Sefton Central (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Sefton Central in Merseyside.
Location of Merseyside within England.
|Electorate||67,696 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Crosby, Formby, Maghull, Lydiate & Aintree|
|Member of parliament||Bill Esterson (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
Knowsley North & Sefton East
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
- History of boundaries
The constituency replaced much of Crosby along with part of Knowsley North and Sefton East. The new constituency covers Merseyside northern residential suburban areas of Crosby, Blundellsands, Brighton-Le-Sands, Little Crosby, Thornton, and Hightown, Formby and Maghull and the villages and localities of Aintree, Carr Houses, Freshfield, Ince Blundell, Kennessee Green, Lady Green, Little Altcar, Lunt, Lydiate, Melling, Sefton, and Waddicar, in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. The constituency has electoral wards:
This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.
At the time, eleven of the constituency's twenty-one councillors were Conservatives followed by the Liberal Democrats who had ten,[n 3] whereas analysis by Rallings and Thrasher indicated that had the Sefton Central constituency existed in 2005, the result would have been: Labour 45.6%, Conservative 33.6%, LibDem 19.2%, giving a Labour majority of 4,950. Some Conservative campaign billboard posters for the Tory candidate Deborah Jones had been defaced during the 2010 election, as had been the case during the 2005 election in Crosby. The Labour Party candidate's majority was 3,862 suggesting a moderate two-party swing.
The area covered by this seat and its immediate predecessor Crosby was historically a strong area for the Conservatives. However, since Labour gained that seat in the 1997 election, they have held it with fairly comfortable margins for 20 years. In 2015, an 8.1% swing to Labour saw them take the area with their biggest ever majority of 11,846 votes (24.2%), in accordance with the significant swing to Labour in Merseyside compared to 2010; this margin was surpassed in 2017, as Labour won more than 60% of the vote in the seat and a majority of over 30% for the first time. This suggests that since 2010, Sefton Central has changed from a key marginal between the major parties to a Labour safe seat.
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of a local government district with: a working population whose income is close to the national average and which has close to average reliance on social housing. At the end of 2012, the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 2.4% of the population claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.2%. The borough contributing to the seat has a medium 28.5% of its population without a car, 25.1% of the population without any qualifications and a 24.1% with Level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure, 70.5% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 UK Census across the district.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Daniel Lewis||1,381||2.7||-1.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Paula Keaveney||2,086||4.3||-15.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Clein||9,656||19.9||+0.7|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- A share of the vote based on the 2008 local election in these seven wards gave Conservative 42.3% Liberal Democrat 34.2% Labour 18.1%.
- "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.
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, Office of Public Sector Information
- Sefton Central Tory candidate billboards defaced BBC News website, April 30, 2010. Accessed 30 December 2011
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2011 census interactive maps Archived 2016-01-29 at the Wayback Machine.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)
- "General Election 2017: who is standing for election". Liverpool Echo. 11 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Sefton Central". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.