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Knowsley North & Sefton East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A curiously named, and indeed curiously drawn seat. This division bears that name more appositely than most, for it is divided, not only between Knowsley borough and Sefton, but between overwhelmingly working class Kirkby, which forms most of the Knowsley section, and middle class owner occupied Maghull, formerly placed with Crosby and Formby in the Sefton seat of Crosby. Maghull was happier with those partners, in a seat which was Tory (with a year of SDP representation after Shirley Williams won the 1982 by-election) until Labour's astonishing victory in 1997. But that is eminently reversible, whereas this seat has a 26,000 Labour majority and will not be Tory until the crack of doom. More boundary changes seem to be Maghull's only hope. Is Kirkby so terrifying? Many would say yes. This was the setting of the BBC's pioneering "realistic" TV police series Z Cars in the early 1960s, though it is not an official "New Town", but rather a series of council housing estates which took slum clearance overspill from Liverpool in the 1950s, when its population rose from 3,000 to 52,000. Parts have been demolished now, like the notorious Tower Hill, but it still has a battery of indicators of urban deprivation. The estate originally known as Cantril Farm, also from the Knowsley majority of this seat, may have an even worse reputation; for its name was changed to Stockbridge Village because of its association with crime and drugs.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
George Howarth was elected here in 1986 as a less photogenic replacement for the departed-for-TV, perma-tanned, Prime-Minister-who-never-was, Robert Kilroy-Silk. Inserted here as part of the campaign to erode Militant influence on Merseyside, he reached the front bench in 1990 and has been a competent if colourless bottom ranking minister since 1997, currently in Northern Ireland. A fitter-turned-TUC-official, he was born locally in 1949 and attended Huyton Secondary School, Kirkby FE College, Liverpool Polytechnic and Salford University. Likened in appearance in the Guardian to a "serial killer", he retorted that "appearances are not always deceptive".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.98% 14.99% 26.53
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.27% 2.49% 11.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.97% 4.43% 44.44
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 20.69% 7.27% 284.42
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.29% 3.94% 7.37
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 24.21% 13.04% 185.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.73% 12.70% 45.12
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.68% 8.14% 32.92
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.39% 4.02% 9.69
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.57% 3.19% 49.44
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.97% 11.31% 273.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.46% 3.06% 80.36
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.40% 2.52% 174.78
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.38% 0.06% 613.34
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.11% 9.41% 139.23
5-10K 20.15% 16.63% 121.17
10-15K 18.02% 16.58% 108.70
15-20K 13.62% 13.58% 100.28
20-25K 9.76% 10.39% 93.91
25-30K 6.89% 7.77% 88.57
30-35K 4.85% 5.79% 83.81
35-40K 3.44% 4.33% 79.45
40-45K 2.46% 3.27% 75.42
45-50K 1.78% 2.48% 71.67
50-55K 1.30% 1.90% 68.19
55-60K 0.96% 1.47% 64.96
60-65K 0.71% 1.15% 61.98
65-70K 0.54% 0.91% 59.22
70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 56.67
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 54.32
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 52.15
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 50.13
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.27
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 46.55
100K + 0.52% 1.34% 38.40

Local Map of the constituency
Knowsley North & Sefton East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Knowsley North & Sefton East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.51%)
Conservative (-  9.50%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.54%)
Liberal Democrat (2.72%)
Conservative (-  1.02%) Labour (-  3.18%)
Con - 9.50%
Lab 15.51%
LD - 4.54%
Con - 1.02%
Lab - 3.18%
LD 2.72%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Howarth
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.28%) 6,108 16.28%
Lab Labour (66.73%) 25,035 66.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.79%) 5,173 13.79%
Oth Other (3.20%) 1,201 3.20%
Maj Majority (50.45%) 18,927 50.45%
Turn Turnout (53.00%) 37,517 53.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Howarth
Labour hold
C Keith Chapman 6,108 16.28%
L George Howarth 25,035 66.73%
IJ David Jones 271 0.72%
LD Richard Roberts 5,173 13.79%
IR Thomas Rossiter 356 0.95%
SL Ron Waugh 574 1.53%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
George Howarth
Labour
Con Conservative (17.30%) 8,600 17.30%
Lab Labour (69.91%) 34,747 69.91%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.06%) 5,499 11.06%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.72%) 857 1.72%
Maj Majority (52.61%) 26,147 52.61%
Turn Turnout (70.09%) 49,703 70.09%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.80%) 14,930 26.80%
Lab Labour (54.40%) 30,316 54.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.60%) 8,670 15.60%
Oth Other (3.20%) 1,805 3.20%
Maj Majority (27.60%) 15,386 27.60%
Turn Turnout (75.14%) 55,721 75.14%

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