Erith and Thamesmead (UK Parliament constituency)

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Erith and Thamesmead
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Erith and Thamesmead in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 69,718 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Teresa Pearce (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Woolwich and Erith & Crayford
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Erith and Thamesmead /ˈɪərɨθ ənd tɛmzmd/ is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Teresa Pearce of the Labour Party (UK). It covers the areas of Erith and Thamesmead in the southeast of Outer London by the River Thames near the border of Greater London and Kent.[n 1] It has been a safe seat for Labour since 1997.

History[edit]

It was created for the 1997 general election from parts of the old Woolwich and Erith and Crayford constituencies.

John Austin was the MP for this constituency from its creation for the 1997 general election until he stepped down at the 2010 election. The seat was then held for Labour by a local activist Teresa Pearce, who defeated the Conservatives candidate Colin Bloom, a councillor for Bickley Ward in Bromley. This was also the constituency in 2010 when declared, saw a hung parliament result.

2010 Labour selection controversy[edit]

In April 2009, an investigation took place into the tampering of ballot boxes and abuse of the postal vote system used for the selection of the prospective Labour candidate for Erith and Thamesmead. A rerun of the candidate selection ballot resulted in victory for Teresa Pearce.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

The cross-border constituency of Erith and Thamesmead currently stretches from Plumstead, and Abbey Wood in the west, to Lesnes Heath, and Erith in the east.

It is made up of five electoral wards from the London Borough of Bexley:

and three electoral wards from the Royal Borough of Greenwich:

The Conservative's strongest wards are in the Bexley part of the seat (Lesnes Abbey, Northumberland Heath), whereas the remaining wards from the borough and neighbouring Greenwich are far more inclined towards Labour.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that parts of Glyndon ward and Colyers ward be transferred from Erith and Thamesmead to the constituencies of Greenwich and Woolwich and Bexleyheath and Crayford respectively; that part of Plumstead ward be transferred to Erith and Thamesmead from Eltham; and that parts of Lesnes Abbey ward, Nothumberland Heath ward and Erith ward be transferred to Erith and Thamesmead from Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 John Austin Labour
2010 Teresa Pearce Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Erith and Thamesmead [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Samson Iriajen
Labour Teresa Pearce[5]
General Election 2010: Erith and Thamesmead[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Teresa Pearce 19,068 44.9 -7.7
Conservative Colin Bloom 13,365 31.5 +5.0
Liberal Democrat Alex Cunliffe 5,116 12.0 -0.8
BNP Kevin Saunders 2,184 5.1 +0.9
UKIP Pamela Perrin 1,139 2.7 -1.1
English Democrats Laurence Williams 465 1.1 N/A
Independent Abbey Akinoshun 438 1.0 N/A
Christian Peoples Sidney Cordle 379 0.9 N/A
Green Marek Powley 322 0.8 N/A
Majority 5,703 13.4 -17.1
Turnout 42,476 60.8 +7.1
Labour hold Swing -6.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Erith and Thamesmead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Austin 20,483 54.4 -4.9
Conservative Chris R. Bromby 8,983 23.9 -1.9
Liberal Democrat Steven T. Toole 5,088 13.5 +2.1
BNP Brian Ravenscroft 1,620 4.3 N/A
UKIP Barrie R. Thomas 1,477 3.9 N/A
Majority 11,500 30.5 -2.0
Turnout 37,651 52.3 +2.1
Labour hold Swing -7.7
General Election 2001: Erith and Thamesmead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Austin 19,769 59.3 -2.8
Conservative Mark J. Brooks 8,602 25.8 +5.6
Liberal Democrat James Kempton 3,800 11.4 -0.6
Socialist Labour Hardev S. Dhillon 1,180 3.5 N/A
Majority 11,167 33.5
Turnout 33,351 50.2 -15.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Erith and Thamesmead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Austin 25,812 62.1 N/A
Conservative Nadhim Zahawi 8,388 20.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Alex H.C. Grigg 5,001 12.0 N/A
Referendum Party John E. Flunder 1,394 3.4 N/A
BNP Victor J. Dooley 718 1.7 N/A
UKIP M.L. Jackson 274 0.7 N/A
Majority 17,424 41.9 N/A
Turnout 41,587 65.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, Erith and Thamesmead elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References

Coordinates: 51°29′38″N 0°07′55″E / 51.494°N 0.132°E / 51.494; 0.132