Bexleyheath (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bexleyheath
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
February 1974–1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Bexleyheath & Crayford, Old Bexley and Sidcup
Created from Bexley

Bexleyheath was a parliamentary constituency in south-east London, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

This safe Conservative seat was represented for its entire existence by Sir Cyril Townsend.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Brampton, Christ Church, Danson, East Wickham, Falconwood, St Michael's, and Upton.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Barnehurst, Barnehurst North, Brampton, Christchurch, Danson, East Wickham, Falconwood, St Michael's, and Upton.

This constituency in the London Borough of Bexley was centred on the district of Bexleyheath. It was split in 1997 when the Boundary Commission for England recommended an extra seat for the paired boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich.[1] It was largely replaced by the new constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford, with about a third of the constituency being added to the existing Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
Feb 1974 Sir Cyril Townsend Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Bexleyheath & Crayford
and Old Bexley and Sidcup

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Bexleyheath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cyril Townsend 25,606 54.0 +0.3
Labour John Browning 11,520 24.3 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Mrs AW Chaplin 10,107 21.3 -7.2
Independent RWC Cundy 170 0.4 +0.4
Majority 14,086 29.7 +4.5
Turnout 47,403 82.2 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing -3.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.12 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  2. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.192 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°27′N 0°08′E / 51.45°N 0.14°E / 51.45; 0.14