Bermondsey and Old Southwark (UK Parliament constituency)
|Bermondsey and Old Southwark|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Bermondsey and Old Southwark in Greater London.
|Electorate||77,186 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Southwark and Bermondsey|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
History and boundaries
The seat was created for the 2010 general election, almost identical to the "North Southwark and Bermondsey" which had been the name for the seat held by Simon Hughes since the 1997 General Election, on a review of parliamentary representation in London by the Boundary Commission for England facing very minor boundary changes.
The constituency lies within the London Borough of Southwark, which contained the 'Old Southwark' area of the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark and the neighbourhoods of Borough, London Bridge and Bankside. Within the constituency are Elephant and Castle, Walworth and Newington which where part of the old Metropolitan Borough. The eastern half of the seat includes Bermondsey and Rotherhithe which were part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey, and which had been a separate constituency also. This seat is based on the 1997-2010 North Southwark and Bermondsey constituency. Following the 2002 redrawing of ward boundaries, parts of Faraday and Livesey wards that were part of North Southwark and Bermondsey transferred to Camberwell and Peckham. This successor seat is made from the following electoral wards within the London Borough of Southwark:
- Cathedrals, Chaucer, East Walworth, Grange, Newington, Riverside, Rotherhithe, South Bermondsey, Surrey Docks.
Comprising the northern part of the London Borough of Southwark, the seat lies immediately to the south of the City of London.
The southern halves of the Thames crossings London Bridge and Tower Bridge are in the seat, as is the historic Southwark area, with its cathedral, the Globe Theatre and Borough Market. There is also extensive commercial development that has spilled over the river from the City, notably the Shard London Bridge.
The seat has remained a rare example of an inner London Liberal Democrat seat since Simon Hughes first won it in 1983.
Members of Parliament
The Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark is Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes who has sat for the various Bermondsey seats since a by-election in 1983, as a Liberal MP until 1988 and as a Liberal Democrat since then.
|2010||Simon Hughes||Liberal Democrats|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Bermondsey and Old Southwark|
|General Election 2010: Bermondsey and Old Southwark|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Hughes||21,590||48.4||+0.7|
|Labour Co-op||Val Shawcross||13,060||29.2||−2.4|
|(no label)||Steve Freeman||120||0.3||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+1.6|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Statement of Persons Nominated". Southwark Council.
- "BBC News Election 2010 Constituency Bermondsey & Old Southwark". BBC News. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-07.