Ravensbourne (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ravensbourne
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
February 1974–1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Bromley & Chislehurst, Beckenham and Orpington
Created from Bromley

Ravensbourne was a borough constituency in south London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first-past-the-post system. It existed from the February 1974 general election until it was abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

This was a safe Conservative seat held by Sir John Hunt for the entire period of its existence.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created as Bromley, Ravensbourne and was initially made up of five wards of the London Borough of Bromley: Bromley Common, Keston & Hayes, Martins Hill & Town, West Wickham North and West Wickham South.[1]

In 1983 the constituency was renamed Ravensbourne, and redefined as comprising the following wards: Biggin Hill, Bromley Common & Keston, Darwin, Hayes, Martins Hill and Town, West Wickham North and West Wickham South.[2] Biggin Hill and Darwin wards had previously formed part of the Bromley, Orpington constituency.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Sir John Hunt Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Bromley and Chislehurst, Beckenham & Orpington

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Ravensbourne[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Hunt 29,506 63.4 +0.5
Liberal Democrat PJH Booth 9,792 21.0 −4.3
Labour EW Dyer 6,182 13.3 +2.0
Green IJ Mouland 617 1.3 N/A
Liberal P White 318 0.7 N/A
Natural Law JW Shepheard 105 0.2 N/A
Majority 19,714 42.4 +4.7
Turnout 46,520 81.2 +5.5
Conservative hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Ravensbourne[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hunt 28,295 62.96 -0.09
SDP–Liberal Alliance G Campbell 11,376 25.31
Labour M D'Arcy 5,087 11.32
BNP Alfred Waite 184 0.41 -0.15
Majority 16,919 37.65
Turnout 44,939 75.7
General Election 1983: Ravensbourne[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hunt 27,143 63.05
SDP–Liberal Alliance CM Boston 11,631 27.02
Labour JR Holbrook 4,037 9.38
BNP AT Shotton 242 0.56 N/A
Majority 15,512 36.03
Turnout 43,055 73.21

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Ravensbourne[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hunt 22,501 60.92
Liberal W Shipley 7,111 19.25
Labour JR Holbrook 6,848 18.54
National Front S Greene 478 1.29
Majority 15,390 41.66
Turnout 36,938 77.6
General Election October 1974: Ravensbourne[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hunt 18,318 51.01
Liberal DEA Crowe 9,813 27.33
Labour C Howes 7,204 20.06
National Front I Stevens 574 1.6
Majority 8,505 23.68
Turnout 35,910 73.98
General Election February 1974: Ravensbourne[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hunt 20,420 51.47
Liberal D Crowe 11,523 29.05
Labour HA Hession 6,943 17.5
National Front G Parker 786 1.98
Majority 8,897 22.43
Turnout 39,673 82.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 (S.I. 1970 No. 1674)
  2. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983 No. 417)
  3. ^ F A Youngs Jr., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England, London, 1979
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge87/i16.htm
  6. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge83/i16.htm
  7. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge79/i16.htm
  8. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge74b/i16.htm
  9. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge74a/i16.htm