Situated to the south west of Manchester and in the middle of 3 seats that make up the Greater Manchester metropolitan borough of Salford, Eccles is far from the affluent commuter base one might imagine and has in fact in the past been a loyal seat for Labour.
Unlike many well-heeled constituencies that orbit the Manchester, Eccles is a working-class mixture of industry and suburbia. It is situated on the north bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The most recent round of boundary changes have made a significant impact on the seat which now contains some slivers of farmland on either side of the M62. Industry here includes chemicals, engineering and some new developments on an old steelworks at Irlam.
The name "Eccles" is derived from the British word for church, suggesting that there may have been a Romano-British settlement on the site pre-dating the invasion of the Saxons. However, the first documentary evidence for occupation of the site is the mention of Barton, (now a ward of Eccles), in the Domesday book. Although the small town of Pendlebury was the home of artist LS Lowry, Eccles seems fated to be remembered for the eponymous puff pastry stuffed with a spicy currant filling.