Burton

2015 Result:
Conservative: 24736 (50.1%)
Labour: 13484 (27.3%)
Lib Dem: 1232 (2.5%)
Green: 1224 (2.5%)
UKIP: 8658 (17.5%)
MAJORITY: 11252 (22.8%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Staffordshire. Part of the East Staffordshire council area.

Main population centres: Burton-on-Trent, Uttoxeter, Tutbury, Mayfield.

Profile: A long spindly seat following the eastern edge of Staffordshire, Burton stretches from Burton-on-Trent at one end of the constituency and the nearby village of Tutbury, through Needwood Forest to Uttoxeter before stretching North to take in villages like Ellastone and Wootton at the foot of the Weaver Hills, the beginning of the Peak District. Burton itself has strong associations with the brewing industry, the town has five brewers, including Marston and Coors (which produces Carling and Worthington). The town is also home to the production of Marmite. Uttoxeter to the West is a market town best known for the Uttoxeter National Hunt racecourse. The nearby village of Rocester is the base of JCB, who are a major local employer..

Politics: For most of its history Burton has been a Tory seat, the exceptions being the 1945 Labour landslide and the 1997-2010 Labour government. Burton itself is largely Labour, but this is balanced out by the rural wards making the seat a Tory-leaning marginal..


Current MP
ANDREW GRIFFITHS (Conservative) Born 1970, Dudley. Educated at High Arcal School, Dudley. Former bank manager and Chief of staff to Eric Pickles MP. Contested Dudley North 2001. First elected as MP for Burton in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 22188 (45%)
Lab: 15884 (32%)
LDem: 7891 (16%)
BNP: 2409 (5%)
Oth: 1451 (3%)
MAJ: 6304 (13%)
2005*
Con: 18280 (38%)
Lab: 19701 (41%)
LDem: 6236 (13%)
BNP: 1840 (4%)
Oth: 1825 (4%)
MAJ: 1421 (3%)
2001
Con: 17934 (39%)
Lab: 22783 (49%)
LDem: 4468 (10%)
UKIP: 984 (2%)
Oth: 288 (1%)
MAJ: 4849 (10%)
1997
Con: 21480 (39%)
Lab: 27810 (51%)
LDem: 4617 (8%)
Oth: 604 (1%)
MAJ: 6330 (12%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ANDREW GRIFFITHS (Conservative) See above.
JON WHEALE (Labour) Educated at Abbot Beyne School and University of Wales. Business risk manager and former army officer.
DAVID MACDONALD (Liberal Democrat)
MIKE GREEN (UKIP) Contested West Midlands 2014 European election.
SAMANTHA PATRONE (Green) Educated at Liverpool University. Ecologist.
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Comments - 21 Responses on “Burton”
  1. These county council division aggregates aren’t a perfect comparison with the Burton constituency because Uttoxeter Rural includes Abbots Bromley, and Needwood Forest includes Branston.

    Burton constituency, (including Uttoxeter Rural division but not Needwood Forest):

    Con: 8,973 (39.5%)
    Lab: 7,999 (35.2%)
    UKIP: 4,356 (19.2%) {contested 5/7 divisions}
    LD: 376 (1.7%) {contested 3/7 divisions}
    Others: 1,020 (4.5%)

    Changes since 2010:

    Con: -5.0%
    Lab: +3.3%
    UKIP: +16.3%
    LD: -14.1%
    Others: -0.3%

    Swing, Con to Lab: 4.2%.

  2. Well if the swing of 4.2% were repeated in the constituency here in 2015, then Griffiths would hold this by 4.3%. I would say that if those results locally are anything to go off, he could well hold this next time.

  3. Barton-under-Needwood formerly in this seat was transferred to Lichfield in 2010, was it always in this seat before then?

  4. In the 1980s the Burton seat had the same boundaries as the East Staffordshire Council area.

    Lib Dem candidate is David MacDonald

  5. Conservative Hold. 4,000 majority.

  6. Labour’s vote has crashed to 3.7%!!!!!! This is the kind of night Labour is facing.

  7. Is that a typo?

  8. It’s an obvious typo. Real result:

    http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/elections/2015-burton-constituency-results

    Con 24,376
    Lab 13,484
    UKIP 8,658
    LD 1,232
    Green 1,224

  9. This was yet another dreadful result for Labour- One of many in the West Midlands…

  10. Yes, an appalling result given that in Burton town Labour have routinely got 70-80% of the vote. A fair bit of that vote must have splintered off to UKIP, though that is a bit surprising given the big Asian vote in the town.

    The Tory vote in Burton was always a bit inflated in the Thatcher years as Sir Ivan Lawrence was so well regarded locally; the Tory vote share is therefore very impressive, slightly better than 1992.

  11. Indeed. Along with South Derbyshire, North West Leicestershire, Tamworth, Loughborough and North Warwickshire and Nuneaton, this was one of the Tories’ strongest results in a Midlands marginal seat they were defending against Labour- I don’t know if it’s once again a case here of prevailing demographic trends playing a part perhaps?

  12. Labour must have done appallingly outside the terraces of central Burton where the Asian population lives.

  13. Absolutely. Given the rural areas in this seat, I think that the other smaller towns really did for Labour here.

  14. Uttoxeter (famous for horse racing) is the second town in the constituency and does vote Labour in very good years for the party. They must have got about 20% this time.

  15. The Tories also did very well in Staffs Moorlands, the adjoining seat to the north.

  16. In hindsight, the 2013 County Elections prove a guide of where this seat was going.
    Andy and HH “Labour must have done appallingly outside the terraces of central Burton where the Asian population lives.”
    If you look at the council elections on the same day there were 7 Tory, but only 2 Labour, Asian candidates. This tells a story I think. Labour also lost one of their safest seats to UKIP who put up a former BNP activist who lives in that ward.
    The former Labour MP was a County Cllr in Uttoxeter. Labour hold zero seats at any level in that town now.

  17. Council by election for the third seat of a multi member ward in East Staffordshire. Labour gain from UKIP.

  18. 29th Sep Stretton ward By-election, East Staffs:

    Cons 47% (+ 2%)
    Ind 28% (+28%)
    Lab 19%
    UKIP 3% (-24%)
    LD 2%

  19. I commented on this last week. My uncle lived in Stretton 20-30 yrs ago so I used to know the area a bit. It is a commuter ward dominated by newish 70s-80s housing estates. The kind of place Blair would have done quite well in. As such Labour’s result looks quite disappointing.

  20. Stretton Ward By-election, 08.02.18:

    Cons 764 43% ( – 6%)
    Ind 625 35% ( + 35%)
    Lab 347 19% ( – 2%)
    UKIP 47 3% ( – 27%)
    LD 14 1% ( + 1%)

    Cons Hold.

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