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 Knowsley South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Eddie O'Hara Labour 26,071 71.3 -5.8
David Smithson Liberal Democrat 4,755 13.0 +4.7
Paul Jemetta Conservative 4,250 11.6 -1.0
Alan Fogg Socialist Labour 1,068 2.9  
Mona McNee Independent 446 1.2  
Majority 21,316 58.3
Turnout 36,590 51.8 -15.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.3% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Eddie OíHara, MP for Knowsley South since 1990, retained the seat with the largest numerical majority for any party in 1997 - 30,708, although there were 10 Labour seats with greater percentage majorities. The seat derives its name from Knowsley Park, ancestral seat of leading local aristocrats the Stanleys (Earls of Derby) - which is actually in Knowsley North.

Knowsley South is based upon the former Huyton constituency - forever associated with Harold Wilson. When he retired in 1983, he had represented the seat for nearly 40 years and transformed it from a marginal to a very safe Labour seat.

Today, the seat of Knowsley South include some old rural communities, in Whiston, Tarbock and Cronton, but overwhelmingly they are Scousers, living in large pre and post-war overspill housing estates. The seat includes the Ford plant at Halewood. At the beginning of February, Ford announced that the plant would produce its new X-type Jag. For the 3,000 workers at the plant, the investment marks a big change in fortune after the factory faced closure in 1997 with the planned phasing out of Escort production, which ended last July.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Knowsley South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Eddie O'Hara Labour 36,695 77.1
Gary Robertson Conservative 5,987 12.6
Clifford Mainey Liberal Democrat 3,954 8.3
Andrew Wright Referendum 954 2.0
Majority 30,708 64.5
Turnout 47,590 67.5
 
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