Knowsley North (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|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.
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.
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
|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 in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Barry McColgan||5,715||14.8||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||John Simons||246||0.64||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- Kilroy-Silk resigned on 1 October 1986, to pursue a media career.
|Revolutionary Communist||David Hallsworth||664||2.1||N/A|
|Red Front||David Hallsworth||538||1.37|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Murray||1,515||4.3||−11.9|
|Natural Law||Veeva Ruben||179||0.5||+0.5|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Change is calculated from the SDP candidate who represented the SDP-Liberal Alliance at the 1983 general election.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- Britain Votes/Europe Votes By-Election Supplement 1983-, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1985)