Liverpool Toxteth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Liverpool Toxteth
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Liverpool Toxteth in Lancashire, showing boundaries used from 1974-1983
19501983
Number of membersone
Replaced byLiverpool Mossley Hill and Liverpool Riverside
Created fromLiverpool East Toxteth and Liverpool West Toxteth

Liverpool Toxteth was a borough 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.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was named after the Toxteth district, in the south inner-city area of Liverpool. The city is in the south west of the historic county of Lancashire. It is now part of the Metropolitan county of Merseyside and the North West of England region.

The constituency was created from the United Kingdom general election, 1950. It included parts of the former Liverpool East Toxteth and Liverpool West Toxteth constituencies.

The constituency comprised the following wards of Liverpool.

  1. 1950-1955: Dingle, Princes Park, Sefton Park East, and Sefton Park West. Dingle and Princes Park had formed part of the old West Toxteth division, whilst the two Sefton Park wards were transferred from the old East Toxteth.
  2. 1955-1974: Arundel, Dingle, Princes Park, and St Michael's.
  3. 1974-1983: Arundel, Dingle, Granby, Princes Park, and St Michael's.

From the United Kingdom general election, 1983 the constituency was abolished. Its territory contributed 53.1% of the new constituency of Liverpool Riverside and 8.6% of Liverpool Mossley Hill. Liverpool Riverside broadly combined the old Scotland Exchange and Toxteth divisions. Scotland Exchange itself was a 1974 amalgamation of two earlier constituencies. This was a result of the long term decline in the population of inner city Liverpool in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Elected Member [1] Party
1950 Reginald Bevins Conservative
1964 Richard Crawshaw Labour
1981 Social Democratic
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Bevins 21,658 49.5 N/A
Labour Joseph Gibbins 19,038 43.5 N/A
Liberal Anne Holt 3,030 6.9 N/A
Majority 2,620 6.0 N/A
Turnout 43,726 80.4 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1951: Liverpool Toxteth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Bevins 23,254 54.2 +4.7
Labour Co-op William E. Lawn 19,620 45.8 +2.3
Majority 3,634 8.5
Turnout 42,874 77.5 −2.9
Conservative hold Swing +1.2
General Election 1955: Liverpool Toxteth[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Bevins 20,576 56.2 +2.0
Labour Co-op William E. Lawn 16,037 43.8 −2.0
Majority 4,539 12.4
Turnout 36,613 69.6 −7.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General Election 1959: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Bevins 19,575 55.6 −0.6
Labour William H. Sefton 15,660 44.4 +0.6
Majority 3,915 11.1
Turnout 35,235 70.9 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing −0.6

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Crawshaw 17,080 54.4 +10.0
Conservative Reginald Bevins 14,296 45.6 −10.0
Majority 2,784 8.9
Turnout 31,376 67.6 −3.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +10.0
General Election 1966: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Crawshaw 16,488 56.6 +2.2
Conservative Brian Mervyn Keefe 12,643 43.4 −2.2
Majority 3,845 13.2
Turnout 29,131 65.8 −1.9
Labour hold Swing +2.2

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Crawshaw 15,276 54.4 −2.2
Conservative Brian Mervyn Keefe 12,820 45.6 +2.2
Majority 2,456 8.7
Turnout 28,096 62.3 −3.5
Labour hold Swing −2.2
General Election February 1974: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Crawshaw 14,354 47.7 −6.7
Conservative Humfrey Malins 8,797 29.2 −16.4
Liberal Trevor Jones 6,678 22.2 N/A
Workers Revolutionary William Hunter 263 0.9 N/A
Majority 5,557 18.5
Turnout 30,092 66.0 +3.7
Labour hold Swing +4.9
General Election October 1974: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Crawshaw 15,312 56.9 +9.2
Conservative Humfrey Malins 8,062 30.0 +0.8
Liberal David Loughlin Mahon 3,176 11.8 −10.4
Workers Revolutionary John Samuel Dillon 365 1.4 +0.5
Majority 7,250 26.9
Turnout 26,915 58.7 −7.3
Labour hold Swing +4.2
General Election 1979: Liverpool Toxteth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Crawshaw 14,833 54.7 −2.2
Conservative Anthony Wilson Shone 8,690 32.1 +2.1
Liberal Christine Ruth Addison 3,206 11.8 +0.0
Socialist Unity Paul Adams 238 0.9 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Delores Elliot 148 0.6 −0.8
Majority 6,143 22.7
Turnout 35,805 64.8 +6.1
Labour hold Swing −2.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)
  2. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951.
  3. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.

Sources[edit]

  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Constituencies: A Statistical Compendium, by Ivor Crewe and Anthony Fox (Faber and Faber 1984)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)