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|
1997-2010: The District of Vale Royal wards of Castle, Church, Forest, Frodsham East, Frodsham North West, Frodsham South, Gorst Wood, Hartford, Helsby Central, Helsby North, Helsby South and Alvanley Ward, Kingsley, Milton, Northwich, Weaver, Winnington, Witton North, and Witton South; and the Borough of Halton wards of Brookfields, Castlefields, Clough, Daresbury, Murdishaw, and Norton.
2010-present: The Borough of Vale Royal wards of Forest, Frodsham North, Frodsham South, Hartford & Whitegate, Helsby, Kingsley, Leftwich & Kingsmead, Milton Weaver, Northwich Castle, Northwich Winnington, Northwich Witton, and Weaverham; and the Borough of Halton wards of Beechwood, Daresbury, Halton Lea, Norton North, Norton South, and Windmill Hill.
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 borough of Halton, covering the easternmost suburbs of Runcorn.
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
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 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]