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 Liverpool Riverside
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Louise Ellman Labour 18,201 71.4 +1.0
Richard Marbrow Liberal Democrat 4,251 16.7 +3.4
Judith Edwards Conservative 2,142 8.4 -1.1
Cathy Wilson Socialist Alliance 909 3.6  
Majority 13,950 54.7
Turnout 25,503 34.1 -17.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.0% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Louise Ellman won this inner city constituency in the 1997 General Election with 70.4% of the vote. At the heart of Liverpool, the constituency stretches along the diverse areas of active, decayed and redeveloped dockland from the Bootle boundary right up to more affluent Aigburth. Riverside can also boast the city’s two cathedrals, the Liverpool mosque and the historic Prince’s Road synagogue, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

In November 2000 this seat was identified as the second poorest area of the country and the one suffering the worst ill health. The northern wards - Vauxhall and Everton - almost exclusively white - suffer from some of worst unemployment and housing conditions in the city. Much housing here has been demolished, leaving huge open spaces a couple of miles from the city centre. In the postal district of Liverpool 8, south of the city centre, the constituency includes Toxteth, the scene of race riots in 1981.

Meanwhile, exclusions, even of primary school children, are commonplace and youth provision is patchy in the area. This has led to high youth and long term unemployment, poor skills and many of the social problems associated with them.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Liverpool Riverside
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Louise Ellman Labour 26,858 70.4
Beatrice Fraenkel Liberal Democrat 5,059 13.3
David Sparrow Conservative 3,635 9.5
Cathy Wilson Socialist Party 776 2.0
David Green Liberal Party 594 1.6
George Skelly Referendum 586 1.5
Heather Neilson ProLife Alliance 277 0.7
David Braid Independent 179 0.5
Geoffey Gay Natural Law 171 0.4
Majority 21,799 57.2
Turnout 38,135 51.6
 
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