Liverpool Walton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°26′49″N 2°58′01″W / 53.447°N 2.967°W / 53.447; -2.967

Liverpool, Walton
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Liverpool, Walton in Merseyside.
Outline map
Location of Merseyside within England.
County Merseyside
Electorate 61,974 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Steve Rotheram (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Liverpool
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Liverpool, Walton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Steve Rotheram of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is one of five covering the city of Liverpool. It covers the north of the city and includes the localities of Walton, Clubmoor, Orrell Park, Anfield, Everton and Fazakerley.

The grounds of both Liverpool F.C. (Anfield) and Everton F.C. (Goodison Park) are situated in the constituency.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in Merseyside in the 2000s, the Boundary Commission for England created a modified Walton constituency.

The electoral wards used to create the seat are:

History[edit]

Created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Liverpool Walton has been held by the Labour Party since the 1960s, and is now one of that party's safest seats. Indeed, in 2010, it had the largest Labour majority in the country by percentage terms.[2] Labour won over 70% of the vote in every general election since 1992, though for many years it was regarded as a reasonably safe Conservative seat; until 1964, Labour had only gained Walton once, in their landslide victory in 1945; the Conservatives have struggled to get 6% in recent elections. From 1964 until his death in 1991 the seat was held by the notable left-winger Eric Heffer; the subsequent by-election was won by Peter Kilfoyle, who held the seat until 2010. Steve Rotheram won in 2010, after Kilfoyle had stood down.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1885 John George Gibson Conservative
1888 by-election Miles Walker Mattinson Conservative
1892 James Henry Stock Conservative
1906 F.E.Smith Conservative
1918 Harry Warden Stanley Chilcott Conservative
1929 Reginald Purbrick Conservative
1945 James Haworth Labour
1950 Kenneth Thompson Conservative
1964 Eric Heffer Labour
1991 by-election Peter Kilfoyle Labour
2010 Steve Rotheram Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Liverpool, Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jonathan Clatworthy
Labour Steve Rotheram[4]
General Election 2010: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Rotheram 24,709 72.0 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Patrick Moloney 4,891 14.2 −2.7
Conservative Adam Marsden 2,241 6.5 +0.1
BNP Peter Stafford 1,104 3.2 N/A
UKIP Joseph Nugent 898 2.6 −0.7
Christian Peoples John Manwell 297 0.9 N/A
TUSC Darren Ireland 195 0.6 N/A
Majority 19,818 57.7
Turnout 34,335 54.8 +8.1
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 20,322 72.8 −5.0
Liberal Democrat Kiron John Cuchulain Reid 4,365 15.6 +1.0
Conservative Sharon Buckle 1,655 5.9 −0.2
UKIP Joseph Moran 1,108 4.0 +2.4
Liberal Daniel J. Wood 480 1.7 N/A
Majority 15,957 57.1
Turnout 27,930 45.0 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −3.0
General Election 2001: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 22,143 77.8 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Kiron John Cuchulain Reid 4,147 14.6 +3.5
Conservative Stephen Horgan 1,726 6.1 −0.2
UKIP Paul Ian James Forrest 442 1.6 N/A
Majority 17,996 63.2
Turnout 28,458 43.0
Labour hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 31,516 78.4 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Richard J. Roberts 4,478 11.1 −0.9
Conservative Mark K. Kotecha 2,551 6.3 −6.2
Referendum Party Charles Grundy 620 1.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Lesley Mahmood 444 1.1 N/A
Liberal Miss Hazel L. Williams 352 0.9 −1.1
ProLife Alliance Veronica P. Mearns 246 0.6 N/A
Majority 27,038 67.2
Turnout 40,207 59.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Liverpool Walton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 34,214 72.4 +8.0
Conservative Berkeley Greenwood 5,915 12.5 −1.9
Liberal Democrat Joseph Lang 5,672 12.0 −9.2
Liberal Tom Newall 963 2.0 N/A
Prot Ref David J.E. Carson 393 0.8 N/A
Natural Law MS. Dianne Raiano 98 0.2 N/A
Majority 28,299 59.9 +16.7
Turnout 47,255 67.4 −6.2
Labour hold Swing +4.9
Liverpool Walton by-election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 21,317 53.1 −11.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Robert Clark 14,457 36.0 +14.8
Walton Real Labour Lesley Mahmood 2,613 6.5 N/A
Conservative Berkeley Greenwood 1,155 2.9 −11.5
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 546 1.4 N/A
Independent George Lee-Delisle 63 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,860 17.1 −26.1
Turnout 40,151 56.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 34,661 64.4 +11.7
Liberal Paul Robert Clark 11,408 21.2 −0.2
Conservative Iain Anthony Mays 7,738 14.4 −10.8
Majority 23,253 43.2 +15.6
Turnout 53,807 73.6 +4.0
Labour hold Swing +6.0
General Election 1983: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 26,980 52.7
Conservative Alan James Maddox 12,865 25.1
Liberal David M.B. Croft 10,970 21.4
BNP Donald J.M. McKechnie 343 0.7 N/A
Majority 14,115 27.6
Turnout 51,158 69.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 20,231 55.22
Conservative R. Gould 12,673 34.59
Liberal N. Cardwell 3,479 9.50
National Front W.F. Haire 254 0.69
Majority 7,558 20.63
Turnout 72.83
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 20,568 57.95
Conservative R. Gould 10,706 30.16
Liberal J. Watton 4,221 11.89
Majority 9,862 27.78
Turnout 68.30
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 20,057 53.65
Conservative R.W. Rollins 11,841 31.67
Liberal J. Watton 4,842 12.95
National Front C. Gibbon 647 1.73
Majority 8,216 21.98
Turnout 72.69
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 20,530 56.01
Conservative J. Norton 16,124 43.99
Majority 4,406 12.02
Turnout 67.99
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 20,950 57.29
Conservative Kenneth Thompson 15,617 42.71
Majority 5,333 14.58
Turnout 71.18
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Heffer 21,452 53.63
Conservative Kenneth Thompson 18,546 46.37
Majority 2,906 7.27
Turnout 75.62
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Thompson 24,288 54.53
Labour G. McCartney 20,254 45.47
Majority 4,034 9.06
Turnout 77.72
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Thompson 23,851 53.19
Labour J.J. Cleary 20,989 46.81
Majority 2,862 6.38
Turnout 75.33
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Thompson 28,014 53.59
Labour I.I. Levin 24,262 46.41
Majority 3,752 7.18
Turnout 81.05
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Thompson 26,250 49.40
Labour James Haworth 21,983 41.37
Liberal Ewart Heywood 4,901 9.22
Majority 4,267 8.03
Turnout 83.07
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Haworth 18,385 43.61
Conservative Reginald Purbrick 15,749 37.35
Liberal Miss Elizabeth Ruth Webster 8,028 19.04
Majority 2,636 6.25
Turnout 69.55
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Purbrick 22,623 61.64
Labour F.L. McGhee 14,079 38.36
Majority 8,544 23.28
Turnout 64.24
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Purbrick 31,135 73.57
Labour F.A.P. Rowe 11,183 26.43
Majority 19,952 47.15
Turnout 77.50
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
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