Harrow East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Harrow East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Harrow East in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 72,537 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stanmore, Kenton, Queensbury, Wealdstone, Harrow Weald
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of Parliament Bob Blackman (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Harrow East is a constituency[n 1] in the London Borough of Harrow represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Bob Blackman, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Harrow East constituency within the parliamentary county of Middlesex, showing boundaries used from 1945–50.

Traditionally a better area for the Labour Party than neighbouring Harrow West, the seat has still been mostly Conservative since the Second World War, but Labour did win here in landslide victories in 1945 and 1966. They won here again in 1997, and held on in the two subsequent general elections. In 2010 the seat was regained by a Conservative on a high turnout, though Labour's incumbent managed to hold on to Harrow West. Residents in the borough include fewer people in the category of no qualifications than the national average, in 2011, at 16.8%.[2]

The seat has been a bellwether since the 1979 General Election (inclusive), by reflecting the result nationally.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency now comprises nine wards:

  • Belmont; Canons; Edgware; Harrow Weald; Kenton East; Kenton West; Queensbury; Stanmore Park; Wealdstone.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1945 Frederick Skinnard Labour
1950 Ian Harvey Conservative
1959 by-election Anthony Courtney Conservative
1966 Roy Roebuck Labour
1970 Hugh Dykes Conservative
1997 Tony McNulty Labour
2010 Bob Blackman Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bob Blackman[4]
Labour Uma Kumaran[5]

At a community meeting on Saturday December 13 2014, former Harrow Mayor Nana Asante formally declared her intention of contesting the seat at the 2015 General Election as a TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) candidate.

General Election 2010: Harrow East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bob Blackman 21,435 44.7 +6.1
Labour Tony McNulty 18,032 37.6 -7.9
Liberal Democrat Nahid Boethe 6,850 14.3 +0.1
UKIP Abhijit Pandya 896 1.9 +0.1
Green Madeleine Atkins 793 1.7 +1.7
Majority 3,403 7.1
Turnout 48,006 67.1 +5.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony McNulty 23,445 46.1 −9.2
Conservative David Ashton 18,715 36.8 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Pash Nandhra 7,747 15.2 +2.7
UKIP Paul Cronin 916 1.8 N/A
Majority 4,730 9.3
Turnout 50,823 60.5 +2.1
Labour hold Swing −6.9
General Election 2001: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony McNulty 26,590 55.3 +2.8
Conservative Peter Wilding 15,466 32.2 -3.3
Liberal Democrat George Kershaw 6,021 12.5 +4.3
Majority 11,124 23.1
Turnout 48,077 58.4 -12.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony McNulty 29,962 52.52
Conservative Hugh Dykes 20,189 35.43
Liberal Democrat B. Sharma 4,697 8.24
Referendum Party B. Casey 1,537 2.70
UKIP A. Scholefield 464 0.81
Natural Law A. Planton 171 0.30
Majority 9,737 17.09
Turnout 71.25
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 30,752 52.87
Labour Tony McNulty 19,654 33.79
Liberal Democrat V.M. Chamberlain 6,360 10.93
Liberal P. Burrows 1,142 1.96
Natural Law S. Hamza 212 0.36
Anti-Federalist League J. Lester 49 0.08
Majority 11,098 19.08
Turnout 77.84
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 32,302 54.21
Labour D.J. Brough 14,029 23.55
Liberal Z. Gifford 13,251 22.24
Majority 18,273 30.67
Turnout 73.45
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 28,834 49.76
Liberal R. Hains 16,166 27.90
Labour D.D. Brough 12,941 22.33
Majority 12,668 21.86
Turnout 72.49
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 20,871 54.32
Labour D. Miles 12,993 33.82
Liberal M. Savitt 3,984 10.37
National Front L. le Croissette 572 1.49
Majority 7,878 20.50
Turnout 77.85
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 17,073 46.22
Labour R.W. Lewis 13,595 36.81
Liberal J. McDonnell 6,268 16.97
Majority 3,478 9.42
Turnout 74.90
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 17,978 44.65
Labour K.W. Childerhouse 13,485 33.49
Liberal J. McDonnell 8,805 21.87
Majority 4,493 11.16
Turnout 82.38
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Dykes 19,517 51.00
Labour Roy Roebuck 15,496 40.49
Liberal M.D. Colne 3,185 8.32
Independent G. Cramp 72 0.19
Majority 4,021 10.51
Turnout 75.94
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy Roebuck 17,374 44.41
Conservative Anthony Courtney 16,996 43.45
Liberal M.D. Colne 4,749 12.14
Majority 378 0.97
Turnout 82.76
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Courtney 20,307 52.94
Labour Jo Richardson 18,048 47.06
Majority 2,259 5.89
Turnout 79.98
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Courtney 23,554 57.22
Labour Merlyn Rees 17,607 42.78
Majority 5,947 14.45
Turnout 84.54
Conservative hold Swing

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By-election 1959: Harrow East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony T. Courtney 17,776 52.8 -1.6
Labour Merlyn Rees 15,546 46.2 0.6
National Union of Small Shopkeepers Thomas Lynch 348 1.0 1.0
Majority 2,220 6.6 -2.2
Turnout 28,795 68.96 -13.66
Conservative hold Swing -1.1
General Election 1955: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Harvey 22,243 54.43
Labour Merlyn Rees 18,621 45.57
Majority 3,622 8.86
Turnout 82.62
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Harvey 26,896 49.85
Labour R.D. Rees 23,725 43.98
Liberal G.J.E. Rhodes 3,329 6.17
Majority 3,171 5.88
Turnout 87.86
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Harvey 23,680 44.75
Labour Frederick Skinnard 22,216 41.98
Liberal Desmond Anderson Harvie Banks 6,393 12.08
Communist W. Seaman 633 1.20
Majority 1,464 2.77
Turnout 87.23
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Harrow East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick William Skinnard 27,613 46.44 N/A
Conservative Cmdr. Fredman Ashe Lincoln 20,843 35.05 N/A
Liberal Anthony Gibbs 7,513 12.63 N/A
Communist Miss G Driver 3,493 5.87 N/A
Majority 6,770 11.39 N/A
Turnout 77.34 N/A
Labour 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.
References

Coordinates: 51°36′22″N 0°18′47″W / 51.606°N 0.313°W / 51.606; -0.313