Battersea South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Battersea South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County County of London, then Greater London
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Battersea, and Tooting
Created from Battersea

Battersea South was a parliamentary constituency, originally in the County of London and later in Greater London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

It was created for the 1918 general election, when the former Battersea constituency was divided in two. It was abolished for the 1983 general election, when most of its territory was reunited with Battersea North to form the new Battersea constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

Battersea South in the Parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949.
Battersea South in the Parliamentary County of London from 1950 to 1974.

The seat was created by the Representation of the People Act 1918, and originally consisted of five wards of the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea: Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley.[1]

When seats were redistributed by the Representation of the People Act 1948 the boundaries of the constituency were altered to contain only four wards, and Winstanley ward was transferred to Battersea North.[2] However the wards of the borough were redrawn in 1949 prior to the next general election in 1950.[3] Accordingly, changes were made under the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949. Of the 16 new wards, eight were included in each of the Battersea North and South constituencies. From 1950 to 1974 Battersea South consisted of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender, Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton wards.[4][5]

In 1965 Battersea became part of the London Borough of Wandsworth. This, however made no immediate change to the parliamentary constituencies. It was not until the general election of February 1974 that the constituency boundaries were altered. Renamed Wandsworth, Battersea South, the seat was defined as consisting of five wards of the London Borough: Balham, Earlsfield, Fairfield, Nightingale and Northcote.[6] The Shaftesbury and St John's wards were transferred to Battersea North, while the new constituency incorporated areas previously in the Clapham and Putney seats. These boundaries were used until abolition.[5]

The constituency was abolished in 1983. Most of its area (Balham, Fairfield and Northcote) went to the recreated Battersea seat, with part (Earlsfield and Nightingale) passing to Tooting.[6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Viscount Curzon Conservative
1929 by-election William Bennett Labour
1931 Sir Harry Selley Conservative
1945 Caroline Ganley Labour Co-operative
1951 Ernest Partridge Conservative
1964 Ernest Perry Labour
1979 Alf Dubs Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Balham, Earlsfield,
Fairfield, Nightingale and Northcote
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Dubs 13,984 45.11
Conservative Theodore Wallace 13,652 44.04
Liberal J Ware 2,802 9.04
National Front A Perry 561 1.81
Majority 332 1.07
Turnout 31,000 70.92
General Election October 1974:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Balham, Earlsfield,
Fairfield, Nightingale and Northcote
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernest Perry 14,284 47.84
Conservative WTO Wallace 11,433 38.29
Liberal J Ware 3,971 13.3
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 170 0.57
Majority 2,851 9.55
Turnout 29,856 63.9
General Election February 1974:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Balham, Earlsfield,
Fairfield, Nightingale and Northcote
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernest Perry 14,431 42.55
Conservative AV Bradbury 12,778 37.68
Liberal G Mulholland 5,919 17.45
National Front John Clifton 787 2.32
Majority 1,653 4.87
Turnout 33,916 73.02
General Election 18 June 1970:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernest Perry 10,925 49.54
Conservative IN Samuel 9,227 41.84
Liberal R Benad 1,183 5.36
National Front Tom Lamb 716 3.25
Majority 1,698 7.7
Turnout 22,050 63.57

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 31 March 1966:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
General Election 15 October 1964:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 8 October 1959:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative
Labour
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
General Election 26 May 1955:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate 39,239 Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ernest Partridge 15,044
Labour EKI Hurst 14,365
Liberal Alan Cooper-Smith 2.219
Majority
Turnout
General Election 25 October 1951:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
General Election 23 February 1950:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender,
Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont and Thornton
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 5 to 19 July 1945:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 42,890, Turnout 73.0%, Voters 31,325

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C Ganley 19,275 61.5
Conservative E Patridge 12,050 38.5
Majority 7,225 23.1

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 14 November 1935:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 55,546, Turnout 66.8%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Ralph Selley 21,268 57.3%
Labour H Romeril 15,821 42.7%
Majority 5,447 14.6%
Turnout
General Election 27 October 1931:

constituency of Battersea South
Electorate 57,197, Turnout 72.7%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Ralph Selley 27,857 66.9%
Labour William Bennett 12,822 30.8%
New Party L Cuming 909 2.3%
Majority 15,035 36.1%
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 30 May 1929:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 57,018, Turnout 72.5%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Bennett 18,113 43.8%
Conservative Harry Ralph Selley 17,695 42.8%
Liberal Capt. William J. West 5,516 13.4%
Majority 418 1.0%
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Battersea South by-election, 1929:

constituency of Battersea South

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Bennett 11,789 46.13
Conservative Harry Ralph Selley 11,213 43.87
Liberal Mr. Albu 2.858 10.00
Majority 576 2.25
Turnout 25,557
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


General Election 29 October 1924:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 44,369, Turnout 76.5%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Francis Curzon 19,588 57.7
Labour Albert Winfield 14,371 42.3
Majority 5,217 15.4
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 6 December 1923:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 44,060, Turnout 63.5%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Francis Curzon 14,558 52.0
Labour Albert Winfield 13,440 48.0
Majority 1,118 4.0
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 15 November 1922:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 43,891, Turnout 65.5%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Francis Curzon 17,685 61.5%
Labour Albert Winfield 11,050 38.5%
Majority 6,635 23.0%
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918:

constituency of Battersea South
Composed of the Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury and Winstanley
Electorate 43,891, Turnout 52.4%,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Francis Curzon 15,670 68.2%
Labour Col. Arthur Alfred Lynch 3,383 14.7%
Liberal Joseph William Molden 2,273 9.9%
Independent John Ernest Philip Jenkin 1,657 7.2%
Majority 12,287 53.5%
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Representation of the People Act 1918 (1918 C.64) Schedule 9
  2. ^ Representation of the People Act 1948, (1948, C.65), Schedule 1
  3. ^ Battersea (Wards) Order 1949 (S.I. 1949/552)
  4. ^ The House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) (No. 2) Order, 1949 (S.I. 1949 No. 1440)
  5. ^ a b F A Youngs Jr., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol I: Southern England, London, 1979
  6. ^ a b The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 (1970 No. 1674)