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Macclesfield is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


The constituency covers the north-eastern part of the Cheshire East unitary authority, including the town of Macclesfieldmarker itself and the area surrounding it, such as Bollingtonmarker and Prestburymarker, as well as Disleymarker and Poyntonmarker. Much of the constituency is commuter territory for Manchestermarker, with affluent villages such as Prestbury.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cheshire, the Boundary Commission for England proposed minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes with Henbury ward proposed to be transferred into the Tatton constituency, however following representations this proposal was dropped and the outer boundary of the Macclesfield constituency remained unchanged . The electoral wards included in this modified constituency were (as at 12 April 2005) :

  • Bollingtonmarker Central, Bollington East, Bollington West, Disley and Lyme Handley, Gawsworthmarker, Henbury, Macclesfieldmarker Bollinbrook, Macclesfield Broken Cross, Macclesfield Central, Macclesfield East, Macclesfield Hurdsfield, Macclesfield Ivy, Macclesfield Ryles, Macclesfield South, Macclesfield Tytheringtonmarker, Macclesfield West, Poynton Central, Poynton East, Poynton West, Prestbury, Rainowmarker and Sutton, all from the Borough of Macclesfieldmarker


Macclesfield was first represented in Parliament after the Reform Act of 1832, from when it had two members of Parliament. This situation lasted until 1880, when after problems at the general election that year it was decided to declare the election void and suspend the writ of election (so no by-election could take place).

In September 1880 a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate further. A report of March 1881 confirmed the allegations of corruption. As a result the borough constituency was disenfranchised for corruption. The disenfranchisement took effect on 25 June 1885, when the town was transferred to the East Cheshire constituency.

However under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 the Macclesfield constituency was recreated with extended boundaries, as a county division, later in 1885. From the United Kingdom general election, 1885 it has elected one MP.

Macclesfield was a safe seat for the Conservative Party, having been held by them since the 1918 general election. The current MP is Sir Nicholas Winterton, who was first elected at a by-election in 1971 and has held the seat since then. Sir Nicholas will be standing down at the next general election due to controversy over the expenses of himself and his wife Ann, who is also standing down as a Conservative MP. On 17 October 2009 David Rutley was selected as the Conservative candidate by way of an open primary organised by the party.

Earlier that same week, the East Cheshire Green Party had selected local man John Knight to be their first ever candidate to contest the Macclesfield constituency.

Members of Parliament

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 John Brocklehurst Liberal John Ryle Conservative
1837 Thomas Grimsditch Conservative
1847 John Williams Conservative
1852 Edward Christopher Egerton Conservative
1868 William Coare Brocklehurst Liberal David Chadwick Liberal

  • The Macclesfield constituency was recreated in 1885, and subsequently has elected one MP only.

Election Member Party
1885 William Coare Brocklehurst Liberal
1886 William Bromley-Davenport Conservative
1906 William Brocklehurst Brocklehurst Liberal
1918 John Rumney Remer Coalition Conservative
1939 W. Garfield Weston Conservative
1945 Arthur Vere Harvey Conservative
1971 Nicholas Winterton Conservative

Election results


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