Wirral South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wirral South in Merseyside.
Location of Merseyside within England.
|Electorate||56,238 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Heswall, Bebington|
|Member of parliament||Alison McGovern (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
Bebington & Ellesmere Port
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
In 1983 Wirral South arose for election following the national boundary review by taking over parts of two seats that were abolished to create it: Wirral and Bebington and Ellesmere Port, held by the Conservative Party since 1923 and 1979 respectively.
- Political history
Barry Porter (Con) won the seat the first time when it was fought and at the next two general elections. He had ousted the Labour party candidate from Bebington and Ellesmere Port in 1979 which he held until the election in 1983. Following the death of Porter in late 1996, a by-election was held in February 1997, the last by-election of that Parliament, held a matter of weeks before the general election was called. It was won by Ben Chapman (Lab), who held the seat until retiring following controversy over his expenses. Labour narrowly managed to hold on in the 2010 general election.
Since its creation in 1983, the constituency has consisted of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral wards of Bebington, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Eastham, and Heswall.
The constituency is one of four covering the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, covering the south of the borough. It contains the towns of Heswall and Bebington (both wards) and the villages of Bromborough (also a ward), Eastham, Brimstage and Thornton Hough.
Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers, which is a proportion of total unemployed claimants, were in November 2012 much lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.3% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This was also lower than the regional average.
Next general election
The terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 mandate that the election will be held on 7 May 2015 (except in the event of a collapse of government or a two-thirds majority of MPs voting for an early election). Alison McGovern is the sitting Member of Parliament for the Labour Party. The Conservative Party have selected John Bell as their candidate for 2015. Bell has previously stood for election in Clwyd South (2010) and Delyn (2005). He has also stood twice to be a Welsh Assembly Member. He stood in a local council by-election in 2011, for Wrexham County Council. The Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP have yet to announce if they will stand a candidate in this two-way marginal seat.
Members of Parliament
|1997 by-election||Ben Chapman||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Wirral South|
|Liberal Democrat||Elizabeth Jewkes|
|General Election 2010: Wirral South|
|Liberal Democrat||Jamie Saddler||6,611||16.57||−5.0|
|UKIP||David Anthony Scott||1,274||3.19||+1.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Wirral South|
|Conservative||Carl Robert Cross||13,168||33.2||−1.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Andrew Holbrook||8,568||21.6||+3.8|
|UKIP||David Anthony Scott||616||1.6||N/A|
|Independent||Laurence Cresswell Jones||460||1.2||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Wirral South|
|Conservative||Tony Paul Millard||13,841||34.8||−1.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Norman Gilchrist||7,087||17.8||+7.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Wirral South|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Norman Gilchrist||5,018||10.4||−2.7|
|Referendum Party||Donald Wilcox||768||1.6||N/A|
|People's Labour||Jane Nielsen||264||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Geoffrey Mead||51||0.1||−0.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+17.6|
|By-election 1997: Wirral South|
|Liberal Democrat||Flo Clucas||4,357||10.1||−3.0|
|Socialist Labour||Michael Cullen||156||0.4||N/A|
|Disillusioned Conservative||Phillip Gott||148||0.3||N/A|
|Independent - anti tobacco donation||Anthony Samuelson||124||0.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Geoffery Mead||52||0.1||−0.2|
|21st Century Foresters||Colin Palmer||44||0.1||N/A|
|Independent - Thalidomide Action Group||Frederick Astbury||40||0.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+17.2|
|General Election 1992: Wirral South|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward T. Cunniffe||6,581||13.1||−8.7|
|Natural Law||George Griffiths||182||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Wirral South|
|Labour||John Steven Swarbrooke||13,858||28.0||+5.4|
|Liberal||Philip Norman Gilchrist||10,779||21.8||−1.9|
|General Election 1983: Wirral South|
|Social Democratic||P.J.M. Hollingworth||10,928||23.7||N/A|
|Conservative 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.
- "Ben Chapman becomes first Labour MP to stand down over expenses". Chapman Resigns (London: The Guardian). 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/constituency/w22.stm. Missing or empty
- BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/html/180.stm. Missing or empty
- "BBC NEWS, Welsh Assembly Election 2007, Clwyd South". BBC News.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Wirral South". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.177 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- Swings are calculated relative to the 1992 election result, not the by-election result.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.