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 Liverpool Walton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Kilfoyle Labour 22,143 77.8 -0.6
Kiron Reid Liberal Democrat 4,147 14.6 +3.5
Stephen Horgan Conservative 1,726 6.1 -0.2
Paul Forest UK Independence 442 1.6  
Majority 17,996 63.2
Turnout 28,458 43.0 -16.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.0% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The northernmost of Liverpool’s seats, Labour first took Walton in 1964 when Eric Heffer ousted the Conservative Sir Kenneth Thompson. A staunch left-winger, he represented the constituency until his death in 1991. Heffer's legacy should gain some of the credit for Peter Kilfoyle’s impressive majority of 27,038 over the Tories in the 1997 general election. Walton’s progress to the left of the political spectrum over recent decades is yet another local manifestation of a city-wide trend.

The wards of Warbreck, Melrose, County, Fazakerley, Breckfield and Anfield all have differing housing types. The constituency is also home to both Liverpool FC and Everton FC whose homegrounds are Anfield and Goodison Park respectively.

With unemployment standing at 8.9% in December 2000, constituents’ concerns tend to centre on the associated problems of long-term unemployment, law and order and poverty.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Liverpool Walton
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Kilfoyle Labour 31,516 78.4
Richard Roberts Liberal Democrat 4,478 11.1
Mark Kotecha Conservative 2,551 6.3
Charles Grundy Referendum 620 1.5
Lesley Mahmood Socialist Party 444 1.1
Hazel Williams Liberal Party 352 0.9
Veronica Mearns ProLife Alliance 246 0.6
Majority 27,038 67.2
Turnout 40,207 59.5
 
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