Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle in Humberside.
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Location of Humberside within England.
County East Riding of Yorkshire
Electorate 62,286 (February 2000)
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Alan Johnson (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Hull West, Beverley
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (usually just Hull West and Hessle) is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Alan Johnson of the Labour Party.[n 2]


The constituency was created in 1997, mostly from the former seat of Hull West as Hessle joined from the former seat of Boothferry.


This seat contains the electoral wards:

Constituency profile[edit]

Despite its name, this Labour safe seat takes in most of Hull's inner city – a deprived area that is currently undergoing regeneration.[1] The area still has some way to go before it is fully restored to healthy economic life, and unemployment remains high – not helped by the declining fishing industry. Hessle is a quiet suburb to the west, conservative by nature, having little in common with its larger neighbour apart from mostly "working class" (low income) roots.

In 2005 The Guardian described the seat as:

'City centre and fishing port of isolated, rather grim east coast town.'[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Rt Hon Alan Johnson Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jo Barker[5]
Labour Alan Johnson
Green Angela Needham[6]
UKIP Paul Nigel Salvidge[7]
TUSC Paul Spooner
Liberal Democrat Claire Thomas[8]
General Election 2010: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Johnson 13,378 42.5 -12.6
Liberal Democrat Mike Ross 7,638 24.2 +3.2
Conservative Gary Shores 6,361 20.2 -0.5
UKIP Ken Horden 1,688 5.4 +5.4
BNP Edward Scott 1,416 4.5 +4.5
English Democrats Peter Mawer 876 2.8 +2.8
TUSC Keith Gibson 150 0.5 +0.5
Majority 5,740 18.2
Turnout 31,507 50.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Johnson 15,305 55.0 -3.4
Liberal Democrat David Nolan 5,855 21.0 +5.9
Conservative Karen Woods 5,769 20.7 +0.2
Veritas Stephen Wallis 889 3.2 +3.2
Majority 9,450 34.0
Turnout 27,818 45.2 -0.7
Labour hold Swing -4.7
General Election 2001: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Johnson 16,880 58.4 -0.3
Conservative John Sharp 5,929 20.5 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Angela Wastling 4,364 15.1 -3.1
UKIP John Cornforth 878 3.0 N/A
Independent David Harris 312 1.8 N/A
Socialist Labour David Skinner 353 1.2 N/A
Majority 10,951 37.9
Turnout 28,916 45.8 -12.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Johnson 22,520 58.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat Bob Tress 6,995 18.2 N/A
Conservative Cormach Moore 6,933 18.1 N/A
Referendum Party R. Bate 1,596 4.2 N/A
Natural Law David Skinner 310 0.8 N/A
Majority 15,525 N/A
Turnout 58.3 N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A borough 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.


Coordinates: 53°44′49″N 0°24′40″W / 53.747°N 0.411°W / 53.747; -0.411