Lewisham West and Penge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lewisham West and Penge
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lewisham West and Penge in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 69,399 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010 (2010)
Member of Parliament Jim Dowd (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Lewisham West
Beckenham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Lewisham West and Penge is a constituency in Greater London represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Jim Dowd of the Labour Party.[n 1]

History[edit]

Following the adoption of this part of the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies this new constituency was born with electoral wards from the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham — the greater electorate and area is in the latter. It was contested for the first time in the 2010 general election.

Constituency profile[edit]

The new seat comprises the South-Western portion of Lewisham borough (narrowly in most years to date the strongest part of the borough for the Conservatives) with the northwestern tip of Bromley borough[n 2]. Fittingly, this seat is therefore the Conservatives' best chance of winning anywhere in Lewisham, and Labour's best hope in Bromley. A strong Liberal Democrat challenge in 2010 edged the Conservative candidate narrowly into third, which ensured that Labour, registering their 192nd largest share of the vote of the 650 constituencies, held on comfortably against divided opposition.[2]

At the heart of the seat is Forest Hill, bisected by the route of the South Circular Road and thus familiar to Londoners driving through on their way to the Kent coast. Its ambit also includes some of the Crystal Palace hill (the famous park and site of the palace itself is on the intersection of five boroughs) and the nearby areas of Penge and Sydenham - all parts of South London which have progressively become slightly less desirable places to live since the mid-19th century when this upland area in the west of the seat presented the height of luxurious suburbia.[3] The Guardian however positively summarised it in 2010 as "suburban south-east London, with a large Afro-Caribbean population."

Boundaries[edit]

The seat has electoral wards:

To create the new constituency the Boundary Commission for England transferred Perry Vale ward, Bellingham ward, Forest Hill ward, and Sydenham ward from the former Lewisham West constituency. Clock House ward, Crystal Palace ward, and Penge and Cator ward were transferred from Beckenham constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Jim Dowd Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2010: Lewisham West and Penge[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Dowd[n 3] 18,501 41.1 −5.2[n 4]
Liberal Democrat Alex Feakes 12,673 28.1 +1.0
Conservative Chris Phillips 11,489 25.5 +3.9
UKIP Peter Staveley 1,117 2.5 −0.1
Green Romayne Phoenix 931 2.1 −0.3
Christian Peoples Stephen Hammond 317 0.7 N/A
Majority 5,828 12.9 −6.2
Turnout 45,028 65.2 +7.8
Labour hold Swing −3.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ To date the Tories' weakest part of Bromley and Labour's strongest)
  3. ^ Served as MP for Lewisham West in the 2005–2010 Parliament
  4. ^ swing and change percentages based on notional results following boundary changes
References

Coordinates: 51°26′N 0°03′W / 51.43°N 0.05°W / 51.43; -0.05