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 Eddisbury
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Stephen O'Brien Conservative 20,556 46.3 +3.8
Bill Eyres Labour 15,988 36.0 -4.1
Paul Roberts Liberal Democrat 6,975 15.7 +2.5
David Carson UK Independence 868 2.0  
Majority 4,568 10.3
Turnout 44,387 64.2 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency takes its name from Eddisbury Hill near Delamere Forest, and covers the south western section of Cheshire. Already the largest seat in the county, in 1997 the Boundary Commission decided to increase its physical size further and reduce its electorate by 13,000.

The seat is largely rural has tended to be loyally Conservative although in 1997 Sir Alastair Goodlad held on by just 1,185 votes. Sir Alastair resigned the seat in June 1999 as a result of his appointment to the post of High Commissioner of Australia. The subsequent by-election returned the Conservative candidate Stephen O’Brien with a slightly increased majority of 1,606 votes.

Winsford has expanded beyond recognition to accept Manchester’s overspill and it now has a population of over 27,000. It is the only large town in the seat. The region once thrived on salt-mining and sand quarrying, but today more diversification of industry is taking place, such as development of the service sector. Commuters to Chester, Crewe and Wrexham find this an attractive area in which to settle, and most of the inhabitants are white and middle-class.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Eddisbury
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Alastair Goodlad Conservative 21,027 42.5
Margaret Hanson Labour 19,842 40.1
David Reaper Liberal Democrat 6,540 13.2
Norine Napier Referendum 2,041 4.1
Majority 1,185 2.4
Turnout 49,450 75.6
Parliamentary By-Election
 Eddisbury
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Stephen O'Brien Conservative 15,465 44.8
Margaret Hanson Labour 13,859 40.2
Paul Roberts Liberal Democrat 4,757 13.8
Alan Hope Loony 238 0.7
Roger Everest Independent 98 0.3
Dinah Grice Natural Law 80 0.2
Majority 1,606 4.5
Turnout 34,497 51.4
 
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