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Eddisbury is a county constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries

The constituency is mostly rural, covering the south-west of Cheshiremarker. The main town in the constituency is Winsfordmarker; other settlements include Audlemmarker, Kelsallmarker, Malpasmarker and Tarporleymarker.

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) .:

  • From the former Chester District - Barrow, Farndon, Kelsall, Malpas, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Tilston, and Waverton
  • From the former borough of Crewe and Nantwichmarker - Acton, Audlem, Bunbury, Minshull, Peckforton, and Wrenbury
  • From the former borough of Vale Royalmarker - Cuddington and Oakmere, Davenham and Moulton, Mara, Tarporley and Oulton, Winsfordmarker 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 next general election .

History

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 Winsfordmarker, 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

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