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Liverpool West Derby

2010 Results:
Conservative: 3311 (5.89%)
Labour: 22953 (64.14%)
Liberal Democrat: 4486 (7.98%)
UKIP: 1093 (1.94%)
Socialist Labour: 614 (1.09%)
Others: 3327 (9.3%)
Majority: 18467 (56.16%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19712 (61.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5128 (16.1%)
Conservative: 2571 (8.1%)
Other: 4451 (14%)
Majority: 14584 (45.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 2567 (8.4%)
Labour: 19140 (62.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 3915 (12.9%)
UKIP: 538 (1.8%)
Other: 4304 (14.1%)
Majority: 15225 (50%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 2486 (8%)
Labour: 20454 (66.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3366 (10.9%)
Other: 4601 (14.9%)
Majority: 17088 (55.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 3656 (8.7%)
Labour: 30002 (71.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3805 (9%)
Referendum: 657 (1.6%)
Other: 4037 (9.6%)
Majority: 26197 (62.1%)

Boundary changes: Abolished under the original proposals for Merseyside, Liverpool West Derby was reprived as a knock on effect of the original plans for a seat crossing between Liverpool and the Wirral penisula being rejected. Under the new proposals West Derby loses parts of Anfield, Clubmoor, Fazakerley, Kensington and Fairfield and Warbreck (just the one voter!) and gains parts of Knotty Ash, Norris Green, Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, West Derby, Yew Tree.

Profile: West Derby covers the northern parts of Liverpool, largely made up of council estates like Norris Green. There are some new private developments around Croxteth Hall, but it is largely a troubled working class area, struggling with deprivation, crime and gang violence.

West Derby Was once a safe Conservative seat, but Tory strength was reliant upon the old Orange Protestant vote, and once this vanished the seat fell to Labour and – with the exception of a brief period under the SDP between 1981-1983 – it has remained solidly Labour ever since. Veteran MP Bob Wareing has faced tougher battles within his own party to win the seat than from opposition parties. He survived deselection attempts prior to 2005 and failed to do so in 2007. Initially he annouced his intention to stand as an independent, but in 2010 said he would not seek re-election.

Notably it is also the last area of significant strength for the old Liberal party. They dominate Tuebrook and Stoneycroft ward, where the party President Stephen Radford is a councillor. Radford took second place for the Liberals in the 2001 and 1997 general election.

portraitCurrent MP: Stephen Twigg (Labour) born 1966, Enfield Educated at Southgate School and Oxford University. President of the NUS 1990-1. Former Islington councillor and general secretary of the Fabian Society. Elected as MP for Enfield Southgate in 1997, his defeat of Michael Portillo providing the iconic image of the Conservative party`s landslide defeat. PPS to Robin Cook 2001-2002, Parliamentary under-secretary of state in the department of education 2002-2004, minister of state for school standards from 2004 until his defeat in 2005. Since leaving Parliament has worked as chair of Progress and Director of the Foreign Policy Centre.

2010 election candidates:
portraitPamela Hall (Conservative) Cheshire West and Chester councillor
portraitStephen Twigg (Labour) born 1966, Enfield Educated at Southgate School and Oxford University. President of the NUS 1990-1. Former Islington councillor and general secretary of the Fabian Society. Elected as MP for Enfield Southgate in 1997, his defeat of Michael Portillo providing the iconic image of the Conservative party`s landslide defeat. PPS to Robin Cook 2001-2002, Parliamentary under-secretary of state in the department of education 2002-2004, minister of state for school standards from 2004 until his defeat in 2005. Since leaving Parliament has worked as chair of Progress and Director of the Foreign Policy Centre.
portraitPaul Twigger (Liberal Democrat) Field officer for Age Concern. Liverpool councillor since 2007.
portraitHilary Jones (UKIP) formerly a Conservative councillor on Wirral council, left the party after her husband Laurence Jones was deselected as Conservative candidate for Wirral South prior to the 2005 election. Her husband contested Wirral South as an independent in 2005, taking 460 votes.
portraitKai Andersen (Socialist Labour)
portraitSteve Radford (Liberal) Born 1957. Member of the Liberal Party. Liverpool councillor. Leader of the Liberal Party 2005-2009. Contested Liverpool West Derby 1997, 2001, 2005. Contested North West in 2009 European elections for No2EU.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 91757
Male: 47.6%
Female: 52.4%
Under 18: 25.7%
Over 60: 19.7%
Born outside UK: 2.7%
White: 97.1%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.9%
Other: 1.1%
Christian: 84.8%
Full time students: 3.6%
Graduates 16-74: 11%
No Qualifications 16-74: 41.6%
Owner-Occupied: 56%
Social Housing: 33.3% (Council: 26.2%, Housing Ass.: 7.1%)
Privately Rented: 8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 29%

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