BBC HOMEPAGE | NEWS | WORLD SERVICE | SPORT | MY BBC help
news vote 2001search vote 2001
 You are in: Vote2001: Results & Constituencies
VOTE2001 
Main Issues 
Features 
Crucial Seats 
Key People 
Parties 
Results &  Constituencies 
Candidates 
Opinion Polls 
Online 1000 
Virtual Vote 
Talking Point 
Forum 
AudioVideo 
Programmes 
Voting System 
Local Elections 
Nations 

N Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 

BBC News

BBC Sport

BBC Weather
Results & Constituencies
 
 Ellesmere Port & Neston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Miller Labour 22,964 55.3 -4.3
Gareth Williams Conservative 12,103 29.1 0.0
Stuart Kelly Liberal Democrat 4,828 11.6 +2.7
Henry Crocker UK Independence 824 2.0  
Geoff Nicholls Green 809 1.9  
Majority 10,861 26.2
Turnout 41,528 60.9 -16.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Squeezed between the muddy, swampy estuary of the Dee and Mersey this constituency has two distinct personalities.

Most of the area is dominated by the oil and petroleum works of Ellesmere Port beside the Mersey; the Shell refinery at Stanlow is the most complex of its type in Europe. In Ellesmere Port the people are mainly working-class and the housing is essentially local authority owned.

There is another side to this seat however, on the banks of the Dee on the southern edge of the Wirral peninsula. The area around Neston is far more genteel and is home to many affluent commuters who work in Liverpool or Chester. The residents are mainly middle-class with Conservative tendencies and the housing is overwhelmingly owner-occupied. Burton is an attractive town with many sixteenth century buildings intact; Parkgate is a Deeside resort which is home to salmon and shrimp fishing.

Ellesmere Port and Neston began in 1983 as a Tory marginal but was won by Andrew Miller for Labour in 1992 and again in 1997 with a 16,000 majority.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ellesmere Port & Neston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Miller Labour 31,310 59.6
Lynn Turnbull Conservative 15,275 29.1
Joanna Pemberton Liberal Democrat 4,673 8.9
Colin Rodden Referendum 1,305 2.5
Majority 16,035 30.5
Turnout 52,563 77.8
 
©BBC