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County constituency
Lichfield shown within Staffordshire, and Staffordshire shown within England
Created: 1305, 1997
MP: Michael Fabricant
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Staffordshire
EP constituency: West Midlands

Lichfield is a 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 includes the northern and central parts of the Lichfield local government district, including the city of Lichfield itself, plus the south-western portion of East Staffordshire district around Yoxall and Abbots Bromley.

In boundary changes which will come into force at the 2010 general election, the constituency will be enlarged with the addition of the Needwood ward of East Staffordshire Borough Council, currently located in the Burton constituency; the main settlement in the Needwood ward is the village of Barton-under-Needwood. The effect of this change is estimated to be relatively small, making the seat slightly more Conservative than before.

In previous times, Lichfield was a borough constituency for the city.

Members of Parliament


MPs pre-1660

  • 1604 Thomas Crewe
  • 1621 Richard Weston
  • 1640-1640 Richard Dyott of Freeford, a royalist (short parliament)
  • 1640-1641 Sir Walter Devereux, a parliamentarian the natural son of the Earl of Essex (Short and Long parliament) died 1641
  • 1640-1649 Michael Noble, puritan town clerk (Long parliament)
  • 1641-1642 Sir Richard Cave, a royalist chosen by Prince Rupert and removed by resolution of the House of Commons
  • 1642- Michael Biddulph of Elmhurst, a supporter of parliament (father of Michael Biddulph MP 1660-1661)
  • 1654-1660 Thomas Minors. Presbyterian mercer
  • 1659-1660 Daniel Watson of Burton upon Trent[1]

MPs 1660-1868

Year First member Second member
1660 Apr Michael Biddulph Daniel Watson
1660 May Thomas Minors
1661 John Lane Sir Theophilus Biddulph, 1st Bt
1667 Richard Dyott
1678 Sir Henry Lyttelton, 2nd Bt
1679 Feb Sir Michael Biddulph, 2nd Bt
1679 Aug Daniel Finch,
later 2nd Earl of Nottingham
1685 Thomas Orme Richard Leveson
1689 Robert Burdett Sir Michael Biddulph, 2nd Bt
1690 Richard Dyott
1695 Sir Michael Biddulph, 2nd Bt
1698 Richard Dyott
1701 Jan William Walmisley
1701 Sir Michael Biddulph, 2nd Bt
1705 Sir Henry Gough
1708 John Cotes Sir Michael Biddulph, 2nd Bt
1710 Richard Dyott
1715 Walter Chetwynd Samuel Hill (1691–1758)
1718 Apr William Sneyd
1718 Dec Walter Chetwynd
1722 Richard Plumer
1731 George Venables-Vernon, later Baron Vernon
1734 Rowland Hill
1741 Sir Lister Holte, 5th Bt
1747 Richard Leveson-Gower Thomas Anson
1753 Nov Sir Thomas Gresley, 5th Bt
1754 Jan Henry Vernon
1754 Apr Viscount Trentham,
later Marquess of Stafford
1755 Henry Vernon
1761 John Levett
1762 Hugo Meynell
1768 Thomas Gilbert
1770 George Adams then Anson
1789 Thomas Anson, later Viscount Anson
1795 Lord Granville Leveson-Gower, later Earl Granville
1799 Sir John Wrottesley, 1st Bt,
created Baron Wrottesley 1838
1806 Feb Sir George Anson
1806 Aug George Granville Venables Vernon
1831 Sir Edward Scott, 2nd Bt
1837 Lord Alfred Henry Paget
1841 Lord Leveson,
later Earl Granville
1846 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn, later Baron Mostyn
1847 Viscount Anson,
later 2nd Earl of Lichfield
1854 The Lord Waterpark
1856 Viscount Sandon,
later Earl of Harrowby
1859 Augustus Anson
1865 Richard Dyott

MPs 1868-1950

one MP

Election Member Party
1868 Richard Dyott (1808-1891) continuing
1880 Theophilus John Levett
1885 Sir John Swinburne Liberal
1892 Leonard Darwin Liberal Unionist
1895 Henry Charles Fulford Liberal
1896 Sir Courtenay Warner, Bt Liberal
1918 Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1923 Frank Hodges Labour
1924 Roderick Roy Wilson Conservative
1929 James Alexander Lovat-Fraser Labour
1931 National Labour
1938 Cecil Charles Poole Labour
1950 constituency abolished

MPs 1997-present

The Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has represented this constituency since it was re-established in 1997. He was first elected for Mid Staffordshire, the constituency which formerly contained the city of Lichfield (in addition to Rugeley and Stone), in 1992.

Election results

General Election 2005: Lichfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Fabricant 21,274 48.6 -0.5
Labour Nigel Gardner 14,194 32.4 -6.1
Liberal Democrat Ian Jackson 6,804 15.6 +4.9
UKIP Malcolm McKenzie 1,472 3.4 +1.8
Majority 7,080 16.2 +5.6
Turnout 43,744 66.7 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing +2.8
General Election 2001: Lichfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Fabricant 20,480 49.1 +6.2
Labour Martin Machray 16,054 38.5 -3.9
Liberal Democrat Philip Bennion 4,462 10.7 -0.6
UKIP John Phazey 684 1.6 N/A
Majority 4,426 10.6
Turnout 41,680 65.9 -11.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: Lichfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Fabricant 20,853 42.9 N/A
Labour Susan Woodward 20,615 42.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Philip Bennion 5,473 11.3 N/A
Referendum Party G. Seward 1,652 3.4 N/A
Majority 238 N/A
Turnout 77.5 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

See also


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