Stafford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stafford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Stafford2007Constituency.svg
Boundary of Stafford in Staffordshire
EnglandStaffordshire.svg
Location of Staffordshire within England
County Staffordshire
Electorate 69,832 (December 2010) [1]
Major settlements Stafford
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Theodora Clarke (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created from Stafford & Stone and Newcastle-under-Lyme [2]
19181950
Number of membersOne
Type of constituency County constituency
Replaced by Stafford & Stone
1295–1918
Number of members1290–1885: Two
1885–1918: One
Type of constituency Borough constituency

Stafford is a constituency [n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Theodora Clarke, a Conservative. [n 2]

Contents

The seat since its resurrection in 1983 has proven to be somewhat of a bellwether being held always by the incumbent government although it currently has a lot higher vote share for the Conservatives than in Britain at large.

History

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:

Boundaries

Stafford (UK Parliament constituency)
Map of current boundaries

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, Castletown, Church Eaton, Common, Coton, Doxey, Eccleshall, Forebridge, Gnosall, Highfields, Holmcroft, Littleworth, Manor, Milford, Parkside, 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, Castletown, Common, Coton, Doxey, Forebridge, Haywood, Highfields, Holmcroft, Littleworth, Manor, Milford, Parkside, 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, Castletown, Common, Coton, Doxey, Haywood and Hixon, Highfields and Western Downs, Holmcroft, Littleworth, Manor, Milford, Parkside, 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

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

Stafford parliamentary borough

MPs 1295–1640

  • Constituency created (1295) [4]
ParliamentFirst memberSecond 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]
1510–1523No 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
1629–1640No Parliaments convened

MPs 1640–1885

ElectionFirst member [12] First partySecond member [12] Second party
April 1640 Ralph Sneyd Richard Weston
November 1640 Ralph Sneyd Royalist Richard Weston Royalist
October 1642Weston disabled from sitting – seat vacant
May 1643Sneyd disabled from sitting – seat vacant
1645 John Swinfen Edward Leigh
December 1648Swinfen and Leigh excluded in Pride's Purge – both seats vacant
1653Stafford 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 [15] Richard Brinsley Sheridan Whig [15]
1806 Richard Mansel-Philipps Tory [15]
1812 Ralph Benson Thomas Wilson
1818 Benjamin Benyon Whig [15] Samuel Homfray
1820 Sir George Chetwynd Whig [15]
June 1826 Richard Ironmonger Ralph Benson
December 1826 by-election Thomas Beaumont Whig [15]
1830 John Campbell Whig [15] Thomas Gisborne Whig [15]
1832 William Fawkener Chetwynd Whig [15] [16] [17] Rees Howell Gronow Whig [15]
January 1835 Sir Francis Holyoake Goodricke Conservative [15]
May 1835Writ suspended – seat left vacant [18]
1837 by-election Robert Farrand Conservative [15]
1841 Hon. Swynfen Carnegie Conservative [15] Edward Manningham-Buller Whig [15] [16] [17]
1847 David Urquhart Conservative Thomas Sidney Conservative
1852 John Ayshford Wise Whig [19] Arthur Otway Whig [20] [21]
1857 Viscount Ingestre Conservative
1859 Liberal Thomas Salt Conservative
1860 by-election Thomas Sidney Liberal
1865 Michael Bass Liberal Walter Meller Conservative
1868 [22] 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

ElectionMember [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

MPs 1918–1950

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

Stafford county constituency

MPs since 1983

ElectionMember [12] Party
1983 Sir Hugh Fraser Conservative
1984 by-election Bill Cash Conservative
1997 David Kidney Labour
2010 Jeremy Lefroy Conservative
2019 Theodora Clarke Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Stafford [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Theodora Clarke 29,992 58.6 +3.9
Labour Joyce Still15,61530.5–9.4
Liberal Democrats Alex Wagner3,1756.2+3.2
Green Emma Carter2,3674.6+2.2
Majority14,37728.1+13.3
Turnout 51,14970.5–5.4
Conservative hold Swing +6.6
General election 2017: Stafford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Jeremy Lefroy 28,424 54.7 +6.3
Labour David Williams20,69539.9+10.3
Liberal Democrats Christine Tinker1,5403.0+0.2
Green Tony Pearce1,2652.4–0.5
Majority7,72914.8–4.0
Turnout 51,92475.9+4.9
Conservative hold Swing –2.0
General election 2015: Stafford [24]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Jeremy Lefroy 23,606 48.4 +4.5
Labour Kate Godfrey14,42929.6–3.4
UKIP Edward Whitfield6,29312.9+9.5
National Health Action Karen Howell1,7013.5New
Green Mike Shone1,3902.9+1.8
Liberal Democrats Keith Miller1,3482.8–13.5
Majority9,17718.8+8.9
Turnout 48,76771.0–0.2
Conservative hold Swing +3.9
General election 2010: Stafford [25] [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Jeremy Lefroy 22,047 43.9 +4.7
Labour David Kidney 16,58733.0–10.2
Liberal Democrats Barry Stamp8,21116.3+2.0
UKIP Roy Goode1,7273.4+0.1
BNP Roland Hynd1,1032.2New
Green Mike Shone5641.1New
Majority5,46010.9N/A
Turnout 50,23971.2+4.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase2.svg 7.4

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Stafford [27] [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour David Kidney 19,889 43.7 –4.3
Conservative David Chambers17,76839.0+2.4
Liberal Democrats Barry Stamp6,39014.0+4.5
UKIP Frederick Goode1,5073.3–1.9
Majority2,1214.7–6.7
Turnout 45,55464.7–0.6
Labour hold Swing –3.3
General election 2001: Stafford [29] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour David Kidney 21,285 48.0 +0.5
Conservative Philip A. Cochrane16,25336.6–2.6
Liberal Democrats Jeanne Pinkerton4,2059.5–1.1
UKIP Richard Bridgeman 2,3155.2New
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Michael D. Hames3080.7New
Majority5,03211.4+3.1
Turnout 44,36665.3–12.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Stafford [31] [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour David Kidney 24,606 47.5 +12.6
Conservative David Cameron 20,29239.2–8.9
Liberal Democrats Pam A. Hornby5,48010.6–5.9
Referendum Stephen R. Culley1,1462.2New
Monster Raving Loony Ashton A.N. May2480.5New
Majority4,3148.3N/A
Turnout 51,77276.6–6.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +10.7
General election 1992: Stafford [33] [34]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Bill Cash 30,876 49.9 –1.4
Labour David Kidney 19,97632.3+11.1
Liberal Democrats Jamie G. Calder10,70217.3–10.2
Independent Christopher Peat 1780.3New
Natural Law Philip Lines1760.3New
Majority10,90017.6–6.2
Turnout 61,90882.9+3.4
Conservative hold Swing –6.3

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Stafford [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Bill Cash 29,541 51.3 +0.1
SDP Colin Phipps 15,83427.5+2.7
Labour Najma Hafeez 12,17721.2–2.5
Majority13,70723.8–2.8
Turnout 57,55279.5+3.0
Conservative hold Swing
By-election 1984: Stafford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Bill Cash 18,713 40.4 –10.8
SDP David Dunn14,73331.8+7.0
Labour Michael JD Poulter12,67727.4+3.7
Independent Christopher Teasdale2100.4New
Majority3,9808.6–17.8
Turnout 46,33365.6–10.9
Conservative hold Swing
Registered electors 70,635
General election 1983: Stafford [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Hugh Fraser 27,639 51.2
SDP David Dunn13,36224.8
Labour Michael JD Poulter12,78923.7
Gizza JobJ Caruso2120.4
Majority14,27726.4
Turnout 54,00276.5
Conservative win (new seat)

Election in the 1940s

General election 1945: Stafford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Stephen Swingler 17,293 51.2 +8.8
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 16,50048.8-8.8
Majority7932.4N/A
Turnout 33,79378.0+0.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s

1938 Stafford by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 16,754 57.6 +1.2
Labour Frank G Lloyd12,34642.4–1.2
Majority4,40815.2+2.4
Turnout 29,10077.2–1.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.2
General election 1935: Stafford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 16,175 56.4 -11.7
Labour Frank G Lloyd12,51443.6+11.7
Majority3,66112.8-23.4
Turnout 28,68979.0+0.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Stafford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 18,467 68.1 +23.0
Labour Len Smith 8,64031.9-4.7
Majority9,82736.2+27.7
Turnout 27,10778.5-3.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1929: Stafford [37]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 12,324 45.1 –17.0
Labour Leonard Smith10,01136.6–1.3
Liberal Arthur Stanley Leyland5,00018.3New
Majority2,3138.5–15.7
Turnout 27,33581.8+2.7
Registered electors 33,420
Unionist hold Swing –7.9
General election 1924: Stafford [37]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 12,404 62.1 +8.2
Labour William Thomas Scott7,57137.9–8.2
Majority4,83324.2+16.4
Turnout 19,97579.1+6.2
Registered electors 25,260
Unionist hold Swing +8.2
General election 1923: Stafford [37]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 9,823 53.9 –5.0
Labour William Thomas Scott8,41246.1+5.0
Majority1,4117.8–10.0
Turnout 18,23572.9–3.8
Registered electors 25,024
Unionist hold Swing –5.0
General election 1922: Stafford [37]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 10,990 58.9 –7.5
Labour Bill Holmes 7,67241.1New
Majority3,31817.8–15.0
Turnout 18,66276.7+22.7
Registered electors 24,317
Unionist hold Swing –7.5

Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918: Stafford [37]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
C Unionist William Ormsby-Gore 8,30466.4+18.4
Liberal Walter Meakin4,20333.6–18.4
Majority4,10132.8N/A
Turnout 12,50754.0–38.6
Registered electors 23,140
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +18.4
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election December 1910: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Walter Essex 1,992 52.0 +0.9
Conservative John Nicholson 1,83748.0–0.9
Majority1554.0+1.8
Turnout 3,82992.6–4.1
Liberal hold Swing +0.9
General election January 1910: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Shaw 2,042 51.1 –3.2
Conservative Reginald Higgs Jones Mortimer1,95748.9+3.2
Majority852.2–6.4
Turnout 3,99996.7+4.5
Liberal hold Swing –3.2

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1906: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,947 54.3 +2.6
Conservative Ronald Courthope Bosanquet [39] 1,63645.7–2.6
Majority3118.6+5.2
Turnout 3,58392.2+2.8
Registered electors 3,885
Liberal hold Swing +2.6
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Charles Shaw
General election 1900: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,633 51.7 +1.5
Conservative George Cawston1,52848.3–1.5
Majority1053.4+3.0
Turnout 3,16189.4–3.5
Registered electors 3,534
Liberal hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1895: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,568 50.2 –5.8
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,55649.8+5.8
Majority120.4–11.6
Turnout 3,12492.9+4.7
Registered electors 3,361
Liberal hold Swing –5.8
General election 1892: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Shaw 1,684 56.0 +7.6
Conservative Douglas Straight [40] 1,32244.0–7.6
Majority36212.0N/A
Turnout 3,00688.2–2.6
Registered electors 3,409
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.6

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1886: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,528 51.6 +2.4
Liberal Charles McLaren 1,43548.4–2.4
Majority933.2N/A
Turnout 2,96390.8–1.6
Registered electors 3,264
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +2.4
General election 1885: Stafford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles McLaren 1,532 50.8 –3.7
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,48549.2+3.6
Majority471.6–0.6
Turnout 3,01792.4+21.8 (est)
Registered electors 3,264
Liberal hold Swing –3.7
By-election, 21 Nov 1881: Stafford (1 seat) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,482 55.6 +10.0
Lib-Lab George Howell 1,18544.4–10.1
Majority29711.2N/A
Turnout 2,66779.8+9.2 (est)
Registered electors 3,344
Conservative gain from Lib-Lab Swing +10.1
General election 1880: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles McLaren 1,498 28.7 +7.6
Lib-Lab Alexander Macdonald 1,345 25.8 –1.9
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,23023.6–5.4
Conservative Gerald Francis Talbot [42] 1,14922.0–0.2
Majority1152.2–3.3
Turnout 2,611 (est)70.6 (est)+8.5
Registered electors 3,699
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +6.5
Lib-Lab hold Swing –0.9

Elections in the 1870s

General election 1874: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,238 29.0 +12.5
Lib-Lab Alexander Macdonald 1,183 27.7 –4.7
Conservative Francis Bridgeman 94722.2+5.7
Liberal Henry Pochin 90321.1–13.7
Turnout 2,136 (est)62.1 (est)–10.0
Registered electors 3,699
Majority551.3+0.8
Conservative hold Swing +10.9
Majority2365.5+3.6
Lib-Lab hold Swing –6.9

Elections in the 1860s

By-election, 7 June 1869: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Thomas Salt 1,206 28.5 +12.0
Conservative Reginald Talbot 1,130 26.7 +10.2
Liberal William Evans [43] 95422.5–12.3
Liberal Benjamin Whitworth [44] 94322.3–10.1
Majority1764.2+3.7
Turnout 2,117 (est)67.1 (est)–5.0
Registered electors 3,152
Conservative hold Swing +11.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +10.7
General election 1868: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Henry Pochin 1,189 34.8 +9.3
Conservative Walter Meller 1,124 32.9 +4.9
Liberal Richard Croft Chawner [46] 1,10732.4–14.1
Turnout 2,272 (est)72.1 (est)–4.1
Registered electors 3,152
Majority651.9–16.5
Liberal hold Swing +3.2
Majority170.5–2.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.7
General election 1865: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Michael Bass 1,091 46.5 +2.7
Conservative Walter Meller 658 28.0 –2.0
Liberal Henry Pochin 59825.5–0.8
Turnout 1,174 (est)76.2 (est)–0.1
Registered electors 1,540
Majority43318.4+4.6
Liberal hold Swing +1.9
Majority602.5–9.9
Conservative hold Swing –2.0
By-election, 3 August 1860: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Thomas Sidney 716 68.7 –1.4
Conservative Dudley Ryder 32631.3+1.3
Majority39037.4+23.6
Turnout 1,04275.0–1.3
Registered electors 1,390
Liberal hold Swing –1.4

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1859: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal John Ayshford Wise 911 43.8 –5.3
Conservative Thomas Salt 624 30.0 –6.8
Liberal Thomas Sidney 36617.6N/A
Liberal Henry Robert Addison [47] 1818.7N/A
Turnout 1,041 (est)76.3 (est)–4.5
Registered electors 1,364
Majority28713.8+1.5
Liberal hold Swing +0.8
Majority25812.4–10.3
Conservative hold Swing –0.8
General election 1857: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig John Ayshford Wise 993 49.1 +4.6
Conservative Charles Chetwynd-Talbot 745 36.8 +11.3
Whig Frederick William Cadogan 28614.1–15.9
Turnout 1,012 (est)80.8 (est)+8.5
Registered electors 1,252
Majority24812.3+9.9
Whig hold Swing +5.1
Majority45922.7N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +11.3
General election 1852: Stafford (2 seats) [41] [48]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig John Ayshford Wise 801 44.5 +44.1
Whig Arthur Otway 501 27.8 +27.7
Conservative John Bourne [49] 45825.4–23.3
Whig James Cook Evans392.2N/A
Conservative Edmund Hopkinson10.1–33.2
Majority432.4N/A
Turnout 901 (est)72.3 (est)+11.5
Registered electors 1,246
Whig hold Swing +36.2
Whig gain from Conservative Swing +28.0

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1847: Stafford (2 seats) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Urquhart 754 48.7 N/A
Conservative Thomas Sidney 516 33.3 N/A
Conservative Swynfen Carnegie 27117.5–26.9
Whig John Lea [50] 60.4–17.9
Whig James Adam Gordon [51] 10.1–18.2
Majority51032.9+27.0
Turnout 774 (est)60.8 (est)–8.8
Registered electors 1,272
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing N/A
By-election, 13 March 1846: Stafford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Swynfen Carnegie 733 96.7 +33.2
Whig William Willcocks Sleigh [52] 253.3–33.2
Majority70893.4+87.5
Turnout 75860.3–9.3
Registered electors 1,257
Conservative hold Swing +33.2
General election 1841: Stafford (2 seats) [41] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Swynfen Carnegie 681 42.4 +15.6
Whig Edward Buller-Yarde-Buller 587 36.5 –12.0
Conservative William Holmes 33921.1–3.6
Turnout 804 (est)69.6 (est)–9.1
Registered electors 1,154
Majority945.9+3.8
Conservative hold Swing +10.8
Majority24815.4+12.2
Whig hold Swing –12.0

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1837: Stafford (2 seats) [41] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig William Fawkener Chetwynd 565 30.0 +2.3
Conservative Robert Farrand 504 26.8 +7.9
Conservative Bingham Baring 46424.7–12.0
Whig William Blount34818.5+3.6
Turnout 98078.7–5.5
Registered electors 1,246
Majority613.2–5.6
Whig hold Swing +2.2
Majority402.1–6.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.5
By-election, 21 February 1837: Stafford [41] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert FarrandUnopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1835: Stafford (2 seats) [41] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Francis Holyoake Goodricke 605 36.7 +36.7
Whig William Fawkener Chetwynd 456 27.7 –14.7
Conservative Robert Farrand31218.9+18.9
Whig Rees Howell Gronow 24614.9–15.3
Radical Charles Wolseley 291.8N/A
Turnout 94184.2–5.0
Registered electors 1,117
Majority1499.0N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +25.9
Majority1448.8+5.9
Whig hold Swing –21.3
General election 1832: Stafford (2 seats) [41] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig William Fawkener Chetwynd 739 42.4 N/A
Whig Rees Howell Gronow 526 30.2 N/A
Whig William Blount47627.3N/A
Tory Robert Farrand00.0–27.8
Majority502.9–4.2
Turnout 1,04989.2+4.3
Registered electors 1,176
Whig hold Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
General election 1831: Stafford (2 seats) [15] [53]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig John Campbell 556 37.2 –4.9
Whig Thomas Gisborne 522 34.9 –3.7
Tory Thomas Hawkes 41627.8+8.5
Majority1067.1–12.2
Turnout 849c.84.9–1.5
Registered electors c.1,000
Whig hold Swing –4.6
Whig hold Swing –4.0
General election 1830: Stafford (2 seats) [15] [53]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig Thomas Gisborne 666 42.1
Whig John Campbell 610 38.6
Tory Thomas Hawkes 30519.3
Majority30519.3
Turnout 864c.86.4
Registered electors c.1,000
Whig gain from Non Partisan Swing
Whig gain from Non Partisan Swing

See also

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.

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