Harrow West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Harrow West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Harrow West in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 69,135 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of Parliament Gareth Thomas (Labour Co-op)
Number of members One
Created from Harrow and Hendon
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London
Harrow West constituency within the parliamentary county of Middlesex, showing boundaries used from 1945-50.

Harrow West is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament which has returned a Labour Party MP Gareth Thomas in the four General Elections from 1997.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created for the first time at the 1945 General Election when the Harrow constituency was split into new seats of Harrow East and Harrow West. It was reduced in size for the 1950 General Election when a third Harrow seat, Harrow Central, was created. The Boundary Commission review before the 1983 General Election saw the main areas of the London Borough of Harrow contained in two seats, resulting in Harrow West gaining parts of the abolished Harrow Central.

Unlike Harrow East, it had always been won by the Conservative Party until Labour's landslide in 1997 when a swing of 17.5% was the eighth highest swing in that election, and it was the safest Conservative seat to be lost to Labour.[2] The constituency produced another better than average result for Labour in 2001 with a swing from Conservative to Labour of 5.4% or 5.5%, a pro-Labour swing bettered in only four seats and in 2005 a challenge by Mike Freer produced a pro-Conservative swing of 4.5%.[2]

The area is known for the famous Harrow School and also includes Harrow town centre. A Labour incumbent MP lost the neighbouring Harrow East in 2010 but Gareth Thomas retained his seat in Harrow West.

Latest boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England have created a modified Harrow West constituency to reflect parts of Greater London where population has increased more. The western border district, town or neighbourhood of Pinner has been moved to a new constituency, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, making Harrow West based on 2005 ward voting statistics, and on local elections, a stronger Labour seat at the expense of the Conservatives than in 2005 — both two leading parties won fewer votes in 2010. Harrow West saw a notional swing in favour of the Conservative Party's Rachel Joyce of 5.7% in the election.

The nine electoral wards used in the modified Harrow West constituency are:

  • Greenhill
  • Harrow on the Hill
  • Headstone North
  • Headstone South
  • Marlborough
  • Rayners Lane
  • Roxbourne
  • Roxeth
  • West Harrow

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1945 Norman Bower Conservative
1951 Sir Albert Braithwaite Conservative
1960 by-election Sir John Page Conservative
1987 Robert Hughes Conservative
1997 Gareth Thomas Labour, then Labour Co-operative

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Thomas
Conservative Hannah David
General Election 2010: Harrow West[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Thomas 20,111 43.6 −5.0
Conservative Rachel Joyce 16,968 36.8 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Christopher Noyce 7,458 16.2 −2.5
UKIP Herbert Crossman 954 2.1 +0.8
Green Rowan Langley 625 1.4 N/A
Majority 3,143 6.8
Turnout 46,116 67.6 +3.2
Labour hold Swing −5.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Gareth Thomas 20,298 42.5 −7.1
Conservative Mike Freer 18,270 38.3 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Christopher Noyce 8,188 17.1 +4.2
UKIP Janice Cronin 576 1.2 +0.1
Independent Berjis Daver 427 0.9 N/A
Majority 2,028 4.2
Turnout 47,759 64.3 +1.3
Labour Co-op hold Swing −4.5
General Election 2001: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Thomas 23,142 49.6 +8.1
Conservative Daniel Finkelstein 16,986 36.4 −2.8
Liberal Democrat Chris Noyce 5,995 12.9 −2.6
UKIP Peter Kefford 525 1.1 N/A
Majority 6,156 13.2
Turnout 46,648 63.0 −9.8
Labour hold Swing 5.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Gareth Thomas 21,811 41.5 +19.0
Conservative Robert Hughes 20,571 39.2 −16.0
Liberal Democrat Pash Nandhra 8,127 15.5 −4.7
Referendum Party H Crossman 1997 3.8 +3.8
Majority 1,240 2.3
Turnout 72.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 17.5
General Election 1992: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hughes 30,240 55.20
Labour C.A. Moraes 12,343 22.53
Liberal Democrat C. Noyce 11,050 20.17
Liberal G. Aitman 845 1.54
Natural Law J. Argyle 306 0.56
Majority 17,897 32.67
Turnout 78.69
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hughes 30,456 55.24
Social Democrat S.P. Bayliss 15,012 27.23
Labour C. Bastin 9,665 17.53
Majority 15,444 28.01
Turnout 74.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 28,056 53.03
Social Democrat S.P. Bayliss 17,035 32.20
Labour K.A. Toms 7,811 14.77
Majority 11,021 20.83
Turnout 72.32
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 26,007 58.06
Labour M.T. Catterson 10,794 24.10
Liberal R. Dick 7,350 16.41
National Front R. Bennett 646 1.44
Majority 15,213 33.96
Turnout 78.72
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 21,924 51.99
Labour M.P. Reynolds 10,342 24.53
Liberal R.E. Bell 9,903 23.48
Majority 11,582 27.47
Turnout 74.45
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 23,950 51.55
Liberal R.E. Bell 12,081 26.00
Labour L. Wagner 10,430 22.45
Majority 11,869 25.55
Turnout 82.79
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 24,867 59.53
Labour T.P.C. Daniel 11,462 27.44
Liberal J.F. Smith 5,440 13.02
Majority 13,405 32.09
Turnout 72.75
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 22,660 53.13
Labour C.H. Beaumont 12,313 28.87
Liberal H.C. Seigal 7,676 18.00
Majority 10,347 24.26
Turnout 80.15
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 23,132 53.91
Labour K.W. Childerhouse 10,725 24.99
Liberal A.E. Bender 9,055 21.10
Majority 12,407 28.91
Turnout 79.83
Conservative hold Swing
Harrow West by-election, 17 March 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Page 18,526 55.77 -15.15
Liberal J. Wallbridge 7,100 21.38 N/A
Labour P.J. Jenkins 6,030 18.15 -10.93
New Conservative John E. Dayton 1,560 4.70 N/A
Majority 11,426 34.39
Turnout 33,216
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Braithwaite 30,512 70.92
Labour P.J. Jenkins 12,512 29,08
Majority 18,000 41.84
Turnout 79.24
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Braithwaite 31,321 70.63
Labour R.L. Leonard 13,024 29.37
Majority 18,297 41.26
Turnout 81.19
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Braithwaite 26,549 67.47
Labour T.L. Littlewood 12,802 32.53
Majority 13,747 34.93
Turnout 83.76
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Bower 23,744 58.54
Labour T.L. Littlewood 11,971 29.51
Liberal Philip M Syrett 4,846 11.95
Majority 11,773 29,03
Turnout 86.70
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Harrow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Bower 28,617 49.85
Labour J. Thompson 18,961 33.03
Liberal Hubert Winthrop Young 7,364 12.83
Common Wealth Hugh Lawson 2,462 4.29
Majority 9,656 16.82
Turnout
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.
References

Coordinates: 51°35′06″N 0°21′50″W / 51.585°N 0.364°W / 51.585; -0.364