Bermondsey and Old Southwark (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bermondsey and Old Southwark in Greater London.
County Greater London
Population 126,522 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 77,186 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Neil Coyle (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from North Southwark and Bermondsey
European Parliament constituency London

Bermondsey and Old Southwark is a constituency[n 1] in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament represented by Neil Coyle of the Labour Party since 2015.[n 2]

History and boundaries[edit]

The seat was created for the 2010 general election, almost identical to North Southwark and Bermondsey seat held by Simon Hughes since the 1997 General Election, on a review of parliamentary representation in London by the Boundary Commission for England facing very minor boundary changes.

The constituency lies within the London Borough of Southwark, which contains the Old Southwark area of the former Metropolitan Borough of Southwark and the neighbourhoods of Borough, London Bridge and Bankside. Within the constituency are Elephant and Castle, Walworth and Newington which were part of the old Metropolitan Borough. The eastern half of the seat includes Bermondsey and Rotherhithe which were part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey, and which had been a separate constituency also. This seat is based on the 1997–2010 North Southwark and Bermondsey constituency. Following the 2002 redrawing of ward boundaries, parts of Faraday and Livesey wards that were part of North Southwark and Bermondsey transferred to Camberwell and Peckham. This successor seat is made from the following electoral wards within the London Borough of Southwark: Cathedrals, Chaucer, East Walworth, Grange, Newington, Riverside, Rotherhithe, South Bermondsey, Surrey Docks.

Constituency profile[edit]

Comprising the northern part of the London Borough of Southwark, the seat lies immediately to the south of the City of London.

The southern halves of the Thames crossings London Bridge and Tower Bridge are in the seat, as is the historic Southwark area, with its cathedral, the Globe Theatre and Borough Market. There is also extensive commercial development that has spilled over the river from the City, notably the Shard London Bridge.

To the east, the seat also includes the Rotherhithe peninsula, where contemporary housing now replaces former industrial areas, particularly around Canada Water and the neighbourhood of Bermondsey.

At its southern end, the seat includes parts of Walworth. Here the seat adjoins Camberwell and Peckham, one of the safest Labour seats in London.

The seat had remained a rare example of an inner London Liberal Democrat seat since Simon Hughes first won it in 1983 until 2015.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Note: the first MP was elected for predecessor Bermondsey seats continuously from a by-election in 1983 until the seat was created in 2010, see the former constituency of North Southwark and Bermondsey.

Parliament Years Member[3] Party
54th 2010-2015     Simon Hughes Liberal Democrats
55th 2015-     Neil Coyle Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Bermondsey and Old Southwark[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes 21,590 48.4 +0.7
Labour Co-op Val Shawcross 13,060 29.2 −2.4
Conservative Loanna Morrison 7,638 17.1 +4.1
BNP Stephen Tyler 1,370 3.1 +3.1
Green Tom Chance 718 1.6 −1.4
Independent Alan Kirkby 155 0.3 +0.3
no label Steve Freeman 120 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,530 19.1
Turnout 44,651 57.5 +8.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.6
General Election 2015: Bermondsey and Old Southwark[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Coyle 22,146 43.1 +13.8
Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes 17,657 34.3 -14.0
Conservative Jean-Paul (JP) Floru 6,051 11.8 -5.3
UKIP Andy Beadle 3,254 6.3 N/A
Green William Lavin 2,023 3.9 +2.3
TUSC Kingsley Abrams 142 0.3 N/A
Independent Lucy Hall 72 0.1 n/a
All People's Party Donald Cole 59 0.1 N/A
Republican Socialist Party Steve Freeman 20 0.0 N/A
Majority 4,489 8.7
Turnout 51,424 61.7 +4.2
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +13.9

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
  1. ^ "Bermondsey and Old Southwark: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated". Southwark Council. 
  5. ^ "BBC News Election 2010 Constituency Bermondsey & Old Southwark". BBC News. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ 23Jul15 and electorate 83,298

Coordinates: 51°29′N 0°04′W / 51.49°N 0.07°W / 51.49; -0.07