Chingford and Woodford Green (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°37′01″N 0°00′11″E / 51.617°N 0.003°E / 51.617; 0.003

Chingford and Woodford Green
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chingford and Woodford Green in Greater London
CountyGreater London
Population88,149 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate64,770 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentSir Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromChingford and Wanstead & Woodford

Chingford and Woodford Green is a constituency in North East London represented by Sir Iain Duncan Smith of the Conservative Party since its creation in 1997.[n 1]


The London Borough of Waltham Forest wards of Chingford Green, Endlebury, Hale End and Highams Park, Hatch Lane, Larkswood, and Valley, and the London Borough of Redbridge wards of Church End and Monkhams have been selected to form the seat since inception.

Out of 24 council seats that make up Chingford and Woodford Green the Conservatives hold 18 and Labour hold 5.

The boundaries of Chingford and Woodford Green take in a large slice of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The constituency includes Chingford in the north bordering Enfield down through Highams Park and Hatch Lane into Woodford, and also takes in a part of the London Borough of Redbridge.


Wards of the constituency (not affected by 2010 boundary changes)

Before 1945, both Woodford and Chingford were part of Epping for general elections, for which wartime Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill was MP. The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford. Both seats previously had well-known MPs, Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill respectively. Iain Duncan Smith had been MP for Chingford since 1992, then was elected MP for this constituency five years later in 1997.

Political history

Chingford and Woodford Green and its predecessors have been solid Conservative wards since the beginning of the Thatcher period in 1979. The closest contest in the 20th century was from the Labour at the 1997 general election, with a Conservative majority of over 5000; the Conservatives retained the seat in 2001 with a majority little changed on a low turnout. In 2005, the Conservative incumbent did better, getting twice as many votes as Labour with a swing to the party of 6.4% (over double that nationally) from Labour. The 2015 result gave the seat the 119th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[3] At the 2017 snap election, Duncan Smith was re-elected with a greatly reduced majority on a 7% swing to Labour, slightly more than a sixth of his 2010 margin; while this was in keeping with the large swings to Labour throughout Greater London at that election, it seems to suggest an increasingly marginal seat, even though the Conservatives hold three-quarters of the local council seats in the wards which make up the constituency. The 2019 general election saw the Conservatives retaining the seat, although with a smaller majority than 2017 due to a swing to Labour, despite significant movement against the opposing party nationwide.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4][5] Party Notes
1997 Iain Duncan Smith Official portrait of Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP crop 3.jpg Conservative MP for Chingford (1992–1997)
Shadow Defence Secretary (1999–2001)
Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition (2001–2003)
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2010–2016)


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Chingford and Woodford Green[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 23,481 48.5 Decrease0.7
Labour Faiza Shaheen 22,219 45.9 Increase1.9
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Seeff 2,744 5.6 Increase1.3
Majority 1,262 2.6 Decrease2.6
Turnout 48,444 74.1 Increase2.9
Registered electors 65,393
Conservative hold Swing Decrease1.3
General election 2017: Chingford and Woodford Green[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 23,076 49.1 Increase1.2
Labour Bilal Mahmood 20,638 43.9 Increase15.2
Liberal Democrats Deborah Unger 2,043 4.4 Decrease1.1
Green Sinead King 1,204 2.6 Decrease1.7
Majority 2,438 5.2 Decrease14.0
Turnout 46,961 71.2 Increase5.5
Registered electors 65,958
Conservative hold Swing Decrease7.0
General election 2015: Chingford and Woodford Green[9] [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 20,999 47.9 Decrease4.8
Labour Bilal Mahmood 12,613 28.8 Increase6.1
UKIP Freddy Vachha 5,644 12.9 Increase10.3
Liberal Democrats Anne Crook 2,400 5.5 Decrease11.3
Green Rebecca Tully 1,854 4.2 Increase2.7
TUSC Len Hockey[11] 241 0.6 N/A
Class War Lisa Mckenzie 53 0.1 N/A
Majority 8,386 19.1 Decrease10.9
Turnout 43,804 65.7 Decrease0.8
Registered electors 66,680
Conservative hold Swing Decrease5.5
General election 2010: Chingford and Woodford Green[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 22,743 52.8 Decrease0.4
Labour Cath Arakelian 9,780 22.7 Decrease3.0
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Seeff 7,242 16.8 Decrease0.9
BNP Julian Leppert 1,288 3.0 N/A
UKIP Nick Jones 1,133 2.6 Decrease0.2
Green Lucy Craig 650 1.5 N/A
Independent None Of The Above[n 2] 202 0.5 N/A
Independent Barry White 68 0.2 N/A
Majority 12,963 30.1 Increase2.6
Turnout 43,106 66.5 Increase3.5
Registered electors 64,831
Conservative hold Swing Increase1.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Chingford and Woodford Green[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 20,555 53.2 Increase5.0
Labour Simon Wright 9,914 25.7 Decrease7.7
Liberal Democrats John Beanse 6,832 17.7 Increase2.2
UKIP Michael McGough 1,078 2.8 N/A
Independent Barry White 269 0.7 N/A
Majority 10,641 27.5 Increase12.7
Turnout 38,648 63.0 Increase4.5
Registered electors 61,386
Conservative hold Swing Increase6.4
General election 2001: Chingford and Woodford Green[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 17,834 48.2 Increase0.7
Labour Jessica Webb 12,347 33.4 Decrease1.2
Liberal Democrats John Beanse 5,739 15.5 0.0
BNP Jean Griffin 1,062 2.9 Increase0.5
Majority 5,487 14.8 Increase1.9
Turnout 36,982 58.5 Decrease12.2
Registered electors 63,252
Conservative hold Swing Increase1.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Chingford and Woodford Green[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 21,109 47.5 N/A
Labour Tommy Hutchinson 15,395 34.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Seeff 6,885 15.5 N/A
BNP Alan Gould 1,059 2.4 N/A
Majority 5,714 12.9 N/A
Turnout 44,448 70.7 N/A
Registered electors 62,904
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Original name Adam Osen
  1. ^ "Chingford and Woodford Green: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 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. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Chingford and Woodford Green 1997–". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
  6. ^ "Chingford & Woodford Green Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Chingford & Woodford Green parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  8. ^ Baker, Carl (14 July 2017). "General Election 2017: results and analysis – Briefing paper number CBP 7979" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "General Election results, 7 May 2015". 2015-05-07. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Trade unionist chosen to stand at election (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ (PDF) Retrieved 20 April 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richmond, Yorks
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
Succeeded by
Folkestone and Hythe