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 Liverpool Garston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Maria Eagle Labour 20,043 61.4 +0.1
Paula Keaveney Liberal Democrat 7,549 23.1 +4.1
Helen Sutton Conservative 5,059 15.5 -0.2
Majority 12,494 38.3
Turnout 32,651 50.2 -14.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.0% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
A mixed residential and industrial constituency, Garston includes some of Liverpool’s docks and the city’s old industrial heartland, much of which was devastated by the recession in the early 1980s. It elected Maria Eagle with a majority of 18,000 in 1997.

Perhaps the most socially and economically diverse of all the Liverpool cosntituencies, it has always been a volatile swing seat. Formerly a true Labour-Conservative marginal - going with the national flow in 1974 and 1979 and resisting Liberal municipal success, Garston has recently swung strongly to the Labour party.

Garston contains some of the most desirable and expensive housing in Liverpool, in the Woolton and Allerton areas, and has the highest proportion of owner-occupation in the city. Woolston is, in fact, the only one of the 33 wards in Liverpool to return any Conservative councillors but even then not consistently so. The ward of Grassendale down by the river Mersey has large houses in private gated estates and returns Lib Dems at a local level.

In her maiden speech to the House of Commons, Maria Eagle described the list of factories and employers who had left the constituency as ‘depressingly long’ and unemployment in the constituency is well above the national average.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Liverpool Garston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Maria Eagle Labour 26,667 61.3
Flo Clucas Liberal Democrat 8,250 19.0
Nigel Gordon-Johnson Conservative 6,819 15.7
Frank Dunne Referendum 833 1.9
Gary Copeland Liberal Party 666 1.5
John Parsons Natural Law 127 0.3
Stuart Nolan Independent 120 0.3
Majority 18,417 42.4
Turnout 43,482 65.0
 
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