Lambeth Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lambeth Central
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
1974 (1974)1983
Number of members One
Replaced by Vauxhall

Lambeth Central was a parliamentary constituency in the London Borough of Lambeth, in South London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election, when most of its territory was transferred to the redrawn Vauxhall constituency.

This short-lived seat is best known for the by-election of 1978. This was controversial because of a high profile campaign by the National Front in one of the most racially diverse constituencies in the UK.

Boundaries[edit]

The London Borough of Lambeth wards of Angell, Clapham Town, Ferndale, Larkhall, and Town Hall.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Marcus Lipton Labour
1978 by-election John Tilley Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
February 1974 General Election
Electorate: 48,510
Turnout: 62.3%
Labour hold
Majority: 7,369 (24.4%)
Lt-Col Marcus Lipton CBE Labour 15,954 52.8
Christopher Francis Patten Conservative 8,585 28.4
Eric Grenier Thwaites Liberal 5,226 17.3
Sylvester Gabriel Smart Workers Revolutionary 337 1.1
Ekins Denton Brome Marxist-Leninist (England) 107 0.4
October 1974 General Election
Electorate: 48,716
Turnout: 52.6%
Labour hold
Majority: 8,677 (33.9%)
Lt-Col Marcus Lipton CBE [a] Labour 15,381 60.1 +7.3
Nicholas Walter Lyell Conservative 6,704 26.2 –2.2
Peter Roderick Easton Liberal 3,211 12.5 –4.8
Sylvester Gabriel Smart Workers Revolutionary 233 0.9 –0.2
Peter John Bratton Marxist-Leninist (England) 88 0.3 –0.1
By-election, 20 April 1978
Electorate: 46,826
Turnout: 44.5%
Labour hold
Majority: 3,141 (15.0%)
John Vincent Tilley Labour 10,311 49.4 –10.7
Jeremy James Hanley Conservative 7,170 34.4 +8.2
Mrs Helena Mary Steven National Front 1,291 6.2
David John Blunt Liberal 1,104 5.3 –7.2
John Chase Socialist Unity 287 1.4
Corin William Redgrave Workers Revolutionary 271 1.3 +0.4
Anthony Bogues Socialist Workers 201 1.0
Barry Kenneth McNeeney Socialist (GB) 91 0.4
Alan Whereat Homes, Employment, Anti-Racial Discrimination 55 0.3
Stuart Monro South London People's Front 38 0.2
William George Boaks Democratic Monarchist Public Safety White Resident 27 0.1
1979 General Election
Electorate: 43,678
Turnout: 63.2%
Labour hold
Majority: 5,976 (21.6%)
John Vincent Tilley Labour 15,101 54.7 –5.4
Jeremy James Hanley Conservative 9,125 33.1 +6.9
David John Blunt Liberal 2,339 8.5 –4.0
Mrs. Vera Florence Lillington National Front 830 3.0
Corin William Redgrave Workers Revolutionary 152 0.5 –0.4
Alan Whereat Independent 50 0.2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Deceased, 22 February 1978

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