Cannock Chase

2015 Result:
Conservative: 20811 (44.2%)
Labour: 15888 (33.7%)
Lib Dem: 1270 (2.7%)
Green: 906 (1.9%)
UKIP: 8224 (17.5%)
MAJORITY: 4923 (10.5%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Staffordshire. Consists of the Cannock Chase council area.

Main population centres: Cannock, Rugeley.

Profile: Cannock Chase itself is an area of woodland and heathland, the smallest designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in mainland Britain. The constituency consists of the two towns either side of the Chase - Cannock to the south and Rugeley to the north. Cannock was a coal mining town in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, but the industry is now long gone and Cannock has become an increasingly affluent commuter area for the Metropolitian West Midlands area to the south. Rugeley too is a former mining town, with Lea Hall Colliery closing in 1990..

Politics: Cannock Chase was a surprise gain for the Conservatives in 2010. Previously it had been a relatively safe Labour seat with a majority in excess of 20% in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 elections, but Aiden Burley won the seat with a swing of 14%, one of the largest from Labour to the Conservatives in any contest in 2010. Burley had only a short Parliamentary career, standing down in 2015 following criticism for attending a stag party where guests dressed in Nazi uniform, but the Conservatives managed to hold onto the seat without him in 2015.

Current MP
AMANDA MILLING (Conservative) Born Burton on Trent. Educated at University College London. Former director of a Market research business. Rossendale councillor. First elected as MP for Cannock Chase in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 18271 (40%)
Lab: 15076 (33%)
LDem: 7732 (17%)
BNP: 2168 (5%)
Oth: 2312 (5%)
MAJ: 3195 (7%)
Con: 12912 (30%)
Lab: 22139 (51%)
LDem: 5934 (14%)
UKIP: 2170 (5%)
MAJ: 9227 (21%)
Con: 12345 (30%)
Lab: 23049 (56%)
LDem: 5670 (14%)
MAJ: 10704 (26%)
Con: 14227 (27%)
Lab: 28705 (55%)
LDem: 4537 (9%)
Oth: 3234 (6%)
MAJ: 14478 (28%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
AMANDA MILLING (Conservative) Born Burton on Trent. Educated at University College London. Director of a Market research business. Rossendale councillor.
JANOS TOTH (Labour) Fundraising manager. Cannock Chase councillor. Contested Aldridge Brownhills 1997.
IAN JACKSON (Liberal Democrat) Retired accountant. Former Lichfield councillor. Contested Lichfield 2005, 2010.
GRAHAME WIGGIN (UKIP) Educated at Wolverhampton College of Technology. Construction manager.
Comments - 260 Responses on “Cannock Chase”
  1. Just to say I’m not the Matt who predicted a Labour hold in 2010

  2. Are you old enough to have been making predictions for 2010, Matt?

    I wonder if the Tory majority increase in CC since 2010 has been improved anywhere else? It was 7% in 2010, and it’s now 42.9% – an increase of 35.9%, remarkably. Some of the seats Labour was targeting in 2015 (like this one) now look impossibly out of reach.

  3. Lol in 2010 I was 17 campaigning for my mum in St Albans, I was sadly resigned to defeat

  4. Roma Mills?

  5. the very same

  6. I assume she was and is married to your father, Mr Wilson? Interesting that some married women retain their maiden name (or maybe she had remarried) – our two female prime ministers obviously didn’t.

  7. she was married but she never married my father. They might well have but he passed away 20 years ago now

  8. Ah, I see. I wonder if Kerry Pollard approved!

  9. I’ve no idea. I understand they used to go drinking together though I’ve been told he wanted someone else to stand in council elections for his seat rather than my father but i think that was just politics. But he was happy for his family to babysit when dad passed and mum was at meetings, and endorsed my campaign for youth rep so perhaps I wasn’t devil incarnate lol

  10. The sins of the father and all that… or am I getting my religions mixed up? Lol.

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