Warrington North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 12797 (28.2%)
Labour: 21720 (47.8%)
Lib Dem: 1881 (4.1%)
Green: 1264 (2.8%)
UKIP: 7757 (17.1%)
MAJORITY: 8923 (19.6%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Cheshire. Part of the Warrington council area.

Main population centres: Warrington, Culcheth, Winwick, Burtonwood.

Profile: Warrington is a former industrial town on the Mersey, between Liverpool and Manchester. It was designated as a newtown in the 1960s and has grown massively since, with huge new housing developments, partially built on the sites of the former munitions factories and defence establishments that used to be here. Warrington North includes most of the town north of the Mersey and the Manchester ship canal, as well as the villages north of the M62, Culcheth, Winwick and the brewery village of Burtonwood. Burtonwood was once also known for the large US Burtonwood airbase, now the planned site of the Omega Business park.

Politics: Warrington North is electorally the less interesting of the two seats, it is safely Labour and has been held by the party since its creation in 1983 (and before that represented by the party since 1945). In 1981 the Warrington by-election saw the first outing of the then newborn SDP, in which Roy Jenkins narrowly failed to win the seat.


Current MP
HELEN JONES (Labour) Born 1954, Chester. Educated at Ursuline Convent and University College London. Former teacher and solicitor. Chester councillor 1984-1991. Contested Lancashire Central in 1984 European elections. First elected as MP for Warrington North in 1997.
Past Results
2010
Con: 13364 (30%)
Lab: 20135 (46%)
LDem: 9196 (21%)
Oth: 1516 (3%)
MAJ: 6771 (15%)
2005*
Con: 9428 (23%)
Lab: 21632 (54%)
LDem: 7699 (19%)
UKIP: 1086 (3%)
Oth: 573 (1%)
MAJ: 12204 (30%)
2001
Con: 8870 (23%)
Lab: 24026 (62%)
LDem: 5232 (13%)
UKIP: 782 (2%)
MAJ: 15156 (39%)
1997
Con: 12300 (24%)
Lab: 31827 (62%)
LDem: 5308 (10%)
MAJ: 19527 (38%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
RICHARD SHORT (Conservative)
HELEN JONES (Labour) See above.
STEFAN KRIZANAC (Liberal Democrat)
TREVOR NICHOLLS (UKIP)
SARAH HAYES (Green)
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Comments - 11 Responses on “Warrington North”
  1. does mrs newlove live in this seat or the other warrington seat?

  2. I don’t know Warrington, but it seems the Tories have never been able to challenge in this seat, which is a strong Labour area.
    Is this what you’d call Warrington proper?

  3. Actually on ElectionMaps it looks like most of the town centre is in Warrington South which is the opposite of what I expected.

  4. Most of this seat is the so-called ‘new town’ area – the housing estates, which are largely the 3-bed semi variety. The sort of seat which would be a lot less safe Labour in the south

    Yes – the town centre is in Warrington South

  5. Yes, in the south of England the seat containing the town centre would probably be better for Labour and the one with the housing estates would be better for the Tories. Interesting that the reverse is the case here.

  6. well that’s down to the other areas which are included in that seat. Warrington S now contains Lymm (which used to be in Tatton) and a lot of other territory South of the Ship Canal which is essentially owner-occupied suburbs; this territory was always in Cheshire, whereas the town centre is North of the Ship Canal & was historically in Lancashire. Labour is very strong in that part of the seat but there are clearly Conservative-voting parts the other side of the canal, not least Lymm. North however is heavily working-class & strongly Labour.

  7. It is, Barnaby, but the housing is pretty decent quality . I think it would be a marginal if in the South.
    Whereas Warrington South would be impregnably Tory in the North.

    I think Labour will hold both after the next election

  8. Mysterious resignation from the Labour front bench today…. any clues?

  9. Labour Hold. 12,000 majority.

  10. Helen Jones has been taken to hospital, after being bitten by a dog.

  11. Chapelford & Old Hall Ward By-election, 12.10.17:

    Labour 957 55% (+10%)
    Cons 353 20% (+2%)
    LD 312 18% (-3%)
    UKIP 86 5% (-5%)
    Green 43 3 (-4%)

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