Newcastle-under-Lyme is a constituency in north [n 1] Staffordshire created in 1354 and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament from 2001 to 2019 by Paul Farrelly of the Labour Party. It was the last to be co-represented by a member of the [n 2] Conservative Party when it was dual-member, before the 1885 general election which followed the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 coupled with the Reform Act 1884. In 1919 the local MP, Josiah Wedgwood, shifted his allegiance from the Liberal Party — the Lloyd George Coalition Liberals allying with the Conservatives — to the Labour Party and the seat has elected the Labour candidate who has stood since that date, a total of 29 elections in succession. Labour came close to losing the seat in 1969, 1986, 2015 and 2017.
Its 2017 general election result was the sixth-closest result, a winning margin of 30 votes.
From its creation in 1354, Newcastle-under-Lyme returned two MPs to the House of Commons. Under the
Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the constituency's representation was cut to one member.
Prominent frontbenchers or members
Josiah Wedgwood of the pottery family was repeatedly elected to the seat from 1906 until he was ennobled to join the Lords in 1942, as 1st Baron Wedgwood and campaigned in the US for that country to join World War II and for Indian Independence; he was among many Liberals and their supporters deserting the party in or around 1918 due to the steering of David Lloyd George to the right and inviting Conservatives into government with him. Before the 20th century the constituency was often influenced and represented by members of the Leveson, Leveson-Gower and related Egerton family who owned in this constituency the [n 3] Trentham estate - their most important MP was the [n 4] Viscount Trentham who obtained a Dukedom.
Summary of results
This constituency had been a loyal
Labour Party seat having returned a Labour MP in all 29 elections since 1918 and specifically since 1922 when MP Wedgwood defected from the highly centrist and compromising Liberal Party at the time to the Labour Party — his was among a great series of defections at this time see for example ex-Prime Minister H. H. Asquith's strong criticism of the Coalition Liberals particularly David Lloyd George. The 2015 result gave the seat the 9th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority and 3rd-lowest in 2017. The Conservatives took six seats from Labour in 2017, and this seat was the second closest to being taken that was held, behind  Dudley North, where the result was a Labour majority of 22 votes.
Results of candidates of other parties
In 2015 one of four other parties' candidates standing,
UKIP's Wood, won more than 5% of the vote in 2015 therefore keeping his deposit, the party which campaigned consistently for the public vote for leaving the European Union in 2016. In 2017 the three largest English parties fielded candidates only — Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates in order of votes won.
Turnout since 1945
Turnout has ranged from 87.6% in 1950 to 58.8% in 2001.
The constituency includes most of the northerly parts of
Newcastle-under-Lyme borough, primarily Newcastle-under-Lyme town plus Keele and Audley.
Parliament accepted the
Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for General Election 2010 since which it has electoral wards, with no alterations in that review:
From 1983-2010 the constituency comprised the following wards of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, namely, Audley and Bignall End, Bradwell, Chesterton, Clayton, Cross Heath, Halmerend, Holditch, Keele, May Bank, Porthill, Seabridge, Silverdale, Thistleberry, Town, Westlands and Wolstanton.
Members of Parliament
Where the name of the member has not yet been ascertained or is not recorded in a surviving document, the entry
unknown is entered in the table.
No records  1354 John Lagowe and Richard de Lavendene
1355 John de Blorton and Richard de Podmore
1358 Richard de Podmore and William de Homersley
1360 William Gent and Richard de Colclough
1361 William Gent and Richard de Podmore
1362 Richard de Podmore and Thomas de Wodhull
1363 Richard de Lavendene and John de Lylsull
1365 Thomas de Wodhull and Richard de Podmore
1366 Richard de Podmore and Thomas de Wodhull
1369 Richard de Lavendene, Roger Letys
1371 Roger Letys and Richard Lavendene
1372 Edmund Toly and Thomas Colclough
1373 Thomas de Wodhull and Roger del Castell
1377 Richard Buntable and Thomas Thicknesse
1377 Thomas de Podmore and Henry de Erdeleye
1378 Thomas de Podmore and William de Thykenes
No records 1380
John Kene and William de Thykenes 1381-1382
Thomas Podmore and Thomas Hap 1382 Thomas Thicknesse and John Thykenesse
1382 William Thykenese and Henry de Kele
1383 Thomas Thicknesse and William de Brompton
1383 Thomas Thicknesse and Thomas de Podmore
1384 William Thiknes and
Ralf de la Hogh 1384 John Colclough and
William Colclough 1385
William Colclough and Ralf de la Hogh 1386
William Colclough and Ralf Hogh 1388
William Thikenes and John Kene 1388 William de Thikenes and Thomas de Thikenes
1390 John Colclough and
William Colclough 1391 Thomas Thicknesse and
Ralf de la Hogh 1393
Ralf Hogh, John Cook 1394
No records 1395
William Colclough and Ralf Hogh 1397
William Colclough and Thomas Thicknesse 1397-1398
No records 1399
Thomas Podmore and Thomas Thicknesse 1402
John Joce and Thomas Joce 1406 Richard Fyton and William Lee II
1407 Hugh Colclough and John Tatenhale
1410 ? possibly John Delves was an MP representing the county or a borough
1411 Thomas Thicknesse and William Bowyer
1413 (1) ? possibly Newport, or Robert Bapthorpe was an MP representing the county or a borough
1413 (2) William de Lee and Hugh Wyldeblood
1416 William Skytteby, Thomas Chamberleyn
1419 John Biddulph (Bedulf), John Miners
Hugo de Stanford and John Hardhed 1421 John Biddulph (Bydulf) and
Thomas Baron 1421
Hugh Stanford and Thomas Lee 1422 John Myners and
Hugh Stanford 1423-1424
Hugh Stanford and William Sandbache 1425 John Wode and William Hextall
1426 Robert Wodehous and Henry Lilie
1427-1428 John Wode and
Thomas Lee 1429-1430
William Egerton and William Hextall 1431 John Wode and Roger Legh
1432 James Leveson and John Wode
1433 John Wode and
Thomas Podmore 1435 Richard Bruyn and William Hextall
1437 Thomas Preston and Nicholas Repynghale
1442 John Nedham and William Cumberford of Cumberford
1447 John Nedham and John Cudworth
1449 John Nedham and Thomas Everdon
1449-1450 Ralf Wolseley and Thomas Mayne
1450-1451 Thomas Colclogh and Richard Mosley
1453-1434 Thomas Colcloghe and John Spenser
1455-1456 John Spenser and Richard Mosley
1467-1468 James Norys and Robert Hille
1472-1475 William Paston and John Wode
1477-1478 William Yonge and Reynold Bray
1491-1492 Richard Harpur and Richard Blunt
1495-1496 ? Sir Reynold Bray
1497 County or a borough - ?Richard Wrottesley, ?Humphrey Peshale, ?
Humphrey Swynnerton, ?Thomas Welles 1504 unknown
Burgesses in the English Parliament 1510-1707
As there were sometimes significant gaps between Parliaments held in this period, the dates of first assembly and dissolution are given.
The Roman numerals after some names are those used in
The House of Commons 1509-1558 and The House of Commons 1558-1603 to distinguish a member from another politician of the same name.
 1st Party
 2nd Party
Sir Caesar Colclough
Sir Thomas Bellot, Bt
Sir Thomas Bellot, Bt
Sir John Leveson-Gower, later 1st Lord Gower
Sir Thomas Bellot, Bt
John Crewe Offley
Sir Thomas Bellot, Bt
Sir Thomas Bellot, 3rd Baronet
Sir Brian Broughton
Sir Walter Bagot
John Lawton II
Henry Vernon II
Sir Lawrence Dundas, Bt
John Wrottesley, later 8th Bt
May 1768 by-election
Sir George Hay
George Waldegrave, Viscount Chewton
George Leveson-Gower, Viscount Trentham
Sir Francis Ford
Sir Robert Lawley
Sir John Boughey, Bt Whig
Sir John Chetwode
William Shepherd Kinnersley
William Henry Miller
Sir Henry Willoughby
Spencer Horsey de Horsey
John Quincey Harris
Whig  
John Campbell Colquhoun
William Shepherd Allen
Sir Edmund Buckley, Bt
Samuel Rathbone Edge
representation reduced to one member by the
Redistribution of Seats Act
MPs since 1885
Elections in the 2010s
Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.
Elections in the 2000s
Elections in the 1990s
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
Elections in the 1960s
Elections in the 1950s
Elections in the 1940s
Elections in the 1930s
Elections in the 1920s
Election results 1868-1918
Elections in the 1860s
Elections in the 1870s
Buckley resigned, causing a by-election.
Elections in the 1880s
Elections in the 1890s
Elections in the 1900s
Elections in the 1910s
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
* Wedgwood was issued with a
Coalition Coupon but did not accept it. He was also adopted by the local Liberal association, but considered himself an independent candidate.
Election results 1832-1868
Elections in the 1840s
Harris' election was declared void on petition on 11 May 1842, due to bribery by his agent, causing a by-election.
Harris' election was again declared void on 23 July 1842, due to bribery by his agents, and Colquhoun was declared elected in his place.
Christy resigned by accepting the office of
Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds due to holding a government contract, causing a by-election in which he stood.
Elections in the 1850s
Elections in the 1860s
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