Mitcham and Morden (UK Parliament constituency)
|Mitcham and Morden|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Mitcham and Morden in Greater London.
|Electorate||67,074 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Morden and Merton|
|Member of Parliament||Siobhain McDonagh (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
Merton & Morden
|European Parliament constituency||London|
The constituency was created in 1974 from the former seats of Mitcham and Merton & Morden. Between 1974 and 1982 it was represented by Bruce Douglas-Mann who was elected as a Labour MP but defected in 1982 to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). On defecting, he resigned his seat and sought re-election as an SDP MP, he was the only defector to have resigned his seat.
In the subsequent by-election held in May 1982 at the time of the Falklands War, the seat elected Angela Rumbold of the Conservative Party, this was the last time to date that a seat has been gained by a governing party in the UK at a by-election.[n 3] It was also the last time the Conservative Party would gain (as opposed to win) at a by-election until 22 May 2008 when Edward Timpson took Crewe and Nantwich.
At the 1997 General Election the seat was won by Labour and Siobhain McDonagh was elected as Member of Parliament. At the 2001, 2005 and 2010 General Elections, she was re-elected and her majority is 13,666 (31.2%) ahead of the next candidate, a Conservative, polling the 26th highest share of the vote for the party of the 631 seats contested.
Based within the London Borough of Merton, the constituency consists of the wards of Colliers Wood, Cricket Green, Figges Marsh, Graveney, Lavender Fields, Lower Morden, Longthornton, Pollards Hill, Ravensbury and St Helier.
The Boundary Commission recommondations, implemented at the 2010 election, were relatively minor with about 750 electors moving from Mitcham and Morden to Wimbledon and about 500 electors moving from Wimbledon to Mitcham and Morden. This has been caused by wards being aligned with constituency boundaries following the implementation of new ward boundaries for the London Borough of Merton at the 2002 Local Elections.
The seat is broadly suburban, with terraced houses and low-rise estates in southern parts of Tooting and Streatham at the northern end of the seat. In the south-west of the constituency is most affluent part, Lower Morden.
In the middle, the former coaching stop town of Mitcham with its ancient cricket green retains some village-like characteristics and has relatively poor transport connections with the rest of London until the building of the Croydon Tramlink. In the 20th century, Mitcham became surrounded by modern council housing, and light industry. Housing varies between the large rented sector, privately acquired properties much of which using the Thatcher Ministry's right to buy and significant dependence in certain areas on social housing.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Bruce Douglas-Mann||Labour|
|1982 by-election||Angela Rumbold||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Mitcham and Morden|
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Coman||5,202||11.9||−2.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Mitcham and Morden|
|Liberal Democrat||Jo Christie-Smith||5,583||14.0||+3.9|
|General Election 2001: Mitcham and Morden|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harris||3,820||10.1||+2.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Mitcham and Morden|
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas Harris||3,632||7.6||−1.6|
|Referendum Party||Peter Isaacs||810||1.7||N/A|
|Green||Thomas J. Walsh||415||0.9||−0.4|
|Independent||Krishna Vaikuntha Vasan||144||0.3||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+15.6|
|General Election 1992: Mitcham and Morden|
|Liberal Democrat||John C. Field||4,687||9.2||−7.5|
|Green||Thomas J. Walsh||655||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Mitcham and Morden|
|Social Democrat||Bruce Douglas-Mann||7,930||16.6||−10.8|
|General Election 1983: Mitcham and Morden|
|Social Democrat||Bruce Douglas-Mann||12,720||27.4||N/A|
|National Front||J. Perryman||539||1.2||−0.8|
|Mitcham and Morden by-election, 1982|
|Social Democrat||Bruce Douglas-Mann||9,032||29.4||N/A|
|National Front||Joseph Pearce||547||1.8||−0.2|
|Independent Liberal||Edward Larkin||123||0.4||N/A|
|Ethnic Minority Candidate||Roy Sawh||84||0.3||N/A|
|Democratic Monarchist||Bill Boaks||66||0.2||N/A|
|Computer Democrat||Christopher Farnsworth||18||0.0||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+10.2|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Mitcham and Morden|
|National Front||J. Perryman||966||2.0||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Mitcham and Morden|
|Air Road Public Safety White Resident||Bill Boaks||68||0.2||N/A|
|General Election February 1974: Mitcham and Morden|
|Conservative||D. A. Harris||18,546||36.2||N/A|
|Liberal||P. C. Spratling||10,462||20.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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
- 2001 Census
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.120 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.