Chingford and Woodford Green (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°37′01″N 0°00′11″E / 51.617°N 0.003°E / 51.617; 0.003

Chingford and Woodford Green
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chingford and Woodford Green in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 64,770 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Chingford and Woodford Green is a constituency[n 1] in Greater London represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Iain Duncan Smith of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The existing boundaries of Chingford and Woodford Green (changed for the 2010 general election) take in a large slice of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The constituency includes Chingford in the north bordering Enfield down through Highams Park and Hatch Lane into Woodford. Two wards in the neighbouring London Borough of Redbridge, Church End and Monkhams, are included in the seat.

History[edit]

Wards of the constituency (not affected by 2010 boundary changes)

Before 1945, both Woodford and Chingford were part of Epping for general elections, for which Winston Churchill was MP. The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford. Both seats previously had well-known MPs, Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill respectively. Iain Duncan Smith had been MP for Chingford since 1992 then was elected MP for this constituency.

Political geography[edit]

Chingford and Woodford Green and its predecessors have been solid Conservative wards since the beginning of the Thatcher period in 1979. The closest contest was from Labour in the 1997 general election. The Conservatives retained the seat in 2001 with a majority little changed on a low turnout while Duncan Smith was Shadow Defence Secretary in almost complete peacetime, with an average swing to the Conservatives. But in 2005 the Conservative incumbent did better, getting twice as many votes as Labour with a swing to the party of 6.4% (over double that nationally) from Labour.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party Notes
1997 Iain Duncan Smith Conservative MP for Chingford 1992-97

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Chingford and Woodford Green[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 22,743 52.8 -0.4
Labour Cath Arakelian 9,780 22.7 -3.0
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Seeff 7,242 16.8 -0.9
BNP Julian Leppert 1,288 3.0 N/A
UKIP Nick Jones 1,133 2.6 -0.2
Green Lucy Craig 650 1.5 N/A
Independent None Of The Above[n 3] 202 0.5 N/A
Independent Barry White 68 0.2 N/A
Majority 12,963 30.1
Turnout 43,106 66.5 +3.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Chingford and Woodford Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 20,555 53.2 +5.0
Labour Simon Wright 9,914 25.7 −7.7
Liberal Democrat John Beanse 6,832 17.7 +2.2
UKIP Michael McGough 1,078 2.8 N/A
Independent Barry White 269 0.7 N/A
Majority 10,641 27.5
Turnout 38,648 63.0 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing +6.4
General Election 2001: Chingford and Woodford Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 17,834 48.2 +0.7
Labour Jessica Webb 12,347 33.4 –1.2
Liberal Democrat John Beanse 5,739 15.5 0.0
BNP Jean Griffin 1,062 2.9 +0.5
Majority 5,487 14.8
Turnout 36,982 58.5 –12.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Chingford and Woodford Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 21,109 47.5
Labour Tommy Hutchinson 15,395 34.6
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Seeff 6,885 15.5
BNP Alan Gould 1,059 2.4
Majority 5,714 12.9
Turnout 44,448 70.7
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
  3. ^ Original name Adam Osen
References

Sources[edit]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richmond, Yorks
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Folkestone and Hythe