Birkenhead

2015 Result:
Conservative: 5816 (14.9%)
Labour: 26468 (67.6%)
Lib Dem: 1396 (3.6%)
Green: 1626 (4.2%)
UKIP: 3838 (9.8%)
MAJORITY: 20652 (52.8%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Merseyside. Part of the Wirral council area.

Main population centres: Birkenhead.

Profile: A gritty working class industrial seat facing Liverpool across the Mersey and connected to it through the Mersey tunnel. This is a seat facing problems of unemployment and deprivation, of industrial terraced housing and council blocks. Historically the main source of employment was the shipbuilding industry and it continues to cling on in the area, with the new owners of the historic Cammell Laird name still repairing ships in the old Cammell Laird Docks.

Politics: A safe Labour seat, held by the party since its creation in 1950, since the 1980s by towering majorities.


Current MP
FRANK FIELD (Labour) Born 1942, Edmonton. Educated at St Clement Danes School and Hull University. Former further education teacher. Hounslow councillor 1964-1968. Contested South Buckinghamshire 1966. First elected as MP for Birkenhead in 1979. Minister for Welfare Reform 1997-1998, he was appointed to think the unthinkable, did so, and was reshuffled out of the position, resigning rather than accept an alternate position. He publicly criticised Gordon Brown as Labour leader, backing Geof Hoon and Patricia Hewitt's calls for a leadership ballot. He is a social Conservative, somewhat detached from the Labour mainstream and seen as a guru of welfare reform, albeit, one often more admired from the political right than the left. He was appointed as David Cameron`s poverty tzar in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 6687 (19%)
Lab: 22082 (63%)
LDem: 6554 (19%)
MAJ: 15395 (44%)
2005*
Con: 4602 (17%)
Lab: 18059 (65%)
LDem: 5125 (18%)
MAJ: 12934 (47%)
2001
Con: 4827 (17%)
Lab: 20418 (70%)
LDem: 3722 (13%)
MAJ: 15591 (54%)
1997
Con: 5982 (15%)
Lab: 27825 (71%)
LDem: 3548 (9%)
Oth: 1168 (3%)
MAJ: 21843 (56%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
CLARK VASEY (Conservative)
FRANK FIELD (Labour) See above.
ALLAN BRAME (Liberal Democrat)
WAYNE HARLING (UKIP)
KENNY PEERS (Green)
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Comments - 114 Responses on “Birkenhead”
  1. The only Labour MP in Scotland has resigned as Shadow Scottish Secretary, so they might have some difficulty filling that role.

  2. Frank Field is facing a civil action for defamation from Sir Philip Green.

    He received a letter from Schillings requesting an apology within 24 hours. FF refused.

    SPG doesn’t seem aware that truth is a defence to slander.

    Yes, what Frank said might lower people’s opinion of him, but it was true!

    Indeed, FF was quite mild. He could well have gone on to say both SPG & Napoleon or Maxwell were short, looked like the Joker and disappeared on a boat.

    But seriously, SPG could have saved his £ by reading Keith Schillings piece on reputational damage on his site:

    “What the business community does not appreciate is being kept in the dark. If they feel a management team is not being transparent about the company they will take a very dim view.”

  3. No surprise that sir philip tries to use the sutuation to make more money, this time in court

    Its laughable to suggest green has or ever had any intention of cleaning up his mess, and theresa may should take this opportunity to show that she really does stand up against and the underserving rich and strip him of his knighthood and kick him out of the country

  4. Quite the opposite in fact.

    He’s behaving like Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions of late.

    Apparently he’s thin skinned – hence the threats to sue, even though there’s little prospect of success.

  5. Frank Field has welcomed the proposed £10k per household payouts to those in Fracking areas, such as his.

    He went further, arguing that it could garner working class support for May in the same way that the Right to Buy did for Maggie.

  6. I suspect Sir Philip Green’s prospects of success in a defamation action against Frank Field must be near 0% now.

    http://news.sky.com/story/philip-green-10540903

  7. Sir Philip Green has sent another letter to Frank Field accusing him of making defamatory statements.

    If it’s all so defamatory surely he would have issued proceedings by now.

  8. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/136-year-old-oxton-conservative-12349446

    A Conservative Club on Merseyside has decided to allow women to become members from 01.01.17.

    [Before people ask, 2 others here still do not allow women members]

  9. The efforts of the admirable Frank Field ought to be recognised very son. How is it that people like Green are Honoured and not the likes of the courageous Field? He’s a credit to the Labour movement.

  10. This letter in the Guardian presumably is what EcoWirral thinks of the LDs and their 2010 voters who now vote Tory rather than Labour or Green:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/02/lib-dem-voters-may-be-a-problem-for-a-progressive-alliance

  11. That word “progressive” again.

  12. I love the letter underneath, which accuses the Guardian of turning its back on “free-thinking journalism” by failing to write exclusively columns that she agrees with.

  13. There have been and I recall mention of one current Conservative-Labour administration running a local authority. The reality is, particularly where elections are only 4 years, that some interesting coalitions crop up in the name of stability.

  14. Frank Field MP has turned up today to vote with the Government, despite his arm being in a sling.

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