Since 1900 the Conservative party has gained the seat on two occasions. There have also been two Labour gains:
In their landslide victory in 1945, but the Conservatives regained the seat at the next election, in 1950.
Boundary changes in 1997 resulting from the creation of the new Stone constituency made Stafford somewhat more marginal than previously. Sitting Stafford MP Bill Cash followed some of his electors into the Stone constituency, which he won, and Labour gained the constituency in their landslide victory in 1997. The defeated Conservative candidate in 1997 was David Cameron, who in the next election was elected as the MP for the safe seat of Witney, and became the Conservative Party leader in 2005, and Prime Minister in 2010.
^ J E Neale, The Elizabethan House of Commons (London: Jonathan Cape, 1949)
^ , Heywood Townshend, Historical Collections:: or, An exact Account of the Proceedings of the Four last Parliaments of Q. Elizabeth (1680) 
^ abcdCobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) 
^ ab Maija Jansson (ed.), Proceedings in Parliament, 1614 (House of Commons) (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988)
^ Chetwynd was initially declared re-elected in 1710, but on petition (in a dispute over the franchise), he was adjudged not have been duly elected and his opponent, Vernon, was seated in his place. (Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (1807), Volume 1, p 177)
^ Elde's opponent, Chetwynd, petitioned against the result. Elde was "unanimously expelled the House for having offered to compromise the petition against his return", and Chetwynd was seated in his place. (Henry Stooks Smith, The Parliaments of England from 1715 to 1847, Volume 2 (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co, 1845), p 45)
^ After Goodricke resigned to contest another constituency in May 1835, the House of Commons refused to issue a writ for a new election until February 1837, when the motion to issue a writ was passed by a single vote. (F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, 2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989, p 283)
^ The 1868 election was declared void on petition and a new election was held - F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885. (F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, 2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989, p 283)