Lewisham West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lewisham West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lewisham West in Greater London for the 2005 general election.
County Greater London
19182010
Number of members One
Replaced by Lewisham West and Penge
Created from Lewisham

Lewisham West was a borough constituency in south-east London represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election from 1918, until it was abolished for the 2010 general election.

History[edit]

Lewisham West in the Parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949.
Lewisham West in the Parliamentary County of London from 1950 to 1974.

From 1966 until 1992, Lewisham West was a classic bellwether seat, being won by whichever party won the General Election (with the exception of 1979). However, long-term demographic trends have since turned the seat away from being a Labour-Conservative marginal into a safe Labour seat. Partly this has occurred because of a strong increase in the number of ethnic minority residents. At the same time, the communities of Catford, Sydenham and Forest Hill have become much less leafy and suburban over the past 30 years. The large council estate of Bellingham has always been a Labour stronghold, and the other areas of the seat can also now be regarded as quite safe for Labour, whereas in the past they were not.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham wards of Brockley, Forest Hill and Sydenham, and the part of each of the Catford and the Lewisham Village wards which lay to the west of the centre of the Mid-Kent Branch of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

1950-1974: The metropolitan borough of Lewisham wards of Brockley, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Sydenham East, and Sydenham West.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Bellingham, Culverley, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Rushey Green, Sydenham East, and Sydenham West.

1983-2010: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Bellingham, Catford, Forest Hill, Horniman, Perry Hill, Rushey Green, St Andrew, Sydenham East, and Sydenham West.

Lewisham West constituency covered the south-western part of the London Borough of Lewisham, being largely based on the communities of Catford, Sydenham, Forest Hill and Bellingham.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, the Boundary Commission for England created a new constituency of Lewisham West and Penge, using electoral wards from Bromley and Lewisham.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Edward Feetham Coates Coalition Conservative
1921 by-election Philip Dawson Conservative
1938 by-election Henry Brooke Conservative
1945 Arthur Skeffington Labour
1950 Henry Price Conservative
1964 Patrick McNair-Wilson Conservative
1966 James Dickens Labour
1970 John Gummer Conservative
Feb 1974 Christopher Price Labour
1983 John Maples Conservative
1992 Jim Dowd Labour
2010 constituency abolished: see Lewisham West and Penge

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Dowd 16,611 52.0 −9.1
Liberal Democrat Alex Feakes 6,679 20.9 +7.4
Conservative Evett McAnuff 6,396 20.0 −2.4
Green Nick Long 1,464 4.6 N/A
UKIP Jens Winton 773 2.4 +0.8
Majority 9,932 31.1
Turnout 31,923 54.7 +2.6
Labour hold Swing −8.2
General Election 2001: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Dowd 18,816 61.1 -0.9%
Conservative Gary Johnson 6,896 22.4 -1.5%
Liberal Democrat Richard Thomas 4,146 13.5 +3.7%
UKIP Frederick Pearson 485 1.6
Independent Nick Long 472 1.5
Majority 11,920 38.7
Turnout 30,815 52.1 -12.0%
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Lewisham West[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Dowd 23,273 62.0 +15.0
Conservative C. Whelan 8,956 23.8 −19.0
Liberal Democrat K. McGrath 3,672 9.8 −0.1
Referendum Party A. Leese 1,098 2.9 N/A
Socialist Labour N. Long 398 1.1 N/A
Liberal E. Oram 167 0.5 N/A
Majority 14,317 38.1 +33.9
Turnout 37,564 64.0 −9.0
Labour hold Swing +17.0
General Election 1992: Lewisham West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Dowd 20,378 47.0 +9.1
Conservative John Maples 18,569 42.8 −3.4
Liberal Democrat Mrs E Neale 4,295 9.9 −6.0
Anti-Federalist League P Coulam 125 0.3 N/A
Majority 1,809 4.2 −4.1
Turnout 43,367 73.0 +0.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Maples 20,995 46.18
Labour Jim Dowd 17,223 37.88
Liberal S. C. Titley 7,247 15.94
Majority 3,772 8.30
Turnout 45,465 72.25
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Maples 19,521 44.02
Labour Christopher Price 17,015 38.37
Liberal H. Mooney 7,470 16.85
BNP R. F. Hoy 336 0.76
Majority 2,506 5.65
Turnout 44,342 70.34
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Price 20,932 46.45
Conservative N. P. Kemp 19,882 44.12
Liberal G. A. Payne 3,350 7.43
National Front P. Williams 901 2.00
Majority 1,050 2.33
Turnout 45,065 76.01
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Price 21,102 48.24
Conservative M. Marshall 15,573 35.60
Liberal J.D. Eagle 5,952 13.61
National Front P. Williams 1,114 2.55
Majority 5,529 12.64
Turnout 70.06
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Price 21,118 43.27
Conservative John Gummer 18,716 38.35
Liberal J.D. Eagle 7,974 16.34
National Front P. Williams 1,000 2.05
Majority 2,402 4.92
Turnout 78.89
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1970
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 19,676 50.98
Labour James Dickens 18,916 49.02
Majority 760 2.90
Turnout 68.06
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Dickens 21,018 52.54
Conservative Patrick Michael Ernest David McNair-Wilson 18,984 47.46
Majority 2,034 5.08
Turnout 75.68
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Michael Ernest David McNair-Wilson 18,167 44.78
Labour Joan Lestor 17,281 42.59
Liberal Alan B Mountain 5,123 12.63
Majority 886 2.18
Turnout 74.82
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Alfred Price 22,466 51.74
Labour Richard C Edmonds 16,233 37.39
Liberal Trevor Arthur Smith 4,721 10.87
Majority 6,233 14.36
Turnout 80.30
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Alfred Price 24,066 54.94
Labour T. Sargant 19,741 45.06
Majority 4,325 9.87
Turnout 79.57
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Alfred Price 25,449 52.73
Labour Arthur Skeffington 22,813 47.27
Majority 2,636 5.46
Turnout 85.85
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Lewisham West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Alfred Price 23,628 49.23
Labour Arthur Skeffington 21,433 44.65
Liberal Alfred Edward G Pritchard 2,939 6.12
Majority 2,195 4.57
Turnout 85.70
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945

Elect 50,918

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Massey Skeffington 20,008 53.35
Conservative Henry Brooke 17,492 46.65
Majority 2,516 6.7
Turnout 73.65
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Lewisham West by-election, 1938

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Brooke 22,587
Labour Arthur Massey Skeffington 16,939
Majority 5,648
Turnout 58
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 14 November 1935

Electorate 65,679

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 27,173 64.7
Labour Robert Michael Maitland Stewart 14,803 35.4
Majority 12,370 29.5
Turnout 63.91
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 63,946

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 34,289 77.5
Labour Robert Michael Maitland Stewart 9,956 22.5
Majority 24,333 55.0
Turnout 44,245 69.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 30 May 1929

Electorate 61,191

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 20,830 49.1
Labour Mrs C M Wadham 10,958 25.9
Liberal Arthur Reginald Newsom Roberts 10,590 25.0
Majority 9,872 23.2
Turnout 69.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 29 October 1924

Electorate 44,078

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 19,723 59.3
Labour Mrs Barbara Drake 6,781 20.4 n/a
Liberal Barrett Lennard Albemarle O'Malley 6,756 20.3
Majority 12,942 38.9 +37.1
Turnout 75.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 6 December 1923

Electorate 42,940

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 12,448 50.9 -14.8
Liberal Barrett Lennard Albemarle O'Malley 12,009 49.1 +14.8
Majority 1.8 -29.6
Turnout 57.0 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing -14.8
General Election 15 November 1922[4]

Electorate 42,455

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 16,216 65.7
Liberal Barrett Lennard Albemarle O'Malley 8,469 34.3
Majority 7,747 31.4
Turnout 58.1
Conservative hold Swing
Lewisham West by-election, 1921

Electorate 40,919

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Dawson 9,427 38.9 n/a
Anti-Waste League Walter George Windham 8,580 35.4 n/a
Liberal Frank Walter Raffety 6,211 25.6 n/a
Majority 847 3.5 n/a
Turnout 24,218 59.2 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Feetham Coates unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 Jan 2011. 
  2. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.111 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  4. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949

Sources[edit]

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