Home Election 2017

Tamworth remains under Conservative Control

Christopher Pincher MP

THE results are in for the Tamworth Constituency and we can announce that the Conservative party has held the Tamworth seat.

This means that the Member of Parliament to represent the Tamworth Constituency for up to the next five years will be Christopher Pincher, with over 5000 extra votes compared to 2015.

Christopher John Pincher was born on 24 September 1969 in Walsall.  He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamworth since the 2010 general election, when he won the seat from the Labour Party. He first fought the seat in 2005.


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He won election to Parliament at the 2010 election on a 9.5% swing: taking him to 45.8% of the vote and a majority of 6,090 or 13.1%, over 14-year incumbent Brian Jenkins who was the MP for Labour.

The results of the 2015 election gave Mr Pincher 23,606 votes, this was a 50% share of the votes cast and was a 4.3% increase on the 2010 election.  Carol Dean who was standing for the Labour Party took 12,304 votes was in second place, this was a 6.6% decrease on the 2010 result.  UKIP had 8,727 votes, followed by Liberal Democrats with 1,427 and the Green Party with 1,110 votes.

This year there was only three choices in the polling booths for the Tamworth Constituency, that is looked at as the three main parties of Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

This year there were no candidates standing for UKIP or the Green Party.

The 2017 Results

Party

Candidate

No. of votes 

Percentage 

LabourAndrew Hammond16,40134.8%
ConservativeChristopher Pincher28,74861%
Liberal DemocratJenny Pinkett1,9614.2%

The turn out at polling booths in the the Tamworth constituency this year around 66%, this is close to the 65.7% turnout in 2015.

Tamworth Constituency

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

Results and forming a government

To win a majority of the vote under the current system, a party needs to secure more than half the seats available.  There are 650 seats in the House of Commons representing the 650 constituencies in the UK: 533 are in England, 59 in Scotland, 40 in Wales, and 18 in Northern Ireland.

With a parliamentary majority, it is almost certain the new government will have the support it needs to pass legislation.

Voters choose a candidate in their constituency, rather than voting for a party. The candidate with the largest number of votes wins the seat. In marginal constituencies, the contests are very close.

A party winning a majority of seats usually does not have to win a majority of the overall votes cast.

Could there be two elections?

A hung parliament is a possible outcome, when no single party has won an overall majority and no party holds more than 50% of seats in the Commons.

When this happens the party with the most seats looks to other parties for support to gain an overall majority, potentially to form a coalition or partnership.  This is what happened when the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition.

This means the leader of the largest party does not necessarily become prime minister.

The civil service provides a private location, such as the Cabinet Office, for parties to negotiate away from parliament and the media.

While these negotiations are taking place, the UK retains a caretaker government and an incumbent prime minister. Ministers who lose their seats during the election will remain in government during this period. There are concerns about the lack of clarity during these caretaker periods.

If a coalition or partnership fails, the party that was in government before the election gets the first opportunity to try to form a minority government. If not, the prime minister will resign.

A parliament’s job is to amend and pass new laws. To do this, more than half the MPs need to agree by voting. This is much harder to achieve with a minority government. So a minority government may seek to call a second election to try to strengthen numbers.

However, legislation prevents a government from dissolving parliament (including for an election) at will – two-thirds of the Commons needs to vote for it.

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