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County constituency
Eddisbury shown within Cheshire, and Cheshire shown within England
Created: 1885, 1983
MP: Stephen O'Brien
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Cheshire
EP constituency: North West England

Eddisbury is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.



The constituency is mostly rural, covering the south-west of Cheshire. The main town in the constituency is Winsford; other settlements include Audlem, Kelsall, Malpas and Tarporley.


Boundary Review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cheshire, in 2007 the Boundary Commission for England made minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes. The electoral wards included in this modified constituency were (as at 12 April 2005) [1].:

  • From the former Chester District - Barrow, Farndon, Kelsall, Malpas, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Tilston, and Waverton
  • From the former borough of Crewe and Nantwich - Acton, Audlem, Bunbury, Minshull, Peckforton, and Wrenbury
  • From the former borough of Vale Royal - Cuddington and Oakmere, Davenham and Moulton, Mara, Tarporley and Oulton, Winsford Dene, Winsford Gravel, Winsford Over, Winsford Swanlow, Winsford Verdin, and Winsford Wharton

The changes were approved in 2007 and will come into effect at the 2010 general election [2].


The constituency was re-established in 1983, largely replacing the former Nantwich constituency. Since then, it has always been held by the Conservative Party. Between 1983 and 1999, it was represented by Alastair Goodlad, who resigned upon being appointed as the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Australia. The ensuing by-election was won by Stephen O'Brien, who has held the seat since.

The closest the Labour Party has come to winning the seat was in the 1997 general election, when the Conservative majority was reduced to just 1,185. Eddisbury consists of mainly rural villages and small towns which are favourable to the Conservative party; Labour's only area of support is Winsford, the constituency's largest town.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Henry James Tollemache Conservative
1906 Arthur Lyulph Stanley Liberal
1910 Harry Barnston Conservative
1929 Richard John Russell Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1943 John Eric Loverseed Common Wealth
1944 Independent
1945 Labour
1945 Sir John Denman Barlow National Liberal
1950 constituency abolished
1983 constituency re-established
1983 Alastair Goodlad Conservative
1999 Stephen O'Brien Conservative

Election results

Confirmed candidates for the next UK general election [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Alan Johnson
Labour Pat Merrick
Conservative Stephen O'Brien
General Election 2005: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 21,181 46.4 +0.1
Labour Mark Green 14,986 32.8 -3.2
Liberal Democrat Joanne Crotty 8,182 17.9 +2.2
UKIP Steve Roxborough 1,325 2.9 +0.9
Majority 6,195 13.6
Turnout 45,674 63.2 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General Election 2001: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O’Brien 20,556 46.3 +3.8
Labour Bill Eyres 15,988 36.0 -4.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Roberts 6,975 15.7 +2.5
UKIP David Carson 868 2.0 N/A
Majority 4,568 10.3
Turnout 44,387 64.2 -11.5
Conservative hold Swing
Eddisbury by-election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 15,465 44.8 +2.3
Labour Margaret Hanson 13,859 40.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Roberts 4,757 13.8 +0.6
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 238 0.7 N/A
Independent Conservative Robert Everest 98 0.3 N/A
Natural Law Dinah Grice 80 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,606
Turnout 51.4 -24.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 21,027 42.5
Labour Margaret Hanson 19,842 40.1
Liberal Democrat David Reaper 6,540 13.2
Referendum Party Norine Napier 2,041 4.2 N/A
Majority 1,185
Turnout 75.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 31,625 51.02
Labour N Edwards 18,928 30.54
Liberal Democrat DW Lyon 10,543 17.01
Green A Basden 783 1.26
Natural Law N Pollard 107 0.17
Majority 12,697 20.48
Turnout 61,986 82.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Eddisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Goodlad 29,474 51.11
SDP-Liberal Alliance RI Fletcher 13,639 23.65
Labour C Grigg 13,574 23.54
Green A Basden 976 1.69
Majority 15,835 27.46
Turnout 57663 78.03
Conservative hold Swing


  1. ^ The district of Chester, and the boroughs of Crewe and Nantwich and Vale Royal were abolished on 1 April 2009 along with their constituent wards, when they became part of the new unitary authorities of Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East; however, the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency remain fixed according to the wards in operation at 12 April 2005
  2. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, S.I. 2007/1681
  3. ^ [1], UK Polling Report

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