Bootle

2015 Result:
Conservative: 3639 (8.1%)
Labour: 33619 (74.5%)
Lib Dem: 978 (2.2%)
Green: 1501 (3.3%)
UKIP: 4915 (10.9%)
TUSC: 500 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 28704 (63.6%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Bootle, Litherland, Crosby.

Profile: A tough, working class port just to the north of Liverpool. Bootle was a proudly independent Victorian port, a town of red brick terraces and thriving docks. With the containerisation of the port and the massive decline of the docks the area went into terminal economic decline and remains stricken by poverty and deprivation.

Politics: Bootle is one of the safest seats in the country. Between 1997 and 2005 it was the very safest, with Labour majorities in excess of sixty percent. While the addition of part of southern Crosby in the 2010 boundary changes made it marginally less monolithic, it remained the fifth safest seat in the country.


Current MP
PETER DOWD (Labour) First elected as MP for Bootle in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 3678 (9%)
Lab: 27426 (66%)
LDem: 6245 (15%)
UKIP: 2514 (6%)
Oth: 1414 (3%)
MAJ: 21181 (51%)
2005*
Con: 1580 (6%)
Lab: 19345 (76%)
LDem: 2988 (12%)
UKIP: 1054 (4%)
Oth: 655 (3%)
MAJ: 16357 (64%)
2001
Con: 2194 (8%)
Lab: 21400 (78%)
LDem: 2357 (9%)
Oth: 1643 (6%)
MAJ: 19043 (69%)
1997
Con: 3247 (8%)
Lab: 31668 (83%)
LDem: 2191 (6%)
Oth: 546 (1%)
MAJ: 28421 (74%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JADE MARSDEN (Conservative)
PETER DOWD (Labour)
DAVID NEWMAN (Liberal Democrat)
PAUL NUTTALL (UKIP) Born 1976, Liverpool. Educated at Savio High School and Edge Hill University. Former lecturer. Contested Bootle 2005, 2010, Oldham East and Saddleworth 2011 by-election. MEP for the North West since 2009.
LISA TALLIS (Green)
PETE GLOVER (TUSC) Contested Bootle 1997 for Socialist Labour, 2001 for Socialist Alliance, 2005 for Socialist Alternative, 2010 for TUSC.
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Comments - 304 Responses on “Bootle”
  1. Luke S – in fact I also reject your proposition: that STV is better than FPTP to that end (and again Liverpool is a particularly bad example to cite).

    Liverpool is a very good example of the voters rejecting failed administrations, so much so that they have rejected Tory, Liberal, Labour, Militant, NOC, Labour and LibDem every 8 years on average. Indeed they’d have done so even more swiftly had they not had to elect City Cllrs by mere thirds with a fallow year.

  2. Militant were removed rather than rejected

  3. Open access article here that’s of relevance to the above discussion of coalitions: http://www.davidfortunato.com/ejpr2015.pdf

    There seems to be a built in tendency for voter perceptions of junior coalition partners to shift towards perceiving the smaller party as ideologically closer to the larger party than was the case pre-coalition. This underlines how difficult life is for parties with junior partner status in a coalition, almost irrespective of the precise tactical choices they might make within the coalition.

  4. Matt W – that really did amuse me (although it’s a line Hatton & Mulhearn often spout too: that the Courts rejected them not the people).

    I suggest you look up Liverpool City Council results in any year from 1990 onwards.

    In fact the ‘Broad Left’ Militant supporters were indeed expelled from the Party and stood in local elections as Liverpool Labour against Labour (although clearly they insist it was Labour standing against them as they were all sitting cllrs).

    It was in part why the LibDems gained 10 seats every year from Labour in 1992 onwards, as eg in a typical ward Labour would poll 2,000 votes (as they did in Anfield, Clubmoor, Old Swan, Warbreck and so on), Liverpool Labour would must only 400 and the LibDems wou’d gain the seat with 2,200.

    …and it’s precisely why Labour went from having 70 Cllrs to just 8 City Cllrs in that decade.

    The voters of Liverpool rejected every Militant bar one over the course of the next 20 years.

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