Altrincham & Sale West

2015 Result:
Conservative: 26771 (53%)
Labour: 13481 (26.7%)
Lib Dem: 4235 (8.4%)
Green: 1983 (3.9%)
UKIP: 4047 (8%)
MAJORITY: 13290 (26.3%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: North West, Greater Manchester. Part of the Trafford council area.

Main population centres: Altrincham, Sale, Bowden, Hale.

Profile: An extremely affluent seat that contains some of the wealthiest of Manchester`s suburbs, such as Hale and Bowden. Altrincham and Sale were both part of Cheshire until the local government re-organisation in 1974 and both towns still have a Cheshire address, and still retain a grammar school system. It also home to a significant Jewish community. The western half of the seat is largely rural, made up of small villages and farms.

Politics: Altrincham and Sale West is the safest Conservative seat in Greater Manchester and, indeed, from 2001 to 2010 the only Conservative seat in Greater Manchester. Along with its predecessor Altrincham and Sale it has been represented continuously by the Conservatives since its creation in 1945.

Current MP
GRAHAM BRADY (Conservative) Born 1967, Salford. Educated at Altrincham Grammar and Durham University. Former worked in Public Relations (for Shandwick) and the CPS. First elected as MP for Altrincham and Sale West in 1997. PPS to Michael Ancram 1999-2000, Opposition whip 2000. PPS to Michael Howard 2003-2004, shadow Europe minister 2004-2007. Chairman of the 1922 Committee since 2010. Brady first became involved in politics as a teenager, campaigning to save Grammar schools in Trafford. He was first elected in 1997, becoming the youngest Conservative MP at the time. He resigned from the front bench in 2007 after criticising the party`s policy on grammar schools.
Past Results
Con: 24176 (49%)
Lab: 11073 (22%)
LDem: 12581 (25%)
UKIP: 1563 (3%)
MAJ: 11595 (23%)
Con: 20569 (46%)
Lab: 13410 (30%)
LDem: 9595 (22%)
UKIP: 736 (2%)
MAJ: 7159 (16%)
Con: 20113 (46%)
Lab: 17172 (39%)
LDem: 6283 (14%)
MAJ: 2941 (7%)
Con: 22348 (43%)
Lab: 20843 (40%)
LDem: 6535 (13%)
Oth: 708 (1%)
MAJ: 1505 (3%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
GRAHAM BRADY (Conservative) See above.
JANE BROPHY (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Chorlton High School and Leeds University. Nutritionist. Trafford councillor 1999-2007. Contested Eccles 2005, Altrincham and Sale West 2010.
Comments - 159 Responses on “Altrincham & Sale West”
  1. Is he? To me he has the widest gaffe survival rate.

  2. Well you saw how long his leadership bid lasted in 2016. It’s not hard to see him being goaded into some sort of tasteless joke about eg burkhas which goes too far and he ends up doing an Andrea Leadsom.

  3. Who Knows – he is currently not advocating straight to no deal which might be against what the Tory membership want and his opponent advocates.

  4. Sir Graham has resigned as chairman of the 1922 committee so he can stand for leader
    (Cheryl Gillian is the front runner to succeed him as 1922 leader)

  5. He will be hoping he doesn’t go the way of Edward du Cann, who almost did the same in 1974-75

  6. Labour freind here reacons this will be a rare reduced Tory majority in the North but that Brady will be re-elected.

  7. In his first interview since the GE, Sir Graham Brady as chairman of the 1922, has revealed a couple of things:

    1. The Parliament will last 4.5 years, as they don’t want another Dec GE, so are going to repeal the FTPA.
    2. Some will be given Peerages, as the Upper House is the last bastion which is full of Remainers. (He wouldn’t be drawn on who specifically when asked by the NW Politics Show, but didn’t rule out Frank Field, the DUP and some Cons Leavers).

  8. “The Parliament will last 4.5 years, as they don’t want another Dec GE, so are going to repeal the FTPA.”

    I don’t doubt that they’ll repeal the FTPA, but the reasoning here doesn’t make sense.

    Under the FTPA, the next election would be the first Thursday of May 2024 (not Dec 2024). Presumably the real reason would be to regain the advantage whereby a government can call an election when it wants.

  9. In fact FTPA sets the election for May 2024. Without it the deadline is December 2024.
    I still wouldn’t be surprised for it become May 2025 with a new act extending Parliament to 5 and a half years.

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