Liverpool Walton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°26′49″N 2°58′01″W / 53.447°N 2.967°W / 53.447; -2.967

Liverpool, Walton
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Liverpool, Walton in Merseyside.
Outline map
Location of Merseyside within England.
County Merseyside
Electorate 61,974 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of parliament Steve Rotheram (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Liverpool
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Liverpool, Walton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Steve Rotheram of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The County Borough of Liverpool wards of Fazakerley, Walton, and Warbreck.

1950-1955: As above plus the civil parish of Aintree in the Rural District of West Lancashire.

1955-1983: As before 1950.

1983-2010: The City of Liverpool wards of Anfield, Breckfield, County, Fazakerley, Melrose, and Warbreck.

2010-present: The City of Liverpool wards of Anfield, Clubmoor, County, Everton, Fazakerley, and Warbreck.

The constituency is one of five covering the city of Liverpool and covers the north-centre of the city thereby taking in Walton, Clubmoor, Orrell Park, Anfield, Everton and Fazakerley. The grounds of Liverpool F.C. (Anfield) and Everton F.C. (Goodison Park), the city's two major football clubs, are in the constituency.

History[edit]

Created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Liverpool Walton has been held by the Labour Party since the 1960s, and is the party's safest seat by size of majority. In 2010 and 2015, it had the largest Labour majority in the country by percentage terms.[2] Labour won over 70% of the vote in every general election since 1992, though for many years it a Conservative seat; until 1964, Labour had only gained Walton once, in their landslide victory in 1945; Conservatives candidates for MP have struggled to get 6% in recent elections and have failed to poll second-place since 1992. From 1964 until his death in 1991 the seat was held by the notable left-winger Eric Heffer; the subsequent by-election was won by Peter Kilfoyle, who held the seat until 2010. Steve Rotheram won in 2010, after Kilfoyle had stood down.

In both the 2010 and 2015 general elections, Liverpool Walton also saw the highest share of the vote for a winning candidate in the country, and in the latter election, the 81.3% of the vote won by Rotheram was the highest of any candidate in an election in the UK since 1997.[3]

In 2015, Liverpool Walton was the only English seat where the Conservative candidate lost their deposit.

2016 EU referendum results

The constituency voted by a majority for leaving the EU in the referendum of June 2016 in contrast to its MP Steve Rotheram who was an unreserved supporter of remaining in the EU.[4][5]

Constituency Leave % Remain %
Liverpool Walton 53.8% 46.2%

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1885 John George Gibson Conservative
1888 by-election Miles Walker Mattinson Conservative
1892 James Henry Stock Conservative
1906 F.E.Smith Conservative
1918 Harry Warden Stanley Chilcott Conservative
1929 Reginald Purbrick Conservative
1945 James Haworth Labour
1950 Kenneth Thompson Conservative
1964 Eric Heffer Labour
1991 by-election Peter Kilfoyle Labour
2010 Steve Rotheram Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Liverpool Walton[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Steve Rotheram 31,222 81.3 +9.3
UKIP Steven Flatman 3,445 9.0 +6.4
Conservative Norsheen Bhatti 1,802 4.7 -1.8
Green Jonathan Clatworthy 956 2.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Pat Moloney 899 2.3 −11.9
Independent Alexander Karran 56 0.1 N/A
The Pluralist Party Jonathan Edward Bishop 23 0.1 N/A
Majority 27,777 72.3 +14.6
Turnout 38,403 61.1 +6.3
Labour hold Swing +1.5
General Election 2010: Liverpool Walton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Steve Rotheram 24,709 72.0 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Patrick Moloney 4,891 14.2 −2.7
Conservative Adam Marsden 2,241 6.5 +0.1
BNP Peter Stafford 1,104 3.2 N/A
UKIP Joseph Nugent 898 2.6 −0.7
Christian Peoples John Manwell 297 0.9 N/A
TUSC Darren Ireland 195 0.6 N/A
Majority 19,818 57.7
Turnout 34,335 54.8 +8.1
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Liverpool Walton[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 20,322 72.8 −5.0
Liberal Democrat Kiron John Cuchulain Reid 4,365 15.6 +1.0
Conservative Sharon Buckle 1,655 5.9 −0.2
UKIP Joseph Moran 1,108 4.0 +2.4
Liberal Daniel J. Wood 480 1.7 N/A
Majority 15,957 57.1
Turnout 27,930 45.0 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −3.0
General Election 2001: Liverpool Walton[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 22,143 77.8 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Kiron John Cuchulain Reid 4,147 14.6 +3.5
Conservative Stephen Horgan 1,726 6.1 −0.2
UKIP Paul Ian James Forrest 442 1.6 N/A
Majority 17,996 63.2
Turnout 28,458 43.0
Labour hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Liverpool Walton[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 31,516 78.4 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Richard J. Roberts 4,478 11.1 −0.9
Conservative Mark K. Kotecha 2,551 6.3 −6.2
Referendum Charles Grundy 620 1.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Lesley Mahmood 444 1.1 N/A
Liberal Miss Hazel L. Williams 352 0.9 −1.1
ProLife Alliance Veronica P. Mearns 246 0.6 N/A
Majority 27,038 67.2
Turnout 40,207 59.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Liverpool Walton[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 34,214 72.4 +8.0
Conservative Berkeley Greenwood 5,915 12.5 −1.9
Liberal Democrat Joseph Lang 5,672 12.0 −9.2
Liberal Tom Newall 963 2.0 N/A
Protestant Reformation David J.E. Carson 393 0.8 N/A
Natural Law MS. Dianne Raiano 98 0.2 N/A
Majority 28,299 59.9 +16.7
Turnout 47,255 67.4 −6.2
Labour hold Swing +4.9
Liverpool Walton by-election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Kilfoyle 21,317 53.1 −11.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Robert Clark 14,457 36.0 +14.8
Walton Real Labour Lesley Mahmood 2,613 6.5 N/A
Conservative Berkeley Greenwood 1,155 2.9 −11.5
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 546 1.4 N/A
Independent George Lee-Delisle 63 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,860 17.1 −26.1
Turnout 40,151 56.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Liverpool Walton[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 34,661 64.4 +11.7
Liberal Paul Robert Clark 11,408 21.2 −0.2
Conservative Iain Anthony Mays 7,738 14.4 −10.8
Majority 23,253 43.2 +15.6
Turnout 53,807 73.6 +4.0
Labour hold Swing +6.0
General Election 1983: Liverpool Walton[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 26,980 52.7
Conservative Alan James Maddox 12,865 25.1
Liberal David M.B. Croft 10,970 21.4
BNP Donald J.M. McKechnie 343 0.7 N/A
Majority 14,115 27.6
Turnout 51,158 69.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 20,231 55.22
Conservative R. Gould 12,673 34.59
Liberal N. Cardwell 3,479 9.50
National Front W.F. Haire 254 0.69
Majority 7,558 20.63
Turnout 72.83
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 20,568 57.95
Conservative R. Gould 10,706 30.16
Liberal J. Watton 4,221 11.89
Majority 9,862 27.78
Turnout 68.30
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 20,057 53.65
Conservative R.W. Rollins 11,841 31.67
Liberal J. Watton 4,842 12.95
National Front C. Gibbon 647 1.73
Majority 8,216 21.98
Turnout 72.69
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 20,530 56.01
Conservative Joseph Norton 16,124 43.99
Majority 4,406 12.02
Turnout 67.99
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 20,950 57.29
Conservative Kenneth Pugh Thompson 15,617 42.71
Majority 5,333 14.58
Turnout 71.18
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Samuel Heffer 21,452 53.63
Conservative Kenneth Pugh Thompson 18,546 46.37
Majority 2,906 7.27
Turnout 75.62
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Liverpool Walton[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Pugh Thompson 24,288 54.53
Labour George McCartney 20,254 45.47
Majority 4,034 9.06
Turnout 77.72
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Pugh Thompson 23,851 53.19
Labour Joseph Jackson Cleary 20,989 46.81
Majority 2,862 6.38
Turnout 75.33
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Pugh Thompson 28,014 53.59
Labour Ian Isidore Levin 24,262 46.41
Majority 3,752 7.18
Turnout 81.05
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Pugh Thompson 26,250 49.40
Labour James Haworth 21,983 41.37
Liberal Ewart Heywood 4,901 9.22
Majority 4,267 8.03
Turnout 83.07
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Haworth 18,385 43.61
Conservative Reginald Purbrick 15,749 37.35
Liberal Miss Elizabeth Ruth Webster 8,028 19.04
Majority 2,636 6.25
Turnout 69.55
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Purbrick 22,623 61.64
Labour Frederick Lees McGhee 14,079 38.36
Majority 8,544 23.28
Turnout 64.24
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Liverpool Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Purbrick 31,135 73.57
Labour F.A.P. Rowe 11,183 26.43
Majority 19,952 47.15
Turnout 77.50
Conservative hold Swing

Election results 1885-1929[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Birrell
General Election 1885: Liverpool Walton [18][19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John George Gibson 3,492 58.3 n/a
Liberal Augustine Birrell 2,500 41.7 n/a
Majority 992 16.6 n/a
Turnout 78.0 n/a
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Liverpool Walton [18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John George Gibson 2,872 63.1 +4.8
Liberal Charles Hamilton Bromby 1,681 36.9 -4.8
Majority 1,191 26.2 +9.6
Turnout 59.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.8
Liverpool Walton by-election, 1888 [18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Miles Walker Mattinson unopposed n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Richardson
General Election 1892: Liverpool Walton [18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Henry Stock 3,707 59.8 n/a
Liberal Benjamin Ward Richardson 2,493 40.2 n/a
Majority 1,214 19.6 n/a
Turnout 68.9 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General Election 1895: Liverpool Walton [18][19][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Henry Stock unopposed n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Liverpool Walton [18][19][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Henry Stock unopposed n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Smith
General Election 1906: Liverpool Walton [18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Edwin Smith 5,862 53.2 n/a
Liberal Edwin George Jellicoe 5,153 46.8 n/a
Majority 709 6.4 n/a
Turnout 74.0 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Liverpool Walton [18][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Edwin Smith 6,627 52.6 -0.6
Liberal Francis L'Estrange Joseph 5,513 43.8 -3.0
Independent Liberal Edwin George Jellicoe 451 3.6 -43.2
Majority 1,114 8.8
Turnout 80.4 +6.4
Conservative hold Swing +1.2
General Election December 1910: Liverpool Walton [18][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Edwin Smith 6,383 55.9
Liberal William Permewan 5,039 44.1
Majority 1,344 11.8 +3.0
Turnout 72.9
Conservative hold Swing

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918: Liverpool Walton[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 11,457
Labour Robert Dixon Smith 4,580
Majority
Turnout 55.1
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Liverpool Walton[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Harry Warden Stanley Chilcott unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Liverpool Walton[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Harry Warden Stanley Chilcott unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Liverpool Walton[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Harry Warden Stanley Chilcott 13,387
Labour Thomas William Gillinder 8,924
Liberal S Skelton 1,910
Majority
Turnout 76.9
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Liverpool Walton [26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Reginald Purbrick 16,623 42.8
Labour F A P Rowe 16,395 42.2
Liberal Glyn Howard Howard-Jones 5,857 15.0
Majority 228 0.6
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/labour-defence/
  3. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  4. ^ https://medium.com/@chrishanretty/the-eu-referendum-how-did-westminster-constituencies-vote-283c85cd20e1#.aws9a2ibh
  5. ^ BBC Daily Politics, Feb 1 2017
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Liverpool Walton". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  19. ^ a b c d e f g The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  20. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  21. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  22. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  23. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  24. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  25. ^ Liverpool Daily Post 27 Jun 1914
  26. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig

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