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Knowsley South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The largest numerical majority for any party in 1997, 30,708, was recorded in Knowsley South, in Labour's interest. This is not actually the safest seat of all in percentage terms, that is, by the swing of votes needed to oust the sitting MP. At 64.5pc majority, requiring a swing of 33pc, there are ten safer seats, all Labour (Labour actually had the 118 safest seats in 1997, not including the Speaker, and 113 if one does). The reason why it was not at the top of the safety list too was that the ten above it had fewer votes cast, because they were smaller in electorate (half were in Wales where the number of voters per seat is set to be fewer) or because the turnout was much lower, as in Liverpool Walton. Knowsley South will for ever be associated with Harold Wilson, who won four General Elections as leader of the Labour party. When he was first elected the seat was called Huyton, and his excellent relationship with it as well as social and housing change and long term swing in Merseyside saw him build up his majority, for example from 6,000 in 1959 to 19,000 in 1964 - he also became party leader during this period, which may have helped his profile too. Huyton and Roby, joined in this seat by Whiston, Halewood (site of a huge Ford car plant) and now Prescot, where they make cables, used to be regarded as a cut above Liverpool itself, but many Scousers moved in to the large council estates of Woolfall Heath, Page Moss and Longview, bring a distinctive accent, tone and attitude. This is not the inner city: it would not have so large and stable a population and average turnout rates if it were; but a visit will soon explain better than in words why it has the largest Labour lead of all.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Eddie O'Hara, an unobtrusive MP here since 1990, comes, Bootle-born, with good working class credentials, if over-laid with education at Liverpool Collegiate School and Magdalen College, Oxford, and a teaching career taking him to Liverpool Polytechnic via several years as a classics master in two public schools. His passion for the Classics explains his partiality for Greek Cyprus and for most things Greek. As a Merseyside MP he defends local pools interests against the National Lottery, and has translated Beatles songs into Latin.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.33% 14.99% 22.23
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.29% 2.49% 11.73
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.06% 4.43% 114.43
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.32% 7.27% 141.82
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.35% 2.56% 13.72
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.14% 3.94% 3.63
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.25% 13.04% 124.64
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.52% 12.70% 67.11
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.26% 8.14% 89.14
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.23% 4.02% 5.61
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.28% 3.19% 103.05
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 37.33% 11.31% 330.01
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.55% 3.06% 50.67
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.04% 2.52% 239.70
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.04% 0.06% 67.53
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.85% 9.41% 147.17
5-10K 20.79% 16.63% 124.98
10-15K 18.29% 16.58% 110.33
15-20K 13.58% 13.58% 99.95
20-25K 9.56% 10.39% 92.02
25-30K 6.66% 7.77% 85.61
30-35K 4.64% 5.79% 80.19
35-40K 3.27% 4.33% 75.48
40-45K 2.33% 3.27% 71.32
45-50K 1.68% 2.48% 67.58
50-55K 1.22% 1.90% 64.21
55-60K 0.90% 1.47% 61.15
60-65K 0.67% 1.15% 58.36
65-70K 0.51% 0.91% 55.81
70-75K 0.38% 0.72% 53.48
75-80K 0.30% 0.57% 51.34
80-85K 0.23% 0.46% 49.38
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 47.57
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 45.91
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 44.38
100K + 0.51% 1.34% 37.62

Local Map of the constituency
Knowsley South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Knowsley South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.61%)
Conservative (-  7.92%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.69%)
Liberal Democrat (4.69%)
Conservative (-  0.97%) Labour (-  5.85%)
Con - 7.92%
Lab 7.61%
LD - 0.69%
Con - 0.97%
Lab - 5.85%
LD 4.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eddie O'Hara
Labour hold
Con Conservative (11.62%) 4,250 11.62%
Lab Labour (71.25%) 26,071 71.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 4,755 13.00%
Oth Other (4.14%) 1,514 4.14%
Maj Majority (58.26%) 21,316 58.26%
Turn Turnout (51.77%) 36,590 51.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eddie O'Hara
Labour hold
SL Alan Fogg 1,068 2.92%
C Paul Jemetta 4,250 11.62%
I Mona McNee 446 1.22%
L Eddie O'Hara 26,071 71.25%
LD David Smithson 4,755 13.00%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eddie O'Hara
Labour
Con Conservative (12.58%) 5,987 12.58%
Lab Labour (77.11%) 36,695 77.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.31%) 3,954 8.31%
Ref Referendum (2.00%) 954 2.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (64.53%) 30,708 64.53%
Turn Turnout (67.47%) 47,590 67.47%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (20.50%) 10,936 20.50%
Lab Labour (69.50%) 37,071 69.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.00%) 4,818 9.00%
Oth Other (0.90%) 487 0.90%
Maj Majority (49.00%) 26,135 49.00%
Turn Turnout (73.76%) 53,312 73.76%

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