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Liverpool Mossley Hill (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°22′59″N 2°54′32″W / 53.383°N 2.909°W / 53.383; -2.909
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53°22′59″N 2°54′32″W / 53.383°N 2.909°W / 53.383; -2.909

Liverpool Mossley Hill
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Created fromLiverpool Edge Hill, Liverpool Garston, Liverpool Scotland Exchange, Liverpool Toxteth and Liverpool Wavertree[1]
Replaced byLiverpool Wavertree, Liverpool Riverside and Liverpool Garston[1]

Liverpool Mossley Hill was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Mossley Hill suburb of Liverpool. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

History and boundaries[edit]

The City of Liverpool wards of Aigburth, Church, Grassendale, Picton, and Smithdown.

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election; half of its territory was previously in the abolished constituency of Liverpool Edge Hill.

The constituency returned the same MP throughout its existence: David Alton, who initially represented the Liberals, then from 1988 was a Liberal Democrat, after the Liberals' merger with the Social Democratic Party. Alton had first been elected to parliament at a by-election in March 1979 for Liverpool Edge Hill, and held that seat until its abolition in 1983. For its entire existence, it was the only seat in Liverpool not held by Labour, and since its abolition that party has held all the city's seats.

The constituency was abolished for the 1997 general election; Alton retired from the Commons and was appointed a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, and the Mossley Hill area itself was transferred to the redrawn constituency of Liverpool Riverside, a safe Labour seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 David Alton Liberal
1988 Liberal Democrats
1997 constituency abolished


Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1983: Liverpool Mossley Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Alton 18,845 40.9
Conservative Brian Keefe 14,650 31.8
Labour Andrew Snowden 12,352 26.8
National Front Mark Erikson-Rohrer 212 0.5
Majority 4,195 9.1
Turnout 46,059 73.4
Liberal win (new seat)
General election 1987: Liverpool Mossley Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Alton 20,012 43.7 +2.8
Labour Joseph Devaney 17,786 38.8 +12.0
Conservative Warwick Lightfoot 8,005 17.5 ―14.3
Majority 2,226 4.9 ―4.2
Turnout 45,803 75.1 +1.7
Liberal hold Swing +8.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1992: Liverpool Mossley Hill[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Alton 19,809 47.9 +4.2
Labour Neville S. Bann 17,203 41.6 +2.8
Conservative Stephen Syder 4,269 10.3 ―7.2
Natural Law Byron Rigby 114 0.3 New
Majority 2,606 6.3 +1.4
Turnout 41,395 68.5 ―6.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +0.7

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Liverpool Mossley Hill', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
  3. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2010.