Halton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°19′37″N 2°42′22″W / 53.327°N 2.706°W / 53.327; -2.706

Halton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Halton in Cheshire.
Outline map
Location of Cheshire within England.
County Cheshire
Electorate 70,322 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Runcorn and Widnes
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Derek Twigg (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Halton is a constituency[n 1] in Cheshire, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Derek Twigg of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983. Throughout its lifetime it has been a safe seat for the Labour Party's incumbent MPs, of which there have been two.

Boundaries[edit]

Halton constituency sits on either side of the River Mersey and comprises Widnes, the original town of Runcorn (with a small part of the new town) and Hale village. It consists of 14 electoral wards; Hale, Ditton, Riverside, Hough Green, Broadheath, Kingsway, Birchfield, Farnworth, Appleton, Halton, Mersey, Heath, Grange and Halton Brook.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cheshire, in 2007 the Boundary Commission for England made minor changes to the existing arrangement as a consequence of population changes. The electoral wards included in this modified constituency were (as at 12 April 2005):

  • Appleton, Birchfield, Broadheath, Castlefields, Ditton, Farnworth, Grange, Hale, Halton Brook, Halton View, Heath, Hough Green, Kingsway, Mersey and Riverside from the borough of Halton

The changes were approved in 2007 and came into effect at the 2010 general election.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party Notes
1983 Gordon Oakes Labour Junior minister 1974–1976.
Retired 1997, died 2005
1997 Derek Twigg Labour Junior minister 2004—2008

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Halton general election results (click for larger version)
General Election 2010: Halton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Twigg 23,843 57.7 −5.4
Conservative Ben Jones 8,339 20.2 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Frank Harasiwka 5,718 13.8 −3.2
BNP Andrew Taylor 1,563 3.8 N/A
UKIP John Moore 1,228 3.0 N/A
Green Jim Craig 647 1.6 N/A
Majority 15,504 37.5
Turnout 41,338 60.0 +6.4
Labour hold Swing −2.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Halton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Twigg 21,460 62.8 −6.4
Conservative Colin Bloom 6,854 20.1 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Roger Barlow 5,869 17.2 +5.0
Majority 14,606 42.7
Turnout 34,183 53.1 −1.0
Labour hold Swing -3.9
General Election 2001: Halton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Twigg 23,841 69.2 −1.7
Conservative Chris Davenport 6,413 18.6 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Peter Walker 4,216 12.2 +4.9
Majority 17,428 50.6
Turnout 34,470 54.1 −14.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Halton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Twigg 31,497 70.9 +11.3
Conservative Philip Balmer 7,847 17.7 −12.6
Liberal Democrat Janet Jones 3,263 7.3 −1.5
Referendum Party Reginald Atkins 1,036 2.3 N/A
Liberal David Proffitt 600 1.4 N/A
Republican John Alley 196 0.4 N/A
Majority 23,650 53.2
Turnout 44,439 68.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Halton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Oakes 35,005 59.7 +4.2
Conservative Grant L. Mercer 16,821 28.7 −1.6
Liberal Democrat David Reaper 6,104 10.4 −3.9
Monster Raving Loony Stephen Herley 398 0.7 N/A
Natural Law Ms. Nichola G. Collins 338 0.6 N/A
Majority 18,184 31.0 +5.8
Turnout 58,666 78.3 +0.0
Labour hold Swing +2.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Halton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Oakes 32,065 55.5 +9.1
Conservative J.G. Hardman 17,487 30.2 −3.4
Social Democrat Helen Flo Clucas 8,272 14.3 −5.7
Majority 14,578 25.3
Turnout 57,824 78.3
Labour hold Swing +6,3
General Election 1983: Halton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Oakes 24,752 46.4 N/A
Conservative P.M. Pedley 17,923 33.6 N/A
Social Democrat T.R. Tilling 10,649 20.0 N/A
Majority 6,829 12.8 N/A
Turnout 53,324 73.3 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, S.I. 2007/1681
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "2010 General Election Results: Halton". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.