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County
County ward within Liverpool
Population11,388 (2021 census)
Registered Electors7,790 (2023 elections)
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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County ward is an electoral division of Liverpool City Council. The ward is within the Liverpool Walton Parliamentary constituency.

Background

The ward was created in 1953 where three councillors were elected. The boundaries were changed for the 1973 and 1980, 2004 and 2023 elections.

1980 boundaries

A map of the city of Liverpool showing 1980 council ward boundaries. County ward is highlighted
1980 ward boundaries

A report of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England published in November 1978 set out proposals for changes to the wards of Liverpool City Council, maintaining the number of councillors at 99 representing 33 wards. County ward was represented by three councillors.[1]

The report describes the boundaries as "Commencing at a point where Walton Lane meets Spellow Lane, thence northwards along said Spellow Lane and Goodison Road to Winslow Street, thence northwestwards along said street to County Road, thence northwards and northeastwards along said road and in continuation in a straight line to the centre of the Rice Lane roundabout and the southern boundary of Warbreck Ward, thence generally northeastwards along said boundary to the western boundary of Pirrie Ward, thence southeastwards along said boundary and southwards, northwestwards and southwestwards along the western boundary of Clubmoor Ward to the Liverpool Exchange-Broad Green railway, thence northwestwards along said railway to Walton Lane, thence southwestwards along said lane to the point of commencement".[2]

2004 boundaries

A map of the city of Liverpool showing 2004 council ward boundaries. County ward is highlighted
2004 ward boundaries

A review by the Boundary Committee for England recommended that the council was formed of a reduced number of 90 members elected from 30 wards. County ward was changed to gain small parts of the former Warbreck ward, and losing parts to the new Clubmoor ward. The ward boundaries follow the northern property line on Taylors Lane, Tressel Street, and Herbarth Close, Rice Lane, Queens Drive, Moor Lane, around the northern boundary of Walton Hall Park, Walton Hall Avenue, Stanley Park Avenue North, the Canada Dock Branch line, Walton Lane, Spellow Lane, Carisbrooke Road until Margaret Road thereafter behind the eastern property line to the Maghull to Liverpool railway.[3]

The population of the 2004 ward at the 2011 census was 14,045.[4]

2023 boundaries

In 2023 the ward boundaries were changed following a 2022 review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which decided that the previous 30 wards each represented by three Councillors should be replaced by 64 wards represented by 85 councillors with varying representation by one, two or three councillors per ward. The ward was reformed as a two-member ward, retaining the majority of the former County ward, losing Walton Hall Park and the streets to the north of Breeze Hill to the reformed Walton ward, and the triangle between Queens Drive, Walton Hall Avenue and Stanley Hall Avenue North to the new Clubmoor West ward.[5] The ward contains Goodison Park, Walton Parish Church and Alsop High School.

The population of the ward at the 2021 census was 11,388.[6]

Councillors

Election Councillor Councillor Councillor
2004 Paul Clark (LD) Karen Afford (LD) Marilyn Fielding (LD)
2006 Paul Clark (LD) Karen Afford (LD) Marilyn Fielding (LD)
2007 Paul Clark (LD) Karen Afford (LD) Marilyn Fielding (LD)
2008 Paul Clark (LD) Karen Afford (LD) Marilyn Fielding (LD)
2010 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Karen Afford (LD) Marilyn Fielding (LD)
2011 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Marilyn Fielding (LD)
2012 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Eryl Owen (Lab)
2014 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Eryl Owen (Lab)
2015 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Eryl Owen (Lab)
2016 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Kay Davies (Lab)
2018 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Kay Davies (Lab)
2019 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Kay Davies (LD)
2021 Gerard Woodhouse (Lab) Roy Gladden (Lab) Maureen Delahunty-Kehoe (Lab)
2023 Gerard Woodhouse (Ind) Roy Gladden (Lab) Maureen Delahunty-Kehoe (Lab)
WARD REFORMED
2023 John Jennings (Lab) Bernard Packenham (Lab)


  indicates seat up for re-election after boundary changes.

  indicates seat up for re-election.

  indicates change in affiliation.

  indicates seat up for re-election after casual vacancy.

Election results

Elections of the 2020s

4th May 2023 [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John William Jennings 1,080 33.30
Labour Bernard Edward Packenham 922 28.43
Independent Gerard Woodhouse 619 19.09
Independent Rosemary Nzingha Edwards 197 6.07
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Ronald Bell 181 5.58
Independent Rosemary Nzingha Edwards 173 5.33
Conservative Louise Margaret Waters 71 2.19
Majority 461
Turnout
Rejected ballots 32
Total ballots
Registered electors 7,790
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)


Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2021: 6th May 2021 [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maureen Patricia Delahunty-Kehoe 1,608 70.50 Decrease7.14
Green Linda Jeanne Jones 213 9.34 Decrease0.11
Liberal Democrats Jez Clein 190 8.33 Increase1.07
Liberal Irene Morrison 142 6.23 Increase3.56
Conservative Irene Stuart 128 5.61 Increase2.67
Majority 1,395 61.16 Decrease7.03
Turnout 2281 24.70 Increase1.83
Registered electors 9,234
Rejected ballots 67 2.85 Increase1.54
Total ballots 2,348
Labour hold Swing -7.15

Elections of the 2010s

Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2019: 2nd May 2019 [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy Gladden 1,635 77.64% Decrease 9.00
Green Lina Jeanne Jones 199 9.45% Increase 6.02
Liberal Democrats Alex Cottrell 153 7.26 Decrease 6.50
Conservative Olivia Georgina Lever 62 2.94% Decrease 0.70
Liberal Irene Morrison 57 2.67% Decrease 0.27
Majority 1,436 68.19% Decrease 12.15
Turnout 2,134 22.87% Decrease 2.01
Registered electors 9,329
Rejected ballots 28 1.31% Increase 0.88
Labour hold Swing -7.51%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2018: 3rd May 2018 [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerard Woodhouse 2,023 86.64% Increase 13.45
Liberal Democrats Robert Charles McAllister-Bell 147 6.30% Decrease 6.50
Conservative Olivia Georgina Lever 85 3.64% Increase 0.09
Green Ceri Rhys Jones 80 3.43% Decrease 6.22
Majority 1,876 80.34% Increase 19.95
Turnout 2,345 24.88% Decrease 2.20
Registered electors 9,427
Rejected ballots 10 0.43%
Labour hold Swing 9.98%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2016: 5th May 2016 [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kay Eizabeth Davies 1,813 73.19% -3.49%
Liberal Democrats Rachel Plant 317 12.80% +6.81%
Green Chris Melia-Jones 239 9.65% +4.91%
Conservative Brian James Jones 88 3.55% +1.30%
TUSC Lynne Wild 20 0.81% -0.63%
Majority 1,496 60.39% -8.11%
Registered electors 9,309
Turnout 2,521 27.08% -33.91%
Labour hold Swing -5.15%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2015: 7th May 2015 [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy Gladden 4,433 76.68% -0.34%
UKIP Robert Thompson 473 8.18% -6.38%
Liberal Democrats Karen Elisabeth Afford 346 5.99% n/a
Green Ashley Scott-Griffiths 274 4.74% +1.44%
Conservative Brian James Jones 130 2.25% +0.53%
TUSC Lynne Wild 83 1.44% n/a
Liberal Stephen Francis Houghland 42 0.73% -2.68%
Majority 3,960 68.50% +6.04%
Registered electors 9,518
Turnout 5,805 60.99% +31.92%
Labour hold Swing 3.02%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2014: 22nd May 2014 [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerard Woodhouse 2,148 77.02% -5.82%
UKIP Neil Kenny 406 14.56% +8.63%
Liberal Stephen Francis Houghland 95 3.41% +1.55%
Green Tony Jones 92 3.30% 1.05%
Conservative Brian James Jones 48 1.72% +0.18%
Majority 1,742 62.46% -14.45%
Turnout 2789 29.07% -1.02%
Labour hold Swing -7.22%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2012: 3rd May 2012 [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eryl Marshall Owen 2,360 82.84% +9.15%
UKIP Thomas Marsden Bodcock 169 5.93% n/a
Liberal Democrats Michael Thomas Sefton 142 4.98% -10.04%
Green Tony Jones 64 2.25% +0.57%
Liberal Stephen Houghland 53 1.86% +1.01%
Conservative John Ainsley Watson 44 1.54% -0.39%
British Freedom Peter James Stafford 17 0.60% n/a
Majority 2,191 76.91% +18.24%
Turnout 2,849 30.09% -3.18%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +1.61%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2011: 5th May 2011 [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy Butler Gladden 2330 73.69% +13.02%
Liberal Democrats Karen Elisabeth Afford 475 15.02% -15.81%
UKIP Tom Bodcock 138 4.36% n/a
TUSC Roger Bannister 78 2.47% n/a
Conservative John Astley Watson 61 1.93% -1.09%
Green Tony Jones 53 1.68% +0.5%
Liberal Stephen Francis Houghland 27 0.85% n/a
Majority 1855 58.67% +28.83
Turnout 3162 33.27% -19.55%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing 14.42%
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2010: County [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerard Woodhouse 3131 60.67%
Liberal Democrats Ruth Gould 1591 30.83%
BNP Peter James Stafford 222 4.30%
Conservative Angela Maria Oates 156 3.02%
Green Tony Jones 61 1.18%
Majority 1540 29.84%
Turnout 5161 52.82%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Elections of the 2000s

Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2008: County [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Marilyn Fielding 1196 42.70%
Labour Gerard Woodhouse 1189 42.45%
BNP Peter James Stafford 200 7.14%
UKIP Colin Windever 70 2.50%
Conservative Paul Martyn Barber 66 2.36%
Green Tony Jones 48 1.71%
Liberal Roger George Webb 32 1.14%
Majority
Turnout 2801 27.66%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2007: County [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Karen Afford 1541 58.46%
Labour Colin McAlley 859 32.59%
Conservative Jennifer Kelly 62 2.35%
Liberal Roger George Webb 53 2.01%
Majority
Turnout 2636 25.53%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2006: County [21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul Clark 1380 52.73%
Labour Patrick Delahunty 1080 41.27%
Liberal Roger George Webb 84 3.21%
Conservative Francis Victor Stevens 73 2.79%
Majority
Turnout 2617 24.07%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

After the boundary change of 2004 the whole of Liverpool City Council faced election. Three Councillors were returned.

Liverpool City Council Municipal Elections 2004: County
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Marilyn Fielding 2067
Liberal Democrats Karen Afford 1881
Liberal Democrats Paul Clark 1869
Labour Gary Booth 1515
Labour Patrick Delahunty 1515
Labour Jeanette Fearon 1440
Liberal Roger Webb 96
Liberal Thomas Newell 95
Liberal Damian O'Brien 60
Majority
Turnout 3824 34.33%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing n/a

italics - Denotes sitting Councillor.
bold - Denotes the winning candidate.

References

  1. ^ The City of Liverpool (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979
  2. ^ "Report No.319" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission For England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Boundary Commission Report". 15 May 2010.
  4. ^ "City of Liverpool ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ "New electoral arrangements for Liverpool City Council Final Recommendations" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 1 March 2023.
  6. ^ "Ward Profiles". Liverpool City Council.
  7. ^ Thorp, Liam. "Liverpool Councillor who quit Labour joins Lib Dem rivals in shock move". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  8. ^ Thorp, Liam. "Veteran Labour councillor to challenge party as independent after being blocked from standing". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Election Results for County, 4th May 2023". Liverpool City Council.
  10. ^ "Election Results for County, 6th May 2021". Liverpool City Council.
  11. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2019, County". Liverpool City Council.
  12. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2018, County". Liverpool City Council.
  13. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2016, County". Liverpool City Council.
  14. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2015, County". Liverpool City Council.
  15. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2014, County". Liverpool City Council.
  16. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2012, County". Liverpool City Council.
  17. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2011, County". Liverpool City Council.
  18. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2010, County". Liverpool City Council.
  19. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2008, County". Liverpool City Council.
  20. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2007, County". Liverpool City Council.
  21. ^ "Municipal Election Results 2006, County". Liverpool City Council.