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Wirral West

2010 Results:
Conservative: 16726 (42.48%)
Labour: 14290 (36.29%)
Liberal Democrat: 6630 (16.84%)
UKIP: 899 (2.28%)
Independent: 506 (1.29%)
Others: 321 (0.82%)
Majority: 2436 (6.19%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 15792 (41.9%)
Labour: 15509 (41.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 5844 (15.5%)
Other: 534 (1.4%)
Majority: 283 (0.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 16446 (39.9%)
Labour: 17543 (42.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 6652 (16.1%)
UKIP: 429 (1%)
Other: 163 (0.4%)
Majority: 1097 (2.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15070 (37.2%)
Labour: 19105 (47.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 6300 (15.6%)
Majority: 4035 (10%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18297 (39%)
Labour: 21035 (44.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5945 (12.7%)
Referendum: 1613 (3.4%)
Majority: 2738 (5.8%)

Boundary changes: Gains part of Pensby and Thingwall from Wirral South, and literally a handful of voters in Meols (actually Parkfields) from Wallasey. Loses part of Prenton to Birkenhead and part of Moreton West and Saughall Massie ward to Wallasey.

Profile: Western corner of the Wirral penisula, Wirral West is an affluent, prosperous middle class seat that 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 and has been held by Stephen Hesford since, though the minor boundary changes make it notionally a Conservative seat at the next election. The seat includes the towns of West Kirby and Hoylake, as well as Meols, Greasby, Irby, Pensby. The main area of Labour strength is the Woodchurch estate.

portraitCurrent MP: Esther McVey (Conservative) born 1967, Liverpool. Television and radio presenter. Contested Wirral West in 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitEsther McVey (Conservative) born 1967, Liverpool. Television and radio presenter. Contested Wirral West in 2005.
portraitPhil Davies (Labour) Educated at the University of Strathclyde. Wirral councillor.
portraitPeter Reisdorf (Liberal Democrat) born 1962, Wirral. Mature student. Wirral councillor since 2000. Contested Wallasey 1997, 2001.
portraitPhil Griffiths (UKIP) Contested Wallasey 2005.
portraitDavid Kirwan (Independent) Educated at Wallasey Grammar School and Liverpool University. Solicitor. Wirral councillor.
portraitDavid James (Common Sense)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 70039
Male: 46.8%
Female: 53.2%
Under 18: 22.3%
Over 60: 27%
Born outside UK: 3.3%
White: 98.6%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 82.3%
Full time students: 2.8%
Graduates 16-74: 23.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 24.1%
Owner-Occupied: 81.9%
Social Housing: 11.3% (Council: 9.7%, Housing Ass.: 1.6%)
Privately Rented: 4.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.2%

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