Warrington North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Warrington North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Warrington North in Cheshire.
Outline map
Location of Cheshire within England.
County Cheshire
Electorate 71,836 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Helen Jones (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Warrington, Newton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Warrington North is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The current MP is Helen Jones of the Labour Party — the constituency has always been a safe Labour seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is one of two covering the unitary authority of Warrington, Cheshire, the other being Warrington South. It covers the northern and eastern parts of the town, including Birchwood, Orford, Padgate and Woolston, in effect suburbs that are contiguous. It also includes the villages of Burtonwood, Culcheth and Winwick. The southern boundary (with Warrington South) is the River Mersey.

History of boundaries

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election. Before the change, two wards, Bewsey and Whitecross and Whittle Hall were in the seat, however only part of Fairfield and Howley was in the seat.[2]

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Birchwood; Burtonwood and Winwick; Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft; Fairfield and Howley; Orford; Poplars and Hulme; Poulton North; Poulton South; Rixton and Woolston; Westbrook in the Borough of Warrington[2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the abolished Warrington and Newton constituencies.

Political history

Although in 2010 the Labour Party saw a 6.6% swing to the Conservative Party, all of its majorities to date have not been marginal and therefore Warrington North is a safe seat for the Labour Party, who have selected both of the candidates for MP since its creation. Its first member of Parliament was Doug Hoyle,[n 1] who had first won the Warrington seat in a by-election in 1981, beating Roy Jenkins, the leader of the then-new Social Democratic Party in their first election.

Hoyle stood down at the 1997 general election, and was replaced by Helen Jones, who has held the seat since then.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency includes half of the historic but industrious town, which saw significant economic and population growth in the 20th century. In contrast to Warrington South, workless claimants who were registered jobseekers, constituted in November 2012 a higher proportion than the national average of 3.8% of the population, at 4.3%, this demonstrated marginally higher employment than in the North West as a whole, based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Doug Hoyle Labour
1997 Helen Jones Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Warrington North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Helen Jones 20,135 45.5 −7.3
Conservative Paul Campbell 13,364 30.2 +5.9
Liberal Democrat Dave Eccles 9,196 20.8 +2.1
Independent Albert Scott 1,516 3.4 N/A
Majority 6,771 15.3
Turnout 44,211 61.7 +6.4
Labour hold Swing −6.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Warrington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Helen Jones 21,632 53.5 −8.2
Conservative Andrew Ferryman 9,428 23.3 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Peter Walker 7,699 19.0 +5.6
UKIP John Kirkham 1,086 2.7 +0.7
Community Action Mike Hughes 573 1.4 +1.4
Majority 12,204 30.2
Turnout 40,418 55.1 +1.4
Labour hold Swing −4.4
General Election 2001: Warrington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Helen Jones 24,026 61.7 −0.4
Conservative James Usher 8,870 22.8 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Roy Smith 5,232 13.4 +3.1
UKIP Jack Kirkham 782 2.0 N/A
Majority 15,156 38.9
Turnout 38,910 53.7 −16.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Warrington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Helen Jones 31,827 62.1 +7.8
Conservative Ray Lacey 12,300 24.0 −9.6
Liberal Democrat Ian Greenhalgh 5,308 10.4 −1.1
Referendum Party Arthur T. Smith 1,816 3.5 N/A
Majority 19,527 38.1
Turnout 51,251 70.4
Labour hold Swing +8.7
General Election 1992: Warrington North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doug Hoyle 33,019 54.3 +6.1
Conservative Colin Daniels 20,397 33.6 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Ian Greenhalgh 6,965 11.5 −6.2
Natural Law Brian R. Davis 400 0.7 N/A
Majority 12,622 20.8 +6.7
Turnout 60,781 77.3 +2.1
Labour hold Swing +3.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Warrington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doug Hoyle 27,422 48.2 +7.0
Conservative L.C. Jones 19,409 34.1 +3.3
Social Democrat C. Bithell 10,046 17.7 −9.8
Majority 8,013 14.1
Turnout 56,877 75.2
Labour hold Swing +1.9
General Election 1983: Warrington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doug Hoyle 20,873 41.2 N/A
Conservative S.E. Sexton 15,596 30.8 N/A
Social Democrat D.S. Harrison 13,951 27.5 N/A
BNP I. Sloan 267 0.5 N/A
Majority 5,277 10.4 N/A
Turnout 50,687 72.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Hoyle since 1997 has been a life peer, Lord Hoyle (of Warrington)
References

Coordinates: 53°24′N 2°34′W / 53.400°N 2.567°W / 53.400; -2.567