Sefton Central

2015 Result:
Conservative: 14513 (29.6%)
Labour: 26359 (53.8%)
Lib Dem: 2086 (4.3%)
Green: 1184 (2.4%)
UKIP: 4879 (10%)
MAJORITY: 11846 (24.2%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Formby, Maghull, Crosby.

Profile: Sefton Central is a suburban seat stretching along the Irish sea coast north between Southport and Liverpool, covering the northern part of Crosby, Maghull and Formby. It is a relatively affluent seat with some of the most desirable areas of housing in Merseyside such as Blundellsands and Freshfields and the highest proportion of owner-occupation of any seat in the country. Mostly residential in character, it is also a popular with tourists in the Summer. Crosby beach is the site of Antony Gormley`s sculpture another place - consisting of 100 upright, cast-iron, life-size figures, scattered for 2 miles across the beach.

Politics: Sefton Central was created in 2010. It was notionally a Labour seat, but at the time didn`t contain a single Labour councillor and looked like a potential Conservative gain. In the event Labour held on with only a small swing against them, and the Conservatives have gone into steep decline in local elections here. The seat is a successor to Crosby, a Conservative seat for most of the post war period and the site of Shirley Williams` famous 1981 by-election victory.

Current MP
BILL ESTERSON (Labour) Born 1966. Former training consultant. Medway councillor 1995-2010. First elected as MP for Sefton Central in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 16445 (34%)
Lab: 20307 (42%)
LDem: 9656 (20%)
UKIP: 2055 (4%)
MAJ: 3862 (8%)
Con: 11623 (32%)
Lab: 17463 (48%)
LDem: 6298 (17%)
UKIP: 454 (1%)
Oth: 356 (1%)
MAJ: 5840 (16%)
Con: 11974 (32%)
Lab: 20327 (55%)
LDem: 4084 (11%)
Oth: 481 (1%)
MAJ: 8353 (23%)
Con: 15367 (35%)
Lab: 22549 (51%)
LDem: 5080 (12%)
Oth: 332 (1%)
MAJ: 7182 (16%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Crosby

2015 Candidates
VALERIE ALLEN (Conservative)
BILL ESTERSON (Labour) See above.

(Liberal Democrat) Lecturer. Former Liverpool councillor. Contested Liverpool Garston 2001, 2005, Garston and Halewood 2010, Merseyside Police Commissioner 2012.
Comments - 304 Responses on “Sefton Central”
  1. “The only reason the Tories have representation on Glasgow City Council is surely STV.”

    The Conservatives won a FPTP ward in Maxwell Park right up to the multi-member STV wards were created in 2007.

    Had the FPTP wards continued the Conservatives would have won Maxwell Park in 2007, 2012 and 2017.

    Of the FPTP wards abolished in 2007, I think that the Conservatives would have won Kelvindale and Jordanhill. They may also have won in a few of the following wards…Langside, Mount Florida, Mount Vernon, Victoria Park, Hayburn, Tollcross, Strathbungo, Newlands, Cathcart, Kings Park and Carmunock,

  2. Rivers10 is right.

    I have family members living in this seat (and I would be in it myself but for the lack of boundary changes – so still in Bootle for now).

    The level of tribalism is horrific. Even Corbyn could not stop my family turning out in droves to vote Labour. They don’t like him, but they are still out, campaigning for Bill and campaigning for ‘Labour’. And all of them, from their current lifestyle choices, should be natural Conservative voters.

    Additionally, if ‘The Sun’ says Vote Conservative, that’s pretty much a guaranteed way to prevent it round here.

  3. The Sun backing Labour from 97 through 05 didn’t do Labour any harm on Merseyside though

  4. There was a guy who used to post on this and the Bootle thread in particular- as he mentioned he lived there – who wanted a career in journalism.

    A position is available if he would like more info, as well as another role. The latter may be on the w4mpjobs site, but the former has not yet been advertised.

    Let me know if you’d like details and I’ll post them elsewhere on the same day the post is advertised.

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