Stoke-on-Trent Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stoke-on-Trent Central
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stoke-on-Trent Central in Staffordshire.
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Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Electorate 61,774 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950 (1950)
Member of Parliament Tristram Hunt (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent/"Stoke"
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Stoke-on-Trent Central is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Tristram Hunt, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election. This area had, in succession, two forerunners for the election of MPs, the first of which gained representation in the "Great Reform Act" in 1832. This modern creation has returned only Labour MPs to date, the latest one having been elected in 2010. The constituency has a majority of working class residents and is a wholly urban area. Despite the relatively modest majority enjoyed by Tristram Hunt, its history to date suggests a safe seat.

Prominent members[edit]

Barnett Stross (Order of the White Lion) gained this recognition role in the development of relations between the UK and Czechoslovakia for his role in the renewal of the substantial village of Lidice and he led statutory efforts that began specific protection of workers against industrial disease.

Mark Fisher was for 13 months the Minister for the Arts at the outset of the Blair ministry.

Boundaries[edit]

Since the implementation of the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies after the 2005 election the seat has electoral wards:

Profile[edit]

The contribution of the city to the UK's economy and history is majestic as home to Staffordshire Potteries: Aynsley, Burleigh, Doulton, Dudson, Heron Cross, Minton, Moorcroft, Twyford and Wedgwood, most in this particular seat.

Contrasted to this, owing to a reduction in once rampant clay and coal excavation works in the area, and canal trade, this seat has the highest unemployment rates of the three Stoke-on-Trent seats, one of which is equal to the regional average, whereas this seat has 6.2% of workless registered unemployment benefit claimants, compared to a national average of 3.8% and regional average of 4.7%.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1950 Barnett Stross Labour
1966 Robert Cant Labour
1983 Mark Fisher Labour
2010 Tristram Hunt Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Stoke-on-Trent Central[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tristram Hunt 12,605 38.8 -13.6
Liberal Democrat John Redfern 7,039 21.7 +3.1
Conservative Norsheen Bhatti 6,833 21.0 +3.7
BNP Simon Darby 2,502 7.7 -0.1
UKIP Carol Lovatt 1,402 4.3 +1.1
Independent Paul Breeze 959 3.0 N/A
Independent Gary Elsby 399 1.2 N/A
City Independents Brian Ward 303 0.9 N/A
Independent Alby Walker 295 0.9 N/A
TUSC Matthew Wright 133 0.4 N/A
Majority 5,566 17.1 -12.9
Turnout 32,470 53.2 +4.5
Labour hold Swing -8.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stoke-on-Trent Central[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Fisher 14,760 52.9 -7.8
Liberal Democrat John Redfern 4,986 17.9 +3.2
Conservative Esther Baroudy 4,823 17.3 -1.5
BNP Michael Coleman 2,178 7.8 N/A
UKIP Joseph Bonfiglio 914 3.3 N/A
Socialist Alternative Jim Cessford 246 0.9 N/A
Majority 9,774 35.0 -6.9
Turnout 27,907 48.4 +1.0
Labour hold Swing -5.5
General Election 2001: Stoke-on-Trent Central[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Fisher 17,170 60.7 -5.5
Conservative Jill Clark 5,325 18.8 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Gavin Webb 4,148 14.7 +2.8
Independent Richard Wise 1,657 5.9 N/A
Majority 11,845 41.9 -7.6
Turnout 28,300 47.4 -15.4
Labour hold Swing -3.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stoke-on-Trent Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Fisher 26,662 66.2 +8.2
Conservative Neil Jones 6,738 16.7 -11.2
Liberal Democrat Ed Fordham 4,809 11.9 -1.7
Referendum Party Peter L. Stanyer 1,071 2.7 N/A
BNP Michael Coleman 606 1.5 N/A
Liberal Mrs. Fran M. Oborski 359 0.9 N/A
Majority 19,924 49.5 +19.2
Turnout 40,245 62.8 -5.3
Labour hold Swing +9.7
General Election 1992: Stoke-on-Trent Central[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Fisher 25,897 58.0 +5.46
Conservative Nick Gibb 12,477 27.9 -3.11
Liberal Democrat Martin Dent 6,073 13.6 N/A
Natural Law Nicholas Pullen 196 0.4 N/A
Majority 13,420 30.3 +8.77
Turnout 44,643 68.1 -0.67
Labour hold Swing +4.29

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stoke-on-Trent Central[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Fisher 23,842 52.5 +4.5
Conservative D. Stone 14,072 31.0 +1.7
Social Democrat I. Cundy 7,462 16.4 -5.0
Majority 9,770 21.5 +2.8
Turnout 45,376 68.8 +2.9
Labour hold Swing +3.1
General Election 1983: Stoke-on-Trent Central[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Fisher 21,194 48.1 -12.1
Conservative Keith Mans 12,944 29.4 -0.1
Social Democrat V. Freeman 9,458 21.5 N/A
Monster Raving Loony C. S. Cook 504 1.1 N/A
Majority 8,250 18.7 -12.0
Turnout 44,102 65.9 -3.2
Labour hold Swing -6.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Stoke-on-Trent Central[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Cant 24,707 60.2
Conservative W Williams 12,104 29.5
Liberal A Thomas 4,260 10.4
Majority 12,603 30.7
Turnout 41,073 69.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Cant 24,146 60.44
Conservative W Williams 9,493 23.76
Liberal A Thomas 6,313 15.80
Majority 14,653 36.68
Turnout 65.26
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Cant 27,171 63.79
Conservative E Ashley 15,423 36.21
Majority 11,748 27.58
Turnout 70.21
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Cant 18,758 62.56
Conservative E Ashley 11,227 37.44
Majority 7,531 25.12
Turnout 50.02
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Cant 26,663 68.06
Conservative KG Reeves 12,515 31.94
Majority 14,148 36.11
Turnout 68.28
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barnett Stross 27,424 64.16
Conservative JPH Harrison 15,322 35.84
Majority 12,102 28.31
Turnout 72.28
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barnett Stross 28,630 61.13
Conservative JPH Harrison 18,205 38.87
Majority 10,425 22.26
Turnout 75.27
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barnett Stross 28,452 63.87
Conservative GB Price 16,097 36.13
Majority 12,355 27.73
Turnout 71.34
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barnett Stross 34,260 64.60
Conservative HR Fleck 18,770 35.40
Majority 15,490 29.21
Turnout 82.19
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Stoke-on-Trent Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barnett Stross 34,908 65.53
Conservative W Hancock 18,361 34.47
Majority 16,547 31.06
Turnout 83.19
Labour hold 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

Coordinates: 53°1′N 2°11′W / 53.017°N 2.183°W / 53.017; -2.183