Stone (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Stone in Staffordshire.
Location of Staffordshire within England.
|Electorate||66,729 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Bill Cash (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||Stafford and Stone, Mid Staffordshire|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
The earlier constituency of the same name that existed 1918-1950 elected Conservatives, all three officers who had fought with some distinction in either of the two World Wars - however none achieved in Westminster the front bench.
The current constituency was created for the 1997 general election, when Parliament approved for Staffordshire the additional seat proposed by the Boundary Commission. The constituency was formed from parts of the Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Mid Staffordshire.
Presenting a safe seat for the Conservatives and proving to be one, its creation reduced the Conservative majority in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stafford constituencies, both of which were gained by a Labour party member at the 1997 General Election.
Stone is in the top decile in geographical size in England. It covers the area from Madeley in the north to the west of Newcastle-under-Lyme, then runs south and out to the outskirts of Market Drayton, running down to the northern edge of Newport. The boundary heads north alongside the western boundary of Stafford around the north of Stafford and down its eastern boundary. It runs across the north of Abbots Bromley before reaching its eastern end. It continues to the west of Uttoxeter in the Burton constituency. It then extends eastwards between the Burton constituency and up to Cheadle and to the south of Stoke-on-Trent. Currently within the constituency are the towns of Eccleshall, Cheadle and Stone itself.
There are various alterations to the constituency shape in boundary changes to be put place in time for the 2010 general election. Stone took the areas covered by the Bradley, and Salt and Enson civil parish from the neighbouring Stafford constituency. In turn, the parishes of Hixon, Ellenhall, and Ranton, were moved back from Stone to Stafford. In the largest alteration, the north-eastern parishes covering Kingsley, Oakamoor, Alton, Farley, and Cotton, were all moved to the altered Staffordshire Moorlands.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.9% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|1918||Sir Smith Hill Child, Bt.||Coalition Conservative|
|1922||Sir Joseph Lamb||Conservative|
MPs since 1997
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Stone|
|Liberal Democrat||Christine Tinker||10,598||22.4||+3.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Stone|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Stevens||9,111||19.4||+4.3|
|General Election 2001: Stone|
|Liberal Democrat||Brendan McKeown||6,888||15.1||+3.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Stone|
|Liberal Democrat||Barry Stamp||6,392||12.0||N/A|
|Natural Law||D. Grice||237||0.4||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Almanac of British Politics, 5th ed, Robert Waller
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Iain Dale, ed. (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X.
- The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945.