Knowsley North and Sefton East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°27′40″N 2°49′41″W / 53.461°N 2.828°W / 53.461; -2.828

Knowsley North and Sefton East
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Knowsley North and Sefton East in Merseyside for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Merseyside within England.
County Merseyside
Number of members One
Replaced by Knowsley, Sefton Central
Created from Knowsley North, Crosby[1]

Knowsley North and Sefton East was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


A primarily working-class industrial region, the seat was traditionally one of the strongest Labour-held seats in the country. The original Knowsley North constituency gained several wards from Crosby as a result of boundary changes in 1995. The constituency was represented throughout its existence by George Howarth (Labour), who had held the previous Knowsley North constituency from 1986.


The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley wards of Cantril Farm, Cherryfield, Kirkby Central, Knowsley Park, Northwood, Park, Tower Hill, and Whitefield, and the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton wards of Molyneux, Park, and Sudell.

The constituency covered the localities of Kirkby and Knowsley Village in Knowsley; Maghull, Lydiate, Lunt, Sefton Village, Ince Blundell, Waddicar and Melling and Aintree in Sefton.

It was bordered in the south by Knowsley South; in the west by Crosby; in the north by West Lancashire; in the southwest by Liverpool Walton, Liverpool West Derby, and Bootle and in the east by St Helens North and St Helens South.

Following decisions by the Boundary Commission for England, Knowsley North and Sefton East was abolished for the 2010 general election. This seat formed a small part of a new Knowsley seat, with the Crosby, Maghull and Formby elements moving into a new Sefton Central constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 George Howarth Labour
2010 constituency abolished: see Knowsley & Sefton Central


Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Knowsley North and Sefton East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Howarth 34,747 69.9 N/A
Conservative Carl Doran 8,600 17.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat David Bamber 5,499 11.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Chris Jones 857 1.7 N/A
Majority 26,147 52.6 N/A
Turnout 70.1 N/A
Labour hold Swing +12.50

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Knowsley North and Sefton East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Howarth 25,035 66.7 −3.2
Conservative Keith Chapman 6,108 16.3 −1.0
Liberal Democrat Richard Roberts 5,173 13.8 +2.7
Socialist Labour Ronald Waugh 574 1.5 −0.2
Independent Thomas Rossiter 356 0.9 N/A
Independent David Jones 271 0.7 N/A
Majority 18,927 50.4
Turnout 37,517 53.0 −17.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2005: Knowsley North and Sefton East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Howarth 23,461 63.3 −3.4
Liberal Democrat Flo Clucas 7,192 19.4 +5.6
Conservative Naman Purewal 5,064 13.7 −2.6
BNP Michael McDermott 872 2.4 +2.4
Socialist Labour Stephen Whatham 464 1.3 −0.2
Majority 16,269 43.9
Turnout 37,053 52.6 −0.4
Labour hold Swing −4.5

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "'Knowsley North and Sefton East', May 1997 -". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.