South East Staffordshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyStaffordshire
19831997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byTamworth, Lichfield
Created fromLichfield and Tamworth[1]

South East Staffordshire was a parliamentary constituency which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election, when it was replaced by the new Tamworth constituency.

Boundaries

The Borough of Tamworth, and the District of Lichfield wards of Alrewas, Bourne Vale, Fazeley, Little Aston, Mease Valley, Shenstone, Stonnall, Tame, and Whittington.

The main settlement in the constituency was the town of Tamworth; on the seat's abolition for the 1997 general election, it was transferred to the new seat of the same name.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[2] Party Notes
1983 David Lightbown Conservative Died December 1995
1996 by-election Brian Jenkins Labour Subsequently, MP for Tamworth 1997-2010
1997 constituency abolished: see Tamworth & Lichfield

Elections

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Staffordshire South East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lightbown 24,556 50.7
Labour Christine Crawley 13,658 28.2
SDP Michael Lynch 10,220 21.1
Majority 10,898 22.5
Turnout 48,434 76.5
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1987: Staffordshire South East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lightbown 25,115 47.2 Decrease 3.5
SDP Elisabeth Gluck 14,230 26.7 Increase 5.6
Labour David Spilsbury 13,874 26.07 Decrease 2.1
Majority 10,885 20.45 Decrease 2.1
Turnout 53,219 80.4 Increase 3.9
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 4.6

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Staffordshire South East[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lightbown 29,180 50.7 Increase 3.5
Labour Brian Jenkins 21,988 38.2 Increase 12.1
Liberal Democrats Gilbert Penlington 5,540 9.6 Decrease 17.1
SDP Jill Taylor 895 1.6 New
Majority 7,192 12.5 Decrease 7.9
Turnout 57,603 82.0 Increase 1.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 4.3
By-election 1996: South East Staffordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Jenkins 26,155 60.1 Increase 21.9
Conservative Timothy James 12,393 28.5 Decrease 22.2
Liberal Democrats Jennette Davy 2,042 4.7 Decrease 4.9
UKIP Andrew Smith 1,272 2.9 New
Monster Raving Loony David Sutch 506 1.2 New
National Democrats Sharron Edwards 358 0.8 New
Liberal Steven Mountford 332 0.8 New
Independent Conservative Leslie Tucker 123 0.3 New
L!VE TV News Bunny 85 0.2 New
Independent Neville Samuelson 80 0.2 New
Natural Law David Lucas 53 0.1 New
Independent Frederick Sandy 53 0.1 New
Independent Alan Wood 45 0.1 New
Majority 13,762 31.6 N/A
Turnout 43,497 62.0 Decrease 20.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Decrease 22.1

Notes and references

  1. ^ "'Lichfield and Tamworth', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)
  3. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.