Bexleyheath (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bexleyheath
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
February 1974–1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Bexleyheath & Crayford, Old Bexley and Sidcup
Created from Bexley

Bexleyheath was a parliamentary constituency in south-east London, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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

History[edit]

This safe Conservative seat was represented for its entire existence by Sir Cyril Townsend.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Brampton, Christchurch, Danson, East Wickham, Falconwood, St Michael's, and Upton.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Barnehurst, Barnehurst North, Brampton, Christchurch, Danson, East Wickham, Falconwood, St Michael's, and Upton.

This constituency in the London Borough of Bexley was centred on the district of Bexleyheath. It was split in 1997 when the Boundary Commission for England recommended an extra seat for the paired boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich.[1] It was largely replaced by the new constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford, with about a third of the constituency being added to the existing Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
Feb 1974 Cyril Townsend Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Bexleyheath and Crayford & Old Bexley and Sidcup

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election February 1974: Bexleyheath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Townsend 18,541 43.3 N/A
Labour John Cartwright 14,675 34.3 N/A
Liberal W. Pickard 9,575 22.4 N/A
Majority 3,866 9.0 N/A
Turnout 42,791 84.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election October 1974: Bexleyheath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Townsend 17,399 43.8 +0.5
Labour J. Stanyer 15,412 38.8 +4.5
Liberal W. Pickard 6,882 17.3 −5.1
Majority 1,987 5.0
Turnout 39,693 77.8 −6.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.0
General Election 1979: Bexleyheath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Townsend 21,888 53.7 +9.9
Labour R. Blackwell 13,342 32.7 −6.1
Liberal J. Crowhurst 4,782 11.7 −5.6
National Front A. Wilkens 749 1.8 N/A
Majority 8,546 21.0
Turnout 40,761 80.1 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +8.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Bexleyheath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Townsend 23,411 53.1 −1.1
Liberal Barry Standen 13,153 29.8 +18.4
Labour A.B. Erlam 7,560 17.1 −15.5
Majority 10,258 23.3
Turnout 44,124 74.5 −5.6
Conservative hold Swing −9.8
General Election 1987: Bexleyheath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Townsend 24,866 53.7 +0.6
Liberal Barry Standen 13,179 28.5 −1.3
Labour James Little 8,218 17.8 +0.7
Majority 11,687 25.2
Turnout 46,263 77.8 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Bexleyheath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Townsend 25,606 54.0 +0.3
Labour John Browning 11,520 24.3 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Wendy Chaplin 10,107 21.3 −7.2
Independent Roger W.C. Cundy 170 0.4 N/A
Majority 14,086 29.7 +4.5
Turnout 47,403 82.2 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing −3.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.12 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  2. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.192 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°27′N 0°08′E / 51.45°N 0.14°E / 51.45; 0.14