Stockport (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stockport
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stockport in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 62,764 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stockport
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Ann Coffey (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Stockport North, Stockport South
18321950
Number of members Two
Replaced by Stockport North, Stockport South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Stockport is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1992 by Ann Coffey, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the electoral wards of Brinnington and Central, Davenport and Cale Green, Edgeley and Cheadle Heath, Heatons North, Heatons South and Manor in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. Brinnington had been in the Denton & Reddish constituency from 1983 until 1997 when it was transferred into Stockport.

History[edit]

Stockport was created as a two-member constituency by the Reform Act 1832. It survived as such until 1950, when it was split into single-member seats of Stockport North and Stockport South.

The single Stockport seat was recreated in 1983 on a more central ambit, returning one member, with the remainder of the ex-county borough forming part of the new Denton & Reddish seat.

Prominent members

Edward William Watkin was a railway entrepreneur, who helped to fund and plan lines across Britain, in Canada and, to a lesser extent, in the USA.

George Whiteley became later in his tenure for Stockport Chief Whip between 1905 and 1908 in the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith.

In the 21st century, Ann Coffey was PPS to the Chancellor of the Exchequer while this role was held by Alastair Darling.

Constituency profile[edit]

The historic town at the centre of the seat now has good links to Manchester city centre and is close to Alderley Edge and fairly close to the Peak District National Park to one side and access to the M6 on the other. The area has a Council which is currently in 'No Overall Control'. The most recent opposition has been relatively strong but equally split between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats have in local elections to date been strongest in Davenport and Cale Green, and Manor whereas the Conservatives have been strongest in Heatons North, having had councillors in these wards. The Labour Party have been strongest in the other two wards to date. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, and regional average of 4.4% at 4.9% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1832–1950[edit]

Election 1st Member[3] 1st Party 2nd Member[3] 2nd Party
1832 Thomas Marsland Tory Party John Horatio Lloyd Liberal
1835 Henry Marsland Liberal
1841 Richard Cobden Radical
July 1847 James Heald Conservative
December 1847 James Kershaw Liberal
1852 John Benjamin Smith Liberal
May 1864 Edward William Watkin Liberal
1868 William Tipping Conservative
1874 Charles Henry Hopwood Liberal Frederick Pennington Liberal
1885 Louis John Jennings Conservative William Tipping Conservative
1886 Sydney Gedge Conservative
1892 Sir Joseph Leigh Liberal
February 1893 George Whiteley Conservative
1895 Beresford Valentine Melville Conservative
1900 Liberal
1900 Sir Joseph Leigh Liberal
1906 James Duckworth Liberal George Wardle Labour
January 1910 Spencer Leigh Hughes Liberal
1918 Coalition Liberal Coalition Labour
1920 William Greenwood Coalition Conservative Henry Fildes Coalition Liberal
1922 Conservative National Liberal
1923 Charles Royle Liberal
1924 Samuel Hammersley Conservative
1925 Arnold Townend Labour
1931 Alan Dower Conservative
1935 Sir Arnold Gridley Conservative Norman Hulbert Conservative
1950 Constituency abolished

MPs 1983-present[edit]

  • Constituency recreated (1983)
Election Member[3] Party
1983 Anthony Favell Conservative
1992 Ann Coffey Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Stockport[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Coffey 16,697 42.7 −9.6
Conservative Stephen Holland 9,913 25.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Stuart Bodsworth 9,778 25.0 +3.6
BNP Duncan Warner 1,201 3.1 N/A
UKIP Michael N. Kelly 862 2.2 −0.5
Green Peter Barber 677 1.7 N/A
Majority 6,784 17.3
Turnout 39,128 61.6 +7.6
Labour hold Swing −5.7

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stockport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Coffey 18,069 50.5 −8.1
Conservative Elizabeth Berridge 8,906 24.9 −1.0
Liberal Democrat Lyn-Su Floodgate 7,832 21.9 +6.4
UKIP Richard Simpson 964 2.7 +2.7
Majority 9,163 25.6
Turnout 35,771 54.5 +1.2
Labour hold Swing -3.5
General Election 2001: Stockport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Coffey 20,731 58.6 −4.3
Conservative John Allen 9,162 25.9 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Mark Hunter 5,490 15.5 +4.9
Majority 11,569 32.7
Turnout 35,383 53.3 −18.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stockport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Coffey 29,338 62.9
Conservative Stephen Fitzsimmons 10,426 22.3
Liberal Democrat Sylvia Roberts 4,951 10.6
Referendum Party William Morley-Scott 1,280 2.7
Socialist Labour Geoff Southern 255 0.5
Monster Raving Loony Colin Newitt 213 0.5
Independent Conservative Christopher Dronfield 206 0.4
Majority 18,912 40.6
Turnout 46,769 71.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Stockport[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Coffey 21,096 44.1 +8.8
Conservative Anthony Favell 19,674 41.2 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Mrs Anne C. Corris 6,539 13.7 −8.4
Green Miss Judith A. Filmore 436 0.9 −0.3
Natural Law David N. Saunders 50 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,422 3.0 −3.1
Turnout 47,795 82.3 +4.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.5

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stockport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Favell 19,410 41.4 −0.7
Labour Mrs. S Haines 16,557 35.3 +6.3
Social Democrat J.L. Begg 10,365 22.1 −5.5
Green Mike J. Shipley 573 1.2 +0.4
Majority 2,853 6.1
Turnout 46,332 78.1
Conservative hold Swing −3.5
General Election 1983: Stockport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Favell 18,517 42.1 N/A
Labour Peter R. Ward 12,731 29.0 N/A
Social Democrat Tom McNally 12,129 27.6 N/A
Ecology Mike J. Shipley 369 0.8 N/A
Nationalist Party Ken S. Walker 194 0.4 N/A
Majority 5,786 13.2 N/A
Turnout 43,940 74.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections of the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arnold Gridley 31,039 20.6 - 10.1
Conservative Norman Hulbert 30,792 20.4 - 9.6
Labour A. R. Stamp 29,674 19.6 - 0.5
Labour Roland W Casasola 28,798 19.6 + 0.4
Liberal H. Sletherland 14,994 9.9 N/A
Liberal F. W. Malbon 14,942 9.9 N/A
Majority 1,118 0.8 - 9.1
Turnout 77.2 - 2.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arnold Gridley 43,882 30.7 - 6.3
Conservative Norman Hulbert 43,001 30.0 - 4.7
Labour James Hindle Hudson 28,798 20.1 + 3.1
Labour C. T. Douthwaite 27,528 19.2 N/A
Majority 14,203 9.9 - 7.8
Turnout 79.5 - 4.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 50,936 37.0 + 11.3
Conservative Alan Dower 47,757 34.7 + 15.2
Labour Arnold Townend 23,350 17.0 - 10.4
Ind. Labour Party J. T. Abbott 15,591 11.3 N/A
Majority 24,407 17.7 + 12.0
Turnout 84.1 - 0.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arnold Townend 30,955 27.4
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 29,043 25.7
Liberal Henry Fildes 22,595 20.0
Conservative E. N. Lingen-Barker 22,047 19.5
Independent Liberal Charles Royle 8,355 7.4
Majority 6,448 5.7
Turnout 84.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Stockport by-election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arnold Townend 20,219 36.5
Conservative T. Eastham 17,892 32.3
Liberal Henry Fildes 17,296 31.2
Majority 2,327 4.2
Turnout 55,407 85.7 −0.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1924: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Greenwood 28,057 31.6
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 26,417 29.7
Labour Arnold Townend 21,986 24.8 +6.8
Liberal Charles Royle 12,386 13.9
Majority 4,431 4.9
Turnout 88,846 85.9 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Greenwood 20,308 22.4
Liberal Charles Royle 19,223 21.2
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 18,129 20.0
Liberal Henry Fildes 16,756 18.4
Labour Arnold Townend 16,340 18.0
Majority 3,552 4.0
Majority 1,094 1.2
Turnout 71.7
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
Henry Fildes
General Election 1922: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Henry Fildes 35,241 34.4
Conservative William Greenwood 33,852 33.1
Co-operative Party Samuel Perry 17,059 16.7
Labour J C H Robinson 16,126 15.8
Majority 18,182 17.7
Majority 16,793 16.4
Turnout 81.2
National Liberal hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Stockport by-election, 1920 (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative William Greenwood 22,847
Coalition Liberal Henry Fildes 22,386
Labour Sir Leo George Chiozza Money 16,042 N/A
Co-operative Party Samuel Frederick Perry 14,434 N/A
Independent Albert Alfred George Kindell 5,644 N/A
Independent John Joseph Terrett 5,543 N/A
Independent Republican Ald. William X. O'Brien 2,336 N/A
Majority 6,805 7.7
Majority 6,344 7.1
Turnout 73.5
Coalition Conservative gain from Coalition Labour Swing
Coalition Liberal hold Swing

Elections of the 1910s[edit]

Spencer Leigh Hughes
General Election 1918: Stockport (2 member seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Spencer Leigh Hughes unopposed n/a n/a
Coalition Labour George Wardle unopposed n/a n/a
Coalition Liberal hold Swing
Coalition Labour hold Swing

Hughes was endorsed by the Coalition Government. The Coalition had a policy of not publically endorsing Labour Party candidates but Wardle was a known supporter of the Coalition.

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

George Wardle
General Election December 1910 Stockport[6]

Electorate 13,002

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Spencer Leigh Hughes 6,169
Labour George James Wardle 6,094
Conservative John Rolleston Lort-Williams 5,234
Conservative Robert Campbell 5,183
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
General Election January 1910 Stockport[6]

Electorate 13,002

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George James Wardle 6,682 28.0
Liberal Spencer Leigh Hughes 6,645 27.9
Conservative George Edward Raine 5,268 22.1
Conservative James Stuart Rankin 5,249
Majority
Turnout 94.2
Labour hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906 Stockport[6]

Electorate 12,645

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George James Wardle 7,299 32.4
Liberal James Duckworth 6,544 29.1
Conservative Harry Barnston 4,591 20.4
Conservative Hon. Robert William Hugh O'Neill 4,064 18.1
Turnout 93.1
Majority 2,708 12.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Majority 1,953 8.7
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1900 Stockport[6]

Electorate 12,386

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Joseph Leigh 5,666 26.5 +1.8
Conservative Beresford Valentine Melville 5,377 25.2 -0.2
Liberal G Green 5,200 24.4 +1.6
Conservative Dr A P Hillier 5,098 23.9 -3.2
Turnout 87.6 -3.8
Majority 568 2.6
Majority 177 0.8
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ a b c Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Stockport UKPOLLING
  5. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  6. ^ a b c d British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)

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