Stoke-on-Trent South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stoke-on-Trent South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stoke-on-Trent South in Staffordshire.
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Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Electorate 68,624 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stoke-on-Trent
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Robert Flello (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Stoke-on-Trent/"Stoke"
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Stoke-on-Trent South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Robert Flello, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

Political history[edit]

The constituency has always been a safe Labour seat since its creation in 1950, supported with majorities narrowly above a marginal level, even during strong years for the Conservative Party, such as 1983 and 2010, who form the main opposition locally.

Prominent members[edit]

Jack Ashley (later Lord Ashley), became deaf as a result of an operation, but his disability campaigns led to major enactments and public sector changes to improve ordinary life for deaf people, including the inclusion of sign language in television programmes and campaigns to help other disabled people.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is mostly urban, but includes within its boundaries Trentham Park, which has Grade II* listed Gardens (the second highest catetory), is open to the public and has a large rowing lake, a golf course and monkey forest.[2]

Periodic review of constituencies[edit]

The Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election. Since then it has contained the following electoral wards:

  • Blurton, Fenton, Longton North, Longton South, Meir Park and Sandon, Trentham and Sandon, Weston and Meir North.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

A safe Labour seat, like the other Stoke-on-Trent constituencies, it includes the city's most middle-class electoral wards of Trentham and Meir that contrast with much of the neighbouring, predominantly lower income, population of the other wards.[4]

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 equal to the regional average of 4.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1950 Ellis Smith Labour
1966 Jack Ashley Labour
1992 George Stevenson Labour
2005 Robert Flello Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Stoke-on-Trent South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Flello
Conservative Joe Rich
General Election 2010: Stoke-on-Trent South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Flello 15,446 38.8 −8.1
Conservative James Rushton 11,316 28.4 +4.2
Liberal Democrat Zulfiqar Ali 6,323 15.9 +0.8
BNP Michael Coleman 3,762 9.4 +0.4
UKIP Mark Barlow 1,363 3.4 +0.7
Staffordshire Independent Group Terry Follows 1,208 3.0 N/A
Independent Mark Breeze 434 1.1 N/A
Majority 4,130 10.4
Turnout 39,852 58.8 +4.4
Labour hold Swing −6.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stoke-on-Trent South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Flello 17,727 46.9 −6.9
Conservative Mark Deaville 9,046 23.9 −0.7
Liberal Democrat Andrew Martin 5,894 15.6 +2.5
BNP Mark Leat 3,305 8.7 +4.9
UKIP Neville Benson 1,043 2.8 N/A
Veritas Grant Allen 805 2.1 N/A
Majority 8,618 23.0 −6.2
Turnout 37,820 53.6 +2.2
Labour hold Swing −3.1
General Election 2001: Stoke-on-Trent South[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Stevenson 19,366 53.8 −8.2
Conservative Philip Bastiman 8,877 24.6 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Christopher Coleman 4,724 13.1 +2.9
Independent Adrian Knapper 1,703 4.7 N/A
BNP Steven Batkin 1,358 3.8 +2.5
Majority 10,489 29.2 −10.4
Turnout 36,028 51.4 −14.7
Labour hold Swing −5.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stoke-on-Trent South[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Stevenson 28,645 62.0 +12.2
Conservative Sheila Scott 10,342 22.4 −14.3
Liberal Democrat Peter Barnett 4,710 10.2 +2.8
Referendum Party Richard Adams 1,103 2.4 N/A
Liberal Alison Micklem 580 1.3 N/A
BNP Steven Batkin 568 1.2 N/A
National Democrats Brian Lawrence 288 0.6 N/A
Majority 18,303 39.6 +26.6
Turnout 46,236 66.1 −8.2
Labour hold Swing +13.3
General Election 1992: Stoke-on-Trent South[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Stevenson 26,380 49.8 +2.3
Conservative Roger M. Ibbs 19,471 36.7 −1.1
Liberal Democrat Fred A. Jones 6,870 13.0 −1.7
Natural Law Mrs Elizabeth A. Lines 291 0.5 +0.5
Majority 6,909 13.0 +3.4
Turnout 53,012 74.3 +0.6
Labour hold Swing +1.7

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 24,794 47.49
Conservative Dennis Hartshorne 19,741 37.82
Liberal Peter Wild 7,669 14.69
Majority 5,053 9.68
Turnout 73.73
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 23,611 48.02
Conservative P Maxwell 16,506 33.57
Liberal W Walley 9,050 18.41
Majority 7,105 14.45
Turnout 69.64
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 31,610 58.75
Conservative R Rayner 17,364 32.27
Liberal D Chantrey 4,829 8.98
Majority 14,246 26.48
Turnout 72.52
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 30,699 61.18
Conservative S Heath 14,204 28.31
Liberal E Johnson 5,278 10.52
Majority 16,495 32.87
Turnout 69.09
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 31,650 56.83
Conservative S Newall 15,981 28.70
Liberal M Smith 7,578 13.61
Communist S Lomas 481 0.86
Majority 15,669 28.14
Turnout 77.38
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 20,770 60.24
Conservative RJ Apps 13,344 38.70
Communist SJ Lomas 364 1.06
Majority 7,426 21.54
Turnout 50.66
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Ashley 27,380 61.65
Conservative FW Thornton 14,769 33.26
Communist SJ Lomas 2,262 5.09
Majority 12,611 28.40
Turnout 71.02
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 28,928 60.56
Conservative C Howson 18,839 39.44
Majority 10,089 21.12
Turnout 75.65
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 29,578 59.28
Conservative GS Tucker 20,318 40.72
Majority 9,260 18.56
Turnout 78.24
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 31,003 63.61
Conservative BGC Webb 17,739 36.39
Majority 13,264 27.21
Turnout 73.62
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 35,261 65.77
Conservative BGC Webb 18,355 34.23
Majority 16,906 31.53
Turnout 84.21
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Stoke-on-Trent South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 34,339 64.45
Conservative L Orridge 14,637 27.47
Liberal William Herbert Kemp 4,307 8.08
Majority 19,702 36.98
Turnout 85.27
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: 52°59′N 2°9′W / 52.983°N 2.150°W / 52.983; -2.150