St Helens South and Whiston (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°26′53″N 2°43′52″W / 53.448°N 2.731°W / 53.448; -2.731

St. Helens South and Whiston
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of St. Helens South and Whiston in Merseyside for the 2010 general election.
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Location of Merseyside within England.
County Merseyside
Electorate 78,612 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Marie Rimmer (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from St Helens South,
Knowsley South
European Parliament constituency North West England

St. Helens South and Whiston is a constituency created in 2010 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Marie Rimmer of the Labour Party.[n 1]



Following the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies the Boundary Commission for England expanded and renamed the St Helens South seat, covering the south of the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens and three wards of the Knowsley borough which were in a neighbouring seat.

Results of the winning party

The area has been held by the Labour Party since the 1945 election (including predecessor seats), and part since 1935. The 2015 result made the seat the 24th safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2]

Results of other parties

The 2015 general election saw (with 11.3%) more than the national average swing (+9.5%) to UKIP (narrowly placed third). Labour's candidate won more than fivefold those votes, scoring 59.8%.


Turnout has risen from 59.1% to 62.3%


The boundaries have not changed to date.

Its electoral wards are:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
2010 Shaun Woodward Labour
2015 Marie Rimmer Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: St Helens South and Whiston[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Mark Hitchen
Conservative Ed McRandal
Green Jess Northey
Labour Marie Rimmer
Liberal Democrat Brian Spencer
General Election 2015: St Helens South and Whiston[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marie Rimmer 28,950 59.8 +6.9
Conservative Gillian Keegan 7,707 15.9 −1.9
UKIP John Beirne 6,766 14.0 +11.3
Liberal Democrat Brian Spencer 2,737 5.7 −16.6
Green James Chan 2,237 4.6 +4.6
Majority 21,243 43.9 +13.3
Turnout 48,397 62.3 +3.2
Labour hold Swing +4.4
General Election 2010: St Helens South and Whiston[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Shaun Woodward* 24,364 52.9 −2.7
Liberal Democrat Brian Spencer 10,242 22.2 −6.6
Conservative Val Allen 8,209 17.8 +5.7
BNP James Winstanley 2,040 4.4 +4.4
UKIP John Sumner 1,226 2.7 +0.8
Majority 14,122 30.6
Turnout 46,081 59.1 +5.9
Labour hold Swing 1.9
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "St Helens South & Whiston parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "St Helens South & Whiston". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
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  1. ^ A borough 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.