Weaver Vale (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Weaver Vale in Cheshire.
Location of Cheshire within England.
|Major settlements||Northwich and Frodsham|
|Member of parliament||Mike Amesbury (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Eddisbury, Tatton, Halton, and Warrington South|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Weaver Vale is 1 of 7 seats won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of 11 covering its county. Amesbury's 2017 win was one of 30 net gains of the Labour Party, three of which came from the county Cheshire.
The seat has been considered relative to others a marginal seat, as well as a swing seat, since 2005 as its winner's majority has not exceeded 7.8% of the vote since the 17.4% majority won in 2005 and the seat has changed hands twice since that year.
1997-2010: The District of Vale Royal wards of Castle, Church, Forest, Frodsham East, Frodsham North West, Frodsham South, Gorst Wood, Hartford, Helsby Central, Helsby North, Helsby South and Alvanley Ward, Kingsley, Milton, Northwich, Weaver, Winnington, Witton North, and Witton South, and the Borough of Halton wards of Brookfields, Castlefields, Clough, Daresbury, Murdishaw, and Norton.
2010–present: The Cheshire West and Chester wards of Forest, Frodsham North, Frodsham South, Hartford and Whitegate, Helsby, Kingsley, Leftwich and Kingsmead, Milton Weaver, Northwich Castle, Northwich Winnington, Northwich Witton, and Weaverham, and the Borough of Halton wards of Beechwood, Daresbury, Halton Lea, Norton North, Norton South, and Windmill Hill.
The constituency covers the northern part of the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority in Cheshire, including the towns of Northwich and Frodsham and the villages of Helsby and Weaverham. It also includes part of the borough of Halton, covering the easternmost suburbs of Runcorn.
From the 1997 general election, the seat was held by the Labour Party's Mike Hall, who first entered Parliament in 1992 for Warrington South. Labour held the seat relatively easily in the succeeding two general elections however lost the 2010 election here on a swing of 8.15% with minor boundary changes mentioned likely affecting this swing.
In February 2010 Mike Hall (Labour), who had held the seat since it was created in 1997, announced that he was standing down at the 2010 election due to health reasons. Graham Evans (Conservative) held the seat from 2010-2017. The present MP is Mike Amesbury (Labour), elected during the 2017 general election.
The area has economic sectors as diverse as plastics and chemicals to construction. Other areas include telecommunications/bank communication centres, with in addition, a large national bakery and a supermarket distribution centre. Salt used to comprise a major mining industry of the area, much more of which is extracted today from large reserves in Northern Ireland. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 slightly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This was, however, lower than the regional average of 4.4%. Northwich and the wards from Halton are inclined to vote Labour, whereas Frodsham, Helsby and the smaller rural villages are more Conservative.
Members of Parliament
|Liberal Democrat||Daniela Parker|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Roberts||1,623||3.2||+0.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||4.25|
|Liberal Democrat||Mary Di Mauro||1,395||3.0||−15.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Hampson||8,196||18.6||−1.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||8.15|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour||Michael Thomas Hall||18,759||47.6||−4.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Nigel Griffiths||7,723||19.6||+5.2|
|Labour||Michael Thomas Hall||20,611||52.5||−3.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Nigel Griffiths||5,643||14.4||+2.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour||Michael Thomas Hall||27,244||56.4||N/A|
|Conservative||James Patrick Byrne||13,796||28.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Nigel Griffiths||5,949||12.3||N/A|
|Referendum||Roger Edmund Cockfield||1,312||2.7||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
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- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.