Cannock Chase (UK Parliament constituency)

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Cannock Chase
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
Outline map
Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Population 97,462 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 75,680 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Amanda Milling (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Cannock & Burntwood
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Cannock Chase is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since May 2015 by Amanda Milling of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat was created for the 1997 election; the Labour Party held the seat for 13 years until Aidan Burley of the Conservative Party was elected at the 2010 general election with a large 14% swing, the second largest Labour to Conservative swings in the election.

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The District of Cannock Chase, and the District of South Staffordshire ward of Huntington.

2010-present: The District of Cannock Chase.

The constituency contains three towns and several pit villages, Cannock, Rugeley, and Hednesford, with the Chase itself situated between Hednesford and Rugeley. Prior to 1997, Cannock and Hednesford were part of the Cannock and Burntwood constituency, while Rugeley was part of the Mid Staffordshire constituency. Between 1997 and 2010 the village of Huntington was part of the constituency though it was part of South Staffordshire local government district.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3][4] Party
1997 Dr Tony Wright[n 3] Labour
2010 Aidan Burley Conservative
2015 Amanda Milling Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Cannock Chase[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Amanda Milling [7] 20,811 44.2 +4.1
Labour Janos Toth [7] 15,888 33.7 +0.6
UKIP Grahame Wiggin [8] 8,224 17.5 +14.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Jackson [9] 1,270 2.7 -14.3
Green Paul Woodhead [10] 906 1.9 +1.9
Majority 4,923 10.5 +3.5
Turnout 47,099 63.2 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.7
General Election 2010: Cannock Chase[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Aidan Burley 18,271 40.1 +10.1
Labour Susan Woodward 15,076 33.1 −17.9
Liberal Democrat Jon Hunt 7,732 17.0 +3.0
BNP Terence Majorowicz 2,168 4.8 N/A
UKIP Malcolm McKenzie 1,580 3.5 −1.6
Independent Ron Turville 380 0.8 N/A
Get Snouts Out The Trough Roy Jenkins 259 0.6 N/A
Independent Mike Walters 93 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,195 7.0
Turnout 45,559 61.1 +3.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +14.0

The vote share change in 2010 comes from the notional, not actual, 2005 results because of the boundary change (loss of Huntington).

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Cannock Chase[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Wright 22,139 51.3 −4.8
Conservative Ian Collard 12,912 29.9 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Jenny Pinkett 5,934 13.8 0.0
UKIP Roy Jenkins 2,170 5.0 N/A
Majority 9,227 21.4 −4.6
Turnout 43,155 57.4 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −2.3
General Election 2001: Cannock Chase[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Wright 23,049 56.1 +1.3
Conservative Gavin Smithers 12,345 30.1 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Stewart Reynolds 5,670 13.8 +5.1
Majority 10,704 26.0 −1.6
Turnout 41,064 55.4 −18.6
Labour hold Swing −0.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Cannock Chase[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Wright 28,705 54.8 N/A
Conservative John Backhouse 14,227 27.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Richard Kirby 4,537 8.7 N/A
Referendum Peter Froggatt 1,663 3.2 N/A
New Labour William Hurley 1,615 3.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Michael Conroy 1,120 2.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Melvyn Hartshorne 499 1.0 N/A
Majority 14,478 27.6 N/A
Turnout 52,366 72.4 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county 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. ^ Dr Tony Wright, a Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee (1999 to 2010), was the Labour MP for Cannock Chase from 1997 to 2010, and for Cannock and Burntwood from 1992 to 1997. He announced in 2008 that he would not stand at the 2010 general election, citing ill-health.[5]
References
  1. ^ "Cannock Chase: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cannock Chase 1997-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - Labour MP set to quit over health". bbc.co.uk. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "UK ELECTION RESULTS". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk. 
  8. ^ "General Election 2015 - UKIP Cannock Chase Branch Website". ukipbranch.org. 
  9. ^ "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "List of selected candidates". Green Party. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Cannock Chase". bbc.co.uk. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "BBC NEWS - Election 2005 - Results - Cannock Chase". bbc.co.uk. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "BBC NEWS - VOTE 2001 - RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES - Cannock Chase". bbc.co.uk. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ BBC 1997 General Election Site

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°42′N 2°00′W / 52.70°N 2.00°W / 52.70; -2.00