St Helens South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°26′53″N 2°43′52″W / 53.448°N 2.731°W / 53.448; -2.731

St Helens South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of St Helens South in Merseyside for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Merseyside within England.
County Merseyside
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by St Helens South and Whiston
Created from St Helens
European Parliament constituency North West England

St Helens South was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was one of two covering the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, the other being St Helens North. It contained the southern part of the borough including the town centre of St Helens, the south of the town, Clock Face and Rainhill.

Following recommendations made by the Boundary Commission for England, St Helens South was replaced with a new St Helens South and Whiston constituency, which will include three wards from Knowsley borough.

History[edit]

The forerunner seat had been represented by members of the Labour Party since 1935.

The constituency was formed in 1983, and was represented by Labour's Gerry Bermingham from then until he stood down in 2001. He was replaced by Shaun Woodward, who had defected from the Conservatives to Labour in December 1999. Woodward was deemed unlikely to retain his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire as a Labour candidate (it was subsequently won by David Cameron, now Leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), and was instead selected for this safe seat. Woodward has won all three elections however lost his position in the cabinet because of the Labour party defeat to the Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition government in the 2010 General Election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1983 Gerry Bermingham Labour
2001 Shaun Woodward Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see St Helens South and Whiston

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: St Helens South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shaun Woodward 19,345 54.5 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Brian Thomas Spencer 10,036 28.3 +5.2
Conservative Una Riley 4,602 13.0 −0.8
UKIP Malcolm Nightingale 847 2.4 +1.4
Socialist Labour Michael Perry 643 1.8 −2.6
Majority 9,309 26.2
Turnout 35,473 53.4 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −0.2
General Election 2001: St Helens South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shaun Woodward 16,799 49.7 −18.9
Liberal Democrat Brian Thomas Spencer 7,814 23.1 +9.7
Conservative Lee Rotherham 4,675 13.8 −1.1
Socialist Alliance Neil Thompson 2,325 6.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Mike Roy Perry 1,504 4.4 N/A
UKIP Bryan Hilton Slater 336 1.0 N/A
Independent Michael Murphy 271 0.8 N/A
Independent David Oswald Braid 80 0.2 N/A
Majority 8,985 26.6
Turnout 33,804 51.4 −15.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: St Helens South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Bermingham 30,367 68.6 +7.6
Conservative Mrs. Mary E.J.M Russell 6,628 15.0 −9.5
Liberal Democrat Brian Thomas Spencer 5,919 13.4 −0.5
Referendum Party William F.A.P. Holdaway 1,165 2.6 N/A
Natural Law Dr. Harriet S. Jump 179 0.4 −0.2
Majority 23,739 53.6
Turnout 44,258 66.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: St. Helens South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Bermingham 30,391 61.0 +6.4
Conservative Mrs Patricia M. Buzzard 12,182 24.5 −2.3
Liberal Democrat Brian Thomas Spencer 6,933 13.9 −4.8
Natural Law Dr. Harriet S. Jump 295 0.6 N/A
Majority 18,209 36.6 +8.7
Turnout 49,801 73.8 +2.5
Labour hold Swing +4.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: St Helens South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Bermingham 27,027 54.6 +7.7
Conservative A.J. Brown 13,226 26.7 −0.4
Social Democratic P.J. Briers 9,252 18.7 −3.7
Majority 13,801 27.9
Turnout 49,505 71.3 +4.0
Labour hold Swing +4.1
General Election 1983: St Helens South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Bermingham 22,906 46.9 N/A
Conservative R.G. Bull 13,244 27.1 N/A
Social Democratic P.J. Briers 10,939 22.2 N/A
Independent M.H. Davies 1,780 3.6 N/A
Majority 9,622 19.8 N/A
Turnout 48,869 70.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.