Mid Staffordshire (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Major settlements||Lichfield, Rugeley, Stone|
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||Lichfield, Stone, Cannock Chase, Stafford|
|Created from||Lichfield & Tamworth, Stafford & Stone and Cannock|
At the 1983 general election, the seat was won by John Heddle of the Conservative Party, who had previously represented the Lichfield and Tamworth constituency. Heddle held the seat at the 1987 general election.
Following Heddle's suicide in December 1989, a by-election followed on 22 March 1990. The by-election attracted a blaze of publicity, and a large number of candidates (14), as it took place at the height of the public dissatisfaction with the Conservative government over the Community Charge or Poll Tax (indeed, the notorious Poll Tax Riots took place only days after the by-election). Sylvia Heal of the Labour Party was victorious in the by-election; however she failed to retain the seat at the 1992 general election, losing to the Conservatives' Michael Fabricant.
In 1997, a review by the Boundary Commission reorganised the constituencies in Staffordshire, and Mid Staffordshire was abolished. It was replaced by parts of four constituencies: mostly by the Lichfield and Stone constituencies, apart from Rugeley which was included in Cannock Chase, and the area around the village of Great Haywood which was covered by the Stafford constituency. Michael Fabricant became MP for Lichfield at the 1997 general election.
The District of Lichfield wards of Armitage with Handsacre, Central, Chadsmead, Colton and Ridwares, Curborough, King's Bromley, Longdon, Leomansley, St John's, and Stowe, the Borough of Stafford wards of Barlaston, Chartley, Fulford, Haywood, Milwich, Oulton, St Michael's, and Stonefield and Christchurch, and the District of Cannock Chase wards of Brereton and Ravenhill, Brindley Heath, Etching Hill, Hagley, and Western Springs.
Members of Parliament
|1983||John Heddle||Conservative||Previously MP for Lichfield and Tamworth from 1979; committed suicide December 1989|
|1990 by-election||Sylvia Heal||Labour||Subsequently, MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis 1997-2010, and a Deputy Speaker 2000–2010|
|1992||Michael Fabricant||Conservative||Subsequently, MP for Lichfield since 1997|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Labour||Crispin St. Hill||13,990||24.7||+2.3|
|Ind. Conservative||James Bazeley||836||1.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Timothy Jones||6,315||11.2||−12.0|
|Anti-Thatcher Conservative||James Bazeley||547||1.0||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Screaming Lord Sutch||336||0.6||N/A|
|National Front||John Hill||311||0.5||N/A|
|NHS Supporters Party||Christopher Abell||102||0.2||N/A|
|Against Immigration Conservative Green||Nicholas Parker-Jervis||71||0.1||N/A|
|Raving Loony Green Giant Supercalafragalistic Party||Stuart Hughes||59||0.1||N/A|
|National Independent Correct Edification||Lindi St Clair||51||0.1||N/A|
|Independent 'Save the 2CV'||Bernard Mildwater||42||0.1||N/A|
|Christian Patriotic Alliance - Save Britain Campaign||David Black||39||0.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+21.0|
|Liberal Democrats||BJ Stamp||6,402||10.2||−13.0|
|Natural Law||D Grice||239||0.4||N/A|
Notes and references
- "'Staffordshire Mid', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.