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 Liverpool West Derby
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Robert Wareing Labour 20,454 66.2 -5.0
Stephen Radford Liberal Party 4,601 14.9 +5.3
Pat Moloney Liberal Democrat 3,366 10.9 +1.9
Bill Clare Conservative 2,486 8.0 -0.7
Majority 15,853 51.3
Turnout 30,907 45.5 -15.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.2% from Labour to Liberal Party
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Liverpool West Derby returned Bob Wareing to a third term in 1997 with a majority of over 25,000. Essentially Liverpool’s council estate seat, West Derby is centred on the north eastern edge of the city and includes Norris Green in Pirrie ward, an inter-war development, and post-war Gillmoss and Dovecot.

The setting for Brookside, Channel 4’s long-running soap about the trials and tribulations of the occupants of a Liverpool cul-de-sac, is to be found within the constituency. The new developments around Croxteth Hall of which Brookside Close is a typical example, as well as West Derby village and in Sandfield Park are owner-occupied but even these wards have not recently voted Conservative.

Recent election results and a high unemployment rate of 8.9% give the impression that this has long been a Labour stronghold. In fact, West Derby was a Conservative seat right up until 1964. The Conservative’s grip on the seat was fatally weakened by housing redevelopment and the decline of the Orange Protestant vote in the area. But Labour has had some trouble in the constituency. Eric Ogden MP defected to the SDP in the early 1980s and promptly lost his seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Liverpool West Derby
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Robert Wareing Labour 30,002 71.2
Steve Radford Liberal Party 4,037 9.6
Ann Hines Liberal Democrat 3,805 9.0
Neil Morgan Conservative 3,656 8.7
Peter Forrest Referendum 657 1.6
Majority 25,965 61.6
Turnout 42,157 61.3
 
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