Lewisham East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lewisham East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lewisham East in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 65,508 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of parliament Heidi Alexander (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Lewisham North and Lewisham South
Replaced by Lewisham North and Lewisham South
Created from Lewisham
European Parliament constituency London

Lewisham East is a parliamentary constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Heidi Alexander of the Labour Party.[n 2]


Lewisham East was first contested in the 1918 general election, and from 1945-1950 was represented by the former Labour cabinet minister Herbert Morrison. The seat was abolished in 1950 but recreated in 1974 and until 1997 was a marginal seat. The area collectively has swung a long way against the Conservatives since the 1983 to 1992 period when the Conservative Minister for Sport Colin Moynihan served the seat - Conservatives in 2010 found themselves for the first time in third place, meanwhile the Liberal Democrat share of the vote increased to 28.2% in 2010. In 2014 Labour won a landslide victory at the local council elections with the Liberal Democrats losing all ten council seats and the Conservatives losing their only seat. On the same date Steve Bullock was reelected as Mayor of Lewisham, a position that he has held since the position was created in 2002. Conservative Party candidate Simon Nundy came second in the election, the first time that the Conservative Party candidate has beaten the Liberal Democrats into third place since 2002. The opposition candidate for incumbent MP Heidi Alexander at the 2015 General Election is Julia Fletcher[1].

In terms of share of the vote, this seat received the 43rd largest Labour vote in 2010, of the 650 constituencies.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

This is a set of neighbourhoods in the inner London Borough of Lewisham, stretching from the relatively affluent former village of Blackheath is in the north-east of the borough that has much more in common with the leafier parts of Greenwich than neighbouring Lewisham - indeed some of the area marked on maps as Blackheath is in that borough.[3] Extending further south, Lewisham East then takes in some areas of high social deprivation[4] fairly close to Lewisham town centre, and the Rushey Green side of Catford, a low-to-middle income area famous for opening one of the first indoor shopping malls in England.

At the southern end of the seat is Grove Park, one of the quieter and more upmarket parts of Lewisham Borough, which, unlike the rest of Lewisham, has had a tendency to elect conservative Conservative councillors. As the constituency profile changes to a more affluent and metropolitan electorate wards such as Grove Park, Lee Green and Catford South have become target wards, but overall this is a safe Labour seat, typical of inner South East London.


1918-1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham wards of Blackheath, Church, Lewisham Park, Manor and South, and the part of each of the Catford and Lewisham Village wards lying to the east of the Mid-Kent Branch of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

2010-: The constituency is in east of the London Borough of Lewisham, covering areas such as Lee Green, Blackheath, Hither Green and Grove Park. It is made up of seven electoral wards from the borough:

  • Blackheath, Catford South, Downham, Grove Park, Lee Green, Rushey Green, Whitefoot

Boundary review[edit]

The new wards and boundaries of the Lewisham East UK Parliament constituency (red) shown within the London Borough of Lewisham (yellow)

Here the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies (2008) of the Boundary Commission was approved for the 2010 election by Parliament creating a replacement constituency to Lewisham West, this time cross-border and named Lewisham West and Penge, which meant consequential changes to the other seats in the borough.

  • Lewisham East received:
    • Catford South, and parts of Rushey Green and Whitefoot wards from the former constituency of Lewisham West.
    • Part of Rushey Green from Lewisham, Deptford
  • Lewisham East lost:
    • Part of Lewisham Central to Lewisham, Deptford.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Lewisham East in the Parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949.
Election Member[5] Party
1918 Assheton Pownall Conservative
1945 Herbert Morrison Labour
1950 constituency abolished
1974 constituency recreated
Feb 1974 Roland Moyle Labour
1983 Colin Moynihan Conservative
1992 Bridget Prentice Labour
2010 Heidi Alexander Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Lewisham East [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Heidi Alexander[7]
Liberal Democrat Julia Fletcher[7]
Conservative Peter Fortune
Lewisham People Before Profit Nick Long[8]
Green Störm Poorun[9]
General Election 2010: Lewisham East[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Heidi Alexander 17,966 43.1 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Pete Pattisson 11,750 28.2 +6.4
Conservative Jonathan Clamp 9,850 23.6 -0.7
UKIP Roderick Reed 771 1.8 -0.4
Green Priscilla Cotterell 624 1.5 -2.7
English Democrats James Rose 426 1 +1
Community Need Before Private Greed George Hallam 332 0.8 +0.8
Majority 6,216 14.9
Turnout 41,719 63.3 +8.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Prentice 14,263 45.8 −7.9
Conservative James Cleverly 7,512 24.1 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Richard Thomas 6,787 21.8 +5.4
Green Anna Baker 1,243 4.0 N/A
UKIP Arnold Tarling 697 2.2 +1.0
National Front Bernard Franklin 625 2.0 N/A
Majority 6,751 21.7
Turnout 31,127 52.6 −0.5
Labour hold Swing −4.1
General Election 2001: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Prentice 16,160 53.7 -4.6
Conservative David McInnes 7,157 23.8 -2.1
Liberal Democrat David Buxton 4,937 16.4 +5.2
BNP Barry Roberts 1,005 3.3 N/A
Socialist Alliance Jean Kysow 464 1.5 N/A
UKIP Maurice Link 361 1.2 N/A
Majority 9,003 29.9
Turnout 30,084 53.1 -13.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Lewisham East[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Prentice 21,821 58.3
Conservative Philip Hollobone 9,694 25.9
Liberal Democrat David Buxton 4,178 11.2
Referendum Party Spencer Drury 910 2.4
National Front Robert Croucher 431 1.2
Liberal Peter White 277 0.7
Independent K Rizz 97 0.26
Majority 12,127 32.42
Turnout 37,410 66.41
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Lewisham East[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Prentice 19,576 45.4
Conservative Colin Moynihan 18,481 42.9
Liberal Democrat Julian Alexandra Hawkins 4,877 11.3
Natural Law G Elizabeth Mansour 196 0.5
Majority 1,095 2.5
Turnout 43,128 74.78
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Lewisham East[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Moynihan 19,873 45.11
Labour M.R. Profitt 15,059 34.2
Social Democratic V.W. Stone 9,118 20.70
Majority 4,814 10.9
Turnout 44,052 73.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Lewisham East[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Moynihan 17,168 40.36
Labour Roland Moyle 15,259 35.87
Social Democratic Polly Toynbee 9,351 21.98
BNP Richard Edmonds 288 0.68
Ecology A Hassard 270 0.63
Communist G Roberts 135 0.32
Workers Revolutionary P Gibson 71 0.17
Majority 1,909 4.49
Turnout 42,538 69.49
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Lewisham East[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Moyle 22,916 45.96
Conservative Humfrey Malins 21,323 42.76
Liberal J Forrest 4,265 8.55
National Front M Ellis 1,168 2.34
Workers Revolutionary H Harewood 190 0.38
Majority 1,593 3.19
Turnout 49,863 74.35
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Lewisham East[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Moyle 24,350 50.92
Conservative D Mahony 15,398 32.20
Liberal M Minter 8,069 16.87
Majority 8,952 18.72
Turnout 47,815 68.76
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Lewisham East[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Moyle 24,339 45.59
Conservative John Leslie Marshall 18,033 33.78
Liberal M Minter 10,543 19.75
Independent C Carey 269 0.5
John Hampden New Freedom Party Frank Hansford-Miller 203 0.38
Majority 6,306 11.81
Turnout 53,389 77.53
Labour hold Swing

Election in 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Lewisham East[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Herbert Morrison 37,361 61.82
Conservative Assheton Pownall 22,142 36.64
Independent F Russell 931 1.54
Majority 15,219 25.18
Turnout 60,434 76.19
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Assheton Pownall 32,874 55.44
Labour Mrs. Freda Corbet 25,425 44.56
Majority 6,449 10.88
Turnout 68.02
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Assheton Pownall 41,354 66.87
Labour John Charles Wilmot 20,485 33.13
Majority 20,869 33.75
Turnout 74.86
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.

  • Iain Dale, ed. (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945.