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 St Helens North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Watts Labour 22,977 61.1 -3.8
Simon Pearce Conservative 7,076 18.8 +1.5
John Beirne Liberal Democrat 6,609 17.6 +4.9
Stephen Whatham Socialist Labour 939 2.5 +0.8
Majority 15,901 42.3
Turnout 37,601 53.3 -15.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
An industrial town, built on the back of the coal, glass and chemical industries and famous for its glass technology, its Beecham's powders and, of course, its rugby team, St Helens was left untouched by the Boundary Commission in 1995 and boasts two parliamentary seats.

St Helens North has tended towards Labour. Slightly more affluent and middle class than its southern neighbour, two of the wards in St Helens North often return Tory councillors in borough elections, namely Windle - one of St Helens’ most desirable residential districts - and Rainford - popular with commuters for St Helens and Liverpool. The Lib Dems are often elected in municipal contests in Newton-le-Willows, an old railway town.

St Helens' industrial past has left it with its share of problems, namely large areas of derelict land and a low skills base.

Like many towns in this area, St Helens has its share of substandard housing that is often cold, damp and lacking in basic facilities. Local residents are said to be particularly alert to what they regard as the inequities in regional funding.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 St Helens North
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Dave Watts Labour 31,953 64.9
Pelham Walker Conservative 8,536 17.3
John Beirne Liberal Democrat 6,270 12.7
David Johnson Referendum 1,276 2.6
Ron Waugh Socialist Labour 833 1.7
Richard Rudin UK Independence 363 0.7
Majority 23,417 47.6
Turnout 49,231 68.9
 
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