Tatton (UK Parliament constituency)


Tatton (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Tatton
Map1 = Tatton
Map2 = Cheshire
Entity = Cheshire
Type = County
County = Cheshire
Year = 1983
MP = George Osborne
Party = Conservative
EP = North West England

Tatton is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries

The constituency is in Cheshire in the north-west of England. It covers the western part of the Borough of Macclesfield, including the towns of Knutsford and Wilmslow, and a number of villages such as Alderley Edge, Chelford, Handforth and Mobberley. It also covers the north-east part of the Vale Royal district, including some of the outskirts of Northwich.

Its name comes from Tatton Park, a stately home within the constituency, and there is no place named Tatton.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cheshire, the Boundary Commission for England has made minor alterations to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes. The electoral wards used in the modified constituency are:

*From the borough of Macclesfield - Alderley Edge, Chelford, Dean Row, Fulshaw, Handforth, High Legh, Hough, Knutsford Bexton, Knutsford Nether, Knutsford Norbury Booths, Knutsford Over, Lacey Green, Mere, Mobberley, Morley and Styal, and Plumley
*From the borough of Vale Royal- Barnton, Cogshall, Lostock and Wincham, Rudheath & South Witton, Seven Oaks and Marston,and Shakerley.

History

The constituency was formed in time for the 1983 general election, and was held by the Conservative Neil Hamilton until 1997.

Tatton shot to fame during the 1997 general election campaign, becoming one of the most high-profile constituencies at that election. Following Hamilton's implication in the Cash for Questions scandal of the 1990s, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats withdrew their candidates in favour of the former BBC journalist, Martin Bell, who stood as an Independent (although those two parties supported his "anti-corruption" campaign). Bell was ultimately victorious, with a majority of over 11,000 over Hamilton.

Bell did not contest the seat at the 2001 election, and the seat was won by Conservative George Osborne with a majority of 8,611 (20.8%). Osborne held the seat at the 2005 election with an increased majority, and became the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 5 May 2005. Tatton is middle-class commuter territory for Manchester, with Labour strong in only two wards (Barnton, Rudheath and South Witton), with most of the remainder being firmly Conservative.

Members of Parliament

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = George Osborne
votes = 21,447
percentage = 51.8
change = +3.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Justin Madders
votes = 9,716
percentage = 23.5
change = -3.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Ainsley Arnold
votes = 9,016
percentage = 21.8
change = +3.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Diane Bowler
votes = 996
percentage = 2.4
change = +0.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Michael Gibson
votes = 239
percentage = 0.6
change = +0.6
Election box majority
votes = 11,731
percentage = 28.3
change = 3.6
Election box turnout
votes = 41,414
percentage = 64.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Tatton
id=570
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = George Osborne
votes = 19,860
percentage = 48.1
change = +10.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Steve Conquest
votes = 11,249
percentage = 27.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Mike Ash
votes = 7,685
percentage = 18.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Mark Sheppard
votes = 769
percentage = 1.9
change =
Election box candidate
party = Independent Green
candidate = Peter Sharratt
votes = 734
percentage = 1.8
change =
Election box candidate
party = Tatton Group
candidate = Vivianne Allinson
votes = 505
percentage = 1.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = John Batchelor
votes = 322
percentage = 0.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Jonathan Boyd Hunt
votes = 154
percentage = 0.4
change =

Election box majority
votes = 8,611
percentage = 20.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 41,278
percentage = 63.5
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
loser = Independent (politician)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Martin Bell
votes = 29,354
percentage = 60.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Neil Hamilton
votes = 18,277
percentage = 37.5
change = -17.6
Election box candidate
party = Independent Conservative
candidate = S Hill
votes = 295
percentage = 0.6
change =
Election box candidate
party = Independent Conservative
candidate = S Kinsey
votes = 184
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box candidate
party = Miss Moneypenny's Glamorous One Party
candidate = B Penhaul
votes = 128
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate
party = Albion Party
candidate = J Muir
votes = 126
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = M Kennedy
votes = 123
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate
party = Lord Byro versus the Scallywag Tories
candidate = D Bishop
votes = 116
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box candidate
party = Independent Conservative
candidate = R Nicholas
votes = 113
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box candidate
party = Juice Party
candidate = J Price
votes = 73
percentage = 0.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 11,077
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 76.5
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Independent (politician)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1992: Tatton
id=570
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Neil Hamilton
votes = 31,658
percentage = 55.1
change = +0.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Jon Kelly
votes = 15,798
percentage = 27.5
change = +5.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Cathy Hancox
votes = 9,597
percentage = 16.7
change = -6.9
Election box candidate
party = Feudal Party
candidate = M Gibson
votes = 410
percentage = 0.7
change = +0.2
Election box majority
votes = 15,860
percentage = 27.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 80.8
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1987: Tatton
id=570
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Neil Hamilton
votes = 30,128
percentage = 54.6
change = 0.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = SDP-Liberal Alliance
candidate = B Gaskin
votes = 13,034
percentage = 23.6
change = -3.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Hazel Blears
votes = 11,760
percentage = 21.3
change = +3.1
Election box candidate
party = Feudal Party
candidate = M Gibson
votes = 263
percentage = 0.5
change =
Election box majority
votes = 17,094
percentage = 31.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 76.8
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1983: Tatton
id=570
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Neil Hamilton
votes = 27,877
percentage = 54.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = SDP-Liberal Alliance
candidate = D Levy
votes = 13,917
percentage = 27.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = D W Davies
votes = 9,295
percentage = 18.2
change =
Election box majority
votes = 13,960
percentage = 27.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 74.3
change =

Sources

* Data for the 2005 election are from the [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/flash_map/html/map05.stm BBC] .

* Data for the 2001 election are from http://www.election.demon.co.uk/.

*Data for the 1997 and 1992 results are taken from [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/hoc/constituency/0,9338,-1360,00.html The Guardian] .

* Data for 1983 and 1987 elections taken from http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk.htm

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Cheshire


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