Liverpool Riverside (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°21′18″N 2°56′49″W / 53.355°N 2.947°W / 53.355; -2.947

Liverpool, Riverside
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Liverpool, Riverside in Merseyside.
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Location of Merseyside within England.
County Merseyside
Electorate 73,406 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Louise Ellman (Labour Co-op)
Number of members One
Created from Liverpool Toxteth,
Liverpool Scotland Exchange
European Parliament constituency North West England

Liverpool Riverside is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Louise Ellman of the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party.[n 2]


1983-1997: The City of Liverpool wards of Abercromby, Arundel, Dingle, Everton, Granby, and Vauxhall.

1997-2010: The City of Liverpool wards of Abercromby, Aigburth, Arundel, Dingle, Everton, Granby, Smithdown, and Vauxhall.

2010–present: The City of Liverpool wards of Central, Greenbank, Kirkdale, Mossley Hill, Princes Park, Riverside, and St Michael’s.

The constituency is one of five covering the city of Liverpool. It covers the central area of the city, including some of the famous sights of the city such as the Royal Liver Building and Albert Dock, as well as the localities of Aigburth, Canning, Chinatown, Dingle, Kirkdale, Part of Mossley Hill, St Michael's Hamlet, Toxteth and Vauxhall. It also contains both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.


The constituency was created in 1983 merging most of the former Liverpool Scotland Exchange and Liverpool Toxteth constituencies. In their provisional recommendations, the Boundary Commission originally suggested calling the constituency Liverpool Abercromby. The name was changed during the local enquiry process, during which an alternate name of Liverpool Cathedrals was also proposed.[2]

It has always been held by the Labour Party; from 1983 until 1997 by Robert Parry (formerly MP for one of the predecessor seats from 1974), and since then by Louise Ellman. It is a safe seat covering a deprived urban area. In both the 2001 and 2005 general elections it had the lowest turnout of all constituencies in the United Kingdom.[3]

In the 2005 general election, there was a considerable swing (+8.1%) to the Liberal Democrats, however Labour were still comfortably ahead. Also in 2005, Liverpool Riverside was one of the few seats where the Green Party retained its deposit, scoring just over 5% of the vote.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Robert Parry Labour
1997 Louise Ellman Labour Co-op


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Liverpool Riverside[5][6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Philip Childs
UKIP Joe Chiffers[9]
Green Martin Sydney Dobson
Labour Co-op Louise Ellman
TUSC Tony Mulhearn
Conservative Jackson Ng

Class War candidate Adam Ford stepped down in December 2014.[10]

General Election 2010: Liverpool Riverside[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Louise Ellman 22,998 59.3 +0.0
Liberal Democrat Richard David Marbrow 8,825 22.7 −0.6
Conservative Kegang Wu 4,243 10.9 +1.9
Green Tom Crone 1,355 3.5 −1.7
BNP Peter Stafford 706 1.8 +1.8
UKIP Patricia Ann Gaskell 674 1.7 +0.1
Majority 14,173 36.5
Turnout 38,801 52.1 +9.4
Labour Co-op hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

The turnout compared to the 2001 election had risen by 7.4% to 41.5% (an above average increase). However, this was still the lowest throughout the United Kingdom which averaged 61.3% with a 1.2% increase.

General Election 2005: Liverpool Riverside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Louise Ellman 17,951 57.6 −13.8
Liberal Democrat Richard David Marbrow 7,737 24.8 +8.1
Conservative Mrs. Gabrielle J.F. Howatson 2,843 9.1 +0.7
Green Peter A.E. Cranie 1,707 5.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Miss Beth R. Marshall 498 1.6 N/A
UKIP Mrs. Ann R.F. Irving 455 1.5 N/A
Majority 10,214 32.7 −17.7
Turnout 31,191 41.5 +7.4
Labour Co-op hold Swing

In the 2001 election it had a turnout of 34.1% which was the lowest of the United Kingdom. The average turnout in that year was 59.2%.

General Election 2001: Liverpool Riverside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Louise Ellman 18,201 71.4 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Richard David Marbrow 4,251 16.7 +3.4
Conservative Miss Judith Caroline Edwards 2,142 8.4 −1.1
Socialist Alliance Mrs. Cathy Wilson 909 3.6 +1.6
Majority 13,950 54.7
Turnout 25,503 34.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Liverpool Riverside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Louise Ellman 26,858 70.4
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Beatrice L. Fraenkel 5,059 13.3
Conservative David G. Sparrow 3,635 9.5
Socialist (GB) Mrs. Cathy Wilson 776 2.0
Liberal David W. Green 594 1.6
Referendum Party George Skelly 586 1.5
ProLife Alliance Miss Heather M. Neilson 277 0.7
Independent David O.Braid 179 0.5
Natural Law Geoffey N.W. Gay 171 0.5
Majority 21,799 57.2
Turnout 38,135 51.6
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1992: Liverpool Riverside[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Parry 20,550 75.9 +2.7
Conservative Dr. Andrew Zsigmond 3,113 11.5 −2.3
Liberal Democrat Mohammed Akbar Ali 2,498 9.3 −2.0
Green Lawrence Brown 738 2.7 N/A
Natural Law John D. Collins 169 0.6 N/A
Majority 17,437 64.4 +5.0
Turnout 27,068 54.6 −4.8
Labour hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Liverpool Riverside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Parry 25,505 73.2 +8.3
Conservative Stephen Fitzsimmons 4,816 13.8 −6.0
Social Democratic Baldey Singh Chahal 3, 912 11.3 −2.7
Communist Dr. Katherine Anne Gardner 601 1.7 +1.0
Majority 20,689 59.4
Turnout 34,834 65.3
Labour hold Swing +7.5
General Election 1983: Liverpool Riverside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Parry 24,978 64.9 -2.0
Conservative Tom Morrison 7,600 19.8 -0.7
Social Democratic Peter Zentner 5,381 14.0 +3.2
Communist John C. Blevin 261 0.7 N/A
Workers Revolutionary David Latchford 234 0.6 N/A
Majority 17,378 45.2 N/A
Turnout 38, 454 62.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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.