Bebington and Ellesmere Port (UK Parliament constituency)

Bebington and Ellesmere Port was a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system. It existed from Feb 1974 to 1983.

Bebington and Ellesmere Port
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bebington and Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, boundaries 1974-83
February 1974–1983
Number of membersone
Replaced byWirral South and Ellesmere Port and Neston[1]
Created fromBebington and Wirral

The constituency was centred on the towns of Bebington and Ellesmere Port on the Wirral Peninsula in England.


Created for the February 1974 election, it ceased to exist with the implementation of the boundary changes brought in for the 1983 general election.


The Boroughs of Bebington and Ellesmere Port.[2]

Bebington was previously part of the former constituency of Bebington, and Ellesmere Port was transferred from the Wirral constituency.

From major local government boundary changes on 1 April 1974 until the constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, Ellesmere Port was part of the new Borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston in Cheshire whilst Bebington comprised part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, but its boundaries remained unchanged.

On abolition in 1983, Bebington became part of the new constituency of Wirral South and Ellesmere Port formed part of the new constituency of Ellesmere Port and Neston.

Members of Parliament

Feb 1974 Alf Bates Labour
1979Barry PorterConservative
1983 constituency abolished


General election February 1974: Bebington and Ellesmere Port[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Bates 31,850 44.5
Conservative Eric Cockeram 27,388 38.3
Liberal P Handley 12,372 17.3
Majority 4,462 6.2
Turnout 71,610 83.5
Labour win (new seat)
General election October 1974: Bebington and Ellesmere Port[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Bates 32,310 47.5 +3.0
Conservative Eric Cockeram 25,819 37.9 -0.4
Liberal N Thomas 9,947 14.6 -2.7
Majority 6,491 9.6 +3.4
Turnout 68,076 78.6 -4.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 1979: Bebington and Ellesmere Port[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barry Porter 32,488 43.9 +6.0
Labour Alfred Bates 32,002 43.2 -4.3
Liberal Philip Gilchrist 9,591 13.0 -1.6
Majority 486 0.7 N/A
Turnout 68,076 80.7 +2.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

See also


  1. "'Bebington and Ellesmere Port', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. Craig, Fred W. S. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1885-1972. Chichester: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-09-4. OCLC 539011.