Liverpool, Walton

2015 Result:
Conservative: 1802 (4.7%)
Labour: 31222 (81.3%)
Lib Dem: 899 (2.3%)
Green: 956 (2.5%)
UKIP: 3445 (9%)
Independent: 56 (0.1%)
Others: 23 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 27777 (72.3%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Liverpool.

Profile: Liverpool is the once great port city of the north west, sunk deep in economic deprivation yet ever proud of its art, music and culture. Walton covers the northern part of the city, it includes both the major football stadiums of Liverpool (Anfield and Goodison Park) and the sitting MP Steve Rotheram has been vocal in his pursuit of the Hillsborough justice campaign. The constitueny also includes University Hospital Aintree and two prisons, HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse, the first private prison in the UK.

Politics: Liverpool is dominated by the Labour party, they have easily won all the Parliamentary seats here since the abolition of the Liberal Democrat held Liverpool Mossley Hill in 1997. At a local level the Liberal Democrats have had successes, and they have advanced in many of the Parliamentary seats, but not enough to pose a serious challenge. Since the formation of the coalition Liberal Democrat strength has also evaporated at a local level, leaving Labour`s hegemony here unchallenged. Walton was held by the Conservatives until 1964, but is now an utterly safe Labour seat.

Current MP
STEVE ROTHERAM (Labour) Born 1961, Anfield. Educated at Liverpool John Moores University. Former bricklayer and business manager. Contested Liverpool councillor 2002-2011. First elected as MP for Liverpool Walton in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 2241 (7%)
Lab: 24709 (72%)
LDem: 4891 (14%)
BNP: 1104 (3%)
Oth: 1390 (4%)
MAJ: 19818 (58%)
Con: 1655 (6%)
Lab: 20322 (73%)
LDem: 4365 (16%)
UKIP: 1108 (4%)
Oth: 480 (2%)
MAJ: 15957 (57%)
Con: 1726 (6%)
Lab: 22143 (78%)
LDem: 4147 (15%)
UKIP: 442 (2%)
MAJ: 17996 (63%)
Con: 2551 (6%)
Lab: 31516 (78%)
LDem: 4478 (11%)
Oth: 1042 (3%)
MAJ: 27038 (67%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Liverpool, Walton

2015 Candidates
NORSHEEN BHATTI (Conservative) Born 1976, Birmingham. Solicitor. Contested Brent East 2001, Battersea 2005 for the Liberal Democrats, Stoke on Trent Central 2010 for the Conservatives.
STEVE ROTHERAM (Labour) See above.
PAT MOLONEY (Liberal Democrat) Former Liverpool councillor. Contested Liverpool Walton 2010.
JONATHAN DZON (Pluralist Party)
Comments - 157 Responses on “Liverpool Walton”
  1. Matt W – I’m not surprised Kilfoyle is supporting Ind Stephen Yip for City Mayor.

  2. A re-cap for those not in Merseyside:

    1. Joe’s been arrested & bailed, as has his son, Degsy, the head of Planning and a couple of dodgy v prominent developers in the city.

    2. So Labour in Lpool dumped Joe as their candidate for May (postponed from 2020). However, Labour HQ then barred the 3 shortlisted City Cllrs.

    3.Some Labour City Cllrs then suggested abolishing the position of City Mayor [without a Referendum]; however, legal advice was against this. The LD opposition also cited the hypocrisy as all Labour Cllrs as recently as January voted against the abolition proposed by the LDs, Libs & Green Groups.

    4. A new new shortlist of 2 City Cllrs has emerged and postal ballots have gone out to Labour members. The shortlist includes the unfortunately-named Cllr Jo Anderson. She is a black former bankrupt, not to be confused with Joe Anderson’s daughter – another Liverpool City Cllr named Joanne!

  3. Pretty good summary. I mentioned a bit of this on Holborn St Pancras page but this condenses well.

    No, I understand even some of the Labour Group plan to vote for Stephen Yip

  4. Matt/Lancs, with having a City Region Mayor, is there any point in continuing with the City Mayor? I strongly support regional Mayors and a couple of the Tories (Houchen and Street) have done excellent jobs by all accounts, while Rotheram in particular on the Labour side gets quietly on with his job (I think he’s doing something about revitalising town centres across the region). Burnham too, his spat with Johnson over the COVID-19 tier apart, has done good work on health and social care integration. Against that, it seems a waste to have a Mayor for a city of just 500,000 people. The Mayor in Bristol seems a particularly pointless position too, as you have a Combined Authority covering just three councils there (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire). True, North Somerset now wants to join, having vetoed the idea at first, but the Bristol Mayor is blocking that.

  5. Well on a personal level I am not very keen on mayoralties but I take your point particularly about Houchen who according to internal Labour polling will be returned with a stonking 66% of the vote. If true its likely to be a personal victory and Labour will probably spin it that way but the Tories will feel this is cementing them into the redwall.

    From a completely logistical perspective the mayor of Liverpool, Bristol, Tower Hamelts, Newham, etc. are the executives of those authorities along with their handpicked cabinet. The Mayor of Liverpool City Region, West of England and London don’t have the same executive power over those local authorities. It be like saying Southport, Wirral, Bath, Somerset, Islington, Croydon, etc. don’t need council leaders because the mayor of Liverpool City Region, West of England and London will do the job. Even if Liverpool, Bristol, Tower Hamlets and Bath reverted to leader instead of a mayor they’d still have an executive with same powers, etc.

    The mayor of Liverpool City Region, West of England and London can’t be responsible for managing the authorities under the combined authority. It’d be too cumbersome, not very efficient, etc. therefore they need execs to manage them for them. Don’t matter if theyre a mayor or leader

  6. I haven’t seen the Max Caller report to the Sec of State, but I have had sight of submissions to him and upon reading them, I’m amazed Commissioners weren’t sent in long ago to run the City Council.

    But then Lpool was rated the worst authority in the Country over a decade ago and there was cronyism in the 1990s too (the last time Labour ran the council).

    Some stats are simply stark (in one year, 22% of City Cllrs were related to other City Cllrs, 12% had defected). Not evidence of wrongdoing per se on their own, but they do remind me of Stoke and Tower Hamlets and a culture of cronyism and arrogance.

    More amusing is the fact that Joe Anderson has now complained that a police dawn raid was just that! He bemoans the fact that they knocked at 7.05am and searched his premises. He also suggests he may run as an Ind in May.

    For those who want to know more, it’s subject to ongoing police and NCA investigations, but Signature Living, Mees Demolition and King construction are clues in plain sight given the convictions of their personnel and their close relationship to LCC Cllrs and Officers.

  7. Most journos have now digested the Caller report.

    The most stark findings were that Cllrs had failed to declare interests or gifts of hospitality for years!

    Joe seemingly got the City Council to pay his son £250k to do nothing (listed as a H&S consultant to demolish the Churchill flyover). Joe’s son then bought Joe’s house for £190k (no mortgage).

    I suppose that’s an example of a politician being bullish. Maybe he honestly thinks he did nothing wrong, as it’s been going on for decades.

    The police & National Crime Agency investigations are apparently due to conclude in the Summer. 21 questioned so far.

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