Wirral West (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Wirral West in Wirral.
Location of Wirral within England.
|Electorate||55,077 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Hoylake, West Kirby|
|Member of Parliament||Esther McVey (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Wirral West is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. In 2010, with 55,077 people eligible to vote, Wirral West had the smallest electorate of any constituency in England. The current MP is Esther McVey of the Conservative Party.
The present Wirral West constituency was formed in 1983, from the northern part of the former Wirral constituency. Its predecessor had traditionally been held by the Conservative Party.
From 1945 until 1976, the MP was Selwyn Lloyd, who served as Foreign Secretary under Anthony Eden and Chancellor of the Exchequer under Harold Macmillan, later becoming Speaker of the Commons in 1971 before being raised to the peerage in 1976. The ensuing by-election was won by David Hunt, who became the first MP for the new seat of Wirral West in 1983. Hunt was a member of John Major's cabinet, serving twice as Secretary of State for Wales and also as Secretary of State for Employment.
Hunt held the seat until 1997, when he lost to Stephen Hesford of the Labour Party. Labour held on narrowly in 2005, despite a challenge from former TV presenter Esther McVey, standing for the Conservatives.
Stephen Hesford announced on the 22 January 2010 that he would be stepping down at the next general election for family reasons. Boundary changes in 2010 meant that the his majority would have been reversed and the Conservatives would have won the seat at the previous election by 569 votes. In the 2010 general election Esther McVey took the seat for the Conservative Party with a swing of 2.3% from Labour.
The constituency is one of four covering the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. It contains the towns of Hoylake and West Kirby, as well as areas such as Greasby, Thingwall, Irby, Meols, Upton and Woodchurch.
The seat has electoral wards: Greasby,Frankby and Irby; Hoylake and Meols; Pensby and Thingwall; Upton and West Kirby and Thurstaston.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Wirral West|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Reisdorf||6,630||16.8||+0.5|
|Common Sense Party||David James||321||0.8||+0.8|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+2.3|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Wirral West|
|Liberal Democrat||Jeff Clarke||6,652||16.1||+0.5|
|Alternative Party||Roger Taylor||163||0.4||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Wirral West|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Holbrook||6,300||15.6||+2.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Wirral West|
|Liberal Democrat||John Thornton||5,945||15.6||−1.9|
|Referendum Party||Derek Wharton||1,613||15.6||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.8|
|General Election 1992: Wirral West|
|Labour||Ms. Helen Stephenson||15,788||31.0||+4.7|
|Liberal Democrat||John L. Thornton||7,420||14.6||−5.6|
|Green||Mrs Garnette M. Bowler||700||1.4||−0.3|
|Natural Law||Nigel J. Broome||188||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Wirral West|
|General Election 1983: Wirral West|
|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.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.