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 Stone
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
William Cash Conservative 22,395 49.1 +2.3
John Palfreyman Labour 16,359 35.8 -3.8
Brendan McKeown Liberal Democrat 6,888 15.1 +3.1
Majority 6,036 13.2
Turnout 45,642 66.3 -12.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Stone is Staffordshire’s newest constituency, having been created as the county’s twelfth seat in 1995. It has no clear predecessor, having been created from roughly equal parts of Stafford, Staffordshire Mid and Staffordshire Moorlands, but acquired the most conservative parts of each.

The seat is geographically one of the largest in the county, stretching away to the town of Stone in its north-eastern corner while running along the border with Shropshire at its western perimeter. However, this size is achieved because most of the constituency is sparsely populated, without a single area of dense population.

Many of the inhabitants are professionals, attracted by the good transport links, who work outside the constituency, and the seat has a very high proportion of technical and managerial workers.

Stone’s lack of a real urban centre, having instead a large number of villages and suburban fringes, is complemented by the lack of heavy industry in the seat: the biggest employer is the Alton Towers leisure park.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stone
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
William Cash Conservative 24,859 46.8
John Wakefield Labour 21,041 39.6
Barry Stamp Liberal Democrat 6,392 12.0
Ann Winfield Liberal Party 545 1.0
Dinah Grice Natural Law 237 0.4
Majority 3,818 7.2
Turnout 53,074 78.3
 
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