Weaver Vale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°15′36″N 2°31′52″W / 53.260°N 2.531°W / 53.260; -2.531

Weaver Vale
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Weaver Vale in Cheshire.
Outline map
Location of Cheshire within England.
County Cheshire
Electorate 66,008 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Northwich and Frodsham
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Graham Evans (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Eddisbury, Tatton, Halton, and Warrington South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Weaver Vale is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Graham Evans, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

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.

Boundary review

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election 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.[2][3]
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.

History[edit]

Weaver Vale was created in 1997 from parts of Eddisbury, Tatton, Halton, and Warrington South, when the number of constituencies in Cheshire was increased from 10 to 11.

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.[4] The present MP for the seat is the Conservative Graham Evans, elected at the 2010 general election.

Constituency profile[edit]

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%.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Mike Hall Labour
2010 Graham Evans Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Weaver Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Evans 16,953 38.5 +6.9
Labour John Stockton 15,962 36.3 -9.4
Liberal Democrat Peter Hampson 8,196 18.6 -1.1
BNP Colin Marsh 1,063 2.4 +2.4
UKIP Paul Remfry 1,018 2.3 -0.5
Green Howard Thorp 338 0.8 +0.8
Independent Mick Cooksley 270 0.6 +0.6
Independent Tom Reynolds 133 0.3 +0.3
Independent Will Charlton 57 0.1 +0.1
Majority 991 2.3
Turnout 43,990 66.1 +10.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 8.15

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Weaver Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Hall 18,759 47.6 -4.9
Conservative Jonathan Mackie 11,904 30.2 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Trevor Nigel Griffiths 7,723 19.6 +5.2
UKIP Brenda Swinscoe 1,034 2.6 +1.2
Majority 6,855 17.4
Turnout 39,420 57.1 -0.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2001: Weaver Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Hall 20,611 52.5 -3.9
Conservative Carl Cross 10,974 27.9 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Trevor Nigel Griffiths 5,643 14.4 +2.1
Independent Mike Cooksley 1,484 3.8 N/A
UKIP Jim Bradshaw 559 1.4 N/A
Majority 9,637 24.6
Turnout 39,271 57.6 -15.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Weaver Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Hall 27,244 56.4 N/A
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
Majority 13,448 27.8 N/A
Turnout 48,301 73.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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
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