Stoke-on-Trent North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stoke-on-Trent North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Stoke-on-Trent North in Staffordshire.
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Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Electorate 72,225 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Burslem, Tunstall
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Joan Walley (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Hanley
Leek
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Stoke-on-Trent North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Joan Walley, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Each of the three constituencies of Stoke-on-Trent contain two of the historic 'six towns' of the Potteries. Burslem and Tunstall are Stoke-on-Trent North's long-established ceramics and porcelain settlements, see Staffordshire Potteries.

Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies[edit]

The Boundary Commission suggested adding the Werrington area to the constituency. This was rejected at a local inquiry held in Stoke-on-Trent on 25 and 26 June 2002. To raise Stoke-on-Trent North's electorate to nearly 70,000, the inquiry recommended that the six wards in the north of the City: Burslem North, Burslem South, Chell and Packmoor, East Valley,[n 3] Norton and Bradeley, and Tunstall – be joined by four wards from the Borough of Newcastle-under-LymeButt Lane, Kidsgrove, Ravenscliffe, and Talke. Parliament enacted this for the 2010 election onwards.

History[edit]

This constituency was formed in 1950 at which time it incorporated parts of the former Leek and Hanley seats.

Prominent members

As a frontbench member in government, John Forrester became in 1970 a Health Minister, before the election of that year.

Constituency profile[edit]

As described, a productivity base exists on a large international scale in the form of the porcelain industry. The area has relatively fast connections compared to other seats in the county equally to Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.2% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian, the middle figure of the three rates for the city's seats.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1950 Albert Davies Labour
1953 by-election Harriet Slater Labour
1966 John Forrester Labour
1987 Joan Walley Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Walley 17,815 44.3 -11.5
Conservative Andy Large 9,580 23.8 +6.0
Liberal Democrat John Fisher 7,120 17.7 +4.2
BNP Melanie Baddeley 3,196 8.0 +2.0
UKIP Geoff Locke 2,485 6.2 +2.1
Majority 8,235 20.5
Turnout 40,196 55.8 +4.9
Labour hold Swing -8.8

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stoke-on-Trent North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Walley 16,191 52.6 -5.4
Conservative Benjamin Browning 6,155 20.0 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Henry Jebb 4,561 14.8 +2.9
BNP Spencer Cartlidge 2,132 6.9 N/A
UKIP Eileen Braithwaite 696 2.3 N/A
Veritas Ian Taylor 689 2.2 N/A
Independent Harry Chesters 336 1.1 N/A
Majority 10,036 32.6 -6.6
Turnout 30,760 52.7 +0.8
Labour hold Swing -3.3
General Election 2001: Stoke-on-Trent North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Walley 17,460 58.0 -7.2
Conservative Benjamin Browning 5,676 18.8 -1.3
Liberal Democrat Henry Jebb 3,580 11.9 +1.2
Independent Charles Wanger 3,399 11.3 N/A
Majority 11,784 39.2 -5.8
Turnout 30,115 51.9 -13.4
Labour hold Swing -2.9

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stoke-on-Trent North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Walley 25,190 65.2
Conservative Christopher Day 7,798 20.2
Liberal Democrat Henry Jebb 4,141 10.7
Referendum Party Jennefer Tobin 1,537 4.0
Majority 17,392 44.98
Turnout 38,664 65.35
Labour hold Swing +11.90
General Election 1992: Stoke-on-Trent North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Walley 30,464 56.7 +9.6
Conservative Laurence M. Harris 15,687 29.2 −2.1
Liberal Democrat John P. Redfern 7,167 13.3 −8.2
Natural Law Alan H. Morrison 387 0.7 N/A
Majority 14,777 27.5 +11.8
Turnout 53,705 73.4 +0.5
Labour hold Swing +5.9

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Walley 25,459 47.1 +0.8
Conservative R. Davies 16,946 31.3 +0.4
Social Democrat S. J. Simmonds 11,665 21.6 -1.2
Majority 8,513 15.7
Turnout 54, 070 72.9
Labour hold Swing +0.2
General Election 1983: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Forrester 24, 721 46.3
Conservative Roger M. Ibbs 16, 518 30.9
Social Democrat T. R. Beswick 12, 186 22.8
Majority 8, 203 15.4
Turnout 53, 425 71.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Forrester 25,652 59.36
Conservative Roger M. Ibbs 13,228 30.61
Liberal CV Smedley 3,994 9.24
National Front C Baugh 341 0.79
Majority 12,424 28.75
Turnout 72.75
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Forrester 25,264 60.59
Conservative JWD Davies 10,192 24.44
Liberal M Smith 6,239 14.96
Majority 15,072 36.15
Turnout 69.61
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Forrester 28,177 64.19
Conservative J Davies 15,718 35.81
Majority 12,459 28.38
Turnout 73.95
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Forrester 20,642 66.19
Conservative JS Heath 10,542 33.81
Majority 10,100 32.39
Turnout 52.95
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Forrester 28,491 71.54
Conservative LCN Bury 11,335 28.46
Majority 17,156 43.08
Turnout 72.44
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Slater 27,584 64.74
Conservative BD Barton 15,025 35.26
Majority 12,559 29.47
Turnout 76.24
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Slater 29,336 63.97
Conservative SF Middup 16,522 36.03
Majority 12,814 27.94
Turnout 78.61
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Slater 29,473 66.87
Conservative SF Middup 14,599 33.13
Majority 14,874 33.75
Turnout 75.31
Labour hold Swing
By Election 1953: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Slater 23,103
Conservative SF Middup 7,502
Majority 15,601
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Albert Davies 36,692 51.44
Liberal National JB Coventry 14,668 28.56
Majority 22,024 42.88
Turnout 83.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Stoke-on-Trent North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Albert Davies 36,896 71.58
Conservative PW Hodgens 14,647 28.42
Majority 22,249 43.17
Turnout 85.01
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.
  3. ^ consisting of most of Smallthorne, Sneyd Green, Milton and Baddeley Green
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Coordinates: 53°3′N 2°12′W / 53.050°N 2.200°W / 53.050; -2.200