Chelsea and Fulham (UK Parliament constituency)
|Chelsea and Fulham|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Chelsea and Fulham in Greater London
|Population||105,697 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||62,958 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Greg Hands (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham|
Chelsea and Fulham is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation. It is currently represented by Greg Hands of the Conservative Party. He was the MP for the former neighbouring constituency of Hammersmith and Fulham from 2005-2010 before it was abolished. He is currently a minister in the Department for International Trade.
Chelsea and Fulham constituency is made up of the following electoral wards:
- From the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham: Fulham Broadway; Munster; Palace Riverside; Parsons Green and Walham; Sands End; Town.
- From the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: Brompton and Hans Town; Chelsea Riverside; Redcliffe; Royal Hospital; Stanley.
2010 boundary change
Following the review of parliamentary representation in London, the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham were paired for constituency allocation purposes and allocated three seats between them.
This broke the previous pairings of Kensington and Chelsea with the City of Westminster, and of Hammersmith and Fulham with the London Borough of Ealing, and therefore abolished the mainstay[clarification needed] but not comprehensive[clarification needed] seats Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea with their "spillover" cross-boundary seats of Regents Park and Kensington North and Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush.
The constituency includes affluent areas and opulent private housing. The small amount of social housing in the constituency is concentrated in the smaller than ward-size Worlds End Estate. This is the safest urban Conservative seat in the country based on length of tenure[seems unlikely as the seat has recently been created] and size of majorities. An alternative in-depth analysis, of local elections, confirms one ward has seen opposition members in elections since the 1980s, of 11 wards forming the seat. At the 2010 election, only five other constituencies voted more strongly for the Conservative Party: Richmond (Yorkshire), Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, Windsor (Berkshire), Hampshire North East and Chesham and Amersham also in Buckinghamshire.
Somewhat surprisingly, however, in the 2017 United Kingdom general election the Conservative majority in Chelsea and Fulham was almost halved from 16,022 to 8,188, making it only the eighth-safest Conservative seat in Greater London (with several other seats such as Romford and Bexleyheath and Crayford proving safer for the Tories despite previously electing Labour MPs in the Blair era, whilst Chelsea never did).
In the early 1960s the Chelsea Labour Party (old boundaries) created the National Campaign for the Young Chronic Sick, led by constituency member (Mr) Marsh Dickson, which generated national TV and newspaper coverage leading to the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 promoted as a Private Members Bill by Alf Morris MP.
Proposed boundary expansion
To return to a reduced the number of MPs (600 nationally) it was proposed that the Chelsea and Fulham constituency would be abolished and merged into two constituencies of Hammersmith & Fulham, a notional Labour seat, and Kensington & Chelsea, a notional Conservative seat. 
The football grounds at Stamford Bridge and Craven Cottage are in the seat, which is the chosen home of many of London's elite footballers, as well as other wealthy celebrities. The constituency includes the fashionable King's Road thoroughfare, a key destination for shopping and culture.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Nicola Horlick||12,104||25.9||+14.9|
|Animal Welfare||Sam Morland||500||1.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Louise Rowntree||4,627||11.0||+5.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Bailey||2,091||5.2||-11.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Dirk Hazell||6,473||16.2||N/A|
|New Independent Conservative||Roland Courtenay||196||0.5||N/A|
|English Democrat||George Roseman||169||0.4||N/A|
|Blue Environment||Godfrey Spickernell||17||0.0||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- * Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament
Notes and references
- "Chelsea and Fulham: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
- "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.
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- "Majority Sorted Seats". www.electoralcalculus.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
- "Candidates for Chelsea and Fulham Constituency 2019 general election" (PDF). London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Retrieved 15 Nov 2019.
- "Candidates for Chelsea and Fulham Constituency 2017 general election". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- "Chelsea and Fulham Parliamentary constituency". BBC. Archived from the original on 2015-05-08.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-02-25. Retrieved 2018-02-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- election result "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 3Aug15
- "Chelsea & Fulham parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Times Online guide to the Chelsea and Fulham constituency Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- nomis Constituency Profile for Chelsea and Fulham — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.
- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)