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 Cheadle
Other Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Patsy Calton Liberal Democrat 18,477 42.4 +4.7
Stephen Day Conservative 18,444 42.3 -1.4
Howard Dawber Labour 6,086 14.0 -1.7
Vincent Cavanagh UK Independence 599 1.4  
Majority 33 0.1
Turnout 43,606 63.2 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat is one of only two the Conservatives still hold in Greater Manchester - the others being Altrincham and Sale West.

Stephen Day, MP for Cheadle since 1987, had the toughest contest of his career in 1997, holding off a spirited challenge from the Liberal Democrats who increased their share of the vote by 8% and came within 3,500 votes of a shock victory.

As usual, Labour trailed a poor third, polling less than half the Lib Demís total.

Cheadle perfectly illustrates the Tory phenomenon of performing poorly during the local elections of the mid-1980s and 1990s but belying such performances at parliamentary level.

The seat is part of the Liberal Democrat-controlled Stockport metropolitan borough council, an authority where the Tories control just 6 out of 63 seats.

However, it is questionable how strong support for the Liberal Democrats really is when tactical voting is taken into account.

In the local elections of 1995 for example, the Tories held just two seats but still managed to win a 32.7% share of the vote in Cheadle compared to the Liberal Democratís 39.7%.

The bottom-line is that the seat has been held by the Conservatives for the past 30 years and Labour has always come third.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cheadle
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Stephen Day Conservative 22,944 43.7
Patsy Calton Liberal Democrat 19,755 37.7
Paul Diggett Labour 8,253 15.7
Paul Brook Referendum 1,511 2.9
Majority 3,189 6.1
Turnout 52,463 77.3
 
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