Liverpool is a Labour city, there's no doubt about that.

The city council is run by the party, who currently have 72 of the 90 available seats and a Labour Mayor in Joe Anderson.

All five of the citiy's Parliamentary seats are held by Labour MPs who - despite the poor national results for the party in December's General Election - all secured huge majorities in their specific constituencies.

So there isn't much of a Conservative presence in the city - but there are a surprising number of Tory MPs who were either born or brought up in this part of the world and a number of them are ministers.

They all had to leave the region to secure their current seats, however.

So who are the Scouse Tory MPs in Parliament at the moment?

Esther McVey

Esther McVey

We may as well start with arguably the most controversial figure on the list.

Esther McVey is a household name in her native Liverpool, but primarily for the wrong reasons.

Born in West Derby, she went to the Belvedere School, in Toxteth, before studying Law at Queen Mary University of London and Radio Journalism at City University London.

She went on to work in the media for the next 10 years - employed as a broadcaster and a journalist for GMTV and appearing on a number of BBC and Channel 4 shows.

In 2009, she graduated with a Masters from Liverpool John Moores University and, from 2000 to 2006, she worked as a director of her dad’s Liverpool construction company J. G. McVey & Co.

She became the first, and only, Tory MP on Merseyside in over a decade when she won Wirral West in 2010.

In 2012 she was made Minister for Disabled People in David Cameron’s cabinet, before being promoted to Minister of State for Employment in 2013.

She lost her Wirral seat in 2015 to Labour's Margaret Greenwood but was back in Parliament in 2017 when she was parachuted into the safe Tory seat of Tatton.

She was made Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by Theresa May but quit over Brexit and was later appointed as a Housing Minister by Boris Johnson before being sacked in a reshuffle.

Ms McVey is not well liked in her home city after championing a number of policies that have hit vulnerable people hard, including the Bedroom Tax and Universal Credit.

Nadine Dorries

Health minister Nadine Dorries

Born Nadine Bargery, she was raised in Anfield and attended Rose Heath Primary School and Halewood Grange Comprehensive.

Her family moved to Runcorn and she started training as a nurse at Warrington General Hospital in 1975.

She later founded Company Kids Ltd in 1987 which provided child day-care services for working parents.

Ms Dorries was first elected to Parliament in 2005 for the safe Tory seat of Mid Bedfordshire and has held the seat ever since.

She is currently a Minister of State for in the Health Department and was the first MP to test positive for coronavirus.

She has repeatedly called for the time limit for abortions to be cut from 24 weeks to 20 and attempted to amend the law in 2011 to strip abortion providers of their role in counselling women.

She also previously said that people on benefits who tweet more than 50 times a day should be reported to the Department of Work and Pensions.

In 2013, Ms Dorries apologised to the House of Commons after failing to declare her fee for appearing on the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

Kit Malthouse

Kit Malthouse

Now a Policing Minister, Mr Malthouse has held a number of cabinet positions despite only entering Parliament in 2015.

He was previously a Housing Minister and before that a Minister for Family Support.

Born in Aigburth, he went to Sudley Junior School before moving on to Liverpool College in Mossley Hill.

He first ran for office in Liverpool, finishing a distant third in the battle for the Wavertree seat at the 1997 General Election.

He found more luck getting elected at Westminster Council - and it was here that he was part of a controversial campaign to target rough sleepers in the area.

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When he was deputy leader, the council was accused by one member of the London Assembly of adopting a "ruthless" policy towards homeless people which included 'hosing them out of doorways.'

Asked in 2008 if he was behind such a "hosing" policy, Mr Malthouse replied: "We certainly instituted a policy of making life - it sounds counter-intuitive and cruel - more uncomfortable; that is absolutely right."

He put his name in the hat for the Tory leadership contest last year but didn't get far and accepted a cabinet position in Boris Johnson's government.

Thérèse Coffey

Therese Coffey is the DWP boss

She may not have been born in Liverpool (she was actually born in Billinge) but the Thérèse Coffey was raised and went to school in the city.

She attended St Edward's College in West Derby and describes herself as an avid Liverpool FC fan.

After attending Oxford University she was awarded a PHD in Chemistry at UCL in 1998.

She first entered Parliament in 2010, elected to the Suffolk Coastal seat that she has represented ever since.

Having previously held positions of Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Minister of State for the Environment, she was made Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by Boris Johnson in 2019.

Despite her ties to the city, the voting record of the now Department of Work and Pensions Secretary will not exactly chime with many people in the city.

She has consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits and has almost always voted against spending money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

She has largely voted against improved gay rights and increased equality measures - and in 2019 she voted against extending same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

In a recent interview with the BBC's Nick Robinson Dr Coffey explained why she became a Tory while living in Liverpool.

Speaking about the Militant Labour Council in the city in the 1980s, she said: "Frankly, the way that they behaved - and when I speak to Labour people today, including Labour people in Liverpool - they're not particularly proud of that era in the running of the city.

"That's when I realised that the rest of the country seemed to be getting on rather well and that was Margaret Thatcher leading that."

Jake Berry

Jake Berry

Jake Berry was born in Liverpool in 1978 and attended Liverpool College before going on to Sheffield University.

He trained to be a lawyer in Chester and then London and became a solicitor in 2003.

First elected to Parliament in 2010, he has held the Rossendale and Darwen seat ever since.

He held the position of Northern Powerhouse Minister between 2017 and 2020 and despite being an old ally of Boris Johnson, he turned down a cabinet job on offer from the Prime Minister in February to spend more time with his family.

Berry had a run in with Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson in 2018 after the latter quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership in a row over rail funding.

Speaking about the Mayor's departure in Parliament, Mr Berry said: "As Harry Enfield and his chums would say about anyone from Liverpool, including me, 'calm down, calm down."

Responding, Mayor Anderson said: "Jake Berry? I've got more confidence in Mary Berry."

Stephen McPartland

Probably the least known Liverpool-born Tory, Mr McPartland was born in Liverpool in 1976 and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1997 before completing a Masters at the city's John Moores University.

After graduating he worked for the Conservatives in Warrington, managing some local campaigns.

He has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stevanage since 2010 and is currently Chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee.