Bootle_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

Bootle (UK Parliament constituency)

Bootle is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries

The constituency covers the southern part of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside. This comprises Bootle itself, and other localities including Litherland, Netherton and Seaforth.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Thomas Myles Sandys Conservative
1911 by-election Andrew Bonar Law Conservative
1918 Thomas Royden Coalition Conservative
1922 James Burnie Liberal
1924 Vivian Leonard Henderson Conservative
1929 John Kinley Labour
1931 Chichester de Windt Crookshank Conservative
1935 Eric Errington Conservative
1945 John Kinley Labour
1955 Simon Mahon Labour
1979 Allan Roberts Labour
1990 by-election Michael Carr Labour
1990 by-election Joe Benton Labour

History

The constituency was originally a safe Conservative seat, being represented by Conservative Party Leader Andrew Bonar Law from 1911 until 1918. A Liberal seat in the 1920s, it then became a Conservative - Labour marginal in the 1930s. It is now a safe seat for the Labour Party, who have held it continually since the 1945 general election. In each general election since 1997, it has been the safest seat for any party in the UK.

In 1990, there were two by-elections in Bootle. The first followed the death of Allan Roberts on 21 February, and was held on 24 May. That by-election was notable for the Social Democrat candidate, Jack Holmes (representing the part of the SDP opposed to the 1988 merger with the Liberals and formation of the Liberal Democrats), being beaten by Screaming Lord Sutch of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. The victorious Labour candidate, Michael Carr, died after just 57 days in office on July 20 1990.

The second by-election, held on November 8 1990, was won by Labour's Joe Benton. Benton has held the seat since then, usually with huge majorities (63.8% at the 2005 general election, for example).

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Elections in the 1990s

Elections in the 1980s

Elections in the 1970s

Elections in the 1940s

Elections in the 1930s

Elections in the 1920s

Elections in the 1910s

General election of December 1910 In the General Election December 1910, Thomas Myles Sandys, Conservative was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1900s

General election of 1900 In the 1900 general election, Thomas Myles Sandys, Conservative was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1890s

General election of 1895 In the 1895 general election, Thomas Myles Sandys, Conservative was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1880s

General election of 1886 In the 1886 general election, Thomas Myles Sandys, Conservative was elected unopposed.

See also

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