Lewisham Deptford (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Lewisham, Deptford in Greater London.
|Electorate||67,590 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Deptford, New Cross and Lewisham|
|Member of Parliament||Joan Ruddock (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Deptford and Lewisham North|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
This seat was created in 1974 since which it has been held by only two Members of Parliament.
Constituency profile 
This constituency takes in Lewisham's northern tip - a short stretch alongside the Thames - along with the Deptford and New Cross districts, and the centre of Lewisham itself. These are historically some of the more deprived in London with high crime rates and social problems, counter to this, more upmarket housing developments are springing up as former industrial sites are cleared away as part of an ongoing rejuvenation process.
The area is relatively affordable, given the short commuting distance to Central London and Canary Wharf, via the Docklands Light Railway and South East Main Line. Goldsmiths, University of London and wider halls of residence and this is a popular living area for those staying and studying in Greater London, giving a substantial student minority to the electorate.
Lewisham Deptford has been one of Labour's safest London seats since its 1924 creation - it was the party's 25th safest in Britain at the 2001 election - though social change in the last decade has seen things become a little more competitive; the most popular opposition is formed by the active Liberal Democrat party in the area. In terms of share of the vote, it received the 44th largest Labour vote in 2010, of the 650 constituencies.
For the 2010 general election, the constituency covers the northern and north-western parts of the London Borough of Lewisham. It is made up of seven electoral wards from the borough:
- Brockley; Crofton Park; Evelyn; Ladywell; Lewisham Central; New Cross; Telegraph Hill
The Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which reformed this seat in time for 2010 also resulted in the creation of a new cross-boundary seat of Lewisham West and Penge which takes electoral wards from Lewisham and Bromley.
Proposed abolition 
As part of the abandoned Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which commenced in 2011 the Boundary Commission for England proposed dividing the current Lewisham Deptford seat into three new constituencies.
- Deptford and Rotherhithe would have incorporated Brockley, New Cross, Ladywell, Deptford, and Rotherhithe
- Greenwich and Lewisham Central would have taken Greenwich and Blackheath together with central Lewisham, Rushey Green and Catford South
- Lewisham South would have incorporated Downham, Grove Park, Honor Oak Park and Sydenham
Members of Parliament 
|February 1974||John Silkin||Labour|
Election results 
Elections in 2010s 
|General Election 2010: Lewisham Deptford|
|Labour||Joan Ruddock||22,132||53.7%||-1.7[n 3]|
|Liberal Democrat||Tam Langley||9,633||23.4%||+5.4|
|Socialist Alternative||Ian Page||645||1.6%||-0.6|
|Christian Peoples||Malcolm Martin||487||1.2%||+1.2|
Elections in 2000s 
|General Election 2005: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Liberal Democrat||Columba Blango||5,091||16.8||+5.1|
|Socialist Alternative||Ian Page||742||2.4||1.9|
|General Election 2001: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Wiseman||3,409||11.7||+2.8|
|Socialist Alliance||Ian Page||1,260||4.3||N/A|
Elections in 1990s 
|General Election 1997: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Liberal Democrat||K. Appiah||3,004||8.93|
|Socialist Labour||J. Mulrenan||996||2.96|
|Referendum Party||S. Shepherd||868||2.58|
|General Election 1992: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Liberal Democrat||J.C. Brightwell||4,181||11.27|
Elections in 1980s 
|General Election 1987: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Social Democrat||A.M.E. Braun||6,513||17.25|
|General Election 1983: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Social Democrat||D. Abbott||6,734||18.75|
|Assassin's Bullett||S.B. Housego||173||0.48|
Elections in 1970s 
|General Election 1979: Lewisham, Deptford|
|National Front||R. Mitchell||1,490||4.17|
|Socialist Unity||J. Maguire||274||0.77|
|Workers Revolutionary||G. Dacres||198||0.55|
|General Election October 1974: Lewisham, Deptford|
|National Front||R. Edmonds||1,731||4.82|
|General Election February 1974: Lewisham, Deptford|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and References 
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Changes in the election are nominal, based on the 2005 results for the new set of wards contested in 2010, (partly in other seats contested before the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies)
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
- Crewe, Ivor (1983). British Parliament Constituencies - a statistical compendium. faber and faber. ISBN 0-571-13236-7.
- Breakdown tables Boundary Commission for England
- Proposed map - Deptford and Rotherhithe Boundary Commission for England
- Proposed map - Greenwich and Lewisham Central Boundary Commission for England
- Proposd map - Lewisham Central Boundary Commission for England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]