Eddisbury (UK Parliament constituency)

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Eddisbury
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Eddisbury in Cheshire.
Outline map
Location of Cheshire within England.
County Cheshire
Electorate 65,914 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Winsford, Audlem, Kelsall, Malpas and Tarporley
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Antoinette Sandbach (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Northwich, Nantwich and Runcorn[2]
18851950
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Eddisbury is a constituency[n 1] in Cheshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Antoinette Sandbach, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of the City of Chester, the Sessional Division of Broxton, and parts of the Sessional Divisions of Chester Castle, Eddisbury, Nantwich, and Northwich.

1918-1950: The Urban District of Tarporley, the Rural Districts of Malpas and Tarvin, in the Rural District of Northwich the civil parishes of Crowton, Cuddington, Darnhall, Delamere, Eddisbury, Little Budworth, Marton, Oakmere, and Wimboldsley, in the Rural District of Runcorn the civil parishes of Alvanley, Frodsham, Frodsham Lordship, Helsby, Kingsley, Kingswood, Mauley, Newton-by-Frodsham, and Norley, and part of the Rural District of Nantwich.

1983-1997: The District of Vale Royal wards of Church, Cuddington and Marton, Davenham and Moulton, Forest, Frodsham East, Frodsham North West, Frodsham South, Gorst Wood, Gravel, Hartford, Helsby Central, Helsby North, Helsby South and Alvanley Ward, Kingsley, Mara, Milton, Oulton, Over One, Over Two, Swanlow, Tarporley, Vale Royal, Weaver, and Wharton, and the City of Chester wards of Barrow, Farndon, Malpas, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Tilston, and Waverton.

1997-2010: The District of Vale Royal wards of Cuddington and Marton, Davenham and Moulton, Gravel, Mara, Oulton, Over One, Over Two, Swanlow, Tarporley, Vale Royal, and Wharton, the Borough of Crewe and Nantwich wards of Acton, Audlem, Bunbury, Combermere, Minshull, Peckforton, and Wrenbury, and the City of Chester wards of Barrow, Farndon, Malpas, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Tilston, and Waverton.

2010-present: The Borough of Vale Royal wards of Cuddington and Oakmere, Davenham and Moulton, Mara, Tarporley and Oulton, Winsford Dene, Winsford Gravel, Winsford Over, Winsford Swanlow, Winsford Verdin, and Winsford Wharton, the Borough of Crewe and Nantwich wards of Acton, Audlem, Bunbury, Minshull, Peckforton, and Wrenbury, and the City of Chester wards of Barrow, Farndon, Kelsall, Malpas, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Tilston, and Waverton.

The constituency is mostly rural, covering the south-west of Cheshire, noted in minerals for salt mining and within easy access to the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and the industrial and manufacturing centres of the Wirral Peninsula and Deeside. To the east of the seat lies part of Delamere Forest. The main town in the constituency is Winsford; other main settlements include Audlem, Kelsall, Malpas and Tarporley.

History[edit]

The constituency was re-established in 1983, largely replacing the former Nantwich constituency and is named for the former hundred of Eddisbury. Since then, it has always been held by a Conservative. Between 1983 and 1999, it was represented by Alastair Goodlad, who resigned upon being appointed the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Australia. The ensuing by-election was won by Stephen O'Brien, who held the seat until 2015.

The closest the Labour Party has come to winning the seat was in the 1997 general election, when the Conservative majority was reduced to just 1,185. Eddisbury consists of mainly rural villages and small towns which are favourable to the Conservative party; Labour's only strength is in the constituency's largest town, Winsford, which currently has the seat's only local councillors. Labour fell from second to third place in the 2010 general election — the Conservative candidate held the seat with a majority of over 13,000 and a Liberal Democrat moved into second place. The 2015 election saw Labour move back into second place, and the Conservative majority fell by 1.8%.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1950[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1885 Henry James Tollemache Conservative
1906 Arthur Lyulph Stanley Liberal
1910 Harry Barnston Conservative
1929 Richard John Russell Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1943 by-election John Eric Loverseed Common Wealth
1944 Independent
1945 Labour
1945 Sir John Denman Barlow National Liberal
1950 constituency abolished

MPs since 1983[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Sir Alastair Goodlad Conservative
1999 by-election Stephen O'Brien Conservative
2015 Antoinette Sandbach Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Eddisbury[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Antoinette Sandbach 24,167 51.0 −0.6
Labour James Laing 11,193 23.6 +2.1
UKIP Rob Millington 5,778 12.2 +8.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Priestner 4,289 9.1 −13.4
Green Andrew Garman 1,624 3.4 +3.4
CISTA George Antar 301 0.6 +0.6
Majority 12,974 27.4
Turnout 47,352 69.0
Conservative hold Swing −1.4

UKIP originally selected Charles Dodman [6] who was replaced by Rob Millington.[7]

General Election 2010: Eddisbury[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 23,472 51.7 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Bob Thompson 10,217 22.5 +4.5
Labour Pat Merrick 9,794 21.6 −10.5
UKIP Charles Dodman 1,931 4.3 +1.3
Majority 13,255 29.2
Turnout 45,414 69.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Eddisbury[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 21,181 46.4 +0.1
Labour Mark Green 14,986 32.8 −3.2
Liberal Democrat Joanne Crotty 8,182 17.9 +2.2
UKIP Steve Roxborough 1,325 2.9 +0.9
Majority 6,195 13.6
Turnout 45,674 63.2 −1.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General Election 2001: Eddisbury[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 20,556 46.3 +3.8
Labour George William Eyres 15,988 36.0 −4.1
Liberal Democrat Paul David Roberts 6,975 15.7 +2.5
UKIP David John Edward Carson 868 2.0 N/A
Majority 4,568 10.3
Turnout 44,387 64.2 −11.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Eddisbury by-election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 15,465 44.8 +2.3
Labour Margaret R. Hanson 13,859 40.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Paul D. Roberts 4,757 13.8 +0.6
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 238 0.7 N/A
Independent Conservative Robert J. Everest 98 0.3 N/A
Natural Law Dinah Grice 80 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,606 4.7
Turnout 34,497 51.4 −24.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: Eddisbury[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 21,027 42.5 −8.5
Labour Margaret R. Hanson 19,842 40.1 +9.6
Liberal Democrat David Reaper 6,540 13.2 −3.8
Referendum Norine D. Napier 2,041 4.2 N/A
Majority 1,185 2.4
Turnout 49,450 75.8
Conservative hold Swing −9.1
General Election 1992: Eddisbury[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 31,625 51.0 −0.1
Labour Norma M. Edwards 18,928 30.5 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Derrick W. Lyon 10,543 17.0 −6.6
Green Andrew Basden 783 1.3 −0.4
Natural Law Nigel P.J. Pollard 107 0.2 N/A
Majority 12,697 20.5 −7.0
Turnout 61,986 82.6 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing −3.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Eddisbury[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 29,474 51.1 −2.4
Liberal Roderick Ian Fletcher 13,639 23.7 −1.8
Labour Catriona Grigg 13,574 23.5 +2.5
Green Andrew Basden 976 1.7 N/A
Majority 15,835 27.5
Turnout 57,663 78.0
Conservative hold Swing −0.3
General Election 1983: Eddisbury[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 28,407 53.5 N/A
Liberal Roderick Ian Fletcher 13,561 25.5 N/A
Labour David Hanson 11,169 21.0 N/A
Majority 14,846 28.0 N/A
Turnout 53,137 74.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Eddisbury[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National John Denman Barlow 15,294 57.7 +16.7
Labour John Eric Loverseed 7,392 27.9 -15.8
Liberal Dunstan Michael Carr Curtis 3,808 14.4 -0.9
Majority 7,902 29.8
Turnout 26,494 75.2 32.5
Liberal National gain from Common Wealth Swing +16.2
Eddisbury by-election, 1943[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Common Wealth John Eric Loverseed 8,023 43.7 n/a
Liberal National Thomas Peacock 7,537 41.0 n/a
Independent Liberal Harold Heathcote Williams 2,803 15.3 n/a
Majority 486 2.7 n/a
Turnout 18,363 56.1 n/a
Common Wealth gain from Liberal National Swing n/a

General Election 1939/40:

Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Richard John Russell unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal National hold Swing n/a
General Election 1931: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Richard John Russell unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal National hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929 Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard John Russell 13,688 51.6 -1.8
Unionist Roderick George Fenwick-Palmer 12,862 48.4 +1.8
Majority 3.2 826 -3.6
Turnout 86.8 +6.2
Liberal hold Swing -1.8
Eddisbury by-election, 1929
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard John Russell 10,223 53.4 +7.5
Unionist Roderick George Fenwick-Palmer 8,931 46.6 -7.5
Majority 1,292 6.8
Turnout 80.6 -6.3
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +7.5
General Election 1924: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Harry Barnston 11,006 54.1
Liberal Richard John Russell 9,337 45.9
Majority 1,689 8.2
Turnout 86.9
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Harry Barnston 8,716 50.6 n/a
Liberal Richard John Russell 8,520 49.4 n/a
Majority 196 1.2 n/a
Turnout 76.4 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Arthur Stanley
Cotton-Jodrell
General Election 1906: Eddisbury[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Arthur Lyulph Stanley 5,315 55.9 n/a
Conservative Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell 4,192 44.1 n/a
Majority 1,123 11.8 n/a
Turnout 86.5 n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative 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.
References

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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