Stafford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stafford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stafford in Staffordshire.
Outline map
Location of Staffordshire within England.
County Staffordshire
Electorate 69,832 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stafford
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Stafford & Stone and Newcastle-under-Lyme[2]
19181950
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency
Replaced by Stafford & Stone
1295–1918
Number of members 1290–1885: Two
1885–1918: One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Stafford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Jeremy Lefroy, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Stafford, as a parliamentary borough, first existed between the Model Parliament in 1295 and 1950.

The current constituency was created for the 1983 general election.

Prominent members

The town was represented in Parliament by leading playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan at the end of the 18th century.

Political history

Taken together with the Stafford and Stone seat which existed during the 33-year gap mentioned above, since 1910 when the last Liberal served the seat, the Conservative party has had five members and the Labour party two (this total includes the present member). In summary:

  • Labour saw a bellwether result in their 1945 landslide victory, but a Conservative regained the seat at the next election in 1950 in the successor seat which he held until his death in 1984.
  • Effects from the creation of the Stone constituency in 1997 made Stafford somewhat more marginal: sitting Stafford MP Bill Cash followed some of his electors into the Stone constituency, which he won, and after a 47-year lack of a member, Labour's David Kidney gained the constituency in his party's landslide victory in 1997.[n 3]

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Stafford, the Rural District of Gnosall, the Rural District consisting of the civil parishes of Blymhill and Weston-under-Lizard, the Rural District of Stafford except the detached part of the civil parish of Colwich, and part of the Rural District of Cannock.

1983-1997: The Borough of Stafford wards of Baswich, Beaconside, Castle, Church Eaton, Common, Coton, Eccleshall, Forebridge, Gnosall, Highfields, Holmcroft, Littleworth, Manor, Milford, Penkside, Rowley, Seighford, Swynnerton, Tillington, Weeping Cross, and Woodseaves, and the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme wards of Loggerheads, Madeley, and Whitmore.

1997-2010: The Borough of Stafford wards of Baswich, Beaconside, Castle, Common, Coton, Forebridge, Haywood, Highfields, Holmcroft, Littleworth, Manor, Milford, Penkside, Rowley, Seighford, Tillington, and Weeping Cross, and the District of South Staffordshire wards of Acton Trussell, Bishopswood and Lapley, Penkridge North East, Penkridge South East, and Penkridge West.

2010-present: The Borough of Stafford wards of Baswich, Common, Coton, Forebridge, Haywood and Hixon, Highfields and Western Downs, Holmcroft, Littleworth, Manor, Milford, Penkside, Rowley, Seighford, Tillington, and Weeping Cross, and the District of South Staffordshire wards of Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell, Penkridge South East, Penkridge West, and Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley.

The constituency forms the southerly part of the borough of Stafford, including the eponymous town itself plus the Penkridge area.

Constituency profile[edit]

The town has historical significance, featuring the Elizabethan Ancient High House, a museum with changing exhibitions and Stafford Castle. In terms of industry and commerce, the physics and engineering niche of large power station transformers are produced in the seat whereas the area to the north is famous for fine china, the Staffordshire Potteries from the companies Aynsley, Burleigh, Doulton, Dudson, Heron Cross, Minton, Moorcroft, Twyford, and Wedgwood. The area is also well known for the Staffordshire Hoard, Alton Towers and has a Building Society based in the town.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Stafford parliamentary borough[edit]

MPs 1295–1640[edit]

  • Constituency created (1295)[4]
Parliament First member Second member
1295 William Reynor John Beyton
1337 Hugh Snel[5]
1353 Hugh Snel[5]
1360 Hugh Snel[5]
1362 Hugh Snel[5]
1363 Hugh Snel[5]
1365 Hugh Snel[5]
1366 Hugh Snel[5]
1368 Hugh Snel[5]
1369 Hugh Snel[5]
1371 Hugh Snel[5]
1373 Hugh Snel[5]
1376 Hugh Snel[5]
1377 Hugh Snel (murdered 1380)[5]
1386 Thomas Jockery Richard Stanford[6]
1388 (Feb) John Newton Nicholas Snell[6]
1388 (Sep) John Newton Richard Stanford[6]
1390 (Jan) John Newton John Snell[6]
1390 (Nov)
1391 John Newton Richard Stanford[6]
1393 Henry Warrilewe John Baxter[6]
1394
1395 John Wylaston John Baxter[6]
1397 (Jan) John Wylaston John Clifton[6]
1397 (Sep)
1399 John Wylaston Richard Stanford[6]
1401
1402 Richard Stanford Thomas Barber[6]
1404 (Jan) Roger Coton Adam Hewster[6]
1404 (Oct)
1406 Thomas Jockery John Huntingdon[6]
1407 Thomas Jockery John Huntingdon[6]
1410
1411 Thomas Barber Robert Whitgreve[6]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Thomas Barber Adam Edgeley[6]
1414 (Apr)
1414 (Nov) Sampson Erdeswyk Robert Whitgreve[6]
1415
1416 (Mar) Henry Fenton Robert Whitgreve[6]
1416 (Oct)
1417
1419 John Harper John Parker[6]
1420 John Harper Robert Whitgreve[6]
1421 (May) John Harper Robert Whitgreve[6]
1421 (Dec) Adam Edgeley Robert Whitgreve[6]
1495 Humphrey Barber[7]
1510–1523 No names known[8]
1529 Thomas Stanford, died
and replaced by 1553 by
Sampson Erdeswick
John Bickley[8]
1536 ?
1539 ?
1542 Walter Blount William Stamford[8]
1545 Sir Henry Stafford William Stamford[8]
1547 Sir Henry Stafford Richard Forsett[8]
1553 (Mar) Edward Colbarne Francis Smith[8]
1553 (Oct) Sir Henry Stafford ?Sir Anthony Browne/Simon Lowe alias Fyfield[8]
1554 (Apr) John Giffard Humphrey Swynnerton[8]
1554 (Nov) James Fowler Matthew Cradock[8]
1555 Sir Henry Stafford Thomas Harcourt[8]
1558 Edward Stafford James Fowler[8]
1559 (Jan) Edward Stafford William Bowyer[9]
1562/3 William Twyneho Henry Goodere[9]
1571 Walter Stafford William Knollys[9]
1572 (Apr) Richard Broughton Thomas Purslow[9]
1584 (Nov) John Stafford Francis Cradock[9]
1586 John Stafford Francis Cradock[9]
1588 (Oct) Francis Cradock Henry Bourchier[9]
1593 Henry Bourchier Francis Cradock[9]
1597 (Oct) Sir Edward Stafford Henry Bourchier[9]
1601 (Oct) Sir Edward Stafford William Essex[9]
1604–1611 Hugh Beeston
replaced 1609 by Arthur Ingram[10]
George Cradock[10]
1614 Sir Walter Devereux[11] Thomas Gibbs[11]
1621 Matthew Cradock[10] Richard Dyott[10]
1624 Matthew Cradock Richard Dyott
1625 Matthew Cradock Sir Robert Hatton Sat for Sandwich
replaced by
Sir John Offley
1626 Sir John Offley Bulstrode Whitlock
1628 Matthew Cradock William Wingfield
1629–1640 No Parliaments convened

MPs 1640–1885[edit]

Election First member[12] First party Second member[12] Second party
April 1640 Ralph Sneyd Richard Weston
November 1640 Ralph Sneyd Royalist Richard Weston Royalist
October 1642 Weston disabled from sitting – seat vacant
May 1643 Sneyd disabled from sitting – seat vacant
1645 John Swinfen Edward Leigh
December 1648 Swinfen and Leigh excluded in Pride's Purge – both seats vacant
1653 Stafford was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 John Bradshaw Stafford had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656 Martin Noel
January 1659 William Jessop
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 John Swinfen Sir Charles Wolseley
1661 Robert Milward William Chetwynd
1674 Walter Chetwynd
February 1679 Sir Thomas Armstrong
August 1679 Sir Thomas Wilbraham
1681 Edwin Skrymsher
1685 Walter Chetwynd Rowland Okeover
1689 Philip Foley John Chetwynd
1690 Jonathan Cope
1694 Thomas Foley
1695 Philip Foley
January 1701 John Chetwynd
November 1701 John Pershall
July 1702 John Chetwynd
December 1702 Walter Chetwynd[13]
1711 Henry Vernon
1712 1st Viscount Chetwynd
1715 William Chetwynd
1722 Thomas Foley John Dolphin
1724 by-election Francis Elde[14]
1725[14] 1st Viscount Chetwynd
1727 Joseph Gascoigne Nightingale
1734 Hon. William Chetwynd
3rd Viscount Chetwynd
from 1767
Thomas Foley
1738 by-election 2nd Viscount Chetwynd
1747 John Robins
1754 William Richard Chetwynd
1765 by-election John Crewe Whig
1768 Richard Whitworth
1770 by-election William Neville Hart
1774 Hugo Meynell
1780 Edward Monckton Tory Richard Brinsley Sheridan Whig
1806 Richard Mansel-Philipps Tory
1812 Ralph Benson Thomas Wilson
1818 Benjamin Benyon Whig Samuel Homfray
1820 Sir George Chetwynd Whig
June 1826 Richard Ironmonger Ralph Benson
December 1826 by-election Thomas Beaumont Whig
1830 John Campbell Whig Thomas Gisborne Whig
1832 William Fawkener Chetwynd Whig Rees Howell Gronow Whig
January 1835 Sir Francis Goodricke Conservative
May 1835 Writ suspended – seat left vacant[15]
1837 by-election Robert Farrand Conservative
1841 Hon. Swynfen Carnegie Conservative Edward Manningham-Buller Whig
1847 David Urquhart Conservative Thomas Sidney Conservative
1852 John Ayshford Wise Whig[16] Arthur Otway Whig[17][18]
1857 Viscount Ingestre Conservative
1859 Liberal Thomas Salt Conservative
1860 by-election Thomas Sidney Liberal
1865 Michael Bass Liberal Walter Meller Conservative
1868[19] Henry Pochin Liberal
1869 by-election Thomas Salt Conservative Hon. Reginald Talbot Conservative
1874 Alexander Macdonald Liberal-Labour
1880 Charles McLaren Liberal
1881 by-election Thomas Salt Conservative
1885 Representation reduced to one member

MPs 1885–1918[edit]

Election Member[12] Party
1885 Charles McLaren Liberal
1886 Thomas Salt Conservative
1892 Charles Shaw Liberal
1910 Sir Walter Essex Liberal
1918 Parliamentary borough abolished. Name transferred to a county division

Stafford division of Staffordshire[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Year Member[12] Party
1918 Hon. William Ormsby-Gore Unionist
1938 Peter Thorneycroft Conservative
1945 Stephen Swingler Labour

Stafford county constituency[edit]

MPs since 1983[edit]

Election Member[12] Party
1983 Sir Hugh Fraser Conservative
1984 by-election Bill Cash Conservative
1997 David Kidney Labour
2010 Jeremy Lefroy Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Stafford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeremy Lefroy 28,424 54.7 Increase 6.3
Labour David Williams 20,695 39.9 Increase 10.3
Liberal Democrat Christine Tinker 1,540 3.0 Increase 0.2
Green Tony Pearce 1,265 2.4 Decrease 0.4
Majority 7,729 14.8 Decrease 4.0
Turnout 51,924 75.9
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 2.0
General Election 2015: Stafford[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeremy Lefroy 23,606 48.4 Increase 4.5
Labour Kate Godfrey 14,429 29.6 Decrease 3.4
UKIP Edward Whitfield 6,293 12.9 Increase 9.5
National Health Action Karen Howell 1,701 3.5 N/A
Green Mike Shone 1,390 2.9 Increase 1.7
Liberal Democrat Keith Miller 1,348 2.8 Decrease 13.6
Majority 9,177 18.8
Turnout 48,767 71
Conservative hold Swing Increase 3.9
General Election 2010: Stafford[21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeremy Lefroy 22,047 43.9 Increase 4.7
Labour David Kidney 16,587 33.0 Decrease 10.2
Liberal Democrat Barry Stamp 8,211 16.3 Increase 2.0
UKIP Roy Goode 1,727 3.4 Increase 0.1
BNP Roland Hynd 1,103 2.2 N/A
Green Mike Shone 564 1.1 N/A
Majority 5,460 10.9 Increase 6.2
Turnout 50,239 71.2 Increase 4.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase 7.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stafford[23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kidney 19,889 43.7 Decrease 4.3
Conservative David Chambers 17,768 39.0 Increase 2.4
Liberal Democrat Barry Stamp 6,390 14.0 Increase 4.5
UKIP Frederick Goode 1,507 3.3 Decrease 1.9
Majority 2,121 4.7 Decrease 6.7
Turnout 45,554 64.7 Decrease 0.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease 3.3
General Election 2001: Stafford[25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kidney 21,285 48.0 Increase 0.4
Conservative Philip A. Cochrane 16,253 36.6 Decrease 2.6
Liberal Democrat Jeanne Pinkerton 4,205 9.5 Decrease 1.1
UKIP Richard Bridgeman 2,315 5.2 N/A
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Michael D. Hames 308 0.7 N/A
Majority 5,032 11.4
Turnout 44,366 65.3 Decrease 12.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stafford[27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kidney 24,606 47.5 Increase 12.6
Conservative David Cameron 20,292 39.2 Decrease 8.9
Liberal Democrat Pam A. Hornby 5,480 10.6 Decrease 5.9
Referendum Stephen R. Culley 1,146 2.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Ashton A.N. May 248 0.5 N/A
Majority 4,314 8.3
Turnout 51,772 76.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase 10.7
General Election 1992: Stafford[29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bill Cash 30,876 49.9 Decrease 1.5
Labour David Kidney 19,976 32.3 Increase 11.1
Liberal Democrat Jamie G. Calder 10,702 17.3 Decrease 10.2
Independent Christopher Peat 178 0.3 Increase 0.3
Natural Law Philip Lines 176 0.3 Increase 0.3
Majority 10,900 17.6 Decrease 6.2
Turnout 61,908 82.9 Increase 3.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 6.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stafford[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bill Cash 29,541 51.3
Social Democratic Colin Phipps 15,834 27.5
Labour Najma Hafeez 12,177 21.16
Majority 13,707 23.8
Turnout 79.5
Conservative hold Swing
By-election 1984: Stafford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bill Cash 18,713 40.4 Decrease 10.8
Social Democratic David Dunn 14,733 31.8 Increase 7.1
Labour Michael JD Poulter 12,677 27.4 Increase 3.7
Independent Christopher Teasdale 210 0.4 N/A
Majority 3,980 8.6 −17.9
Turnout 46,333 65.6 Decrease 10.9
Conservative hold Swing
Registered electors 70,635
  • Death of Sir Hugh Fraser 6 March 1984
General Election 1983: Stafford[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Fraser 27,639 51.2
Social Democratic David Dunn 13,362 24.8
Labour Michael JD Poulter 12,789 23.7
Gizza Job J Caruso 212 0.4
Majority 14,277 26.6
Turnout 76.5
Conservative win (new seat)

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Stafford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stephen Swingler 17,293 51.2
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 16,500 48.8
Majority 793 2.4
Turnout 78.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Stafford by-election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 16,754 57.6 Increase 1.2
Labour Frank G Lloyd 12,346 42.4 Decrease 1.2
Majority 4,408 15.2 Increase 2.4
Turnout 77.2 Decrease 1.8
Conservative hold Swing Increase 1.2
General Election 1935: Stafford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 16,175 56.4
Labour Frank G Lloyd 12,514 43.6
Majority 3,661 12.8
Turnout 79.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Stafford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 18,467 68.1
Labour Leonard Smith 8,640 31.9
Majority 9,827 36.3
Turnout 78.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Stafford [33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 12,324 45.1 −17.0
Labour Leonard Smith 10,011 36.6 −1.3
Liberal Arthur Stanley Leyland 5,000 18.3 N/A
Majority 2,313 8.5 −15.7
Turnout 27,335 81.8 +2.7
Registered electors 33,420
Unionist hold Swing −7.9
General Election 1924: Stafford [34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 12,404 62.1 +8.2
Labour William Thomas Scott 7,571 37.9 −8.2
Majority 4,833 24.2 +16.4
Turnout 19,975 79.1 +6.2
Registered electors 25,260
Unionist hold Swing +8.2
General Election 1923: Stafford [35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 9,823 53.9 −5.0
Labour William Thomas Scott 8,412 46.1 +5.0
Majority 1,411 7.8 −10.0
Turnout 18,235 72.9 −3.8
Registered electors 25,024
Unionist hold Swing −5.0
General Election 1922: Stafford [36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 10,990 58.9 −7.5
Labour Bill Holmes 7,672 41.1 N/A
Majority 3,318 17.8 −15.0
Turnout 18,662 76.7 +22.7
Registered electors 24,317
Unionist hold Swing −7.5

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Stafford [37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 8,304 66.4 +18.4
Liberal W. Meakin 4,203 33.6 −18.4
Majority 4,101 32.8 N/A
Turnout 12,507 54.0 −38.6
Registered electors 23,140
Unionist hold Swing +18.4
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General Election December 1910 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Essex 1,992 52.0 Increase 0.9
Conservative John Nicholson 1,837 48.0 Decrease 0.9
Majority 155 4.0 Increase 1.8
Turnout 92.6 Decrease 4.1
Liberal hold Swing Increase 0.9
General Election January 1910 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Shaw 2,042 51.1 Decrease 3.2
Conservative Reginald Higgs Jones Mortimer 1,957 48.9 Increase 3.2
Majority 85 2.2 Decrease 6.4
Turnout 96.7 Increase 4.5
Liberal hold Swing Decrease 3.2

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,947 54.3 Increase 2.6
Conservative Ronald Courthope Bosanquet[39] 1,636 45.7 Decrease 2.6
Majority 311 8.6 Increase 5.2
Turnout 3,583 92.2 Increase 2.8
Registered electors 3,885
Liberal hold Swing Increase 2.6
Charles Shaw
General Election 1900 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,633 51.7 Increase 1.5
Conservative George Cawston 1,528 48.3 Decrease 1.5
Majority 105 3.4 Increase 3.0
Turnout 3,161 89.4 Decrease 3.5
Registered electors 3,534
Liberal hold Swing Increase 1.5

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,568 50.2 Decrease 5.8
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,556 49.8 Increase 5.8
Majority 12 0.4 Decrease 11.6
Turnout 3,124 92.9 Increase 4.7
Registered electors 3,361
Liberal hold Swing Decrease 5.8
General Election 1892 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,684 56.0 Increase 7.6
Conservative Douglas Straight[40] 1,322 44.0 Decrease 7.6
Majority 362 12.0 N/A
Turnout 3,006 88.2 Decrease 2.6
Registered electors 3,409
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Increase 7.6

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,528 51.6 Increase 2.4
Liberal Charles McLaren 1,435 48.4 Decrease 2.4
Majority 93 3.2 N/A
Turnout 2,963 90.8 Decrease 1.6
Registered electors 3,264
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase 2.4
General Election 1885 Stafford[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles McLaren 1,532 50.8 Decrease 3.7
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,485 49.2 Increase 3.6
Majority 47 1.6 Decrease 0.6
Turnout 3,017 92.4 Increase 21.8 (est)
Registered electors 3,264
Liberal hold Swing Decrease 3.7
By-election, 21 Nov 1881 Stafford (1 seat)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,482 55.6 Increase 10.0
Lib-Lab George Howell 1,185 44.4 Decrease 10.1
Majority 297 11.1 N/A
Turnout 2,667 79.8 Increase 9.2 (est)
Registered electors 3,344
Conservative gain from Lib-Lab Swing Increase 10.1
  • Caused by Macdonald's death.
General Election 1880 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles McLaren 1,498 28.7 Increase 7.6
Lib-Lab Alexander Macdonald 1,345 25.8 Decrease 1.9
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,230 23.6 Decrease 5.4
Conservative Gerald Francis Talbot[42] 1,149 22.0 Decrease 0.2
Majority 115 2.2 Decrease 3.3
Turnout 2,611 (est) 70.6 (est) Increase 8.5
Registered electors 3,699
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Increase 6.5
Lib-Lab hold Swing Decrease 0.9

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,238 29.0 Increase 12.5
Lib-Lab Alexander Macdonald 1,183 27.7 Decrease 4.7
Conservative Francis Charles Bridgeman 947 22.2 Increase 5.7
Liberal Henry Pochin 903 21.1 Decrease 13.7
Turnout 2,136 (est) 62.1 (est) Decrease 10.0
Registered electors 3,699
Majority 55 1.3 Increase 0.8
Conservative hold Swing Increase 10.9
Majority 236 5.5 Increase 3.6
Lib-Lab hold Swing Decrease 6.9

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

By-election, 7 June 1869 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,206 28.5 Increase 12.0
Conservative Reginald Talbot 1,130 26.7 Increase 10.2
Liberal William Evans[43] 954 22.5 Decrease 12.3
Liberal Benjamin Whitworth[44] 943 22.3 Decrease 10.1
Majority 176 4.2 Increase 3.7
Turnout 2,117 (est) 67.1 (est) Decrease 5.0
Registered electors 3,152
Conservative hold Swing Increase 11.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase 10.7
  • The 1868 election was declared void on petition "on account of corrupt practices",[45] causing a by-election.
General Election 1868 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Pochin 1,189 34.8 Increase 9.3
Conservative Walter Meller 1,124 32.9 Increase 4.9
Liberal Richard Croft Chawner[46] 1,107 32.4 Decrease 14.1
Turnout 2,272 (est) 72.1 (est) Decrease 4.1
Registered electors 3,152
Majority 65 1.9 Decrease 16.5
Liberal hold Swing Increase 3.2
Majority 17 0.5 Decrease 2.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase 3.7
General Election 1865 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Michael Bass 1,091 46.5 Increase 2.7
Conservative Walter Meller 658 28.0 Decrease 2.0
Liberal Henry Pochin 598 25.5 Decrease 0.8
Turnout 1,174 (est) 76.2 (est) Decrease 0.1
Registered electors 1,540
Majority 433 18.4 Increase 4.6
Liberal hold Swing Increase 1.9
Majority 60 2.6 Decrease 9.8
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 2.0
By-election, 3 August 1860 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Sidney 716 68.7 Decrease 1.4
Conservative Dudley Ryder 326 31.3 Increase 1.3
Majority 390 37.4 Increase 23.6
Turnout 1,042 75.0 Decrease 1.3
Registered electors 1,390
Liberal hold Swing Decrease 1.4
  • Caused by Wise's resignation.

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

General Election 1859 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Ayshford Wise 911 43.8 Decrease 5.3
Conservative Thomas Salt 624 30.0 Decrease 6.8
Liberal Thomas Sidney 366 17.6 N/A
Liberal Henry Robert Addison[47] 181 8.7 N/A
Turnout 1,041 (est) 76.3 (est) Decrease 4.5
Registered electors 1,364
Majority 287 13.8 Increase 1.5
Liberal hold Swing Increase 0.8
Majority 258 12.4 Decrease 10.3
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 0.8
General Election 1857 Stafford (2 seats)[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig John Ayshford Wise 993 49.1 Increase 4.6
Conservative Charles Chetwynd-Talbot 745 36.8 Increase 11.3
Whig Frederick William Cadogan 286 14.1 Decrease 15.9
Turnout 1,012 (est) 80.8 (est) Increase 8.5
Registered electors 1,252
Majority 248 12.3 Increase 9.9
Whig hold Swing Increase 5.1
Majority 459 22.7 N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing Increase 11.3
General Election 1852 Stafford (2 seats)[41][48]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig John Ayshford Wise 801 44.5
Whig Arthur Otway 501 27.8
Conservative John Bourne[49] 458 25.4
Whig James Cook Evans 39 2.2
Conservative Edmund Hopkinson 1 0.1
Majority 43 2.4
Turnout 901 (est) 72.3 (est)
Registered electors 1,246
Whig hold Swing
Whig gain from Conservative Swing

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. ^ The defeated Conservative candidate in 1997 was David Cameron, who in the next election was elected as the MP for the safe seat of Witney, and became the Conservative Party leader in 2005, and Prime Minister in 2010.
References
  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "'Stafford', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
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