St Helens North (UK Parliament constituency)
|St. Helens North|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of St. Helens North in Merseyside.
Location of Merseyside within England.
|Electorate||75,688 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||St Helens, Billinge, Earlestown, Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford|
|Member of Parliament||David Watts (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||St Helens, and Newton|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The constituency is one of two covering the Metropolitan Borough, the other being St Helens South and Whiston. It includes the north of the town of St Helens, and Billinge, Seneley Green, Earlestown, Blackbrook, Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford.
Following the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies by the Boundary Commission for the 2010 general election the constituency underwent small boundary changes, in order to match the modified ward boundaries introduced in the borough in 2004.
The seat has electoral wards:
- Billinge and Seneley Green, Blackbrook, Earlestown, Haydock, Moss Bank, Newton, Parr, Rainford, and Windle in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens.
The constituency was created in 1983, primarily replacing parts of the St Helens and Newton constituencies. It has to date been safe seat for the Labour Party, having been held by a member of the party since its creation, first by the former Newton MP John Evans, then from 1997 by David Watts, a former leader of St Helens council.
The seat includes the large town of St Helens noted by visitors for Rugby League, Football and the nearby horseracing racecourse at Haydock Park. Despite these prominent sports venues, workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian, which was close to the Greater Manchester and Merseyside average but higher than the regional average of 4.4%. With the exception of the Conservative area of Rainford, virtually every other ward in the seat is safely Labour.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: St Helens North|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beirne||8,992||20.2||−1.1|
|Socialist Labour||Stephen Whatham||483||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: St Helens North|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beirne||8,367||21.3||+3.7|
|Conservative||Paul J. Oakley||7,410||18.9||+0.1|
|UKIP||Mrs. Sylvia Hall||1,165||3.0||N/A|
|General Election 2001: St Helens North|
|Conservative||Simon N.C. Pearce||7,076||18.8||+1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beirne||6,609||17.6||+4.8|
|Socialist Labour||Stephen B. Whatham||939||2.5||+0.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: St Helens North|
|Conservative||Pelham J.C. Walker||8,536||17.3||−11.2|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beirne||6,270||12.7||−0.4|
|Referendum Party||David Johnson||1,276||2.6||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Ron Waugh||833||1.7||N/A|
|UKIP||Richard D. Rubin||363||0.7||N/A|
|General Election 1992: St. Helens North|
|Conservative||Brendan J. Anderson||15,686||28.5||+1.2|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beirne||7,224||13.1||−6.0|
|Natural Law||Mrs Anne M. Lynch||287||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: St Helens North|
|Conservative||Miss Melinda J. Libby||14,729||27.3||−3.1|
|Liberal||Neil P. Derbyshire||10,300||19.1||−2.6|
|General Election 1983: St Helens North|
|Liberal||Neil P. Derbyshire||11,525||21.7||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.