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Smithdown
Smithdown ward within Liverpool
Population8,124 (2023 electorate)
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Smithdown ward is an electoral district of Liverpool City Council within the Liverpool Riverside and Liverpool Wavertree constituencies.

History

The ward was created in 1953 within the Liverpool Edge Hill constituency. The boundaries were altered in 1973 and 1980. The ward was dissolved in 2004 reinstated in 2023.

1980 Boundaries

Map of the 1980 boundaries of Smithdown ward
1980 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. Smithdown ward was represented by three councillors.[1]

The report describes the boundaries as "Commencing at a point where Upper Parliament Street meets the eastern boundary of Abercromby Ward, thence generally northwestwards along- said boundary to the southeastern boundary of Everton Ward, thence northwards and generally northeastwards along said boundary to the western boundary of Kensington Ward, thence southwards, eastwards and southeastwards along said boundary to Wavertree Road, thence northwestwards along said road to Tunnel Road, thence southwards along said road to Spekeland Road, thence northeastwards along said road to Acton Street, thence southwards along said street to Lindley Street, thence southwestwards along said street to Earle Road, thence southeastwards along said road to Tunstall Street, thence southwestwards along said street to Smithdown Road, thence northwestwards along said road and Smithdown Lane to Upper Parliament Street, thence generally westwards along said street to the point of commencement".[2]

2004 boundaries

A report of the Local Government Boundary Commission published in March 2003 recommended the number of wards in the city be reduced to 30 and the number of councillors reduced to 90. The Smithdown ward was dissolved and distributed into the new Picton, Kensington and Fairfield, and Central wards.[3]

2023 boundaries

A 2022 review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England decided that the existing 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.[4][5] The Smithdown ward was re-established as a smaller ward from a section of the previous Greenbank and Picton wards. The new ward is roughly bounded by the West Coast Main Line, Cranborne Road and Smithdown Road. The ward is represented by two councillors.

Councillors

Election Councillor Councillor Councillor[6]
1980 Ernest Stephenson (Lib) Joseph Clitherow (Lib) Anne Clitherow (Lib)
1982 Alex Gamble (Lab) Joseph Clitherow (Lib) Anne Clitherow (Lib)
1983 Alex Gamble (Lab) Steve Jenkins (Lab) Anne Clitherow (Lib)
1984 Alex Gamble (Lab) Steve Jenkins (Lab) Dorothy Matthews (Lab)
1986 Alex Gamble (Lab) Steve Jenkins (Lab) Dorothy Matthews (Lab)
1987 Juliet Herzog (Lab) I Templeman (Lab) Judith Nelson (Lab)
1988 Juliet Herzog (Lab) I Templeman (Lab) D Bermingham (Lab)
1990 Juliet Herzog (Lab) I Templeman (Lab) D Bermingham (Lab)
1991 Juliet Herzog (Lab) M. Clarke (Lab) D Bermingham (Lab)
1992 Juliet Herzog (Lab) M. Clarke (Lab) W. Barrow (LD)
1994 Nev Bann (Lab) M. Clarke (Lab) W. Barrow (LD)
1995 Nev Bann (Lab) M. Clarke (Lab) W. Barrow (LD)
1996 Nev Bann (Lab) M. Clarke (Lab) Richie White (Lab)
1998 Gary Airey (LD) M. Clarke (Lab) Richie White (Lab)
1999 Gary Airey (LD) Andrew Makinson (LD) Richie White (Lab)
2000 Gary Airey (LD) Andrew Makinson (LD) Juli Sames (LD)
2002 Richie White (Lab) Andrew Makinson (LD) Juli Sames (LD)
2003 Richie White (Lab) Andrew Makinson (LD) Juli Sames (LD)
2004 - 2022 WARD DISESTABLISHED
2023 James Roberts (Lab) Jon Morris (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 - 2 seats[7][8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Roberts[a] 1,211 37.38
Labour Jon Morris 1,020 31.48
Green Thomas Watts 414 12.78
Independent Dave Cummings[b] 399 12.31
Liberal Democrats Angela Hulme 144 4.44
Conservative Harry Gallimore-King 52 1.60
Majority 797 22.13
Turnout
Rejected ballots 10
Total ballots
Registered electors 8,124
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Notes

a.^ James Roberts was a re-standing councillor representing Greenbank ward.
b.^ Dave Cummings was a re-standing councillor representing the Wavertree ward. He was affiliated with the Liberate Liverpool movement.[11]

Elections of the 2000s

1st May 2003[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew Makinson 893 57.65 Increase21.60
Labour Richard Keenan 495 321.96 Decrease17.63
Green Simon Holgate 89 5.75 Increase3.79
Liberal John Moore 40 2.58 Increase0.14
Conservative Grahame Harden 32 2.07 Increase0.81
Majority 398 25.69 Increase12.17
Turnout 1,549 18.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing 19.61
2nd May 2002[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard White 711 49.58 Increase11.17
Liberal Democrats Gary Airey 517 36.05 Decrease18.76
Independent Michael Lane 125 8.72
Liberal John Moore 35 2.44 Decrease2.18
Green Simon Holgate 28 1.95 Decrease0.21
Conservative Kenneth Watkin 18 1.26
Majority 194 13.53 Decrease2.88
Turnout 1,434
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing 14.97
4th May 2000[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Juli Sames 558 54.81 Increase3.15
Labour Richie White 391 38.41 Decrease1.42
Liberal M. A. Williams 47 4.62 Decrease0.80
Conservative K. G. Watkin 22 2.16
Majority 167 16.40 Increase4.57
Turnout 1,018
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing 2.29

Elections of the 1990s

6th May 1999[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew Makinson 668 51.66 Increase0.69
Labour R. Keenan 515 39.83 Increase0.53
Liberal J. Moore 70 5.41 Decrease0.35
Conservative J. Cole 28 2.17
Ward Labour L. Evans 12 0.93 Decrease3.04
Majority 153 11.83 Increase0.16
Turnout 1,293
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing 0.08
7th May 1998[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Gary Airey 681 50.97 Increase27.98
Labour Nev Bann 525 39.30 Decrease23.24
Liberal M. Williams 77 5.76 Decrease8.70
Ward Labour V. Marsland 53 3.97
Majority 156 11.68 Decrease27.87
Turnout 1,336
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing 25.61
6th May 1996[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard White 960 62.54 Decrease6.60
Liberal Democrats Garry Airey 353 23.00 Decrease2.00
Liberal K. White 222 14.46 Increase10.11
Majority 607 39.54 Decrease4.60
Turnout 1,535
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing -2.30
4th May 1995[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Clarke 1,286 69.14 Increase7.84
Liberal Democrats G. Hulme 465 25.00 Decrease7.85
Liberal N. Roberts 81 4.35 Increase0.08
Conservative K. Watkin 28 1.51 Decrease0.07
Majority 821 44.14 Increase15.68
Turnout 1,860
Labour hold Swing 7.84
5th May 1994[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neville Bann 1,592 61.30 Increase20.46
Liberal Democrats G. Hulme 853 32.85 Decrease14.77
Liberal M. Langley 111 4.27
Conservative D. O'Leary 41 1.58 Decrease1.05
Majority 739 28.46 Increase21.68
Turnout 2,597
Labour hold Swing 17.62
7th May 1992[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats W. Barrow 1,159 47.62 Increase12.65
Labour Cecilia Holleran 994 40.84 Decrease19.34
Conservative Denise O'Leary 64 2.63 Decrease2.23
Smithdown Labour D. Bermingham 217 8.92
Majority 165 6.78 Decrease18.44
Turnout 2,434
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing -16.00
2nd May 1991[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Clarke 1,661 60.18 Decrease7.22
Liberal Democrats W. Barrow 965 34.96 Increase6.97
Conservative D. O'Leary 134 4.86 Increase2.40
Majority 696 25.22 Decrease14.19
Turnout 2,760
Labour hold Swing -7.10
3rd May 1990[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Juliet Herzog 2,632 67.40 Decrease9.44
Liberal Democrats P. McGrath 1,093 27.99 Increase10.15
Conservative Denise O'Leary 96 2.46 Decrease2.86
Green J. Stevenson 84 2.15
Majority 1,539 39.41 Decrease19.59
Turnout 3,905
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s

5th May 1988[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Bermingham 2,791 76.84 Increase26.36
SLD Mary Young 648 17.84 Decrease29.14
Conservative F. Ryan 193 5.31 Increase2.78
Majority 2,143 59.00 Increase55.51
Turnout 3,632
Labour hold Swing
7th May 1987 - 3 seats[a][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour I. Templeman 2,682 54.77 Increase4.29
Labour Juliet Herzog 2,660
Labour Judith Nelson 2,555
Alliance E. R. Stephenson 2,102 42.92 Decrease4.06
Alliance Shirley Parry 2,001
Alliance Mary Young 1,921
Conservative J.S. Smith 113 2.31 Decrease0.23
Conservative Sarah L. Williamson 100
Conservative A. Vigar 82
Majority 580 11.84 Increase8.35
Registered electors 9,916
Turnout 4,897 49.38
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Notes

a.^ Alex Gamble, Steve Jenkins and Dorothy Mathews were surcharged and banned from office following the Rate-capping rebellion. Three seats were contested at the 1986 election.
1st May 1986[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Gamble 2,152 50.48 Decrease8.78
Alliance E. Stephenson 2,003 46.99 Increase9.80
Conservative F. Sellers 108 2.53 Decrease1.02
Majority 149 3.50 Decrease18.57
Turnout 4,263
Labour hold Swing 5.67
1st May 1984[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dorothy Matthews 2,884 59.26 Increase5.49
Liberal Anne Clitherow 1,810 37.19 Decrease5.84
Conservative S. J. Melia 173 3.55 Increase0.36
Majority 1,074 22.07 Increase11.33
Registered electors 10,331
Turnout 4,867 47.11 Increase4.26
Labour gain from Liberal Swing 5.67
5th May 1983[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. M. Jenkins 2,454 53.77 Increase0.26
Liberal J. S. Clitherow 1,964 43.03 Increase2.54
Conservative B. J. Ardrey 146 3.20 Decrease2.80
Majority 490 10.74 Decrease2.28
Registered electors 10,650
Turnout 4,564 42.85 Increase9.48
Labour gain from Liberal Swing -1.14
6 May 1982[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Gamble 1,981 53.51 Increase16.96
Liberal E. R. Stephenson 1,499 40.49 Decrease15.47
Conservative R. C. Duncalf 222 6.00 Decrease1.49
Majority 482 13.02 Decrease6.40
Registered electors 10,744
Turnout 3,702 33.37 Decrease0.94
Labour gain from Liberal Swing 16.22
6th May 1980 - 3 seats[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Anne Clitherow 2,130 55.96
Liberal Joseph Sydney Clitherow 2,046
Liberal Ernest Richard Stephenson 1,949
Labour Peter Thomas Devaney 1,391 36.55
Labour Paul Herbert Gray 1,240
Labour Joseph Stanton 1,239
Conservative John Atherton 285 7.49
Conservative James McDermott 234
Conservative Rolland Louis Zollner 129
Majority 739 19.42
Registered electors 11,095
Turnout 3,806 34.30
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)
Liberal win (new seat)

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. ^ "The City of Liverpool (Electoral Changes) Order 2003". 29 September 2003. Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  4. ^ "New electoral arrangements for Liverpool City Council Final Recommendations" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 1 March 2023.
  5. ^ Thorp, Liam (1 January 2023). "The map of how Liverpool is set to completely change in 2023". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Liverpool City Council elections 1973-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre, University of Plymouth. 16 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated - All wards". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Liverpool City Council: The 6 candidates in Smithdown". Who Can I Vote For?. Democracy Club Community Interest Company. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Election Results for Smithdown, 4 May 2023". Liverpool City Council. 4 May 2023. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  10. ^ Raynor, Dominic (5 May 2023). "Liverpool local election results 2023: who won council elections in my area - as votes counted". Liverpool World. National World Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  11. ^ https://www.liberateliverpool.org/candidates