Stone

2015 Result:
Conservative: 25733 (54.7%)
Labour: 9483 (20.2%)
Lib Dem: 2473 (5.3%)
Green: 1191 (2.5%)
UKIP: 7620 (16.2%)
Independent: 531 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 16250 (34.6%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Staffordshire. Part of Stafford council area, part of East Staffordshire council area and part of Newcastle-Under-Lyme council area.

Main population centres: Stone, Cheadle, Blythe Bridge, Eccleshall, Madeley.

Profile: A sprawling rural seat in Staffordshire, including much of the countryside between Stoke and Stafford.

Politics:


Current MP
WILLIAM CASH (Conservative) Born 1940, Finsbury. Educated at Stonyhurst College and Oxford University. Former solicitor. First elected as MP for Stafford in 1984 by-election. Shadow Attorney general 2001-2003. Cash is a staunch Eurosceptic and was one of the ringleaders of the Maastricht rebellion.
Past Results
2010
Con: 23890 (51%)
Lab: 9770 (21%)
LDem: 10598 (22%)
UKIP: 2481 (5%)
Oth: 490 (1%)
MAJ: 13292 (28%)
2005*
Con: 22733 (48%)
Lab: 13644 (29%)
LDem: 9111 (19%)
UKIP: 1548 (3%)
MAJ: 9089 (19%)
2001
Con: 22395 (49%)
Lab: 16359 (36%)
LDem: 6888 (15%)
MAJ: 6036 (13%)
1997
Con: 24859 (47%)
Lab: 21041 (40%)
LDem: 6392 (12%)
Oth: 782 (1%)
MAJ: 3818 (7%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
WILLIAM CASH (Conservative) See above.
SAM HALE (Labour)
MARTIN LEWIS (Liberal Democrat)
ANDREW ILLSLEY (UKIP) Contested Stone 2010.
WENSLIE NAYLON (Green)
JOHN COUTOUVIDIS (Independent)
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Comments - 211 Responses on “Stone”
  1. I should have said *rock* solid. Dammit.

  2. Wenslie Naylon is the Green candidate.

    Andrew Illsley has been reselected as UKIP candidate.

  3. Conservative Hold. 9,000 majority. Labour 2nd.

  4. Cash increased his share from 50.6% to 54.7%. His majority went up from 13,292 to 16,250. The Labour share fell from 20.7% to 20.2%:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14000975

  5. Madeley by-election December 2016 result:

    IND: 458 – 64.8% (+64.8)
    CON: 112 – 15.8% (-7.1)
    LDEM: 75 – 10.6% (+10.6)
    LAB: 62 – 8.8% (-35.5)
    UKIP and Grn didn’t stand.

    IND Gain from LAB

  6. Bill Cash’s Son William Cash defects from UKIP to the Tories and wants to stand as a Conservative MP candidate http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/2017/02/28/former-shropshire-ukip-candidate-william-cash-defects-to-the-conservatives/

  7. The Boundary Commission for England has this week published published the representations it received during the consultation period on its initial proposals.

    Fascinating that the Stone and Stoke-on-Trent Conservatives are at odds. While the Stone Conservatives support the initial proposals which see much of the Stone constituency move to a new Staffordshire West constituency, the Stoke-on-Trent Tories have made a counter proposal for a Stoke-on-Trent South and Stone seat.

  8. They probably see Stoke South & Stone as more winnable for them. Though to be honest if the Tories are still riding as high in the polls in 2020 as they are now then Stoke South will probably fall anyway.

  9. ‘Stoke-on-Trent South will go Tory anyway, ‘

    It would be the first time in a generation if the Tories were to win the current Stoke South seat although as things currently stand I guess these kind of seats are very much in play

    ‘adding Stone would just ensure that Labour couldn’t get it back in elections outside of 1997 and 2001.’

    That would certainly be the case and I guess Bill Cash would take a healthy chunk of his personal vote with him were he to stand in the new seat

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