Election Results: Labour Hold St Helens South & Whiston, Knowsley
In a result that will have surprised few people, Labour have held on to both St Helens South & Whiston, and Knowsley in yesterday’s general election.
George Howarth was re-elected as MP for Knowsley, with 78.1 percent of the vote, while Marie Rimmer (pictured) was newly elected to St Helens South & Whiston, previously represented by Shaun Woodward, with 59.8 percent.
Between them, the local Labour vote was up by more than seven percent.
The UKIP vote was up by an average of nine percent between both seats, coming in second in Knowsley, while the Liberal Democrats were down 16.6 percent in St Helens South & Whiston, and 10.4 percent in Knowsley – no doubt the cost of supporting Tory austerity measures as part of the coalition government. The Conservatives themselves were down only about 2 percent in both seats, coming second in St Helens South & Whiston.
Nationwide, however, Labour have performed badly, with pollster predictions of a narrow race proving wrong, and the Conservatives set for a slim majority in the House of Commons.
Labour and Lib Dems were all but wiped out in Scotland, where the SNP took 56 of 59 seats.
UKIP gained just under 13 percent of the national vote – mostly at the cost of Labour rather than Conservative – but look set only to retain one seat and not make any gains.
Knowsley 2015 General Election Results
George Howarth (Labour) – 39,628 (78.1%, up 7.2% from 2010)
Louise Bours (UKIP) – 4,973 (9.8%, up 7.2% from 2010)
Alice Bramall (Conservative) – 3,367 (6.6%, down 2.3% from 2010)
Carl Cashman (Liberal Democrat) – 1,490 (2.9%, down 10.4% from 2010)
Vikki Gregorich (Green) – 1,270 (2.5%)
St Helens South & Whiston 2015 General Election Results
Marie Rimmer (Labour) – 28,950 (59.8%, up 6.9& from 2010)
Gillian Keegan (Conservative) – 7,707 (15.9%, down 1.9% from 2010)
John Beirne (UKIP) – 6,766 (14%, up 11.3% from 2010)
Brian Spencer (Liberal Democrat) – 2,737 (5.7%, down 16.6% from 2010)
James Chan (Green) – 2,237 (4.6%)
2015 General Election Results (at time of publishing)
Liberal Democrat 8
Democratic Unionist Party 8
Sinn Fein 4
Plaid Cymru 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party 3
Ulster Unionist Party 2