Chingford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Chingford
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
February 1974–1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Chingford & Woodford Green, Walthamstow
Created from Epping and Walthamstow East

Chingford was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Chingford in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. 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.

History[edit]

The constituency existed from February 1974 until it was abolished for the 1997 general election. It was held by the Conservative Party throughout this period. Both of its former Members of Parliament are well known, being Norman Tebbit and Iain Duncan Smith.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Waltham Forest wards of Chapel End, Chingford Central, Chingford North West, Chingford South, and Hale End.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Waltham Forest wards of Chapel End, Chingford Green, Endlebury, Hale End, Hatch Lane, Larkswood, and Valley.

The seat was created out of the old Epping and Walthamstow East constituencies, and no part of it was ever in the post-1974 administrative county of Essex. It was replaced in 1997 by the new Chingford and Woodford Green constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Norman Tebbit Conservative
1992 Iain Duncan Smith Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Chingford & Woodford Green and Walthamstow

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Chingford[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 25,730 59.2 −3.0
Labour Peter J. Dawe 10,792 24.8 +9.6
Liberal Democrat Simon G. Banks 5,705 13.1 −7.9
Liberal David W. Green 602 1.4 −19.6
Green John M. Baguley 575 1.3 −0.1
Independent Rev. Christine M. Johns 41 0.1 N/A
Majority 14,938 34.4 −6.8
Turnout 43,445 78.3 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing −6.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Chingford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Tebbit 27,110 62.2 +7.1
Liberal John George Williams 9,155 21.0 −3.8
Labour Mrs. Margaret Irene Cosin 6,650 15.3 −2.4
Green Mrs. Elizabeth Newton 634 1.5 +0.3
Majority 17,955 41.2
Turnout 43,549 76.7 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing +5.5
General Election 1983: Chingford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Tebbit 22,541 55.1 −1.0
Liberal R. Hoskins 10,127 24.8 +12.9
Labour W.D. Shepherd 7,239 17.7 −10.2
Ecology John Edward Morgan 479 1.2 −0.3
National Front Brent A. Cheetham 380 0.9 −1.7
Independent J.C. Neighbour 104 0.2 N/A
Independent S.J.A. Barklem 34 0.1 N/A
Majority 12,414 30.3
Turnout 40,904 72.7 −5.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Chingford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Tebbit 24,640 56.1 +10.6
Labour Neil Gerrard 12,257 27.9 −6.5
Liberal D.A. Nicholson 5,225 11.9 −8.3
National Front D. South 1,157 2.6 N/A
Ecology Stephen Lambert 649 1.5 N/A
Majority 12,383 28.2
Turnout 43,928 78.4 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing +8.6
General Election October 1974: Chingford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Tebbit 19,022 45.5 +2.4
Labour Paul F. Tinnion 14,377 34.4 +3.6
Liberal D.A. Nicholson 8,438 20.2 −5.9
Majority 4,645 11.1
Turnout 41,837 73.4 −8.4
Conservative hold Swing −0.6
General Election February 1974: Chingford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Tebbit 19,921 43.1 N/A
Labour M.A. Gerrard 14,238 30.8 N/A
Liberal D.A. Nicholson 12,060 26.1 N/A
Majority 5,683 12.3 N/A
Turnout 46,219 81.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Epping
UK Parliament constituency
Feb 19741997
Succeeded by
Chingford and Woodford Green
Preceded by
Walthamstow East

Coordinates: 51°38′N 0°00′E / 51.63°N 0.00°E / 51.63; 0.00