Southport general election 2024 candidates

Lord Street in Southport.
-Credit: (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

Labour has never come close to winning the parliamentary seat in Southport, which has always been represented by either the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrats.

Southport was represented for much of this century by Liberal Democrat John Pugh until the Tories won the seat in 2017 with 38.7% of the vote. Incumbent MP Damien Moore further increased his majority in 2019 by winning 47.6% of the vote, but this percentage increase was almost matched by the Labour Party candidate, Liz Savage who increased Labour's vote share to 39% - its largest ever vote share in the constituency.

Polling for the 2024 general election suggests Labour have a very strong chance of taking this seat from the Tories and dethroning Mr Moore. Many political analysts are watching the Southport election race very closely, seeing it as a potential bellwether for the rest of the country.

READ MORE: Who is Keir Starmer's wife? All you need to know about Lady Victoria Starmer

READ MORE: The Liverpool City Region General Election 2024 survey: Tell us how you feel about NHS, immigration, Keir Starmer and more

If Labour does win in Southport, it will be a historic moment for the party and point to a difficult night for the present government.

The candidates

Edwin Gordon Black - Green Party

Sean Robert Halsall - Independent

Erin Harvey - Liberal Democrats

Patrick Brian Hurley - Labour Party

Andrew Lynn - Reform UK

Damien Moore - Conservative and Unionist Party

The Liverpool Daily Post newsletter delves into the biggest stories on Merseyside