Stoke-on-Trent Central (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||61,774 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Jo Gideon (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
Members of Parliament
|2017 by-election||Gareth Snell||Labour and Co-operative|
The contribution of the city to Britain's economy and history is prominent as home to Staffordshire Potteries: Aynsley, Burleigh, Doulton, Dudson, Heron Cross, Minton, Moorcroft, Twyford and Wedgwood, most in this particular seat.
Owing to a reduction in clay and coal excavation works in the area, and canal trade, this seat has the highest unemployment rates of the three Stoke seats; this seat has 6.2% of workless registered unemployment benefit claimants, compared to a national average of 3.8% and regional average of 4.7%.
Since the implementation of the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies after the 2005 election the seat has had these electoral wards:
- Abbey Green, Bentilee and Townsend, Berryhill and Hanley East, Hanley West and Shelton, Hartshill and Penkhull, Northwood and Birches Head, and Stoke and Trent Vale in the City of Stoke-on-Trent.
In the initial proposals of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the seat would be reshaped and renamed "Stoke-on-Trent South". The proposed seat would comprise the electoral wards of Bentilee and Ubberley, Boothen and Oak Hill, Broadway and Longton East, Eaton Park, Fenton East, Fenton West and Mount Pleasant, Hanley Park and Shelton, Hartshill and Basford, Joiner's Square, Lightwood North and Normacot, Meir Hay, Meir North, Meir Park, Meir South, Penkhull and Stoke, Sandford Hill, Springfields and Trent Vale, and Weston Coyney.
The constituency was created for the 1950 general election. The large town had, in succession, two forerunners, the first of which gained representation by way of the "Great Reform Act" in 1832. The constituency has a majority of residents from a clear-cut working-class background, many of whom work or have worked in trade union-represented industries. Of these, many were employed in The Potteries, the smaller foundries or in nearby hubs for the civil infrastructure and automotive industries; the latter of these remains an important source of employment in the region. The constituency's housing—overwhelmingly low-rise, and in some cases highly ornate Victorian terraces and semi-detached houses—is, compared with Staffordshire as a whole, a relatively dense urban network of streets.
Statistics are confusing as to the current status of the area, reflecting the great demographic—in particular, economic sector—changes in the constituency. Tristram Hunt's result at the 2015 general election gave the seat the 60th-most marginal majority of the Labour Party's 232 seats, measured by percentage of majority. Labour's continuous tenure of Stoke-on-Trent Central from 1950 to 2019 placed it among the approximately 120 constituencies of the 232 which returned Labour members in 2015—all their predecessor areas included—to have withstood landslides for the Conservative Party during the intervening period (such as the 1983 general election). Stoke-on-Trent Central ranked highest for political apathy at the 2015 election, recording the lowest turnout in the United Kingdom.
Barnett Stross was awarded the Order of the White Lion in recognition of his role in the development of relations between the UK and Czechoslovakia, and for his role in the renewal of the substantial village of Lidice; he also led statutory efforts that began specific protection of workers against industrial disease.
Elections in the 2010s
|Labour Co-op||Gareth Snell||13,887||43.3||8.2|
|Brexit Party||Tariq Mahmood||1,691||5.3||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Steven Pritchard||1,116||3.5||1.5|
|Conservative gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||6.9|
|Labour Co-op||Gareth Snell||17,083||51.5||12.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Andras||680||2.0||2.2|
Vote changes are made with reference to the 2015 general election, not to the 2017 by-election.
|Liberal Democrats||Zulfiqar Ali||2,083||9.8||+5.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||The Incredible Flying Brick||127||0.6||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Zulfiqar Ali||1,296||4.2||-17.5|
|The Ubuntu Party||Paul Toussaint||32||0.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||John Redfern||7,039||21.7||+3.1|
|City Independents||Brian Ward||303||0.9||New|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||John Redfern||4,986||17.9||+3.2|
|Socialist Alternative||Jim Cessford||246||0.9||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Gavin Webb||4,148||14.7||+2.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Ed Fordham||4,809||11.9||-1.7|
|Referendum||Peter L. Stanyer||1,071||2.7||New|
|Liberal||Fran M. Oborski||359||0.9||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Martin Dent||6,073||13.6||New|
|Natural Law||Nicholas Pullen||196||0.4||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Monster Raving Loony||Clive Cook||504||1.1||New|
Elections in the 1970s
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Julian PH Harrison||15,322||35.8||-3.1|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Julian PH Harrison||18,205||38.9||+2.8|
|Conservative||Geoffrey B Price||16,097||36.1||+0.7|
|Conservative||H Ronald Fleck||18,770||35.4||+0.9|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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