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Hazel Grove

2010 Results:
Conservative: 14114 (33.62%)
Labour: 5234 (12.47%)
Liberal Democrat: 20485 (48.8%)
UKIP: 2148 (5.12%)
Majority: 6371 (15.18%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 19490 (50.2%)
Conservative: 11767 (30.3%)
Labour: 6295 (16.2%)
Other: 1273 (3.3%)
Majority: 7723 (19.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 11607 (29.7%)
Labour: 6834 (17.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 19355 (49.5%)
UKIP: 1321 (3.4%)
Majority: 7748 (19.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 11585 (30.1%)
Labour: 6230 (16.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 20020 (52%)
UKIP: 643 (1.7%)
Majority: 8435 (21.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 15069 (30.5%)
Labour: 5882 (11.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 26883 (54.5%)
Referendum: 1055 (2.1%)
Other: 451 (0.9%)
Majority: 11814 (23.9%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Andrew Stunell(Liberal Democrat) born 1942, Surrey. Educated at Surbiton Grammar School and Manchester University. Prior to his election worked as an architectural assistant and political secretary to the association of Lib Dem councillors. Chester councillor 1979-1990. Cheshire county councillor 1981-1991. Stockport councillor since 1994. First elected as MP for Hazel Grove in 1997. Lib Dem chief whip 2001-2006, Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for communities and local government 2006-2007. Awarded the OBE in 1993 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAnnesley Abercorn (Conservative) born London. Educated at Highgate School and UCL. Researcher for Oliver Letwin.
portraitRichard Scorer (Labour) born London. Educated at Edinburgh University and the University of Pennsylvania. Personal injury lawyer.
portraitAndrew Stunell(Liberal Democrat) born 1942, Surrey. Educated at Surbiton Grammar School and Manchester University. Prior to his election worked as an architectural assistant and political secretary to the association of Lib Dem councillors. Chester councillor 1979-1990. Cheshire county councillor 1981-1991. Stockport councillor since 1994. First elected as MP for Hazel Grove in 1997. Lib Dem chief whip 2001-2006, Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for communities and local government 2006-2007. Awarded the OBE in 1993 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJohn Whittaker (UKIP) Born 1945, Oldham. Economics lecturer. Contested North West region in 1999 European elections. MEP for the North West from 2005-2009 when he stepped down. Contested multiple seats at the 2005 general election, standing in Ashton-under-Lyne, Crosby, Heywood and Middleton, Hyndburn, Manchester Central, Rochdale, Stalybridge & Hyde and Wigan.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 80404
Male: 48.2%
Female: 51.8%
Under 18: 22%
Over 60: 24%
Born outside UK: 2.9%
White: 98.2%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 77.7%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 20.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 25.7%
Owner-Occupied: 79.6%
Social Housing: 13.8% (Council: 10.4%, Housing Ass.: 3.4%)
Privately Rented: 4.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.5%

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66 Responses to “Hazel Grove”

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  1. I think Robert Waller (apologies to Robert if it wasn’t him)
    wrote that Poynton is not always solidly Tory
    and can have a slightly higher Labour vote.

    I’ve never stopped there though – it’s quite near Prestbury where I visit though.

  2. There is a small council estate in Poynton but I think through right to buy it is now mostly owner occupier. Poynton these days is very reliably Conservative. I don’t think the Lib Dems even managed to field a candidate there in May.

  3. Well Poynton looks strongly Tory at the moment, but (I suspect I may be wrong) I thought I remember the Lib Dems winning a council seat there as recently as the 2000s?

  4. Yes, the Conservatives are well in front in Poynton. It will be interesting to see if they can win Marple (North and South) and Stepping Hill at the next local elections. They are 8% to 10% behind in those wards at the moment.

  5. Perhaps Poynton would still have turned out a respectable Labour vote in 1979.

  6. Shaun : my thoughts exactly. I think victory speeches should be made after an election victory, not 3 & a half years before an election.

  7. I was referring to Shaun’s rejoiner to Doktorb’ comments re representing the people of Poynton.

  8. I think the Lib Dems were disappointed not to pick up Hazel Grove before 1997.
    I’m sure in 1992 and 1987 they were hoping to get that.

    Looks like quite a good prospect for the Tories if these boundaries go through, and the Tories are ok nationally (at least against the LDs).

  9. I think the proposed Hazel Grove would be the Conservatives’ best hope in Greater Manchester. Cheadle is also doable, though the Lib Dems have a 3000-majority. Bolton North could be a very tough nut to crack and Bury South looks a long shot given what others on here have said about it.

  10. Joe: Did Tom Arnold have a personal following? Might that explain why he kept the LDs at bay?

  11. Quite possibly he did.
    Sorry I’m not local to the area, despite having some connection with Cheshire.

    Hazel Grove and Cheadle had both been Liberal in the 1960s, so perhaps the Tory losses here are not quite so dire in context, but very poor when set against how strong the Tories were in 1979.

  12. Hazel Grove & Bodmin were the only Tory gains back in the Oct 74 GE

  13. Thanks for this – I didn’t realise Hazel Grove was Liberal until October 1974 – thought it was 1970.

  14. If the proposed constituency of Hazel Grove and Poynton came into being, then the Council election results across the constituency last May would have been:

    Con: 16,852 (43.3%)
    LD: 11,237 (28.9%)
    Lab: 8,254 (21.2%)
    UKIP: 1,500 (3.9%)
    Green: 1,041 (2.7%)
    BNP: 96 (0.2%)

    The Conservatives already have a clear lead here, and as Tory says, if they can win Marple North and Marple South, as well as Stepping Hill then they may even be able to built this into a heartland once again.

  15. Labour has narrowly decapitated the council leader in Offerton which I hinted might happen.

    but the LDs have done slightly better than expected, noticably holding Bredbury and Romiley and Hazel Grove and elsewhere in the borough, holding Manor and gaining Cheadle and Gatley.

  16. The Conservatives performed poorly here- and against the LDs generally I would submit.

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