Wirral West

2015 Result:
Conservative: 18481 (44.2%)
Labour: 18898 (45.1%)
Lib Dem: 1433 (3.4%)
UKIP: 2772 (6.6%)
Independent: 274 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 417 (1%)

Category: Ultra-marginal Labour seat

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

Main population centres: West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols, Greasby, Irby, Pensby.

Profile: The western corner of the Wirral penisula, Wirral West is an affluent, prosperous middle class seat.

Politics: Wirral West had previously been regarded as safe Conservative territory (its predecessor Wirral had been held by Selwyn Lloyd, who served as foreign secretary and Chancellor before becoming Speaker). Like many other hitherto safe Tory seats, it fell to Labour in 1997. It was briefly regained by the Conservative Esther McVey between 2010 and 2015.

Current MP
MARGARET GREENWOOD (Labour) Former web consultant. First elected as MP for Wirral West in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 16726 (42%)
Lab: 14290 (36%)
LDem: 6630 (17%)
UKIP: 899 (2%)
Oth: 827 (2%)
MAJ: 2436 (6%)
Con: 16446 (40%)
Lab: 17543 (43%)
LDem: 6652 (16%)
UKIP: 429 (1%)
Oth: 163 (0%)
MAJ: 1097 (3%)
Con: 15070 (37%)
Lab: 19105 (47%)
LDem: 6300 (16%)
MAJ: 4035 (10%)
Con: 18297 (39%)
Lab: 21035 (45%)
LDem: 5945 (13%)
MAJ: 2738 (6%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
ESTHER MCVEY (Conservative) Born 1967, Liverpool. Educated at Belvedere School and Queen Mary and Westfield. Television and radio presenter. Contested Wirral West in 2005. MP for Wirral West 2010 to 2015. Minister for Employment since 2013.
MARGARET GREENWOOD (Labour) Web consultant.
PETER REISDORF (Liberal Democrat) Born 1962, Wirral. Contested Wallasey 1997, 2001, Wirral West 2010.
HILARY JONES (UKIP) Former Wirral councillor for the Conservatives. Contested Liverpool West Derby 2010, Merseyside Police Commissioner election 2012.
DAVID JAMES (No description) Retired kitchen retailler. Contested Wirral West 2010.
Comments - 1,265 Responses on “Wirral West”
  1. I doubt that. She was an unpopular Minister and she’s even admitted it was tougher than she expected so I think she just wants to be back in the House. After all it was a very rapid promotion for a new MP due to her closeness to GO.

  2. I’d guess she’ll become a Minister of State again after the election, but reaching cabinet from there not guaranteed, especially now the pool of eligible women is growing.

  3. Good result for Labour here. Think the majority is now larger than the one it got in 2001 (though on slightly different boundaries). Much of their core support is concentrated in the centre of the seat so is it likely that they made in-roads in some of the towns/villages that are strong for the Conservatives?

  4. I live in West Kirby on the border with Caldy Most of my neighbours voted Labour not because they are supporters but because it was an anti Conservative vote on the issue of BREXIT as will be recalled this area voted to remain and stays strongly in that camp. the locals were turned off by the Brexit means Brexit mantra

  5. Mark
    Doesn’t surprise me in the slightest, I did a lot of campaigning here and in Wirral South and it was only in the wealthier parts of Wirral West (such as West Kirby but also Hoylake) where Brexit came up regularly on the doorstep and it was clear that most folks were not happy about it. The issue appeared to cement our support and drove more than a few Tories our way.

  6. I just spotted in the Sunday papers that the bank forced the sale of Tory Candidate Caldeira’s cushion factory HQ in Knowsley, in the Summer, as he was in breach of covenants.

    His 2015/16 accounts show that he now only employs 30 people (compared with 110, 2 years ago) and has been forced to rent smaller premises elsewhere. He registered the change of address a week after the General Election.

    Whilst he hasn’t entered an IVA or gone bankrupt (and so wouldn’t have forfeited his seat if he had won), I understand that under the Tories’ new due diligence processes he may not be eligible to be a PPC (as another bank and investor have fixed and floating charges of almost £2m against his company’s assets and him personally).

    In other NW Tory woes, I hear that Cllr Matthew Sephton is due to appear in Court again soon.

  7. Wirral Results:

    Labour 45% + 6.7%

    Cons 36% + 7.8%

    LD 10% + 2%

    Green 8% n/c

    UKIP 0% – 17%

    The Tories stood as Local Conservatives and seemed to have performed better since Ian Lewis became Group Leader.

    Maybe he should be a PPC here.

    No changes in seats. Greens just held onto Birkenhead. Tories almost gained Pensby but I think Labour held on by 23 votes after a couple of recounts.

  8. Unusual situation here – Esther McVey is now shadowed in the commons by the same MP who defeated her in Wirral West.

    That’ll be a tricky quiz question in ten or twenty years.

  9. Labour Cllr Michael Sullivan (Pensby & Thingwall ward) has resigned to sit as an Independent.

    He cited “hard left parasites who had infiltrated” the local Party as his main reason.

  10. I just spotted that the Tories selected their next PPC here, last week: Laura Evans who stood in Liverpool Walton in 2017.

    Does anyone know what happened to the cushion man, Caldeira? I heard there was a scandal.

  11. Talks collapsed so Labour are going to seek to form a minority administration on the Wirral.

    Inds voted to support a Tory minority but the LDs and Greens abstained re both main Parties.

  12. Would probably be political suicide for the Greens to support the Tories here looking at where they won seats. Lib Dems seemed to gain labour leaning votes as well.

  13. I know one of the Green councillors in Wirral, Cllr Patrick Clearly from Tranmere ward in Birkenhead.

    He worked for 20+ years as a consultant in the steel and iron ore mining sector. The many new mines and steel projects he assisted undoubtedly produce more CO2 than everyone else in Birkenhead put together. What a Grade A hypocrite!

    Lancs Observer I’m amazed your local press hasn’t done an expose on him.

  14. Perhaps that equips Cllr Cleary to be more aware of environmental issues? The thing that seems to cause more comment is he lives in West Kirby, the opposite side of Wirral to his ward.

    Maybe the Labour minority administration will be more conscious of some of the things relating to building on the green belt; parking charges in country parks, which were unpopular choices by their majority administration.

  15. HH – Green Cllr being a weirdy beardy or politician being a hypocrite is sadly not news, but I’ll pass it on, thanks.

    In fact I’ve yet to meet a Green on Merseyside who wasn’t a middle class guy from hundreds of miles away; but, then that’s also true of the LibDem, Liberal Group Leaders up here. As Merseymike commented, as well as Tories leaving Liverpool, a lot of Lefties seemed to move here, as he did.

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