Wirral South

2015 Result:
Conservative: 15566 (37.2%)
Labour: 20165 (48.2%)
Lib Dem: 1474 (3.5%)
Green: 895 (2.1%)
UKIP: 3737 (8.9%)
MAJORITY: 4599 (11%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Heswall, Bebington, Bromborough, Eastham.



Current MP
ALISON MCGOVERN (Labour) Born 1980, Bromborough. Educated at Wirral Grammar School and University College London. Former communications officer for Network Rail. Southwark councillor 2006-2010. First elected as MP for Wirral South in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 15745 (39%)
Lab: 16276 (41%)
LDem: 6611 (17%)
UKIP: 1274 (3%)
MAJ: 531 (1%)
Con: 13168 (33%)
Lab: 16892 (43%)
LDem: 8568 (22%)
UKIP: 616 (2%)
Oth: 460 (1%)
MAJ: 3724 (9%)
Con: 13841 (35%)
Lab: 18890 (47%)
LDem: 7087 (18%)
MAJ: 5049 (13%)
Con: 17495 (36%)
Lab: 24499 (51%)
LDem: 5018 (10%)
Oth: 315 (1%)
MAJ: 7004 (15%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
JOHN BELL (Conservative) Born Liverpool. Educated at Keele University. Teacher and lecturer.
ALISON MCGOVERN (Labour) See above.
ELIZABETH JEWKES (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Newark Girls Grammar and University of East London. Businesswoman. Contested Ellesmere Port and Neston 1992, Vale of Clwyd 2005, City of Chester 2010.
DAVID SCOTT (UKIP) Educated at Quarry Bank High School and Aberdeen University. Teacher and lecturer. Contested Wirral South 2005, 2010.
PAUL CARTLIDGE (Green) Former police officer and teacher.
Comments - 224 Responses on “Wirral South”
  1. “The current proposals are most certainly dead there is no way the DUP wouldn’t oppose reducing their own seats to 7 and giving SF 3 more. However, that doesn’t mean a future draft will not be visited”

    The issue then though is that starting over would mean using the new electoral register which contains over 2 million extra people (primarily in Lab seats) that were signed up for the EU ref and this election. This means that many previously below quota Lab seats are now within quota or even oversized. Meaning the scope for the review to hurt Labour is reduced and the number of Tory losers increases.This raises the very real prospect of multiple Tory MP’s voting against it and this time the Cons don’t even have a majority let alone a large one to ensure it passes.

    Plus there is little that can be done about NI, any future review would probably still shaft the DUP primarily due to the small size of the Belfast seats 3/4 of which the DUP hold with low(ish) vote shares.

  2. All reasons why it is probably doomed in the near future at least? I would never claim to be an expert of any kind on these boundary proposals, but given the last lot were thrown out as well before these ones were even being considered, how many times do we expect this to happen until eventually some compromise is finally made by the Boundary Commission and we don’t end up with the total number of constituencies being reduced to something as absurdly low as 600? I wouldn’t necessarily all-out advocate keeping the current number at 650, but if there had to be reductions I wouldn’t chop out nearly 8% of the current seats.

  3. Rivers10:

    Fair enough re the mistaken identity. It certainly wasn’t me!

    In your second para you are again doing the very thing I often accuse you of: taking anecdotes and projecting them into a Tory candidate you would prefer as opposed to rightwinger you’d hate and assuming the electorate agree with you. Populists tend to be popular – it isn’t a controversial point I am making. You don’t have to like them.

    Yes you’re right re middle class liberals, but of course I’m not referring to them. I was referring to the 2015 UKIP voters who would not be inclined to vote for Caldeira or Sykes. But I sympathise that you found it hard to attack Caldeira on the doorstep as I don’t ever recall him saying anything political. Merely slogans such as “cleaner, greener…and… that works for everyone.”

    “why didn’t they do better” – they all did, my very point!

    “I never said otherwise” – but you have done precisely that in 2015 (denied the fact that there were many more UKIP voters on the Wirral) Indeed I first made this point 2 1/2 years ago.

    Yes some have died out, but no I don’t accept your claim that most of the Tory vote that elected Barry Porter in 1992 has “long since passed on.”

  4. Looking at the figures here today it is kind of hard to believe the Tories last won here at all just 25 years ago- but there we go, the demographics have become evermore favourable to Labour with a combination of the Merseyside Effect and the middle class public sector workers commuter element.

  5. Forgive me if i am wrong but proposing a second draft would not require a new review?

  6. Not sure about that. I would have imagined that would indeed be the case, especially if one is to assume the current proposals are destined to be abandoned- they haven’t yet been officially one way or the other so surely any new review would take years of more planning and research on the Commission’s part?

  7. Given that he does live on Merseyside and appears to have fairly vague political beliefs it’s rather surprising that Caldeira didn’t join the LibDems instead. It’s not as if you can get far as a Tory here.

  8. Indeed. Perhaps he genuinely felt they were the party for him? God knows…

  9. “As is repeatedly being emphasised the boundary review is stone dead, at least for the foreseeable future many a Tory MP have openly admitted as such. I doubt the gov will even bother putting them to a vote.”

    I sincerely hope you are wrong. This should be way above party politics or individual considerations. It should simply happen as a matter of course every few years without politicians involvement except to rubberstamp it perhaps if it needs primary legislation.

    Why on earth it should be subject to different outcomes at preceding general elections is beyond me. Surely MPs should have learnt their lesson by now in taking the public for granted over expenses and other matters they have been out of touch about, without this kind of blatant self-preservation.

  10. I wouldn’t hold your breath. I know I’m not over issues like this.

  11. Sadly the MPs who want to retain their positions in Parliament will go to any lengths to do so.

  12. BT Says – it is the present boundary review, with its highly controversial terms of reference limiting parliamentary seats to 600, which is dead in the water. It is generally seen as a politically partisan tool by the Conservatives, even though academics have worked out that following the general election results of 2017 its partisan effects would be far less anti-Labour than was originally expected. It is not the case that a fair & impartial boundary view, one which will not seek to reduce the number of MPs so drastically, is dead in the water. A fair review with acceptable terms of reference has every chance of passing even with a hung parliament.

  13. But boundary reviews have never been fair because you always end up with seats that are drastically different in terms of the size of their electorates and the reviews themselves do very little to redress that

  14. Afraid that’s true. It doesn’t really matter how much seats are changed around you will always end up with a new constituency or two that is simply ridiculously undersized or over-sized sadly.

  15. Merseymike – I think merely timing explains it as I suggested.

    You’ll know that in 2006-8 the LDs were losing 10 seats per year to Labour in Lpool – ie that swing back preceeded the LDs’ Coalition years’ problems.

    So there’d have been virtually nil for LD HQ to offer him (after all only Rennard & Storey got Peerages after 35 years). Plus they had many seasoned campaigners in Merseyside so why would they have wanted him?

    I’m told by a Tory member that Caldeira was really green/new to elections and that coupled with his abrasive/control freakery meant they just couldn’t work with him. From memory he applied for 8 seats and failed to get any to stand in in 2015. He was in fact very lucky they even allowed him to stand in 2017, as he was already the Metro Mayoral candidate – and that barred Sean Anstee from being the Tatton PPC (the WW link being that Esther ended up applying and being selected).

  16. I gather that the government’s going to have a new boundary review, in which the number of seats will remain at 650 or thereabouts.

  17. I heard that but seems like a waste of time

  18. ”I heard that but seems like a waste of time”

    Hardly. The boundaries were last changed for the 2010 election so boundary changes to represent shifts in the electorate for the next election which will be in the late 2010s/early 2020s is the right timeframe.

    ”A fair review with acceptable terms of reference has every chance of passing even with a hung parliament.”

    Will Labour accept the equalisation in size of Welsh constituencies though? Even if the overall constituency number is kept at 650 Wales will still lose a fair few seats.

  19. I know why we are having a boundary change review and I don’t dispute a need for one. My surprise is merely at the Tories having spent 7 years trying to get 600 seat boundary review through parliament is settling for 650 again.

  20. Well there was only one vote that was narrowly lost.

    I think the 600 seat pledge was DC’s in 2010 so it isn’t surprising if it’s being dropped.

  21. I take it keeping it around 650 doesn’t favour the Tories?

  22. Bromborough ward by-election, 23.08.18:

    Labour 1,253 47% (down 3%)
    Cons 749 28% (up 16%)
    LD 454 17% (up 13%)
    Ind* 147 6%
    Green 59 2% (down 1%)

    The positive Tory swing was probably due to their candidate apparently being a popular former shopkeeper, the rain today and holiday season, as well as the fact that Wirral Cons seem better organised since Cllr Ian Lewis became Group Leader.

    Probably a combination of all of the above, although I did hear an amusing anecdote from a Labour Cllr mate who complained that 8 of their voters in one road were all still in Benidorm today! [Although more likely to be from the Halewood S by-election which was closer]

    * The Ind was a LD Cllr for years (although was briefly Lab)

    Incidentally, I wonder if EcoWirral is still with the Greens?

  23. Labour lose control of the Wirral.

    A big swing to the Greens in opposition to the council’s housebuilding plans. As someone who walks past at least half a dozen homeless people every day on the way to work, I am furious that a party so proud of its radical progressive agenda is campaigning and winning on a NIMBY ticket.

  24. That doesn’t apply on Merseyside though. We have 28,000 vacant residential properties and the population is still falling in half of the county.

    Indeed, it is bonkers beyond belief – in a city region whose population has almost halved over the past 50 years – to say we should build on parks that have existed for over 100 years in some cases.

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