Staffordshire Moorlands

2015 Result:
Conservative: 21770 (51.1%)
Labour: 11596 (27.2%)
Lib Dem: 1759 (4.1%)
Green: 1226 (2.9%)
UKIP: 6236 (14.6%)
MAJORITY: 10174 (23.9%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Staffordshire. Part of Staffordshire Moorlands council area.

Main population centres: Leek, Biddulph, Werrington, Brown Edge, Endon.

Profile: The rural area to the east of Stoke-on-Trent, the electorate of the seat is mostly in the commuter towns and villages to the west of the seat, the eastern half of the seat is made up of the hills and moorlands of the Peak District National Park. The Peak District location and Alton Towers Amusement Park at the southern end of the constituency make tourism and leisure important factors in the local economy.

Politics: Staffordshire Moorland was created from its predecessor Leek in 1983 and initially won by the Conservatives. It was held by Labour between 1997 and 2010, but this co-incided with a period of more favourable boundaries for Labour, with the town of Kidgrove being added in 1997 and removed again in 2010.


Current MP
KAREN BRADLEY (Conservative) Born 1970, Newcastle under Lyme. Educated at Buxton Girls School and Imperial College London. Former Chartered accountant and tax advisor. Contested Manchester Witherington 2005. First elected as MP for Staffordshire Moorlands in 2010. Government whip since 2012-2015. Junior minister for home office since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 19793 (45%)
Lab: 13104 (30%)
LDem: 7338 (17%)
UKIP: 3580 (8%)
MAJ: 6689 (15%)
2005*
Con: 15688 (35%)
Lab: 18126 (41%)
LDem: 6927 (16%)
UKIP: 3512 (8%)
MAJ: 2438 (6%)
2001
Con: 15066 (35%)
Lab: 20904 (49%)
LDem: 5928 (14%)
UKIP: 760 (2%)
MAJ: 5838 (14%)
1997
Con: 16637 (33%)
Lab: 26686 (52%)
LDem: 6191 (12%)
MAJ: 10049 (20%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
KAREN BRADLEY (Conservative) See above.
TRUDIE MCGUINNESS (Labour) Born Biddulph. Educated at Biddulph High School and Oxford University. College director.
JOHN REDFERN (Liberal Democrat) Born 1959. Educated at Warwick University. Retail supervisor. Staffordshire Moorlands councillor. Contested Stoke on Trent Central 2005, 2010.
GEORGE LANGLEY-POOLE (UKIP) Farmer.
BRIAN SMITH (Green)
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Comments - 52 Responses on “Staffordshire Moorlands”
  1. Surprising that support for a united Ireland is not much higher all round, there would be some practical problems in unifying elements of the economies and health services but that the advantages are surely starting to outweigh the current situation which is a mess.

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  2. ‘Also the mask has slipped with the DUP who have been exposed as a bunch of nutters over abortion etc and who have no coherent position on brexit when the backstop is actually a superb cake and eat it position.’

    The DUP make UKIP look like a party full of intelligent and thoughtful people – and that takes some doing….

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