Wirral South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wirral South in Merseyside.
Location of Merseyside within England.
|Electorate||56,238 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Heswall, Bebington|
|Member of Parliament||Alison McGovern (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
Bebington & Ellesmere Port
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
In 1983 Wirral South arose for election following the national boundary review by taking over parts of two seats that were abolished to create it: Wirral and Bebington and Ellesmere Port, held by the Conservative Party since 1923 and 1979 respectively.
- Political history
Barry Porter (Con) won the seat the first time when it was fought and at the next two general elections. He had ousted the Labour party candidate from Bebington and Ellesmere Port in 1979 which he held until the election in 1983. Following the death of Porter in late 1996, a by-election was held in February 1997, the last by-election of that Parliament, held a matter of weeks before the general election was called. It was won by Ben Chapman (Lab), who held the seat until retiring following controversy over his expenses. Labour narrowly managed to hold on in the 2010 general election, electing Alison McGovern. She increased her majority to 4,599 in the 2015 election. She was re-elected in 2017 with a majority of 8,323, an increase of 7% over 2015, the biggest majority Labour has ever held in the seat and the biggest majority for any party in Wirral South since 1987.
Since its creation in 1983, the constituency has consisted of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral wards of Bebington, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Eastham, and Heswall.
The constituency is one of four covering the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, covering the south of the borough. It contains the towns of Heswall and Bebington (both wards) and the villages of Bromborough (also a ward), Eastham, Brimstage and Thornton Hough.
Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers, which is a proportion of total unemployed claimants, were in November 2012 much lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.3% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This was also lower than the regional average.
2015 general electionEdit
The terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 mandated that the election was held on 7 May 2015. Alison McGovern was the sitting Member of Parliament for the Labour Party. The Conservative Party selected John Bell. Bell had previously stood for election in Clwyd South (2010) and Delyn (2005). He had also stood twice to be a Welsh Assembly Member. He stood in a local council by-election in 2011, for Wrexham County Council.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|1983||Barry Porter||Conservative||Died in office November 1996|
|1997 by-election||Ben Chapman||Labour|
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Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Carubia||1,322||2.9||0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Elizabeth Jewkes||1,474||3.5||13.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Jamie Saddler||6,611||16.6||5.0|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Holbrook||8,568||21.6||3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Gilchrist||7,087||17.8||7.4|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Gilchrist||5,018||10.4||2.7|
|People's Labour||Jane Nielsen||264||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Geoffrey Mead||51||0.1||0.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||15.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Helen Clucas||4,357||10.1||3.0|
|Socialist Labour||Michael Cullen||156||0.4||N/A|
|Disillusioned Conservative||Phillip Gott||148||0.3||N/A|
|Independent – anti tobacco donation||Anthony Samuelson||124||0.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Geoffery Mead||52||0.1||0.2|
|21st Century Foresters||Colin Palmer||44||0.1||N/A|
|Independent – Thalidomide Action Group||Frederick Astbury||40||0.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||17.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward T. Cunniffe||6,581||13.1||8.7|
|Natural Law||George Griffiths||182||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Social Democratic||Peter Hollingworth||10,928||23.7|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Ben Chapman becomes first Labour MP to stand down over expenses". Chapman Resigns. London: The Guardian. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- Osborn, Matt; Straumann, Ralph; Franklin, Will; Clarke, Seán. "UK 2015 general election results in full". Guardian. Guardian Media News Group. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
- BBC. BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14001043. Retrieved 5 May 2018. Missing or empty
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/constituency/w22.stm. Missing or empty
- BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/html/180.stm. Missing or empty
- "BBC NEWS, Welsh Assembly Election 2007, Clwyd South". BBC News.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)
- "General Election 2017: who is standing for election". Liverpool Echo. 11 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Wirral South". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Wirral South". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.177 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- Swings are calculated relative to the 1992 election result, not the by-election result.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.