Newham South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Newham South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
February 1974–1997
Number of members one
Replaced by East Ham and West Ham
Created from East Ham South, West Ham South and Woolwich East

Newham South was a parliamentary constituency in the London Borough of Newham, in east London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The London Borough of Newham wards of Beckton, Bemersyde, Canning Town and Grange, Custom House and Silvertown, Hudsons, Ordnance, Plaistow, and South.

The constituency consisted of the southern portion of the London Borough of Newham. It included North Woolwich, which had previously been included in seats with the rest of Woolwich on the other side of the River Thames.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
February 1974 Elwyn Jones Labour
1974 by-election Nigel John Spearing Labour
1997 constituency abolished

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel John Spearing 14,358 46.6 +3.1
Conservative Jacqueline Foster 11,856 38.5 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Alex James Kellaway 4,527 14.9 −7.3
Majority 2,502 8.1
Turnout 30,786 60.2 +1.1
Labour hold Swing −0.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel John Spearing 12,935 43.5 −6.7
Conservative James Farrie 10,169 34.2 +11.2
Social Democratic Alex James Kellaway 6,607 22.2 −0.9
Majority 2,766 9.3
Turnout 29,711 59.1 +5.5
Labour hold Swing −8.0
General Election 1983: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel John Spearing 13,561 50.2 −14.3
Social Democratic A.A. Reilly 6,250 23.1 +16.5
Conservative N.A.M. Thompson 6,212 23.0 +0.4
National Front Ian Anderson 993 3.7 −2.6
Majority 7,311 27.1
Turnout 27,016 53.6 −3.5
Labour hold Swing −7.4

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel John Spearing 19,636 64.4 −4.9
Conservative Mary-Jo Elphicke 6,863 22.5 +11.3
Liberal John Ozimek 2,085 6.8 −4.9
National Front T. Anderson 1,899 6.2 −1.6
Majority 12,773 41.9
Turnout 30,483 57.1 +3.7
Labour hold Swing −8.1
General Election October 1974: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel John Spearing 21,332 69.3 +3.2
Liberal Ivor Shipley 3,611 11.7 −3.1
Conservative A.D.C. Gemmill 3,440 11.2 −1.0
National Front Oliver Bayly 2,412 7.8 +0.9
Majority 17,721 57.6
Turnout 30,795 53.4 −9.8
Labour hold Swing +3.2
By-election 1974: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel John Spearing 9,321 62.6 −5.7
Liberal Ivor Shipley 1,862 12.5 −2.3
National Front Michael Lobb 1,713 11.5 +3.6
Conservative Frank Fox 1,651 11.1 −1.2
Independent Labour Sydney South 332 2.2 N/A
Majority 7,459 50.1 −7.4
Turnout 14,879
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Newham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elwyn Jones 23,952 66.1 N/A
Liberal Ivor Shipley 5,369 14.8 N/A
Conservative Frank Fox 4,422 12.2 N/A
National Front Michael Lobb 2,511 6.9 N/A
Majority 18,583 51.3 N/A
Turnout 36,254 63.2 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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