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Weaver Vale (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°15′36″N 2°31′52″W / 53.260°N 2.531°W / 53.260; -2.531

Weaver Vale
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Weaver Vale in Cheshire
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Location of Cheshire within England
Electorate70,129 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsNorthwich and Frodsham
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentMike Amesbury (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromEddisbury, Tatton, Halton, and Warrington South
European Parliament constituencyNorth West England

Weaver Vale is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Mike Amesbury, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Weaver Vale is 1 of 7 seats won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of 11 covering its county. Amesbury's 2017 win was one of 30 net gains of the Labour Party, three of which came from the county Cheshire.

The seat has been considered relative to others a marginal seat, as well as a swing seat, since 2005 as its winner's majority has not exceeded 7.8% of the vote since the 17.4% majority won in 2005 and the seat has changed hands twice since that year.


1997-2010: The District of Vale Royal wards of Castle, Church, Forest, Frodsham East, Frodsham North West, Frodsham South, Gorst Wood, Hartford, Helsby Central, Helsby North, Helsby South and Alvanley Ward, Kingsley, Milton, Northwich, Weaver, Winnington, Witton North, and Witton South, and the Borough of Halton wards of Brookfields, Castlefields, Clough, Daresbury, Murdishaw, and Norton.

2010–present: The Cheshire West and Chester wards of Forest, Frodsham North, Frodsham South, Hartford and Whitegate, Helsby, Kingsley, Leftwich and Kingsmead, Milton Weaver, Northwich Castle, Northwich Winnington, Northwich Witton, and Weaverham, and the Borough of Halton wards of Beechwood, Daresbury, Halton Lea, Norton North, Norton South, and Windmill Hill.

The constituency covers the northern part of the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority in Cheshire, including the towns of Northwich and Frodsham and the villages of Helsby and Weaverham. It also includes part of the borough of Halton, covering the easternmost suburbs of Runcorn.


Weaver Vale was created in 1997 from parts of Eddisbury, Tatton, Halton, and Warrington South, when the number of constituencies in Cheshire was increased from 10 to 11.

From the 1997 general election, the seat was held by the Labour Party's Mike Hall, who first entered Parliament in 1992 for Warrington South. Labour held the seat relatively easily in the succeeding two general elections however lost the 2010 election here on a swing of 8.15% with minor boundary changes mentioned likely affecting this swing.

In February 2010 Mike Hall (Labour), who had held the seat since it was created in 1997, announced that he was standing down at the 2010 election due to health reasons.[2] Graham Evans (Conservative) held the seat from 2010-2017. The present MP is Mike Amesbury (Labour), elected during the 2017 general election.

Constituency profileEdit

The area has economic sectors as diverse as plastics and chemicals to construction. Other areas include telecommunications/bank communication centres, with in addition, a large national bakery and a supermarket distribution centre. Salt used to comprise a major mining industry of the area, much more of which is extracted today from large reserves in Northern Ireland. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 slightly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This was, however, lower than the regional average of 4.4%.[3] Northwich and the wards from Halton are inclined to vote Labour, whereas Frodsham, Helsby and the smaller rural villages are more Conservative.

Members of ParliamentEdit


Next United Kingdom General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Adam Wordsworth
Liberal Democrat Daniela Parker
[[|N/A]] gain from [[|N/A]] Swing

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Weaver Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike Amesbury 26,066 51.5 +10.1
Conservative Graham Evans 22,138 43.7 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Paul Roberts 1,623 3.2 +0.2
Green Chris Copeman 786 1.6 −1.0
Majority 3,928 7.8 N/A
Turnout 50,613 73.3 +4.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 4.25
General election 2015: Weaver Vale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Evans 20,227 43.2 +4.6
Labour Julia Tickridge 19,421 41.4 +5.2
UKIP Amos Wright 4,547 9.7 +7.4
Liberal Democrat Mary Di Mauro 1,395 3.0 −15.7
Green Chris Copeman 1,183 2.5 +1.8
TUSC Joseph Whyte 94 0.2 +0.2
Majority 806 1.7 -0.6
Turnout 46,867 68.5 -2.4
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: Weaver Vale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Evans 16,953 38.5 +6.9
Labour John Stockton 15,962 36.3 −9.4
Liberal Democrat Peter Hampson 8,196 18.6 −1.1
BNP Colin Marsh 1,063 2.4 N/A
UKIP Paul Remfry 1,018 2.3 −0.5
Green Howard Thorp 338 0.8 N/A
Independent Mike Cooksley 270 0.6 N/A
Independent Tom Reynolds 133 0.3 N/A
Independent Will Charlton 57 0.1 N/A
Majority 991 2.3
Turnout 43,990 66.1 +10.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 8.15

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Weaver Vale[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike Hall 18,759 47.6 −4.9
Conservative Jonathan Mackie 11,904 30.2 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Trevor Nigel Griffiths 7,723 19.6 +5.2
UKIP Brenda Swinscoe 1,034 2.6 +1.2
Majority 6,855 17.4
Turnout 39,420 57.1 −0.5
Labour hold Swing
General election 2001: Weaver Vale[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike Hall 20,611 52.5 −3.9
Conservative Carl Cross 10,974 27.9 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Trevor Griffiths 5,643 14.4 +2.1
Independent Mike Cooksley 1,484 3.8 N/A
UKIP Jim Bradshaw 559 1.4 N/A
Majority 9,637 24.6
Turnout 39,271 57.6 −15.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Weaver Vale[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike Hall 27,244 56.4 N/A
Conservative James Byrne 13,796 28.6 N/A
Liberal Democrat Trevor Griffiths 5,949 12.3 N/A
Referendum Roger Cockfield 1,312 2.7 N/A
Majority 13,448 27.8 N/A
Turnout 48,301 73.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.


  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "BBC News – Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall steps down for health reasons".
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)
  5. ^ "Weaver Vale parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.