Lewisham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lewisham
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of members one
Replaced by Lewisham East and Lewisham West
Created from Greenwich

Lewisham was a borough constituency in the Lewisham district of 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 system.

History[edit]

Lewisham in the Metropolitan Board of Works area, showing boundaries used from 1885 to 1918.

The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election. It was replaced by the new Lewisham East and Lewisham West constituencies.

During its existence Lewisham was a safe Conservative seat. In Lewisham, between 1885 and 1906, the electorate more than doubled and over this period the population of poorer people in the constituency grew.[1] Over the six general elections of 1885, 1886, 1892, 1906 and January and December 1910 the average Conservative share of the vote in Lewisham was 63.0%.[1]

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Viscount Lewisham Conservative
1891 John Penn Conservative
1903 Sir Edward Coates Conservative
1918 constituency abolished: see Lewisham East and Lewisham West

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

December 1910 General Election: Lewisham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Major Edward Feetham Coates 11,179 62.2 3.6
Liberal Sir Edward Loughlin O'Malley 6,792 37.8 -3.6
Majority 4,387
Turnout 25,021 71.8
Conservative hold Swing
January 1910 General Election: Lewisham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Major Edward Feetham Coates 12,690 58.6 3.8
Liberal Felix Rosenheim 8,960 41.4 -3.8
Majority 3,730
Turnout 25,021 86.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

1906 General Election: Lewisham

Electorate 22,243

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Feetham Coates 9,689 54.8 -2.7
Liberal F.W. Aveling 8,006 45.2 2.7
Majority 1,683
Turnout 79.6
Conservative hold Swing
Lewisham by-election, 1903

Electorate 18,708

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Feetham Coates 7,709 57.5
Liberal James William Cleland 5,697 42.5
Majority 2,012 15.0
Turnout 71.7
Conservative hold Swing
1900 General Election: Lewisham

Electorate 15,254

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Penn unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

1895 General Election: Lewisham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Penn unopposed
Turnout 12,639
Conservative hold Swing
1892 General Election: Lewisham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Penn 5,309 64.7 3.4
Liberal G.A. Harvey 2,895 35.3 -3.4
Majority 2,414
Turnout 11,834 69.3
Conservative hold Swing
Lewisham by-election, 1891
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Penn 4,585 61.3
Liberal George Septimus Warmington 2,892 38.7
Majority 1,693
Turnout 11,650 64.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Lewisham by-election, 1886
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Lewisham unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
1886 General Election: Lewisham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Lewisham 3,839 69.5 11.1
Liberal George Offor 1,688 30.5 -11.1
Majority 2,151
Turnout 9,280 59.6
Conservative hold Swing
1885 General Election: Lewisham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Lewisham 4,244 58.4
Liberal Benjamin Whitworth 3,019 41.6
Majority 1,225
Turnout 9,280 78.3
Conservative gain from new seat Swing

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henry Pelling, Social Geography of British Elections, 1885-1910 (Macmillan, 1967), p. 35.

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