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
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Location of Staffordshire within England
CountyStaffordshire
Population97,462 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate75,680 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of Parliamentvacant
Number of membersOne
Created fromCannock & Burntwood
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyWest Midlands

Cannock Chase is a constituency[n 1].[n 2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Boundaries[edit]

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.

2010–present: The District of Cannock Chase.

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

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. Amanda Milling has subsequently held the seat, increasing the Conservative majority in both 2015 and 2017.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

The Liberal Democrats have agreed to stand aside, and support the Green Party candidate as part of an agreement to try to increase the chances of Remain supporting MPs being elected. There are 60 such constituencies in England, and Wales, involving the Unite to Remain alliance between the three parties.[6]

Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.

United Kingdom general election, 2019: Cannock Chase
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Amanda Milling
Labour Anne Hobbs
Green Paul Woodhead (Unite to Remain)[7]
General election 2017: Cannock Chase
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Amanda Milling 26,318 55.0 Increase 10.8
Labour Paul Dadge 17,927 37.4 Increase 3.7
UKIP Paul Allen 2,018 4.2 Decrease 13.2
Green Paul Woodhead 815 1.7 Decrease 0.2
Liberal Democrat Nat Green 794 1.7 Decrease 1.0
Majority 8,391 17.5 Increase 7.0
Turnout 47,872 64.2 Increase 1.0
Conservative hold Swing Increase 3.5
General election 2015: Cannock Chase[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Amanda Milling [9] 20,811 44.2 Increase 4.1
Labour Janos Toth [9] 15,888 33.7 Increase 0.6
UKIP Grahame Wiggin [10] 8,224 17.5 Increase 14.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Jackson [11] 1,270 2.7 Decrease 14.3
Green Paul Woodhead [12] 906 1.9 Increase 1.9
Majority 4,923 10.5 Increase 3.5
Turnout 47,099 63.2 Increase 2.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase 1.7
General election 2010: Cannock Chase[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Aidan Burley 18,271 40.1 Increase 10.1
Labour Susan Woodward 15,076 33.1 Decrease 17.9
Liberal Democrat Jon Hunt 7,732 17.0 Increase 3.0
BNP Terence Majorowicz 2,168 4.8 N/A
UKIP Malcolm McKenzie 1,580 3.5 Decrease 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 Increase 3.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase 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[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Wright 22,139 51.3 Decrease 4.8
Conservative Ian Collard 12,912 29.9 Decrease 0.2
Liberal Democrat Jenny Pinkett 5,934 13.8 Steady
UKIP Roy Jenkins 2,170 5.0 N/A
Majority 9,227 21.4 Decrease 4.6
Turnout 43,155 57.4 Increase 2.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease 2.3
General election 2001: Cannock Chase[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Wright 23,049 56.1 Increase 1.3
Conservative Gavin Smithers 12,345 30.1 Increase 2.9
Liberal Democrat Stewart Reynolds 5,670 13.8 Increase 5.1
Majority 10,704 26.0 Decrease 1.6
Turnout 41,064 55.4 Decrease 18.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease 0.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Cannock Chase[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Wright 28,705 54.8 Steady
Conservative John Backhouse 14,227 27.2 Steady
Liberal Democrat Richard Kirby 4,537 8.7 Steady
Referendum Peter Froggatt 1,663 3.2 Steady
New Labour William Hurley 1,615 3.1 Steady
Socialist Labour Mick Conroy 1,552 2.1 Steady
Monster Raving Loony Melvyn Hartshorne 499 1.0 Steady
Majority 14,478 27.6 Steady
Turnout 52,366 72.4 Steady
Labour win (new seat)

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. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. 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)
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - Labour MP set to quit over health". bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ https://www.libdems.org.uk/unite-to-remain?utm_campaign=unite_to_remain&utm_medium=email&utm_source=libdems
  7. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b "UK ELECTION RESULTS". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
  10. ^ "General Election 2015 - UKIP Cannock Chase Branch Website". ukipbranch.org.
  11. ^ "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  12. ^ "List of selected candidates". Green Party. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Cannock Chase". bbc.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "BBC NEWS - Election 2005 - Results - Cannock Chase". bbc.co.uk.
  17. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "BBC NEWS - VOTE 2001 - RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES - Cannock Chase". bbc.co.uk.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

External links[edit]

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