Ashton Under Lyne

2015 Result:
Conservative: 8610 (22.1%)
Labour: 19366 (49.8%)
Lib Dem: 943 (2.4%)
Green: 1531 (3.9%)
UKIP: 8468 (21.8%)
MAJORITY: 10756 (27.6%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Greater Manchester. Part of Tameside council area and part of Oldham.

Main population centres: Ashton under Lyne, Failsworth, Droylsden.

Profile: Ashton is in the borough of Tameside, to the East of Manchester, though the seat also takes in two wards from Oldham council. Ashton itself was dominated by the textile industry and, since its decline, has suffered from high unemployment. The seat also includes Failsworth and Droylsden. The area continues to rely upon manufacturing, though significant retail development is also taking place with the opening of the Ashton Retail Park in 2003 and the redevelopment of the centre of Failsworth based around a new Tesco superstore.

Politics: A safe Labour seat, held continuously by the party since 1931.

Current MP
DAVID HEYES (Labour) Born 1946, Manchester. Educated at Blackley Technical High School and Open University. Former manager for Manchester Citizen`s Advice Bureau. Oldham councillor 1992-2004. First elected as MP for Ashton under Lyne in 2001. Active trade unionist and member of UNISON. Generally a low profile MP, Heyes rebelled against the government over the Iraq war and the 2006 Education Act.
Past Results
Con: 9510 (25%)
Lab: 18604 (48%)
LDem: 5703 (15%)
BNP: 2929 (8%)
Oth: 1686 (4%)
MAJ: 9094 (24%)
Con: 7259 (20%)
Lab: 21211 (57%)
LDem: 5108 (14%)
BNP: 2051 (6%)
Oth: 1338 (4%)
MAJ: 13952 (38%)
Con: 6822 (19%)
Lab: 22340 (62%)
LDem: 4237 (12%)
BNP: 1617 (5%)
Oth: 748 (2%)
MAJ: 15518 (43%)
Con: 8954 (19%)
Lab: 31919 (68%)
LDem: 4603 (10%)
Oth: 458 (1%)
MAJ: 22965 (49%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
TRACY SUTTON (Conservative)
CARLY HICKS (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - 109 Responses on “Ashton Under Lyne”
  1. 18% Turnout was even lower than last year’s.

  2. Ashton Waterloo by-election, 06.09.18:

    Labour 889
    Green 448
    Conservative 357

    9% swing from Labour to the Greens.

    Even Labour described it as a “difficult” by-election. Their candidate had to be dropped and changed at the last minute, after it was discovered she owed Council Tax.

  3. Moderately big policy announcement which people may have missed: Labour planning to scrap SATs for primary schools:

  4. Quite big news – wasn’t breifed out before it was announced which was one of the reasons it was missed (along with a lot of journalists taking an holiday.)

  5. I don’t have dog in the fight, but it occurs to me that Angela Rayner would be by far the most sensible person for Labour to make their next leader if they’re at all serious about winning elections.

    They need to do two things: heal internal divisions between Corbynites and Corbyn-sceptics (for want of better descriptors); and appeal to working-class northerners. Well, Rayner is one of the few people in the party equally comfortable defending Corbyn and Blair; and she has the sort of backstory voters can connect with.

  6. Have to do all to avoid a split. Need to look very long term There’s a very good chance Johnson will still be PM in three GEs from now.

  7. The Lib Dems will be hoping for Long Bailey as she might allow them a way back with middle class 2019 labour voters.

  8. You Gov says Rayner will become Labour’s deputy with 57% in the first round.

  9. Imagine RLB and Rayner as leader and deputy.


    The Labour party would be like a far-fetched episode of Corrie.

    Rayner as deputy to Starmer, perhaps in a kind of Prescott role, would clearly work much much better.

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