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.
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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]

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.

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.[2] 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%.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] 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.
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