Wirral South (UK Parliament constituency)
Wirral South is a constituency[n 1] in Merseyside, England represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Alison McGovern of the Labour Party since 2010.[n 2]
In 1983, Wirral South arose for election following the national boundary review by taking over parts of two seats that were abolished to create it: Wirral and Bebington and Ellesmere Port, held by the Conservative Party since 1923 and 1979 respectively.
- Political history
Barry Porter (Con) won the seat the first time when it was fought and at the next two general elections. He had ousted the Labour party candidate from Bebington and Ellesmere Port in 1979 which he held until the election in 1983. Following the death of Porter in late 1996, a by-election was held in February 1997, the last by-election of that Parliament, held a matter of weeks before the general election was called. It was won by Ben Chapman (Lab), who held the seat until retiring following controversy over his expenses. Labour narrowly managed to hold on in the 2010 general election, electing Alison McGovern. Since then it has consitently sifted towards Labour, she increased her majority to 4,599 in the 2015 election. She was re-elected in 2017 with a majority of 8,323, an increase of 7% over 2015, the biggest majority Labour has ever held in the seat and the biggest majority for any party in Wirral South since 1987. In 2019 she won Re-Election by a slightly narrower 14% margin.
2015 general election
The terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 mandated that the election was held on 7 May 2015. Alison McGovern was the sitting Member of Parliament for the Labour Party. The Conservative Party selected John Bell. Bell had previously stood for election in Clwyd South (2010) and Delyn (2005). He had also stood twice to be a Welsh Assembly Member. He stood in a local council by-election in 2011, for Wrexham County Council.
Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers, which is a proportion of total unemployed claimants, were in November 2012 much lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.3% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This was also lower than the regional average.
Since its creation in 1983, the constituency has consisted of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral wards of Bebington, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Eastham, and Heswall. The constituency is one of four covering the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
Elections in the 2000s
Elections in the 1990s
Elections in the 1980s
Notes and references
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- "Ben Chapman becomes first Labour MP to stand down over expenses". Chapman Resigns. London: The Guardian. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- Osborn, Matt; Straumann, Ralph; Franklin, Will; Clarke, Seán. "UK 2015 general election results in full". Guardian. Guardian Media News Group. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
- "Wirral South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
- "Election 2005: Result: Delyn". BBC News.
- "Election 2010: Result: Clwyd South". BBC News.
- "Election results for Alyn and Deeside, 5 May 2011". 2011-05-05.
- "BBC NEWS, Welsh Assembly Election 2007, Clwyd South". BBC News.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)
- "Election results for WIRRAL SOUTH, 12 December 2019". democracy.wirral.gov.uk. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- "Election results for WIRRAL SOUTH, 8 June 2017". democracy.wirral.gov.uk. 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- "Election Result for Wirral South Constituency on 7 May 2015 | WIRRAL Borough Council". www.wirral.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- "Election Result for Wirral South constituency on 6 May 2010". ww3.wirral.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Wirral South". BBC News.
- "Parliamentary Election results 2005 |". ww3.wirral.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- "BBC NEWS | VOTE 2001 | RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES | Wirral South". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- "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.
- Swings are calculated relative to the 1992 election result, not the by-election result.
- "Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". web.archive.org. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
- Stood as a 'Disillusioned Conservative'.
- Stood on a platform opposing political donations from tobacco companies.
- Sponsored by the 'Thalidomide Action Group UK'.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.