Knowsley North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Knowsley North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Merseyside
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Knowsley North and Sefton East, Knowsley South
Created from Huyton, Ormskirk

Knowsley North was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was a safe seat for the Labour Party throughout its existence. Originally, it was represented by Robert Kilroy-Silk, who resigned in 1986 to pursue a media career. This resignation prompted a by-election, which was won by George Howarth.

Boundaries[edit]

The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley wards of Cantril Farm, Cherryfield, Kirkby Central, Knowsley Park, Northwood, Park, Prescot East, Prescot West, Tower Hill, and Whitefield.

The constituency covered the northern part of the metropolitan borough of Knowsley, principally the town of Kirkby. Following a review by the Boundary Commission in 1995, the constituency was expanded at the 1997 general election to form the new Knowsley North and Sefton East constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1983 Robert Kilroy-Silk Labour Previously MP for Ormskirk from 1974. Resigned October 1986
1986 by-election George Howarth Labour Subsequently MP for Knowsley North and Sefton East from 1997
1997 constituency abolished: see Knowsley North and Sefton East & Knowsley South

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Knowsley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Kilroy-Silk 24,949 64.5 N/A
Conservative Albert Birch 7,758 20.1 N/A
Social Democratic Barry McColgan 5,715 14.8 N/A
Workers Revolutionary John Simons 246 0.64 N/A
Majority 17,191 44.46 N/A
Turnout 69.54 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
  • Kilroy-Silk resigned on 1 October 1986, to pursue a media career.
13 November 1986 by-election: Knowsley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Howarth 17,403 56.3 −8.2
Liberal Rosie Cooper 10,679 34.6 +19.8[2]
Conservative Roger Brown 1,960 6.3 −13.8
Revolutionary Communist David Hallsworth 664 2.1 N/A
Independent George Weiss 111 0.4 N/A
Independent Robert Cory 88 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,724 21.7 -22.7
Turnout 30,905 57.3 -12.2
Labour hold Swing −14.0
Registered electors 53,921
General Election 1987: Knowsley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Howarth 27,454 69.91
Liberal Rosie Cooper 6,356 16.19
Conservative Roger Brown 4,922 12.53
Red Front David Hallsworth 538 1.37
Majority 21,098 53.73
Turnout 74.15
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Knowsley North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Howarth 27,517 77.5 +7.6
Conservative Simon Mabey 5,114 14.4 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Peter Murray 1,515 4.3 −11.9
Liberal Kathleen Lappin 1,180 3.3 −12.9
Natural Law Veeva Ruben 179 0.5 +0.5
Majority 22,403 63.1 +9.4
Turnout 35,505 72.8 −1.4
Labour hold Swing +2.9

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Change is calculated from the SDP candidate who represented the SDP-Liberal Alliance at the 1983 general election.
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Sources[edit]

  • Britain Votes/Europe Votes By-Election Supplement 1983-, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1985)