List of Parliamentary constituencies in Staffordshire

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The ceremonial county of Staffordshire (which includes the area of the Stoke-on-Trent unitary authority) is divided into 12 seats - 4 Borough and 8 County constituencies. Staffordshire is a county in the West Midlands of England. At the 2019 general election, for the first time since at least 1885, all of Staffordshire's elected MPs were Conservatives.

Constituencies[edit]

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[2][nb 2] Member of Parliament[2] Nearest opposition[2] Map
Burton CC 75,036 14,496   Kate Griffiths   Louise Walker ‡
Cannock Chase CC 74,813 19,879   Amanda Milling   Anne Hobbs ‡
Lichfield CC 76,616 23,638   Michael Fabricant   Dave Robertson ‡
Newcastle-under-Lyme BC 68,211 7,446   Aaron Bell   Carl Greatbatch ‡
South Staffordshire CC 73,668 28,250   Gavin Williamson   Adam Freeman ‡
Stafford CC 72,572 14,377   Theo Clarke   Joyce Still ‡
Staffordshire Moorlands CC 65,485 16,428   Karen Bradley   Darren Price ‡
Stoke-on-Trent Central BC 55,419 670   Jo Gideon   Gareth Snell
Stoke-on-Trent North BC 68,298 6,286   Jonathan Gullis   Ruth Smeeth
Stoke-on-Trent South BC 64,491 11,271   Jack Brereton   Mark McDonald ‡
Stone CC 69,378 19,945   Bill Cash   Mike Stubbs ‡
Tamworth CC 71,572 19,634   Christopher Pincher   Christopher Bain ‡

At the 2017 General Election, the Conservative Party (its candidates) made a net gain of one seat by gaining Stoke-On-Trent South. This also saw Newcastle-under-Lyme become the third-most-marginal Labour seat in England.

In the 2019 UK General Election, Conservative candidates made a net gain of three seats: gaining Stoke-On-Trent North, Stoke-On-Trent Central and Newcastle-under-Lyme. This meant all seats in Staffordshire had a Conservative MP.

The above were all at the expense of Labour seats, in the same way that Labour gained most of its maximal 9 seats in the county, recorded to date, in 1997.

Historic Constituencies[edit]

Before 1832[edit]

1832-1885[edit]

The County Constituency was divided into:

1885-1918[edit]

The County Constituencies were divided into:

1918-1950[edit]

1950-1983[edit]

1983-1997[edit]

1997 to present[edit]

Boundary changes[edit]

Name Pre-2010 boundaries Boundaries from 2010
  1. Burton CC
  2. Cannock Chase CC
  3. Lichfield CC
  4. Newcastle-under-Lyme BC
  5. South Staffordshire CC
  6. Stafford CC
  7. Staffordshire Moorlands CC
  8. Stoke-on-Trent Central BC
  9. Stoke-on-Trent North BC
  10. Stoke-on-Trent South BC
  11. Stone CC
  12. Tamworth CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Staffordshire Proposed Revision

The proposals by the Boundary Commission for England retained these 12 constituencies with changes to align with current local government wards, and to better equalise the electorates. These changes were implemented at the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Proposed boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries. They propose to bring forward primary legislation to remove the statutory obligation to implement the 2018 Boundary Review recommendations, as well as set the framework for future boundary reviews in time for the next review which is due to begin in early 2021 and report no later than October 2023. It is proposed that the number of constituencies now remains at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.[3]

Results history[edit]

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[4]

2019[edit]

The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising Staffordshire in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 336,621 61.6% Increase5.3% 12 Increase3
Labour 154,301 28.2% Decrease9.7% 0 Decrease3
Liberal Democrats 30,431 5.6% Increase2.5% 0 0
Greens 16,826 3.1% Increase1.6% 0 0
Brexit 5,986 1.1% new
Others 2,135 0.4% Decrease0.8% 0 0
Total 546,300 100.0 12

Percentage votes[edit]

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 44.9 44.9 44.0 33.7 35.9 35.2 41.6 45.7 56.3 61.6
Labour 32.9 33.9 41.8 51.3 48.0 41.4 31.1 29.2 37.9 28.2
Liberal Democrat1 22.1 21.1 13.4 10.7 12.5 15.5 17.9 3.6 3.1 5.6
Green Party - * * * * * 0.2 2.8 1.5 3.1
UKIP - - - * * * 5.1 17.6 0.9 *
Brexit Party - - - - - - - - - 1.1
Other 0.1 0.2 0.9 4.2 3.6 7.8 4.1 1.2 0.3 0.4

11983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

* Included in Other

Seats[edit]

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 7 7 6 3 3 3 8 8 9 12
Labour 4 4 5 9 9 9 4 4 3 0
Total 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12


Maps[edit]

Historical representation by party[edit]

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal   Liberal-Labour   Liberal Unionist   National Party

Constituency 1885 1886 86 90 91 1892 93 1895 96 98 1900 05 1906 07 08 09 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 12 16 17
Burton M. Bass Evershed Ratcliff
Handsworth* Wiggin H. Meysey-Thompson E. Meysey-Thompson
Hanley Woodall Heath Edwards Outhwaite
Kingswinford A. Staveley Hill Webb H. Staveley-Hill
Leek Crompton Davenport Bill Pearce Heath Pearce
Lichfield Swinburne Darwin Fulford Warner (or Liberal?)
Newcastle-under-Lyme Allen Coghill Allen Haslam Wedgwood
Stafford C. McLaren Salt Shaw Essex
Staffordshire, North West Leveson-Gower Edwards-Heathcote Heath Billson Stanley Finney
Staffordshire, West H. Bass Henderson H. McLaren Lloyd
Stoke-upon-Trent Bright Leveson-Gower Coghill Ward
Tamworth Muntz Newdegate Wilson-Fox
Walsall Forster Holden James Hayter Gedge Hayter Dunne Cooper
Wednesbury Lloyd Stanhope Lloyd Green Hyde Norton-Griffiths
West Bromwich Blades Spencer Hazel Legge
Wolverhampton East Fowler Thorne
Wolverhampton South Villiers Gibbons Norman Hickman
Wolverhampton West Hickman Plowden Hickman Richards Bird

*Transferred to Warwickshire 1911

1918 to 1950[edit]

  Coalition Labour   Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Coalition National Democratic & Labour   Conservative   Constitutionalist   Independent Labour   Labour   Liberal   National Government   National Labour   National Liberal (1931-68)   National Party   New Party

Constituency 1918 19 22 1922 1923 1924 24 26 28 1929 29 31 1931 31 32 35 1935 38 41 42 43 44 1945 45
Burslem Finney MacLaren Robinson MacLaren Allen MacLaren Davies
Burton J. Gretton J. F. Gretton Lyne
Cannock J. Parker Adamson Ward Adamson Lee
Hanley Seddon M. Parker Clowes Hollins Hales Hollins Stross
Kingswinford Sitch Todd Henderson
Leek Bromfield Ratcliffe Bromfield Davies
Lichfield Warner Hodges Wilson Lovat-Fraser Poole
Newcastle-under-Lyme Wedgwood Mack
Smethwick Davison O. Mosley Wise Dobbs Gordon Walker
Stafford Ormsby-Gore Thorneycroft Swingler
Stoke Ward C. Mosley Copeland Smith
Stone Hill Child Lamb Fraser
Tamworth Wilson-Fox Newson Iliffe Steel-Maitland Mellor *
Walsall Cooper Collins Preston McShane Leckie Schuster Wells
Wednesbury Short Ward Banfield Evans
West Bromwich Roberts Ramsay Roberts Dugdale
Wolverhampton Bilston Hickman Howard-Bury Baker Peto Hannah Gibbons Nally
Wolverhampton East Thorne Mander Baird
Wolverhampton West A. Bird R. Bird Brown R. Bird Hughes

*majority moved to Sutton Coldfield (new constituency 1945); see Warwickshire list

1950 to 1983[edit]

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1950 1951 53 1955 57 1959 63 1964 1966 67 69 1970 73 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 76 1979
Aldridge-Brownhills Edge Shepherd
West Bromwich East Snape
Walsall South H. d'Avigdor-Goldsmid George
Stafford and Stone Fraser
Burton Colegate Jennings Lawrence
Wolverhampton South West Powell Budgen
Brierley Hill / Staffordshire South West (1974) Simmons Talbot Montgomery Cormack
Leek Davies Knox
Lichfield and Tamworth Snow J. d'Avigdor-Goldsmid Grocott Heddle
Cannock Lee Cormack Roberts
Walsall / Walsall North (1955) Wells Stonehouse Hodgson Winnick
Bilston / Wolverhampton South East (1974) Nally Edwards
Newcastle-under-Lyme Mack Swingler Golding
Stoke-on-Trent Central Stross Cant
Stoke-on-Trent North Davies Slater Forrester
Stoke-on-Trent South Smith Ashley
West Bromwich / West Bromwich West (1974) Dugdale Foley Boothroyd
Wolverhampton North East Baird Short
Smethwick Gordon Walker Griffiths Faulds
Wednesbury Evans Stonehouse

1983 to present[edit]

  Conservative   Independent   Labour

Constituency 1983 84 86 1987 90 1992 96 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 17 2017 18 18 2019
Stone Cash
South Staffordshire Cormack Williamson
Mid Staffordshire / Lichfield (1997) Heddle Heal Fabricant
Stafford Fraser Cash Kidney Lefroy Clarke
Staffordshire Moorlands Knox Atkins Bradley
Burton Lawrence Dean A. Griffiths K. Griffiths
South East Staffordshire / Tamworth (1997) Lightbown Jenkins Pincher
Cannock and Burntwood / Cannock Chase (1997) Howarth Wright Burley Milling
Stoke-on-Trent South Ashley Stevenson Flello Brereton
Newcastle-under-Lyme J. Golding L. Golding Farrelly Bell
Stoke-on-Trent Central Fisher Hunt Snell Gideon
Stoke-on-Trent North Forrester Walley Smeeth Gullis

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (2020-01-28). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  3. ^ "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  4. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (2020-04-17). "General election results from 1918 to 2019". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)