2015 Result:
Conservative: 26063 (52.5%)
Labour: 11252 (22.7%)
Lib Dem: 3842 (7.7%)
Green: 2404 (4.8%)
UKIP: 6037 (12.2%)
MAJORITY: 14811 (29.9%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: North West, Cheshire. Part of the Cheshire East council area.

Main population centres: Macclesfield, Bollington, Prestbury, Disley, Poynton.

Profile: The north eastern corner of Cheshire, this is an affluent area, largely a base for commuters into Greater Manchester. The eastern fringe of the seat is within the Peak District and the constituency also includes the Jodrell Bank observatory.

Politics: A safe Conservative seat, held by the party since 1918. Most prominent former MPs include the populist right-winger Sir Nicholas Winterton, who represented the seat for 39 years, and Garfield Weston, the founder of Associated British Foods, who was the local MP during the Second World War.

Current MP
DAVID RUTLEY (Conservative) Born 1961, Gravesend. Educated at Lewes Priory School and LSE. Former Director at Asda. Contested St Albans 1997. First elected as MP for Macclesfield in 2010. PPS to Iain Duncan Smith since 2015. Rutley is currently the only Mormon member of Parliament (but not the first ever, the former Labour MP Terry Rooney was also a mormon).
Past Results
Con: 23503 (47%)
Lab: 10164 (20%)
LDem: 11544 (23%)
UKIP: 1418 (3%)
Oth: 3430 (7%)
MAJ: 11959 (24%)
Con: 22628 (50%)
Lab: 13227 (29%)
LDem: 8918 (20%)
Oth: 848 (2%)
MAJ: 9401 (21%)
Con: 22284 (49%)
Lab: 15084 (33%)
LDem: 8217 (18%)
MAJ: 7200 (16%)
Con: 26888 (50%)
Lab: 18234 (34%)
LDem: 9075 (17%)
MAJ: 8654 (16%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
DAVID RUTLEY (Conservative) See above.
TIM ROCA (Labour)
NEIL CHRISTIAN (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - 61 Responses on “Macclesfield”
  1. Rivers 100-a more socially and economically liberal Conservative would fare better in most of those divisions

  2. Yes that’s right. I am on the traditional right of the party but even I recognise that the party needs to have broad appeal. I may not share the views of people living in places like Wimbledon and Altrincham but the party cannot afford to ignore them.

  3. The significance of the type of results Rivers listed is that the path to a majority Lab govt now looks much clearer than it did after 2015. Also helped by fact few Scottish constituencies now have the daunting SNP majorities they did.

  4. Jack- it does, though under a different type of Conservative leader, I can see Labour going backwards in some of those seats.

  5. Indeed the electoral map looks a lot better for Labour now with a far broader range of potential targets although the Tories are now breathing down Labour’s necks in places like Penistone and Stocksbridge and Bishop Auckland which could theoretically still change hands even if Labour is the largest party next time.

    This was also a weird election where both the main parties did well and piled up a lot of votes in each others safe seats which are probably still safer for each side than the slashed majorities would imply usually with their vote above 50% like here.

    The idea e.g. that a semi rural seat like this one or say Banbury for example is now a Labour target is bonkers due to the ultra strong Tory rural/villages etc vote.

    That said I’m sure that some remaining Tory held seats in London will and places like Rushcliffe will be really interesting next time especially with a suboptimal brexit..

    Rivers may also have now have a bit of a point on Altrincham as well maybe where Lab got within 3% in 97 although I still think Labour is near a ceiling there.

  6. To put it another way a Lab majority that doesn’t include the likes of Cannock Chase or Amber Valley now looks possible. Previously it looked like they had to find a way to win back voters in those places whilst hanging on to their middle class base. Now maybe they don’t.

  7. Indeed I can’t be bothered personally to do the maths but I imagine the swing Lab needs to win an overall majority is now significantly lower than it was going into this election. the issue isn’t just the ex safe Tory seats that now look in play but also the traditional marginals (Calder Valley, Southampton Itchen, Broxtowe, Norwich North, Pudsey, Preseli Pembrokeshire) where Lab sashed the majorities and only just missed out on. Also as I listed on a different thread for several London seats many of the Cons nationwide targets look rock solid for Lab now.

    There is some good news for the Tories obviously in that (ex) marginals like Warwickshire North, Amber Valley, Waveney look pretty secure for them now and they obviously won several Brexit heavy Lab seats and are now breathing down our necks in the likes of Bishop Auckland, Ashfield, Penistone etc

    But on the whole I think it has to be said a really poor night for the Cons and the map is looking a lot more Lab friendly and a lot less Con friendly than it did on Thursday.

  8. @A Brown

    In this seat the farming vote is vulnerable as a Brexit that leads to cheap food imports will devastate the industry – and their support for the Tories.

    It is no longer impossible to see how the Tories could lose this seat.

  9. @Rivers10

    At present I would consider any Tory seat with a lot of degree-educated professionals such as this one to be a seat Labour ought to be looking at.

  10. Former Conservative Cllr Bill Livesley has appeared in Court after being charged with two counts of fraud.

    The prosecution case is that he filed grossly inflated expenses’ claims over several years, including 219 trips pa to drive 16 miles to his ward and back when it is only a 9 mile round trip and for claiming for meals away from home when he was not.

    Records show that he claimed more than any other Cheshire East Cllr even though he wasn’t in the Cabinet.

  11. Corbyn was heckled this evening here, by a man who said JC supported terrorism and soldiers had died for him.

    I think both main Parties will be pleased Day 1 is over.

    Farage had a quiet day consuming beer and chips in Cumbria.

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