for the House of Commons
Boundary of Southport in Merseyside
Location of Merseyside within England
|Electorate||67,803 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||vacant|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South West Lancashire|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 5.1 Elections in the 2010s
- 5.2 Elections in the 2000s
- 5.3 Elections in the 1990s
- 5.4 Elections in the 1980s
- 5.5 Elections in the 1970s
- 5.6 Elections in the 1960s
- 5.7 Elections in the 1950s
- 5.8 Elections in the 1940s
- 5.9 Elections in the 1930s
- 5.10 Elections in the 1920s
- 5.11 Elections in the 1910s
- 5.12 Elections in the 1900s
- 5.13 Elections in the 1890s
- 5.14 Elections in the 1880s
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 Sources
1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of Southport, the Sessional Division of Southport, and the parishes of Blundell, Great and Little Crosby, Ince, and Thornton.
1918-1983: The County Borough of Southport.
1983-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Sefton wards of Ainsdale, Birkdale, Cambridge, Dukes, Kew, Meols, and Norwood.
The constituency covers the whole town of Southport and the localities of Ainsdale, Birkdale, Blowick, Churchtown, Crossens, Highpark, Hillside, Kew, Marshside, Meols Cop, and Woodvale. It is bordered to the north by South Ribble, to the east by West Lancashire, and to the south by Sefton Central.
In the 19th century a notable representative was George Nathaniel Curzon, future Viceroy of India.
As a frontbencher, long-serving representative Robert Hudson was recognised at the time of World War II as a competent Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in charge of that department, and was made, to give him a peerage, a viscount.[n 3]
The constituency has been a Liberal or Conservative seat throughout its history, and marginal for much of this, enabling it to change hands 11 times between the parties since it was created in 1885, having had nine Conservative MPs and eight Liberal or Liberal Democrat MPs in its history.
With the rise again of the Liberal Party in the early 1970s, election results proved to be close contests. The constituency changed hands in the 1987 general election, when it was taken by Ronnie Fearn of the Liberal Party for the SDP-Liberal Alliance (shortly before the two parties merged to form the Liberal Democrats). Fearn had contested the seat unsuccessfully for the Liberals throughout the 1970s.
Fearn lost the seat to the Conservatives' Matthew Banks at the 1992 election (one of the few Conservative gains at that election), only to regain it at the 1997 election. The Liberal Democrats held the seat (under John Pugh after Fearn stood down in 2001) until 2017.
In the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, of which the constituency is a part, voted to remain in the European Union by 51.9%. Given its demography, it is estimated that Southport voted to remain by 54%.
The seat was one of the eight Liberal Democrat seats that survived the national vote share collapse during the 2015 general election, despite a higher-than-average drop in the Liberal Democrats' vote share. Pugh opted not to seek re-election in the 2017 general election, in which election the seat returned to the Conservatives, the only seat the Tories gained from the Liberal Democrats in 2017 (aside from Richmond Park, which they had gained at a 2016 by-election). A resurgent Labour vote pushed the Liberal Democrats into third place for the first time since 1966 with the seat now becoming a somewhat unlikely Tory-Labour marginal, with just under 3,000 votes between the two major parties. If Labour were to win this seat at the next general election while holding its existing seats in Merseyside, it would mark the first time Labour (or indeed any party) has won every constituency in the county.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||John Wright|
On November 13th, 2019, it was announced that Carla Burns, Renew's provisional candidate for Southport, would stand aside in favour of the Unite to Remain official candidate, John Wright to avoid splitting the pro-remain vote. 
|Liberal Democrats||Sue McGuire||12,661||26.4||−4.6|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||John Pugh||13,652||31.0||−18.7|
|Southport Party||Jacqueline Barlow||992||2.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−5.4|
|Liberal Democrats||John Pugh||21,707||49.6||+3.3|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+2.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||John Pugh||19,093||46.3||+2.5|
|Conservative||Mark S. Bigley||15,255||37.0||+0.5|
|Your Party||Bill Givens||589||1.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||John Pugh||18,011||43.8||−4.3|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Ronnie Fearn||24,356||48.1||+6.6|
|Natural Law||Elizabeth Lines||93||0.2||−0.1|
|National Democrats||Michael Middleton||92||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||8.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Ronnie Fearn||23,018||41.5||−6.4|
|Natural Law||Geoffrey Clements||159||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||4.5|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||6.7|
|Liberal||Iain Brodie Browne||20,573||40.5||+2.5|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Peter R. Ward||6,690||13.2||-6.4|
Elections in the 1960s
|Liberal||C. Jack Coleman||8,630||19.7||-3.3|
|Liberal||C. Jack Coleman||10,609||23.0||-0.5|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Charles W Hadfield||9,805||20.4||-9.4|
|Labour||Alan Lever Tillotson||11,310||28.5||+3.7|
|Labour||H Owen Ellis||12,535||24.8||-2.0|
|Labour||J P Bonney||14,159||26.8||+0.0|
Elections in the 1940s
Elections in the 1930s
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour||Arthur Leonard Williams||5,380||12.3||n/a|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+5.0|
Elections in the 1910s
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Liberal||H. B. D. Woodcock||6,798||47.7||-0.9|
|Liberal||Maurice de Forest||7,218||48.6||-2.3|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||Edward Marshall Hall||6,367||49.1||-1.9|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+1.9|
|Conservative||Edward Marshall Hall||5,522||51.0||−3.0|
|Liberal||George Augustus Pilkington||5,313||49.0||+3.0|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal||George Augustus Pilkington||5,635||52.7||+6.7|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.7|
- Caused by Naylor-Leyland's death.
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.4|
- Caused by Curzon's appointment as Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal||George Augustus Pilkington||3,262||46.7||-4.4|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.4|
|Liberal||George Augustus Pilkington||3,741||51.1||N/A|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "EU Referendum Results". BBC News. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
- "Revised estimates of Leave vote share in Westminster constituencies". Medium. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)
- "Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates". Mark Pack. 9 September 2019.
- "Southport Liberal Democrats select John Wright". Mark Pack. 25 April 2018.
- "Southport parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Southport". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984.