It has been represented by the Labour Party since its creation in 1997, originally by Beverley Hughes, who stood down at the 2010 general election. Stretford and Urmston was created from significant parts of the former constituencies of Davyhulme - whose last member was the Conservative Winston Churchill (grandson of the former Prime Minister) and Stretford - whose last member was Tony Lloyd (Labour) who chaired the party while later the member for Manchester Central and was elected, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester in 2012 and since 2017, MP for Rochdale.
This is one of three seats in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford and covers its north and west. As of 2000, the total electorate for the constituency was 72,414.
The Conservatives are strongest in Davyhulme and Flixton, whereas Urmston is often a marginal battle between them and Labour. The rest of the wards, which include Stretford and its suburbs, and the areas of Carrington and Partington (Bucklow-St Martins) are strongly Labour.