by the village of Lower Cliffe but this affected only a single registered voter. The current constituency consists of the following six wards of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council: Bredbury and Woodley, Bredbury Green and Romiley, Hazel Grove, Marple North, Marple South and Offerton.

History[edit]

The constituency was established in time for the February 1974 general election, having previously formed part of the Cheadle constituency. At that election, the seat was won by Michael Winstanley of the Liberal Party. Winstanley only held it for a few months, because at the general election October 1974 he lost to the Conservatives' Tom Arnold.

Arnold held the seat until 1997, although (with the exception of the 1979 election) this was with small majorities over the local Liberals/SDP-Liberal Alliance/Liberal Democrats' candidate. At the 1997 general election, Arnold stood down, and the seat was taken by Andrew Stunell of the Liberal Democrats. Stunell has held the seat since then, although with reduced majorities.

The Conservative share of the vote fell in Hazel Grove in both the 2001 and 2005 general elections, from a (winning) peak under Tom Arnold of 44.8% in 1992 to a low of 29.7% in 2005. Following three failed attempts to increase the share of the vote (1997, 2001 and 2005), this decline was reversed in the 2010 election by Annesley Abercorn, who achieved a 33.6% share of the vote (+3.9%) and a 2.4% swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
Feb 1974 Dr Michael Winstanley Liberal
Oct 1974 Sir Tom Arnold Conservative
1997 Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Laura Booth
UKIP Darran Palmer
Liberal Democrat Lisa Smart[3]
Labour Michael Taylor
Conservative William Wragg[4]
Majority
Turnout
[[|N/A]] hold Swing
General Election 2010: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stunell 20,485 48.8 −0.7
Conservative Annesley Abercorn 14,114 33.6 +3.9
Labour Richard Scorer 5,234 12.5 −5.0
UKIP John Whittaker 2,148 5.1 +1.8
Majority 6,371 15.2
Turnout 41,981 66.6 +5.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −2.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stunell 19,355 49.5 −2.5
Conservative Alan White 11,607 29.7 −0.4
Labour Andrew Graystone 6,834 17.5 +1.3
UKIP Keith Ryan 1,321 3.4 +1.7
Majority 7,748 19.8
Turnout 39,117 60.8 +1.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −1.0
General Election 2001: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stunell 20,020 52.0 −2.5
Conservative Nadine Bargery 11,585 30.1 −0.4
Labour Martin Miller 6,230 16.2 +4.3
UKIP Gerald Price 643 1.7 +1.1
Majority 8,435 21.9
Turnout 38,478 59.1 −18.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -3.4[n 3]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stunell 26,883 54.5 +11.4
Conservative Brendan Murphy 15,069 30.5 −14.3
Labour Jeffrey Lewis 5,882 11.9 +0.2
Referendum Party John Stanyer 1,055 2.1 N/A
UKIP Gordon Black 268 0.5 N/A
Humanist Douglas Firkin-Flood 183 0.4 N/A
Majority 11,814 23.9
Turnout 49,340 77.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 12.9
General Election 1992: Hazel Grove[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Arnold 24,479 44.8 −0.7
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stunell 23,550 43.1 +1.1
Labour Colin MacAllister 6,390 11.7 −0.1
Natural Law Michael Penn 204 0.4 N/A
Majority 929 1.7 −1.7
Turnout 54,623 84.9 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing −0.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Arnold 24,396 45.5 −0.5
Liberal Andrew Vos 22,556 42.0 +0.1
Labour Glyn Ford 6,354 11.8 −0.2
Green Freda Chapman 346 0.6 N/A
Majority 1,840 3.4
Turnout 53,652 81.6
Conservative hold Swing −0.2

Major boundary changes occurred at this election. The vote changes compare with estimates for the 1979 election on the same boundaries.

General Election 1983: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Arnold 22,627 46.0 −5.0
Liberal Andrew Vos 20,605 41.9 +14.5
Labour Jonathan Comyn-Platt 5,895 12.0 −9.4
Majority 2,022 4.1
Turnout 49,127 77.2
Conservative hold Swing −9.8

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Arnold 32,420 55.5 +10.6
Liberal Viv Bingham 17,148 29.4 −10.4
Labour John Lowe 8,846 15.1 −0.2
Majority 15,272 26.1
Turnout 58,414 83.4 +10.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Arnold 25,012 44.9 +2.0
Liberal Michael Winstanley 22,181 39.8 −6.5
Labour Allan Roberts 8,527 15.3 +4.5
Majority 2,831 5.1
Turnout 55,720 82.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.3
General Election February 1974: Hazel Grove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Winstanley 26,966 46.3 +2.0 (est.)
Conservative Tom Arnold 24,968 42.9 N/A
Labour Allan Roberts 6,315 10.8 N/A
Majority 1,998 3.4 N/A
Turnout 58,249 86.9 N/A
Liberal 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 both top parties locally lost share to Labour, this swing is (Lib Dem-Lab)
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Coordinates: 53°22′N 2°07′W / 53.37°N 2.11°W / 53.37; -2.11