2015 Result:
Conservative: 26552 (58.6%)
Labour: 8311 (18.3%)
Lib Dem: 3850 (8.5%)
Green: 1714 (3.8%)
UKIP: 4871 (10.8%)
MAJORITY: 18241 (40.3%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

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

Main population centres: Knutsford, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge.

Profile: A semi-rural seat in Cheshire, Tatton lies to the immediate south-west of Greater Manchester, and largely consists of prosperous and affluent villages inhabited by Manchester`s affluent middle class. The main towns are Knutsford, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, which has become well known as the home of the Manchester super-rich, most notably several Manchester United football players. The name Tatton is drawn from Tatton Park, a stately home within the constituency.

Politics: Under normal circumstances the seat is solidly Conservative. In 1997 however it was famously lost to the television news reporter Martin Bell, standing as an independent candidate against the then Conservative MP Neil Hamilton who had become embroiled in the cash-for-questions scandal. Labour and the Liberal Democrats stood aside for Bell and he successfully won the seat. Having pledged to serve only for one term, Bell stood down in 2001 and the seat once again became a safe Conservative berth.

Current MP
GEORGE OSBORNE (Conservative) Born 1971, London, heir to the Osborne baronetcy and wallpaper company Osborne and Little. Educated at St Paul's and Oxford University. Former special advisor and political secretary to William Hague. First elected as MP for Tatton in 2001. Shadow chief secretary 2004-2005, shadow chancellor 2005-2010. Chancellor of the Exechequer since 2010.
Past Results
Con: 24687 (55%)
Lab: 7803 (17%)
LDem: 10200 (23%)
Oth: 2541 (6%)
MAJ: 14487 (32%)
Con: 21447 (52%)
Lab: 9716 (23%)
LDem: 9016 (22%)
UKIP: 996 (2%)
Oth: 239 (1%)
MAJ: 11731 (28%)
Con: 19860 (48%)
Lab: 11249 (27%)
LDem: 7685 (19%)
UKIP: 769 (2%)
Oth: 1715 (4%)
MAJ: 8611 (21%)
Con: 18277 (37%)
Oth: 30515 (63%)
MAJ: 12238 (25%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
GEORGE OSBORNE (Conservative) See above.
DAVID PINTO-DUSCHINSKY (Labour) Educated at Oxford University. Bank director.
GARETH WILSON (Liberal Democrat) Software designer.
STUART HUTTON (UKIP) Chartered engineer. Cheshire East councillor.
Comments - 456 Responses on “Tatton”
  1. Flagrantly non-partisan activity, but whatever – sign this!


  2. The standard was certainly Blairite during New Labour’s first two terms although it only backed Livingstone in 2000 and 2004 because it was obvious he would win

    Whilst it supports arguably the least liberal of the mainstream parties, I’m inclined to agree with Hemelig as the causes it espouses are generally profoundly liberal – gay rights, immigration and of course Brexit

  3. Of course i meant anti Brexit

  4. Oh lol, never tried to launch a petition before. Text of petition below:

    My petition:

    Limit the time MPs can work in second jobs to twelve hours a week

    MPs already have to combine two distinct roles: they are both legislators in Westminster, and representatives in their constituencies. Taking on additional work, particularly if it is higher-paid than their day job, will cause them to neglect their duties and is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

    This petition does not seek to prevent MPs taking on extra-parliamentary work altogether, as some jobs complement an MP’s elected role. For example, writing a newspaper column or an autobiography is a way of communicating with voters. This petition merely designed to prevent MPs taking on jobs that would cause them to neglect the public.

  5. Its worth mentoining that in today’s world, much like the Standard, mr osborne is a liberal first and a Conservative second, which helps explain why he has incurrs the wrath of other Tories

    Have to agree with the ever-sensible Jack though that a job of this scale is incompatible with being an MP – even for somebody with the self confidence of mr osborne

    Never though i would say this but its parliament’s loss

  6. ‘ Also wasn’t Bill Deedes an MP and editor at the same time? ‘


    ‘ Deedes was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashford in 1950. First serving as a junior minister under Winston Churchill for three years, he later entered Harold Macmillan’s Cabinet in 1962 as Minister without Portfolio. He left the Cabinet in 1964, as Minister of Information, and subsequently stood down as an MP at the October 1974 election.

    He was Editor of The Daily Telegraph from 1974 to 1986, and after he was replaced by Max Hastings, continued his career as a journalist. ‘


  7. ‘ On the bright side, don’t you think the government will be pleased that the country’s most widely-read liberal paper has acquired a Tory editor? ‘

    The ES isn’t a liberal paper.

    Its also does the Conservative party no good when they’re associated with privilege and against meritocracy.

    Nor when a high profile Conservative MP becomes an oligarch’s arse-licker.

  8. Polltroll – good idea.

    Though you may need to re-submit it, as the link above provides no such e-petition – and indeed no content.

    Happy to sign once it’s up. It may take a day to get approval from the site admins.

  9. “C.P. Scott was editor of the Manchester Guardian from 1872-1929 and Liberal MP for Leigh from 1895-1906.”

    In those days MPs weren’t paid, so you had to have a job unless you had family money to be an MP. CPScott did not work one day a week at a fund manager either, nor was he fellow of an American academic institute. Nor, come to think of it, did he give many speeches for fat fees.

    I always champion MP’s rights to have external interests and other sources of income. I think it strengthens the legislature to have people whose livelihoods are not directly enhanced by becoming ministers of the crown.

    It is good that we have QCs, doctors, writers, etc. in the house, but Osborne is clearly taking the michael. Today, I heard someone say, “oh they are all like that” talking about Osborne and politicians generally. No, they are not all like that. Osborne, like his heroes Blair and Mandelson, is dragging the whole tribe of politicians into further disrepute.

  10. “Numerous Tory MPs have edited the Spectator”

    You are not suggesting editing a weekly magazine is the same as editing a daily newspaper?

  11. LO: The way the system works is you create the petition and then e-mail it to people. The e-mail contains the text of the petition and a link to the provisional petition – but the petition isn’t formerly launched on the website until it has the five preliminary signatures.

  12. PC – you’re absolutely right in para 3 of your post (although that sentiment certainly doesn’t conjure up in the mind’s eye figures such as GO or any expenses troughers)

    MPs who are proudly independent of the Executive tend to be people who wouldn’t dream of accepting other jobs, such as Frank Field, Phillip Hollobone, David Nuttall or David (now Lord) Alton [to include an ex LibDem to be fair to them]

    Indeed, it can’t be a coincidence, that far from being apparent aspirant Ministers, GO, Straw & Rifkind are all ex-Ministers who were just on the lookout for more dosh. I find the fact that they thought that that shouldn’t even be questioned more troublesome. I suppose some are arrogant in their manner and some just get used to having drivers for years and seeing themselves on tv etc.

    I agree they’re ‘not all like that’ – although I fear upto a third are (having probably met or interviewed 200 MPs, Cllrs & MEPs over the years).

    Incidentally, Conrad Black offered Boris the Spectator role on the condition he gave up his Parliamentary ambitions. [He of course reneged on this 2 years later] Plus the other examples I’ve heard cited today (Matthew Parris) became writers/journalists after they left he House, so GO will be breaking an unwritten rule. Although my prime objection remains the sheer lack of time GO will be able to devote to being an MP.

    Peter C is right that GO and Mandy treat the public with the same disdain – and have the same wealthy foreign friends.

  13. It seems inevitable that Osborne will step down prior to the next election

    Regardless of the workload of the two jobs, given the Standard’s position on the key issue of Brexit – which is precisely the opposite to the government’s – much of Osborne’s second job will entail criticising a party which he is a member of in his first job

    The two roles seem incompatible to me

  14. “The two roles seem incompatible to me”

    I think you are right. it leaves a very bad odour. The Mandelson, Blair, Osborne view of life appears to be simply just to take and grab what you can get away with. any public service ethos seems to have simply disappeared with this crew.

    I think that’s one of many reasons why May is popular. she seems a total contrast with the last 20 years’ culture. Brown wasn’t as shamelessly greedy…

  15. I think Peter is right in singling out Brown and May as leaders who dont come across as self serving as their predecessors so far as enriching themselves is concerned but much of the criticism from Osborne’s own side seems motivated by jelousy of the money he’s making

    Having said that after all the fuss surrounding Blair and the widespread public disapproval at the vast sums he has made, one has to question Osborne’s judgement in taking up so much lucrative work – although to be fair he hasn’t made money advising tyrants the best ways of getting away with mass murder

  16. I have only just spotted that GO thought it unfair that Charlotte Hogg had to step down from her BoE role.

    In the same way presumably that he thought Christine Legarde did nothing wrong and his brother shouldn’t have been struck off by the GMC.

    This is the problem I have with GO – sheer hypocrisy.

    It’s not that he’s liberal/libertarian, consistently; it’s as if he thinks that rules should apply to others, but not to his class of friends. For example he proposed workfare and sanctions for DWP claimants and slammed Labour MPs who breached rules.

    The only MP he reminds me of in this regard is Chris Grayling who waxed lyrical about wrongdoing being punished, but then went ever so quiet when the Telegraph splashed his expenses’ breaches on their front page.

    Thankfully they’re a minority, but they really do give politicians a bad name.

  17. “I think that’s one of many reasons why May is popular. she seems a total contrast with the last 20 years’ culture.”

    She is certainly trying to cultivate the image of a Prime Minister who listens to her people, rather than one who knows what’s best for them. That puts her in stark contrast with Cameron and especially Blair.

  18. Of course the extent to which Theresa May actually is listening to voters is debatable.

  19. She listens to one particular voter, a Mr P Dacre, to the exclusion of everyone else.

    Fortunately he is entirely convinced he is the avatar of the British electorate even if he has never inconvenienced himself by seeking election to confirm it.

  20. ‘Thankfully they’re a minority, but they really do give politicians a bad name.’

    I wouldn’t disagree with any of that but Osborne’s redeeming feature is that he is at least competent, whereas Grayling, who has been shifted fro one high-ranking brief to another, just stands out as totally unsuitable for higher office and one wonders what both Cameron and May see in him given that far more talented former front benchers have been cast aside

    “I think that’s one of many reasons why May is popular. she seems a total contrast with the last 20 years’ culture.”

    Her strategy so far has been to latch onto the populist vibe that has seen Brexit in the UK, Trump elected to the Whitehouse and Le Pen leading in France, which is an extremely risky strategy – although it keeps the likes of Murdoch and Dacre on-side, which seems of paramount importance to May

  21. “…Osborne’s redeeming feature is that he is at least competent, whereas Grayling…”

    Omnishambles budget?

  22. I agree with people who are sceptical about osborne’s competence. Omnishambles aside, his 2016 budget unraveled even more quickly than Hammond’s 2017 budget. Anyone remember IDS’s resignation and the single PIP payment re. disability allowance?

    There is also the lack of seriousness that clings to him. Anyone who was starting a new career at 45, which is what editing a newspaper is form him, might think, “actually I am going to throw myself into this and learn this trade thorougly and be a great editor”.

    you’re not going to be a great editor by leaving the office every day at noon. It’s all a jolly game for him. amusing but light hearted.

  23. Blair backs GO. Troughers United!

    The Standards Committee has confirmed that GO failed to seek their authority before accepting the position.

    They are to meet on Thursday to discuss and consider whether any sanction would be recommended. Lord Stunnell (a member of it), said: “Being an MP is a full-time job. How someone can take another full-time job 200 miles away is beyond me, quite apart from any conflicts which may arise.”

    This is the third occasion that a DC Cabinet Member has failed to write to the Committee prior to accepting a job after leaving office. The last was Esther McVey who accepted the Transport role just weeks after losing her seat. She was also spotted talking to Chris Grayling at a Tory fundraiser on the Wirral just prior to the General Election. Whilst he was only Leader of the House at the time, as he is now Transport Sec and was previously Shadow Transport, a complaint has been raised with the Committee.

    From memory, the last time they met to discuss it, they found that Esther had breached the rules, but approved her new role retrospectively. Amazingly mitigation included that she had only been a Member for 4 years when she considered the position. Perhaps if she was so inexperienced she shouldn’t have been made a Minister.

  24. Andrew Neil (who knows a thing or two about editing papers) made the point on today’s Sunday Politics that if Osborne thinks he can go off and do another job as soon that day’s edition has gone out he’s in for something of a shock. That’s the time when editors usually turn their attention to the next day’s features and comment. That’s the stuff that gives a paper most of its identity. If Osborne is not going to be involved in it then he ain’t gonna be much of an editor.

    The point was also made that the recent history of the Standard suggests that if Osborne is expecting the paper to have a huge amount of impact in terms of public opinion then he’s likely to be disappointed. It went big supporting the Tories in 2015, and Zac Goldsmith a year later, only for London to swing pretty decisively in the opposite direction on both occasions. But then most sensible people know that the press doesn’t act as a decisive influence on public opinion, and probably never has.

  25. “Being an MP is a full-time job”.

    I’ve never seen a satisfactory explanation of how that can be reconciled with the fact that we expect a significant number of MPs to also serve as ministers.

  26. Kieran W – well its also a freebie so he can hardly be judged on circulation figures either.

    Re full-time job & Ministers – that was discussed ad infinitum on the old site re PPSs. Although 80% of the time will be the same for both ie travel down to London Sun night or Mon am, there Mon pm – Thur pm. Unless you have one of the great Offices of State of course and then your life is never your own and the State will also provide a country House, driver and armed protection.

    It’s only a shame DC tweeted his re-shuffles. I much preferred the Maggie theatre of the car dropping off a Cabinet Minister in Downing Street, only for it to be gone when they stepped back outside!

  27. Fundamentally I just don’t think stating that the job of an MP is “full time” is particularly useful description of the role. The person doing the job is expected to perform a certain number of duties, but there are no set hours. If the individual in question is performing those duties to the satisfaction of their constituents and their constituency party then personally I don’t much care what other duties they choose to take on. I am certainly not in favour of there being hard and fast rules in that area.

    I think we have to be very careful of not creating a situation where the only people that want to do the job of an MP are people that we don’t particularly want doing the job. Expecting people to put any other career ambitions they might have on complete hold for as long as they occupy a seat in the Commons is the natural consequence of making the job a rigidly enforced “full time” one. I think that runs the risk of deterring a lot of people who would otherwise have much to offer, leaving the job to political obsessives and those fixated on climbing the ministerial ladder.

  28. Here’s a good one from DC, Feb 2010:

    “We all know how it works – the lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, the ex-ministers and ex-advisors for hire, helping big business find the right way to get its way.

    I believe that secret corporate lobbying goes to the heart of why people are so fed up with politics.”

    Maybe GO took it as an instruction, rather than a warning.

  29. Osborne seems to be very active/busy for a backbencher! Is it me or he plotting his bid to be the next Tory leader / Prime Minister?

  30. There is a fundamental contradiction in the British system where members of the executive are also members of the legislature whose job is to scrutinise the executive. Any 6th former studying politics can see this is a nonsense.

    It’s just how the system has evolved. Indeed cabinet ministers used to have to resign their seats and contest them again in by elections on being appointed to the cabinet.myhis practice died in the 1920s.

    Anyone can also see that a parliament where MPs Could only get greater financial rewards by moving up the ministerial ladder, would be the most spineless and toadyish body. This was ruthlessly exploited by Blair who centralised power to no. 10, and would conduct pantomime reshuffles, doling out largely meaningless title to various toadies and party yes men. These people would often be shuffled about year after year from department to department.

    It was a farce. MPs should be able to have an independence outside being in government. This idea that the House of Commons is just a giant subs’ bench for ministers is crazy and sad.

    I also point out that the house sits only 2/3 of the year. August, most of July and September, much of October, December and February are recess… Editing a paper, on the other hand…

  31. Peter, your comments on this subject are far more sensible than those of Lancs Observer. His journalistic instincts lead him to relish folowing up any juicy lead relating to “lazy” MPs and councillors, seemingly oblivious to what the actual consequences would be of hounding from office all elected representatives with any significant outside interests.

  32. PC: there’s a simple solution to all this. Ban all cabinet and shadow cabinet ministers from the division lobbies. This also enables these people to hold contrasting opinions to the PM/LotO without being sacked. Easy peasy.

  33. Anyone can also see that a parliament where MPs Could only get greater ‘financial rewards by moving up the ministerial ladder, would be the most spineless and toadyish body.’

    Hmm but this was in theory even more true 100-150 years ago when only cabinet ministers were paid and ordinary MPs were not. And yet we didn’t apparently get those results then. So what’s changed? I’d suggest it has a lot to do with the kinds of people we now have as MPs.

    Incidentally the non-payment of MPs was also the reason for the rule about resigning your seat: becoming a cabinet minister was deemed as accepting an office of profit from the Crown – which normally would have required resignation as an MP but was allowed in this case if a byelection were held.

    The idea was to prevent the Crown filling parliament with paid supporters of various kinds, ie turning into a ‘spineless and toadying’ body.

  34. Went out for dinner locally yesterday and had the misfortune to be sitting close to a bloke loudly complaining about George Osborne for the best part of an hour….he made my two small kids sound quiet.

    It’s very unusual to hear people going on at length about politics in my comfortable, sleepy Tory-voting town.

    I think the ire of the Tory grassroots may well force Osborne’s hand on this.

  35. One possibility is that Osborne is waiting to see if his constituency will indeed end up being effectively abolished. Perhaps he would consider standing again for Tatton if an early election is held on the current boundaries but once that time has passed he may resign the seat.

  36. HH is right.


    It now stands at almost 200,000 according to BBC NW News.

    The first local Tory member has (publicly) said he should go. I’d assume GO has the backing of the Tatton Assoc Exec but other than the chairman on Friday, there’s been no statement as yet.

  37. He might of course decide not to take up the Standard editorship rather than resign his seat.

    About 10 years ago I did some work for a company who employed a nice Bulgarian girl as a financial controller – when she first arrived in the UK some years earlier, she had worked as some kind of PA for the Osborne family. To say the least, she wasn’t his no.1 fan. Ever since then I’ve suspected that he’s not a particularly nice person.

  38. Oh those stories are quite commonplace (including him slapping away the hand of a young intern to press the button in a lift – even though said intern had politely asked GO which floor he required).

    Amusingly, Pickles appeared on the BBC Daily Politics today to defend GO. [I say amusing, due to his own troughing appearance on BBC QT – when he defended his 2nd home on the taxpayer 18 miles away – went viral at the time of the expenses’ scandal] By the end, even Eric said he wasn’t defending GO’s move as he recognised the public mood had changed and the Committee may well use it as an excuse to recommend greater restrictions.

  39. Osborne is not popular. I never bought into the narrative that he would lead the tories even if remain had won, and Cameron had stepped down in 2019, hailed by the nation at a time of his choosing. His power was derived purely from being a number 2. The Tory faithful never warmed to him the way they clearly like mrs may.

  40. GO appeared in the Commons, as the Speaker granted Labour an Urgent Question on the matter.

    GO certainly misjudged the mood, as he joked and only 3 MPs laughed and when he said former Ministers should be able to stay and contribute, only one MP (the aforementioned ‘slavish’ Desmond Swayne) said “hear hear!”

    Maybe the others realised that he won’t be contributing much to the House if he’s hardly ever there from now on.

  41. As said earlier, I am beginning to change my mind on Osborne against the likes of LO!. Should MPs have to pay for foreign travel themselves? Should they be banned from going abroad on taxpayers’ expense?

    Nothing will entrench GO more solidly than the moral indignation and pious bleatings so of the left… Labour were pathetic yesterday.

  42. “GO certainly misjudged the mood…”
    Actually I thought he got quite a lot of support. There wasn’t much the Minister, Ben Gummer, could say because the matter of GO’s appointment is before the relevant Committee and we await its findings.In fact you wonder why the Urgent Question was granted but the Speaker of course, being the Speaker, couldn’t resist making his mark on a top headline story. I thought Gummer dealt with the debate very well. It was the sort of hot air episode when the Commons could have been dealing with actual business that made me feel sympathy with GO.

  43. Osborne was clever to tough it out. While his behaviour is outrageous, the attacks of the holier than thou left sanctimoniously squealing about how great their constituency workload is and wanting to ban all outside income, is going to cause Tories to rally round him.

    As I have said if I had to chose between a house full of Kerry McCarthy types and one with a smattering of QC s who can command a few hundred grand a year on top of their salaries, as well as fund management tycoons like the mogster, I would choose the latter every time.

    Kerry was just one of the chief labour bleaters I saw yesterday. I have nothing against her in particular. Osborne is a tit, but if I had to choose sides, I would oppose the left s narrow, almost totalitarian view of what an MP should be at every opportunity. As many said, it’s up to his electorate and, more specifically, his association. If he still gets returned because of the proverbial pig in a blue rosette being able to get returned in safe seats, tant pis!

  44. He may yet stand down or be forced out.

    The Tories are facing a revolt against cuts to education in Cheshire East that they’ve never experienced before. For some arcane reason, the new funding formula that will come in has concluded that Cheshire East should receive the lowest level of pupil funding per head in the country. Nobody appears to be able to explain why and the consultation that has gone out appears to be deliberately obfuscatory.

    There is a great deal of very genuine anger and marches – they even had a march through Sandbach (Sandbach!) the other day. There is a profound feeling in Cheshire constituencies that support for the Tories is very much taken for granted and a lot of people would like to teach them a lesson.

    Whether there is enough mutiny in the air to actually overcome the entrenched vote from older people and the Cheshire shire set is another matter. But it’s definitely there and it’s widespread.

  45. The constituency voted approx 54.2% Remain (Witney was 53.7%).

    I my view a LibDem support ceiling of approx 36.2%, and so presumably another Conservative hold on 4X%

  46. “Yes, and if Osborne’s resignation from the Commons is prolonged it’ll help the Lib Dems more.”

    Osborne isn’t going anyway. Labour’s attacks yesterday have helped him.

  47. SBJME19 – well Gummer could hardly talk re £ either.

    The panned out shot showed GE couldn’t even manage a doughnut of friends and as I said only Swayne sitting behind was vocal at the point GO paused expecting loud support.

    I agree with GO’s sentence – ex-Ministers should stay in the House to contribute – but that is precisely the opposite of what he is going to do.

    PC – if you believe the APPGs are all fact finding you really are naïve. In KK’s case, I’m amazed he accepted the payment from the Saudi regime.

  48. I think MPs should be able to travel to other countries. there are abuses, but countries in the middle east seem to be quite relevant to domestic security, international politics, terrorism right now.

    I actually welcome MPs visiting these countries and knowing something about what they speak about. I saw an SNP lambasting the united arab emirates and then admitting that their experience of the middle east was limited to 1 hr at dubai airport! no kidding! This is embarrassing. It was like the man in the pub mouthing off about something he has zero knowledge of.

  49. A by-election here could be this government’s Christchurch 1993.

    No comparison whatsoever as at that time Major’s government lagged behind Labour by the same sort of 20pt margin the Tories hold over Labour now

    I think May will come to regret not holding an election now as its inconceivable she will enjoy anywhere near the same sort of margin once Brexit talks begin and she belatedly realises that the Europeans have no reason whatsoever to give us a good deal – although if Corbyn’s still in charge you never know

    A leader like Clegg would be a God send for the Lib Dems right now

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