Liverpool, Wavertree

2015 Result:
Conservative: 4098 (10%)
Labour: 28401 (69.3%)
Lib Dem: 2454 (6%)
Green: 2140 (5.2%)
UKIP: 3375 (8.2%)
TUSC: 362 (0.9%)
Independent: 144 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 24303 (59.3%)

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. The Wavertree seat covers the south-western part of the city, stretching from run down, inner-city terraces towards the city centre out towards some of the more middle-class areas of the city.

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. Wavertree was the last seat held by the Conservatives, lost in 1983. More recently Wavertree become one of the better targets for the Liberal Democrats, who Liverpool`s middle class voters have increasingly turned to rather than the Conservatives, but their support collapsed following the creation of the coalition.

Current MP
LUCIANA BERGER (Labour) Born 1981, London. Educated at Birmingham University. First elected as MP for Liverpool Wavertree in 2010. Shadow Minister for Mental Health since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 2830 (7%)
Lab: 20132 (53%)
LDem: 12965 (34%)
UKIP: 890 (2%)
Oth: 1097 (3%)
MAJ: 7167 (19%)
Con: 2331 (7%)
Lab: 18441 (52%)
LDem: 13268 (38%)
UKIP: 660 (2%)
Oth: 471 (1%)
MAJ: 5173 (15%)
Con: 3091 (10%)
Lab: 20155 (63%)
LDem: 7836 (24%)
UKIP: 348 (1%)
Oth: 708 (2%)
MAJ: 12319 (38%)
Con: 4944 (11%)
Lab: 29592 (64%)
LDem: 9891 (22%)
Oth: 915 (2%)
MAJ: 19701 (43%)

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

2015 Candidates
JAMES PEARSON (Conservative)
LUCIANA BERGER (Labour) See above.
LEO EVANS (Liberal Democrat) Educated at University of Liverpool. Student.
PETER CRANIE (Green) Born Scotland. Educated at Keele University. Lecturer. Contested Liverpool Riverside 2005, West Lancashire 2010, North West region 2009, 2014 European elections.
NIAMH MCCARTHY (Independent)
Comments - 231 Responses on “Liverpool Wavertree”
  1. New “Centrist Anti Brexit Party” bote
    GE2017 voters switchers
    5.4% of CON GE2017 voters
    9.2% of LAB GE2017 voters
    20.1% of LD GE2017 voters

    Survation 18feb. Sample 1,023

  2. This is severely at odds with that poll the other day saying “59% of voters would consider a hypothetical New Centrist Party”.

    Of course, most people consider themselves to be “centrist”, and so when asked if they would vote for a new party that doesn’t exist yet, they invariably imagine a party built in their own image. If the question had been about voting for a “lukewarm Blairite mishmash”, the response might have been very different.

  3. Hypotheticals are always difficult because rarely do people come through with what they said in the poll

  4. I am now a TIG donor (my first to any political party). Mulling over proper membership if and when that becomes a possibility, though I wouldn’t join before I saw a few concrete policy proposals.

    I am prepared to receive a truckload of abuse from the rest of you for my naive, out-of-touch belief in outdated, failed ideas, but for the first time in years I am just a little bit optimistic about British politics.

  5. At least someone feels optimistic I am just depressed. Hopefully a bit of leafletting tomorrow will cheer me up.

    Im surprised you’re supporting TIG though. Some of my lib dem friends are quite anti TIG its not a liberal party full of MPs that supported ID cards et al

  6. have thrown away your money. “Tig” will amount to nothing and you might as well have joined the Lib Dems. None of those 12 will ever win another election.

  7. All polling on this new grouping should be taken with a pinch of salt especially opinium which is running heavily with push questions on a new centre party. The CEO of opinium also sits on Chuka Umunna’s progresssive centre UK advisory board.

  8. If it’s a push poll its not a very good one. Both Labour and Tory voters would rather stick to their own party. It’s less good for the Lib Dems where 70% of their voters would opt for TIG

  9. Deepthroat – Berger et al confirmed this morning that they will become a Party and contest elections though.

    So Polltroll has no more ‘thrown away’ his money than any donation to a political cause.

    I agree that I don’t envisage any of them holding their seats, but I wouldn’t rule them winning or doing well in a by-election at some point.

    One thing that is a positive re crowdfunding is that it can quickly snowball. For example, it costs £1k in Court fees for a judicial review and £5k if you lose in Costs to challenge a planning decision and you only have 6 weeks to do so.

    This would usually be too much for eg a group of local residents, but just in the past week one group in Liverpool city centre has raised over £1k ( and the Liverpool Echo refers to two others (Save Allerton Priory and one in neighbouring Sefton) who are similarly raising money this way.

    Far better than a Blairite or libertarian millionaire donating the wedge.

  10. When though? Should Brexit force a snap election they wouldn’t have time to register as a party. They wouldn’t be entitled to any public funding, air time, etc. this couls be over before it began

  11. I assume she meant to stand in 2022.

    Their inaugural meeting is tomorrow.

    They have a registered office. Applying to the ElComm isn’t difficult – hence a lot of crazy individuals manage it. Remember the woman convicted after her leaflets in the Stoke by-election?

  12. But I thought that it takes a number of weeks before the electoral commission registers you as a party after you apply?

    I vaguely remember. Was it something she said or had the leaflets no declaration at the bottom?

  13. Yes, it does – but that’s just an administrative matter.

    Yes, pure incitement by her. Her imprint aided her prosecution ie she’s proudly anti-semitic.

  14. A huge mazel tov to Luciana Berger, who has just given birth.

  15. Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has resigned from the Labour Party, citing both the bullying of Luciana Berger MP and Derek Hatton’s re-admittance to the Party (after she fought “his mad Militants” to get elected in Liverpool Broadgreen in 1992).

    Her deputy – a Lab Cllr – has therefore resigned as deputy and a new Cllr will be appointed.

  16. PCC Jane Kennedy has defected to Change UK.

    There were rumours that Berger or Ellman could follow, though nothing as of yet. Both – obviously – failed to attend the Corbyn rally, even though it was held just metres from Ellman’s seat on Saturday.

  17. Luciana Berger has joined the Lib Dems.

  18. Lucy B has confirmed she won’t stand in a Merseyside seat. [Not a surprise as Lpool LDs can’t stand her]

    Rumour that she was first offered Southport.

    I assume she’ll return to London.

    Maybe she’s after Vince’s seat?

  19. Going from Merseyside to London is quite the chicken run!

    What’s the local Lib Dems’ beef with Berger?

  20. It isn’t for her – she came from London (Camden Cllr) to parachute into Liverpool.

    2010 was a famously vicious and personal campaign (both ways but largely against the LD PPC).

  21. Right, missed that one.

    As a new mother, a London seat might be more attractive; she’d be able to kiss goodbye to the baby before going to work in the morning, these things are priceless.

  22. PT – she hasn’t been v lucky on that score. This is her second child – she gave birth to her first during the 2017 GE campaign. She married a wealthy music manager so doesn’t ‘need’ to work, but think she’s keen to take up a national Jewish community role, so London would make sense for both.

    I think a docu – made about the 2010 campaign – may still be available online.

    Although it wasn’t as vicious as the 1992 GE campaign in the same seat when Terry Fields MP fought Jane Kennedy & Rosie Coper [all candidates have since changed Parties]. Apart from Steve Radford, of course!

    That documentary is definitely still available online and shows how far Left Militant were. ‘Tiny Trots’ their crèche is memorable as is the car loads of thugs driving around.

  23. As I expected, Luciana is to stand in Finchley & Golders Green at the General Election.

  24. ‘Luciana is to stand in Finchley & Golders Green at the General Election.’

    Surely she would have a better chance here than there

    Very odd choice of seat

  25. “Lots of Jews live here, maybe they will vote for me because I’m Jewish.”

  26. Also Lib Dem euros performance in Barnet was impressive

  27. Didn’t Barnet also record the highest vote for CHUKTIGFC or whatever they’re called these days?

  28. I’m still on their mailing list, by the way – the only party I have ever dug into my pockets to support. Clearly I’m no good at picking winners…

  29. Shortlist for Labour selection

    Paula Barker (convenor of NW Unison. Backed by Momentum)
    Elizabeth Grey (Wirral Cllr)
    Kat Sumner (from Southport)

  30. Interesting.

    Barker represents Halton and voted Leave.

  31. The shortlist was drawn up by the NEC. Liz Parsons applied but was left out.

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