Deptford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Deptford
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1885–February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by Lewisham Deptford
Created from Greenwich

Deptford was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Deptford district of South London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Deptford in the Metropolitan Board of Works area, showing boundaries used 1885-1918
Deptford in the Parliamentary County of London 1918-49
Deptford in the Parliamentary County of London 1950-74

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new constituency of Lewisham Deptford.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1974: The Metropolitan Borough of Deptford.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1885 William John Evelyn Conservative
1888 by-election Charles John Darling, later Baron Darling Conservative
1897 by-election Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton Conservative
1906 Charles William Bowerman Labour
1931 Denis Augustine Hanley Conservative
1935 Walter Henry Green Labour
1945 John Wilmot Labour
1950 Jack Cooper Labour
1951 Sir Leslie Plummer Labour
1963 by-election John Silkin Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Lewisham Deptford

Election results[edit]

Election in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 18 June 1970: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hon. John Ernest Silkin 14,672 62.96
Conservative Michael Lewis Brotherton 7,355 31.56
National Front Martin Vaux 1,277 5.48
Majority 7,317 31.40
Turnout 23,304 54.67
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 31 March 1966: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hon. John Ernest Silkin 17,983 66.80
Conservative John R Giles 7,033 26.12
British National Gerald Rowe 1,906 7.08
Majority 10,950 40.67
Turnout 60.27
Labour hold Swing
General Election 15 October 1964: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin 17,676 62.44
Conservative Murray M Leask 8,248 29.13
Independent Colin M H Atkins 2,386 8.43
Majority 9,428 33.30
Turnout 60.08
Labour hold Swing
Deptford by-election, 1963: Deptford [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin 12,209 58.2
Liberal D J Penwarden 4,726 22.5
Conservative John D Brimacombe 4,023 19.2
Majority 7,483 35.7
Turnout 20,958
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 8 October 1959: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sir Leslie Arthur Plummer 21,226 61.95
Conservative JD Brimacombe 13,038 38.05
Majority 8,188 23.90
Turnout 69.34
Labour hold Swing
General Election 26 May 1955: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sir Leslie Arthur Plummer 23,925 65.73
Conservative Miss Irene Dowling 12,472 34.27
Majority 11,453 31.47
Turnout 69.62
Labour hold Swing
General Election 25 October 1951:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sir Leslie Arthur Plummer 28,878 65.17
Conservative Miss Irene Dowling 15,431 34.83
Majority 13,447 30.35
Turnout 80.27
Labour hold Swing
General Election 23 February 1950: Deptford[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cooper 28,230 63.07
Conservative Geoffrey F. Sarjeant 13,330 29.78
Liberal Edward Isaac Miller 2,637 5.89
Communist Leslie Francis Stannard 562 1.26
Majority 14,900 33.29
Turnout 81.61
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 5 to 19 July 1945

Electorate 44,078

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Charles Wilmot 22,313
Conservative Sqdn-Ldr. E Cuddon 8,059
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 14 November 1935:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Walter Henry Green 27,021 57.31
Conservative Malcolm Campbell 20,129 42.69
Majority 6,892 14.62
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 27 October 1931:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Denis Augustine Hanley
Labour Rt Hon Charles William Bowerman
Majority
Turnout

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 30 May 1929:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Charles William Bowerman 26,848
Unionist Ernest Everard Gates 14,832
Liberal H. Charles Bevan 6,935
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 29 October 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Charles William Bowerman 21,903
Unionist James Hargreaves 18,279
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 54,135

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Charles William Bowerman 21,576
Unionist Marshall J Pike 12,666
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 15 November 1922:

Electorate 53,195

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Charles William Bowerman 18,512
Unionist Marshall J Pike 16,687
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918

Electorate 51,611

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Charles William Bowerman 14,073
Conservative John Theodore Prestige 9,711
NFDSS F A Rumsey 2,106
Majority 51,611
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles William Bowerman 6,357 51.4 -0.6
Conservative Stuart Auchinloss Coats 5,999 48.6 0.6
Majority 358
Turnout 15,159 81.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election January 1910: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles William Bowerman 6,880 52.0 -0.2
Conservative Stuart Auchinloss Coats 6,358 48.0 6.3
Majority 522
Turnout 15,159 87.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles William Bowerman 6,236 52.2 N/A
Conservative Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton 4,977 41.7 -20.4
Liberal Herbert Vivian 726 6.1
Majority 1,259
Turnout 15,397 77.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1900: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton 6,236 62.1 10.5
Lib-Lab Ben Jones 3,806 37.9 -10.5
Majority 2,430
Turnout 15,000 66.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Deptford by-election, 1897
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton 5,317 51.6 -4.5
Liberal John Williams Benn 4,993 48.4 4.5
Majority 324
Turnout 13,868 74.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1895: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles John Darling 5,654 56.1 3.3
Liberal Thomas James Macnamara 4,425 43.9 -3.3
Majority 1,229
Turnout 13,815 73.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1892: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles John Darling 5,298 52.8 1.2
Liberal Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice 4,733 47.2 -1.2
Majority 565
Turnout 13,066 76.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Deptford by-election, 1888
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles John Darling 4,345 51.6 -3.1
Liberal Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 4,070 48.4 3.1
Majority 275
Turnout 10,473 80.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1886: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William John Evelyn 3,682 54.7 2.2
Liberal Lalmohun Ghose 3,055 45.3 -2.2
Majority 627
Turnout 9,371 71.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1885: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William John Evelyn 3,927 52.5
Liberal Lalmohun Ghose 3,560 47.5
Majority 367
Turnout 9,371 79.9
Conservative gain from new seat Swing

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