This seat was created for the 1997 General Election and was held by the Labour Party for 13 years. In 2010 a Conservative MP was elected at the General Election with a large 14% swing, the largest Labour to Conservative swing in the election.
In 2015 Amanda Milling was elected with a majority of 4,923, a further increase on the majority of the previous Conservative MP.
Cannock Chase Constituency has the same boundaries as Cannock Chase District Council and includes the communities of Brereton & Ravenhill, Bridgtown, Brindley Heath, Cannock, Cannock Wood, Chadsmoor, Etching Hill, Hazel Slade, Heath Hayes & Wimblebury, Hednesford, Norton Canes, Rawnsley and Rugeley.
The constituency contains Cannock Chase, itself, an area of woodland and heathland, the smallest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in mainland Britain.
The area has a rich mining history and now the former mining sites are home to new businesses. The area has been extensively regenerated in the last few decades and has a growing economy.
The constituency is bordered by Walsall to the south, South Staffordshire to the West, Stafford to the North and Lichfield to the East.
The M6 Toll and A5 run through Cannock Chase and it is close to the M6, as well as several other major motorway routes. It is also served by the West Coast Main Line and the Rugeley to Birmingham commuter line, referred to as the Chase Line.
The seat has many parish councils which cover much of the constituency. The principle local authorities are Cannock Chase District Council and Staffordshire County Council.