Stretford and Urmston (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stretford and Urmston
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Stretford and Urmston in Greater Manchester.
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Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 70,520 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Kate Green (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Davyhulme, Stretford
European Parliament constituency North West England

Stretford and Urmston is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Kate Green, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


It has been represented by the Labour Party since its creation in 1997, originally by Beverley Hughes, who stood down at the 2010 general election. Stretford and Urmston was created from significant parts of the former constituencies of Davyhulme - whose last member was the Conservative Winston Churchill (grandson of the Prime Minister) and Stretford - whose last member was Tony Lloyd (Labour) who chaired the party while later the member for Manchester Central and was elected by the people, in 2012, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester.[2]


This is one of three seats in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford and covers its north and west. It contains nine of the Borough of Trafford's wards:

As of 2000, the total electorate for the constituency was 72,414.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

The Conservatives are strongest in Davyhulme and Flixton, whereas Urmston is often a marginal battle between them and Labour. The rest of the wards, which include Stretford and its suburbs, and the areas of Carrington and Partington (Bucklow-St Martins) are strongly Labour.

As to other parties, the Liberal Democrats are to date the only party to have achieved the retention of deposit threshold of 5% of the vote, however have not exceeded 16% of the vote.

The constituency is of approximately average scale in area for Greater Manchester, featuring several green spaces and is convenient for workers in both the cities of Salford and Manchester as well as near to the Trafford Centre.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher the regional average of 4.4%, at 4.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This in turn is higher than the national average at the time of 3.8%[4]

The seat is home to Manchester United's Old Trafford football ground as well as the cricket ground of the same name.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Beverley Hughes Labour
2010 Kate Green Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Stretford and Urmston[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kate Green 24,601 53.0 +4.4
Conservative Lisa Cooke 12,916 27.8 -0.8
UKIP Kalvin Chapman 5,068 10.9 +7.6
Green Geraldine Coggins 2,187 4.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Louise Ankers 1,362 2.9 -14.0
Whig Paul Bradley-Law 169 0.4 +0.4
Population Party UK Paul Carson 83 0.2 +0.2
Majority 11,685 25.2
Turnout 46,386 66.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2010: Stretford and Urmston[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kate Green 21,821 48.6 –2.8
Conservative Alex Williams 12,886 28.7 –1.4
Liberal Democrat Stephen Cook 7,601 16.9 +3.0
UKIP David Owen 1,508 3.4 +1.1
Green Margaret Westbrook 916 2.0 +2.0
Christian Samuel Jacob 178 0.4 +0.4
Majority 8,935 19.9
Turnout 44,910 64.1 +2.6
Labour hold Swing –0.7
General Election 2005: Stretford and Urmston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beverley Hughes 19,417 51.0 –10.1
Conservative Damian Hinds 11,566 30.4 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Faraz Bhatti 5,323 14.0 +4.0
Respect Mark Krantz 950 2.5 +2.5
UKIP Michael McManus 845 2.2 +2.2
Majority 7,851 20.6
Turnout 38,101 61.5 +6.7
Labour hold Swing –6.7
General Election 2001: Stretford and Urmston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beverley Hughes 23,836 61.1 +2.6
Conservative Jonathan D. Mackie 10,565 27.1 –3.4
Liberal Democrat John R. Bridges 3,891 10.0 +1.8
Independent Katie Price 713 1.8 N/A
Majority 13,271 34.0
Turnout 39,005 54.8 –14.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1997: Stretford and Urmston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beverley Hughes 28,480 58.5 N/A
Conservative John Raymond Gregory 14,840 30.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat John R. Bridges 3,978 8.2 N/A
Referendum Party Caroline Dore 1,397 2.9 N/A
Majority 13,640 28.0 N/A
Turnout 48,695 69.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough 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.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Beverley Hughes to stand down as MP at general election, The Daily Telegraph, 2009-06-02, retrieved 2 June 2009 
  3. ^ "Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in Greater Manchester", Boundary Commission for England (North West) (Boundary Commission for England), 2006-07-19, retrieved 3 April 2007 
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Stretford & Urmston". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Stretford and Urmston,, retrieved 7 April 2010 

Coordinates: 53°27′N 2°20′W / 53.45°N 2.33°W / 53.45; -2.33