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Liverpool, West Derby
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Due to depopulation, Liverpool's representation has been almost halved since 1964, from nine to five MPs, and it has utterly changed in nature. Before 1964 a majority, five, of those members were Conservative; now none are. In West Derby, Conservative from 1945 when it elected the future Home Secretary Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe, the Tory finished fourth with a share which would have lost the deposit in that hanger's day, behind both Liberal Democrat and separate Liberal party candidates. The reasons are general and specific; the national and regional swing to New Labour; the unemployment and economic decline of Liverpool; redevelopment and the building of new council estates on this eastern edge of the city like Gillmoss and Dovecot joining inter-war Norris Green (though private estates have appeared too, as luridly dramatised on Brookside, which is clearly set in this seat); and finally the utter extinction of the old working class Orange Protestant Tory vote, which was an atavistic reaction against Irish Roman Catholicism in the city's highly sectarian past.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Robert (Bob) Wareing, once mocked for his resemblance to Charlie Drake, is the least Blairite of Liverpool’s politically-sanitised MPs as a Campaign Group member, and was the only Labour MP out of 418 who failed to be automatically re-selected in 1999/2000. Of Dickensian cherubic looks, he was originally elected in 1983 as a leftwing replacement for right-winger Eric Ogden, but was himself to become a target of hard left Militant. Born locally in 1930, and educated at Alsop High School, Bolton College of Education and, extramurally, London University, he was initially a clerk before becoming a further education lecturer. Out of step with the Blair government in his support for Serbia, he was suspended for non-registration of a Serbian business connection, and has rebelled liberally on lone parent benefit cuts, military action against Iraq, classifying freedom-fighting exiles as terrorists, the Prime Minister’s powers to nominate life peers, the bombing of Serbia and Kosovo, disability benefit cuts, and air traffic control privatisation.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.66% 14.99% 11.07
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.56% 4.43% 170.83
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.91% 7.27% 53.78
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.46% 2.56% 18.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.21% 3.94% 56.16
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.43% 13.04% 72.30
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.82% 12.70% 100.96
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.68% 8.14% 32.95
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.27% 4.02% 31.53
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.65% 3.19% 51.74
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 48.30% 11.31% 427.03
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.70% 3.06% 55.43
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.34% 2.52% 251.85
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 16.04% 9.41% 170.44
£5-10K 22.60% 16.63% 135.89
£10-15K 18.58% 16.58% 112.08
£15-20K 13.04% 13.58% 96.02
£20-25K 8.83% 10.39% 84.93
£25-30K 5.98% 7.77% 76.89
£30-35K 4.10% 5.79% 70.77
£35-40K 2.85% 4.33% 65.88
£40-45K 2.02% 3.27% 61.82
£45-50K 1.45% 2.48% 58.35
£50-55K 1.05% 1.90% 55.31
£55-60K 0.78% 1.47% 52.61
£60-65K 0.58% 1.15% 50.17
£65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.96
£70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 45.94
£75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 44.09
£80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 42.38
£85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.80
£90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.34
£95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.98
£100K + 0.42% 1.34% 31.39

Local Map of the constituency
Liverpool, West Derby - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Liverpool, West Derby - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.57%)
Conservative (-  5.93%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.27%)
Liberal Democrat (1.86%)
Conservative (-  0.63%) Labour (-  4.99%)
Con - 5.93%
Lab 6.57%
LD - 6.27%
Con - 0.63%
Lab - 4.99%
LD 1.86%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Wareing
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.04%) 2,486 8.04%
Lab Labour (66.18%) 20,454 66.18%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.89%) 3,366 10.89%
Oth Other (14.89%) 4,601 14.89%
Maj Majority (55.29%) 17,088 55.29%
Turn Turnout (45.50%) 30,907 45.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Wareing
Labour hold
C Bill Clare 2,486 8.04%
LD Patrick Moloney 3,366 10.89%
Lib Steve Radford 4,601 14.89%
L Robert Wareing 20,454 66.18%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Wareing
Labour
Con Conservative (8.67%) 3,656 8.67%
Lab Labour (71.17%) 30,002 71.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.03%) 3,805 9.03%
Ref Referendum (1.56%) 657 1.56%
Oth Other (9.58%) 4,037 9.58%
Maj Majority (62.14%) 26,197 62.14%
Turn Turnout (61.38%) 42,157 61.38%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (14.60%) 6,975 14.60%
Lab Labour (64.60%) 30,830 64.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.30%) 7,297 15.30%
Oth Other (5.50%) 2,637 5.50%
Maj Majority (49.30%) 23,533 49.30%
Turn Turnout (69.58%) 47,739 69.58%

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