BOOTLE, municipal, county (1888) and parliamentary (1918) borough, a suburb of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Pop. (1931), 76,799, nearly 12 times the figure of 1861. Area 1,947 ac. It contains a continuation of the main Liverpool (q.v.) dlcks on the east bank of the Mersey, and has large numbers of transport workers, also ship repairers and engineers, while there are foundries, wire-rope works, tin works and tin-box factories, electrical works, dye works, flour mills and very large timber yards. Bootle also has large storage arrangements for cotton, grain, etc. The corporation consists of a mayor, io aldermen and 3o councillors; a proposal to merge it in the city of Liverpool was rejected by parliament in 19°3. Since 1918 Bootle has returned one member to parliament.