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 from 1885 to 1918.
Deptford in the Parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949.
Deptford in the Parliamentary County of London from 1950 to 1974.

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.

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]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 3 May 1979:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
General Election 10 October 1974:

constituency of Deptford
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin 21,145 58.87
Conservative CH Cross 8,111 22.58
Liberal M Steele 4,931 13.73
National Front Richard Edmonds 1,731 4.82
Majority 13,034 36.3
Turnout 35,918 58.68
General Election 28 February 1974:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
General Election 18 June 1970:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 31 March 1966:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hon. John Ernest Silkin
Conservative
British National
Majority
Turnout
General Election 15 October 1964:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Silkin
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 8 October 1959:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative
Labour
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
General Election 26 May 1955:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Leslie Arthur Plummer 23,925
Labour I Dowling 12,472
Majority
Turnout
General Election 25 October 1951:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
General Election 23 February 1950:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Liberal
Majority
Turnout

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

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 14 November 1935:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate 68,026, Turnout 69.31%,

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:

constituency of
Composed of the wards of
Electorate , Turnout %,

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:

Electorate 71,242

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

Electorate 55,797

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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