Lewisham East (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Lewisham East in Greater London.
|Electorate||65,508 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Heidi Alexander (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Lewisham North and Lewisham South|
|Replaced by||Lewisham North and Lewisham South|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
- 1 History
- 2 Constituency profile
- 3 Boundaries
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Election results
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
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 candidates for incumbent MP Heidi Alexander at the 2015 General Election include Julia Fletcher and Störm Poorun 
In terms of share of the vote, this seat received the 43rd largest Labour vote in 2010, of the 650 constituencies.
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. Extending further south, Lewisham East then takes in some areas of high social deprivation 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
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
|Feb 1974||Roland Moyle||Labour|
Elections in 2010s
|General Election 2015: Lewisham East |
|UKIP||Anne Marie Waters||3,886||9.1||+7.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Julia Fletcher||2,455||5.7||-22.4|
|Lewisham People Before Profit||Nick Long||390||0.9||+0.9|
|Christian Peoples||Maureen Martin||282||0.7||+0.7|
|General Election 2010: Lewisham East|
|Liberal Democrat||Pete Pattisson||11,750||28.2||+6.4|
|English Democrats||James Rose||426||1||+1|
|Community Need Before Private Greed||George Hallam||332||0.8||+0.8|
Elections in 2000s
|General Election 2005: Lewisham East|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Thomas||6,787||21.8||+5.4|
|National Front||Bernard Franklin||625||2.0||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Lewisham East|
|Liberal Democrat||David Buxton||4,937||16.4||+5.2|
|Socialist Alliance||Jean Kysow||464||1.5||N/A|
Elections in 1990s
|General Election 1997: Lewisham East|
|Liberal Democrat||David Buxton||4,178||11.2|
|Referendum Party||Spencer Drury||910||2.4|
|National Front||Robert Croucher||431||1.2|
|General Election 1992: Lewisham East|
|Liberal Democrat||Julian Alexandra Hawkins||4,877||11.3|
|Natural Law||G Elizabeth Mansour||196||0.5|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in 1980s
|General Election 1987: Lewisham East|
|Social Democratic||V.W. Stone||9,118||20.70|
|General Election 1983: Lewisham East|
|Social Democratic||Polly Toynbee||9,351||21.98|
|Workers Revolutionary||P Gibson||71||0.17|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in 1970s
|General Election 1979: Lewisham East|
|National Front||M Ellis||1,168||2.34|
|Workers Revolutionary||H Harewood||190||0.38|
|General Election October 1974: Lewisham East|
|General Election February 1974: Lewisham East|
|Conservative||John Leslie Marshall||18,033||33.78|
|John Hampden New Freedom Party||Frank Hansford-Miller||203||0.38|
Election in 1940s
|General Election 1945: Lewisham East|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in 1930s
|General Election 1935: Lewisham East|
|Labour||Mrs. Freda Corbet||25,425||44.56|
|General Election 1931: Lewisham East|
|Labour||John Charles Wilmot||20,485||33.13|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
- Detailed Map of Blackheath Ordnance survey website
- 2001 Census including the 2000-compiled Index of Multiple Deprivation and more recent indicators
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- 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.