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 Liverpool Wavertree
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jane Kennedy Labour 20,155 62.7 -1.7
Christopher Newby Liberal Democrat 7,836 24.4 +2.9
Geoff Allen Conservative 3,091 9.6 -1.2
Michael Lane Socialist Labour 359 1.1  
Mark O'Brien Socialist Alliance 349 1.1  
Neil Miney UK Independence 348 1.1  
Majority 12,319 38.3
Turnout 32,138 44.3 -18.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
In the 1980s Liverpoolís post-war decline gathered pace - manifest not least in the cityís shrinking population - falling from 510,000 to 450,000 between 1981 and 1991. Some wards lost half their residents or more. This depopulation cost Liverpool one of its six parliamentary seats in the 1995 redistribution. Mossley Hill, the sole non-Labour seat in the city, fell victim to the Commissionís knife. Geographically central, it was the most obvious choice for abolition.

Mossley Hill was divided between 3 constituencies. Aigburth and Smithdown wards were subsumed by the usual Labour stronghold of Liverpool Riverside. Grassendale, a traditional Liberal Democrat ward, was transferred into Garston, a normally safe Labour seat. The remaining wards of Church and Picton joined the bulk of the former Broadgreen seat in the newly redrawn Wavertree constituency.

The new seat pitted Liberal Democrat David Alton with 25,000 former Mossley Hill electors against Labourís Jane Kennedy who had won Broadgreen in 1992 and brought some 47,000 electors with her into Wavertree. However, after Alton announced his retirement in 1995, the Liberal Democrats were powerless to prevent Jane Kennedy winning by a convincing margin.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Liverpool Wavertree
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jane Kennedy Labour 29,592 64.4
Richard Kemp Liberal Democrat 9,891 21.5
Christopher Malthouse Conservative 4,944 10.8
Peter Worthington Referendum 576 1.3
Keith McCullough Liberal Party 391 0.9
Rachel Kingsley ProLife Alliance 346 0.8
Carole Corkhill Workers Rev 178 0.4
Majority 19,701 42.9
Turnout 45,918 62.7
 
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