Bermondsey and Old Southwark (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bermondsey and Old Southwark in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 77,186 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Created from North Southwark and Bermondsey
European Parliament constituency London

Bermondsey and Old Southwark /ˈbɜrmʉndz ənd ld sʌðʉk/ is a constituency[n 1] in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament represented since its 2010 creation by Simon Hughes of the Liberal Democrats.[n 2]

History and boundaries[edit]

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:

Constituency profile[edit]

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.

To the east, the seat also includes the Rotherhithe peninsula, where contemporary housing now replaces former industrial areas, particularly around Canada Water and the neighbourhood of Bermondsey.

At its southern end, the seat includes parts of Walworth. Here the seat adjoins Camberwell and Peckham, one of the safest Labour seats in London.

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[edit]

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.

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Simon Hughes Liberal Democrats


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat
Labour Neil Coyle
General Election 2010: Bermondsey and Old Southwark[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes 21,590 48.4 +0.7
Labour Co-op Val Shawcross 13,060 29.2 −2.4
Conservative Loanna Morrison 7,638 17.1 +4.1
BNP Stephen Tyler 1,370 3.1 +3.1
Green Tom Chance 718 1.6 −1.4
Independent Alan Kirkby 155 0.3 +0.3
(no label) Steve Freeman 120 0.3 +0.3
Majority 8,530 19.1
Turnout 44,651 57.5 +8.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.6

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

Coordinates: 51°29′N 0°04′W / 51.49°N 0.07°W / 51.49; -0.07