Labourís Beverley Hughes became the first MP for Stretford & Urmston in 1997 after major boundary changes in 1995 created the seat.
The seat has an industrial dimension whilst retaining high levels of residential housing from the old Davyhulme seat, the giant Shell works at Carrington and the nearby Partington council estate which serves it provide a perfect illustration of this uneasy mix.
The business development of Trafford Park, which consists of over 1,300 firms and manufacturers, is also included in this new seat. This seat is home to Old Trafford - football ground of the perennial champions of the FA Carling Premiership, Manchester United.
The wards of Davyhulme East and West and Flixton, all in southern Manchester and home to many of the cityís commuters and middle-class workers, are presently controlled by the Tories. These green suburban areas of Greater Manchester, still considered to be in Cheshire by many residents, enjoy owner-occupation levels of 80% and all but the tiniest fraction of the population is white.