St Helens South (UK Parliament constituency)
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|St Helens South|
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of St Helens South in Merseyside for the 2005 general election.
Location of Merseyside within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||St Helens South and Whiston|
|Created from||St Helens, Widnes and Huyton|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
St Helens South 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.
The Metropolitan Borough of St Helens wards of Eccleston, Grange Park, Marshalls Cross, Parr and Hardshaw, Queen's Park, Rainhill, Sutton and Bold, Thatto Heath, and West Sutton.
The constituency was one of two covering the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, the other being St Helens North. It contained the southern part of the borough including the town centre of St Helens, the south of the town, Clock Face and Rainhill.
Following recommendations made by the Boundary Commission for England, St Helens South was replaced with a new St Helens South and Whiston constituency, which includes three wards from Knowsley borough.
The forerunner seat had been represented by members of the Labour Party since 1935.
The constituency was formed in 1983, and was represented by Labour's Gerry Bermingham from then until he stood down in 2001. He was replaced by Shaun Woodward, who had defected from the Conservatives to Labour in December 1999. Woodward was deemed unlikely to retain his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire as a Labour candidate (it was subsequently won by David Cameron, former Leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), and was instead selected for this safe seat. Woodward has won all three elections however lost his position in the cabinet because of the Labour party defeat to the Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition government in the 2010 General Election.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Constituency abolished: see St Helens South and Whiston|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Richard George Bull||13,244||27.1||N/A|
|Social Democratic||Philip James Briers||10,939||22.2||N/A|
|Independent||Melvyn Henry Davies||1,780||3.6||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
|Conservative||John Anthony Brown||13,226||26.7||−0.4|
|Social Democratic||Philip James Briers||9,252||18.7||−3.7|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Mrs Patricia Marilyn Buzzard||12,182||24.5||−2.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Thomas Spencer||6,933||13.9||−4.8|
|Natural Law||Dr. Harriet Sarah Jump||295||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative||Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Junker Marking Russell||6,628||15.0||−9.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Thomas Spencer||5,919||13.4||−0.5|
|Referendum||William Francis Andrew Patrick Holdaway||1,165||2.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||Dr. Harriet Sarah Jump||179||0.4||−0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Thomas Spencer||7,814||23.1||+9.7|
|Conservative||Lee Stuart Rotherham||4,675||13.8||−1.1|
|Socialist Alliance||Neil Thompson||2,325||6.9||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Michael Roy Perry||1,504||4.4||N/A|
|UKIP||Bryan Hilton Slater||336||1.0||N/A|
|Independent||Michael Anastasio Murphy||271||0.8||N/A|
|Independent||David Oswald Braid||80||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Thomas Spencer||10,036||28.3||+5.2|
|UKIP||Malcolm James Hamilton Nightingale||847||2.4||+1.4|
|Socialist Labour||Michael Roy Perry||643||1.8||−2.6|
Notes and references
- "'St Helens South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.