Wirral South (UK Parliament constituency)


Wirral South (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Wirral South
Map1 = WirralSouth
Map2 = Merseyside
Entity = Merseyside
Type = County
County = Merseyside
Year = 1983
MP = Ben Chapman
Party = Labour
EP = North West England

Wirral South is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries

The constituency is one of four covering the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, covering the south of the borough. Like its neighbour Wirral West, it is comprised of a predominantly middle-class area. It contains the towns of Bebington, Bromborough, Eastham and Heswall, and the rural area between them where the villages of Brimstage and Thornton Hough are situated.

History

The constituency was formed in 1983, from parts of the former Wirral constituency and Bebington and Ellesmere Port constituency. Both had been held by the Conservative Party, for whom Barry Porter took the new seat in that year's general election.

Following the death of Barry Porter in November 1996, a by-election was held in February 1997. This was the last by-election of that Parliament, held a matter of weeks before the general election was called. It was won by Ben Chapman of the Labour Party, who has held the seat since.

Members of Parliament

* 1983 – 1996: Barry Porter, Conservative
* 1997 – "present": Ben Chapman, Labour

Election results

Results in the 2000s

Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Wirral South
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Ben Chapman
votes = 16,892
percentage = 42.5
change = -4.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Carl Cross
votes = 13,168
percentage = 33.2
change = -1.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Simon Holbrook
votes = 8,568
percentage = 21.6
change = +3.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = David Scott
votes = 616
percentage = 1.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Laurence Jones
votes = 460
percentage = 1.2
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 3,724
percentage = 9.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 39,704
percentage = 67.5
change = +1.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = -1.6

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Wirral South
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Ben Chapman
votes = 18,890
percentage = 47.4
change = -3.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Tony Millard
votes = 13,841
percentage = 34.8
change = -1.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Phil Gilchrist
votes = 7,087
percentage = 17.8
change = +7.4
Election box majority
votes = 5,049
percentage = 12.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 39,818
percentage = 65.6
change = -15.4
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Results in the 1990s

Election box begin
title=General Election 1997: Wirral South
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Ben Chapman
votes = 24,499
percentage = 50.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Les Byrom
votes = 17,495
percentage = 36.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Phil Gilchrist
votes = 5,018
percentage = 10.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Referendum Party
candidate = Donald Wilcox
votes = 768
percentage = 1.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = People's Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Jane Nielsen
votes = 264
percentage = 0.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = Geoffrey Mead
votes = 51
percentage = 0.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 7,004
percentage = 14.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 48,095
percentage = 81.0
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=Wirral South by-election, 1997
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Ben Chapman
votes = 22,767
percentage = 52.6
change = +18.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Leslie Byrom
votes = 14,879
percentage = 34.4
change = -16.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Flo Clucas
votes = 4,357
percentage = 10.1
change = -3.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Richard North
votes = 410
percentage = 0.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Harold Bence
votes = 184
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Michael Cullen
votes = 156
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box candidate
party = Disillusioned Conservative
candidate = Phillip Gott
votes = 148
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Roger Taylor
votes = 132
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate
party = Independent - anti tobacco donation
candidate = Anthony Samuelson
votes = 124
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = Geoffery Mead
votes = 52
percentage = 0.1
change = -0.2
Election box candidate
party = 21st Century Foresters
candidate = Colin Palmer
votes = 44
percentage = 0.1
change =
Election box candidate
party = Independent - Thalidomide Action Group
candidate = Frederick Astbury
votes = 40
percentage = 0.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 7,888
percentage = 18.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 71.5
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = -17.24

Election box begin
title=General Election 1992: Wirral South
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Barry Porter
votes = 25,590
percentage = 50.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = H. Southworth
votes = 17,407
percentage = 34.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = E.T. Cunniffe
votes = 6,581
percentage = 13.1
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = E. Birchenough
votes = 584
percentage = 1.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = G. Griffiths
votes = 182
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box majority
votes = 8,183
percentage = 16.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 50,344
percentage = 82.4
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies on Merseyside
* Wirral South by-election, 1997


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