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The Metropolitan Borough of Sefton is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, Englandmarker. Its local authority is Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.

Sefton was formed by the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, by the amalgamation of the former county boroughs of Bootlemarker and Southportmarker, and, from the administrative county of Lancashiremarker, the municipal borough of Crosbymarker, the urban districts of Formbymarker and Litherlandmarker, and part of the Rural District of West Lancashiremarker. It was placed in the metropolitan county of Merseyside.

The borough consists of a coastal strip of land on the Irish Seamarker, and extends from Bootlemarker, part of the Liverpool Urban Areamarker, in the south, to Southport in the north. In the south-east, it extends inland to Maghullmarker. The district is bounded by Liverpoolmarker to the south, Knowsleymarker to the south-east, and West Lancashiremarker to the east.

It is named after the village and parish of Seftonmarker, near Maghullmarker. A Sefton Rural Districtmarker covering some of the villages in the district had existed from 1894 to 1932.


The existence of Sefton has been an ongoing local controversy, especially in Southport, MPs of which have campaigned for separation from Bootle, and possibly inclusion as a district in the non-metropolitan county of Lancashiremarker.

MORI polls in the boroughs of Sefton and Wirral in the 2000s showed that more residents in these boroughs identified strongly to Merseyside than to Lancashire or Cheshire respectively (but was less likely to be "very strong" as opposed to "fairly strong").

The council has been under no overall control since the 1980s.


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Sefton at current basic prices published (pp. 240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.
Year Regional Gross Value Added Agriculture Industry Services
1995 2,079 20 496 1,563
2000 2,500 8 468 2,024
2003 2,994 10 418 2,566

 includes hunting and forestry

 includes energy and construction

 includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

 Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Towns and villages in Sefton

Parliamentary constituencies

See also: List of Parliamentary constituencies on Merseyside

Town twinning

See also


  1. Final Recommendations on the Future Local Government of Sefton, Local Government Commission for England, November 1997
  2. Sefton poll, where 51% residents belonged strongly to Merseyside, and compared to 35% to Lancashire; Wirral poll, where 45% of residents belonged strongly to Merseyside; compared to 30% to Cheshire. In both boroughs, "very strongly" ratings for the historic county were larger than that for Merseyside, but "fairly strongly" was lower.

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