Weaver Vale (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Weaver Vale in Cheshire.
Location of Cheshire within England.
|Electorate||66,008 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Northwich and Frodsham|
|Member of Parliament||Graham Evans (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Eddisbury, Tatton, Halton, and Warrington South|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The constituency covers the northern part of the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority in Cheshire, including the towns of Northwich and Frodsham and the villages of Helsby and Weaverham. It also includes part of the Halton borough, covering easternmost suburbs of Runcorn.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the General Election 2010 since which it has electoral wards:
- Forest, Frodsham North, Frodsham South, Hartford and Whitegate, Helsby, Kingsley, Leftwich and Kingsmead, Milton Weaver, Northwich Castle, Northwich Winnington, Northwich Witton, and Weaverham in the former borough of Vale Royal[n 3]
- Beechwood, Daresbury, Halton Lea, Norton North, Norton South, and Windmill Hill in the borough of Halton.
History of Boundaries
In boundary changes for 2010: Castlefields ward in Runcorn was transferred to Halton, Rudheath and South Witton ward in Northwich shifted to Tatton, an estimated 700 electors in the affluent Hartford and Whitegate were reunited with the rest of their ward having been in Eddisbury, as were an estimated 1800 electors in the Leftwich and Kingsmead - primarily those on the newly built relatively expensive Kingsmead estate.
From the 1997 general election, the seat was held by the Labour Party's Mike Hall, who first entered Parliament in 1992 for Warrington South. Labour held the seat relatively easily in the succeeding two general elections however lost the 2010 election here on a swing of 8.15% with minor boundary changes mentioned likely affecting this swing.
In February 2010 Mike Hall, who had held the seat since it was created in 1997, announced that he was standing down at the 2010 election due to health reasons. The present MP for the seat is the Conservative Graham Evans, elected at the 2010 general election.
The area has economic sectors as diverse as plastics and chemicals to construction. Other areas include telecommunications/bank communication centres, with in addition, a large national bakery and a supermarket distribution centre. Salt used to comprise a major mining industry of the area, much more of which is extracted today from large reserves in Northern Ireland. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 slightly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This was, however, lower than the regional average of 4.4%.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Weaver Vale|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Hampson||8,196||18.6||-1.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||8.15|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Weaver Vale|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Nigel Griffiths||7,723||19.6||+5.2|
|General Election 2001: Weaver Vale|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Nigel Griffiths||5,643||14.4||+2.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Weaver Vale|
|Conservative||James P. Byrne||13,796||28.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Nigel Griffiths||5,949||12.3||N/A|
|Referendum Party||Roger E. Cockfield||1,312||2.7||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- The borough of Vale Royal and its constituent wards were abolished on 1 April 2009, when they became part of the new unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester; however, the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency remain fixed according to the wards in operation at 12 April 200
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, S.I. 2007/1681
- Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall steps down for health reasons
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]