Liverpool Riverside (UK Parliament constituency)
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for the House of Commons
Boundary of Liverpool Riverside in Merseyside
Location of Merseyside within England
|Electorate||73,406 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Louise Ellman (Independent)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Liverpool Toxteth,|
Liverpool Scotland Exchange
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Liverpool Riverside is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Louise Ellman, who was a member the Labour Co-op party until 2019. On 16 October 2019 Ellman resigned from the Labour Party over concerns about the growth of antisemitism in the Party and the fact she could "no longer advocate voting Labour when it risks Corbyn becoming PM".[n 2]
Liverpool Riverside covers an urban area, many neighbourhoods and households of which are economically deprived on relative and absolute measures. The latter 20th century economic history of Liverpool cost many jobs, businesses and sources of investment to the city leading to urban blight and the return of widespread generational poverty, not seen since the 19th century. The city's 21st century economic history has been increasing prosperous, seeing growth amongst its financial sector, innovative technology businesses, tourism and entertainment gigs and events. The re-investment has been heightened by heavily used high rise buildings by leading architects, principally the Tate Liverpool and an adjoining block, and publicly funded transport and services improvements.
Liverpool Riverside was created in 1983, merging most of the old Liverpool Scotland Exchange and Liverpool Toxteth constituencies. A provisional recommendation by the Boundary Commission was for the name Liverpool Abercromby, dropped during the local consultations, during which an alternate name of Liverpool Cathedrals was also proposed.
- Results of the winning party
The area has been held by the Labour Party since the 1964 election (including predecessor seats); 1983—1997 by Robert Parry (ex-MP for Scotland Exchange, from 1974), and 1997—date by Louise Ellman. The 2017 result made the seat the 3rd safest seat by percentage of majority.
- Results of other parties
The 2005 general election saw much more than the national average swing (+8.1%) to the Liberal Democrat candidate (compared with 3.4% nationwide), however Labour's candidate won more than double that share of the vote, scoring 57%. In the same election the area was one of several urban seats in which the Green Party retained its deposit by its candidate scoring just over 5% of the vote. The last time until 2017 that the Conservatives fielded a candidate who achieved second place was in 1992. That party took third place in 2015 behind the highest polling to date for any candidate from the Green Party across Merseyside. Despite the Conservatives managing to come second in the seat in 2017, this was significantly overshadowed by the fact Labour won over 84% of the vote and a majority of 35,947 (74.8%), the biggest margin by both popular vote and percentage majority the party has ever won in the seat.
In the 2001 and 2005 general elections it had the lowest turnout of all constituencies of the UK. In a contest where positions of runner-up candidates greatly changed, turnout exceeded 62% in the 2015 election. This slightly increased to 62.9% in 2017, which remains below the average (the 2017 election had a total turnout of 68.8%), but significantly less so than has previously been the case in the constituency.
1983-1997: The City of Liverpool wards of Abercromby, Arundel, Dingle, Everton, Granby, and Vauxhall.
1997-2010: The City of Liverpool wards of Abercromby, Aigburth, Arundel, Dingle, Everton, Granby, Smithdown, and Vauxhall.
2010–present: The City of Liverpool wards of Central, Greenbank, Kirkdale, Mossley Hill, Princes Park, Riverside, and St Michael's.
The constituency is one of five covering the city of Liverpool. It covers the central area of the city, including famous sights of the city such as the Royal Liver Building and Albert Dock. Neighbourhoods include Aigburth, Canning, Chinatown, Dingle, Kirkdale, Part of Mossley Hill, St Michael's Hamlet, Toxteth and Vauxhall. It contains the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Louise Ellman||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Robert McAllister-Bell|
|Labour Co-op||Louise Ellman||40,599||84.5||17.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom Sebire||1,187||2.5||1.4|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||8.5|
|Labour Co-op||Louise Ellman||29,835||67.4||+8.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Childs||1,719||3.9||−18.9|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−0.3|
|Labour Co-op||Louise Ellman||22,998||59.3||+0.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Marbrow||8,825||22.7||−0.6|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||+0.3|
Elections in the 2000s
The turnout compared to the 2001 election had risen by 7.4% to 41.5% (an above average increase). However, this was still the lowest throughout the United Kingdom which averaged 61.3% with a 1.2% increase.
|Labour Co-op||Louise Ellman||17,951||57.6||−13.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Marbrow||7,737||24.8||+8.1|
|Conservative||Gabrielle J.F. Howatson||2,843||9.1||+0.7|
|Green||Peter A.E. Cranie||1,707||5.5||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Beth R. Marshall||498||1.6||N/A|
|UKIP||Ann R.F. Irving||455||1.5||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
In the 2001 election it had a turnout of 34.1% which was the lowest of the United Kingdom. The average turnout in that year was 59.2%.
|Labour Co-op||Louise Ellman||18,201||71.4||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Marbrow||4,251||16.7||+3.4|
|Socialist Alliance||Cathy Wilson||909||3.6||+1.6|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour Co-op||Louise Ellman||26,858||70.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Beatrice L. Fraenkel||5,059||13.3|
|Conservative||David G. Sparrow||3,635||9.5|
|Socialist Alternative||Cathy Wilson||776||2.0|
|Liberal||David W. Green||594||1.6|
|ProLife Alliance||Heather M. Neilson||277||0.7|
|Multi-Racial Anti-Corruption Alliance||David Braid||179||0.5|
|Natural Law||Geoffrey Gay||171||0.5|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Mohammed Akbar Ali||2,498||9.3||−2.0|
|Natural Law||John D. Collins||169||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Baldey Singh Chahal||3,912||11.3||−2.7|
|Social Democratic||Peter Zentner||5,381||14.0||+3.2|
|Workers Revolutionary||David Latchford||234||0.6||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Louise Ellman: MP quits Labour over anti-Semitism concerns". BBC News. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
- Boundary Commission for England, Third Periodic Review, 1983
- "GE2017: Marginal seats and turnout". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- Dawson, Katie (2010-05-05). "Can Liverpool Riverside improve its voting turnout?". BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
- Ellman, Louise [@LouiseEllman] (17 October 2019). "I have made the truly agonising decision to leave the Labour Party after 55 years. I can no longer advocate voting Labour when it risks Corbyn becoming PM. I will continue to serve the people of Liverpool Riverside as I have had the honour to do since 1997" (Tweet). Retrieved 17 October 2019 – via Twitter.
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