Cities of London and Westminster (UK Parliament constituency)
|Cities of London and Westminster|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Cities of London and Westminster in Greater London.
|Population||110,000 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||65,140 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Mark Field (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||City of London (1298–1950), Westminster Abbey, Westminster St George's|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
Cities of London and Westminster is a constituency returning a single Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom Parliament. It is a borough constituency for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer. As with all constituencies, the election is decided using the first past the post system of election. Since its creation at the 1950 general election, the constituency has always elected the candidate nominated by the Conservative Party. It has been represented since 2001 by Mark Field.
- 1 History
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Election results
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
Before 1950 the City of London formed a two-member constituency on its own. The Boundary Commission for England began reviewing constituencies in January 1946 using rules defined under the Representation of the People Act 1944, which excluded the City of London from the redistribution procedure; the Commission recommended that the borough of Chelsea and the City of Westminster form a single Parliamentary Borough of Chelsea and Westminster with two divisions.
In February 1948 the Government brought forward a new Representation of the People Bill which removed the right of owners of business premises to a second vote; this would have had the effect of reducing the electorate of the City of London from 12,500 to 4,600. The Bill proposed also to end the City of London as a separate constituency and to merge it with the adjacent boroughs of Finsbury and Shoreditch. During debates on the Bill, the Government amended it to substitute a link between the City of London and the City of Westminster. In introducing the amendment the Home Secretary James Chuter Ede noted that the alterations to the constituencies in Westminster, Chelsea and Kensington had been agreed unanimously at a conference between the Members of Parliament and representatives of the boroughs affected.
No alteration was made by the First Periodical Report on constituency boundaries in 1954. In the Second Periodical Report in 1969, the Boundary Commission wrote that their initial feelings were that "except for a minor alteration to follow a new ward boundary" they felt that there was "no reason to disturb" the constituency, and they received no objections to this proposal. Westminster City Council later suggested that the constituency could be more accurately named as 'The City of London and Westminster South'; the Boundary Commission found opinion divided and left the name unchanged when it published revised proposals for two other constituencies within the City. Subsequent representations on the name were received and the Commission decided that, although justified on historical grounds, the name was "not now entirely accurate" and so proposed the renaming as suggested by the City Council.
In initial proposals during the Third Periodical Review (1983), the Boundary Commission proposed to abolish the St Marylebone constituency and add four wards from it (Cavendish, Baker Street, Bryanston and Regents Park) to the previous City of London and Westminster South constituency; they provisionally named the result 'The City of London and Westminster'. After a local inquiry, the Regents Park ward was removed and Hyde Park ward (from the Paddington constituency) was added; unanimous opinion at the inquiry favoured naming the result 'The City of London and Westminster South'.
For the Fourth Periodical Review (1995), the Boundary Commission paired the City of Westminster with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for consideration. The Commission's initial proposals, to expand the constituency by two wards (Bayswater and Lancaster Gate) formerly in Westminster North and to return to the name 'Cities of London and Westminster', were upheld after a local inquiry, despite multiple counter-proposals.
At the Fifth Periodical Review (2007), the initial proposals of the Boundary Commission paired the City of Westminster with the London Borough of Brent although they involved only minor changes to the Cities of London and Westminster constituency to take account of new ward boundaries. Widespread objections ("almost universal hostility") to the pairing led to a local inquiry, which decided that Westminster and the City of London should be reviewed separately and not paired with any other borough. The Commission proposed a new Cities of London and Westminster constituency in which the revised Bayswater and Lancaster Gate wards were removed.
Early proposals made during the abandoned Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies proposed linking the City of London to the southern wards of Islington in a constituency to be known as "The City of London and Islington South". Most of the Westminster wards were proposed to form part of a Westminster and Kensington constituency. This proposal was the first to suggest a split between the two Cities in Parliamentary elections since they were joined and proved unpopular in consultation; the Boundary Commission revised them to return the link between the City of London and the City of Westminster, although the whole review was subsequently abandoned.
Although united for Parliamentary elections, in the London Assembly, the City of London is covered by the City and East constituency, and the area in Westminster by the West Central constituency. The Local Government Commission for England argued that "combining the City of London with areas to its east could assist in focussing regeneration eastwards" and linked it with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Newham.
1950-1974: The Metropolitan Borough of Westminster, the City of London, and the Inner Temple and Middle Temple.
1974-1983: The City of Westminster wards of Charing Cross, Churchill, Knightsbridge, Millbank, Regent Street, Victoria Street, and Warwick, and the City of London including the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple.
1983-1997: The City of Westminster wards of Baker Street, Belgrave, Bryanston, Cavendish, Churchill, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Millbank, St George's, St James's, Victoria, and West End, and the City of London.
1997-2010: The City of Westminster wards of Baker Street, Bayswater, Belgrave, Bryanston, Cavendish, Churchill, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate, Millbank, St George's, St James's, Victoria, and West End, and the City of London.
2010-present: The City of Westminster wards of Bryanston and Dorset Square, Churchill, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, Marylebone High Street, St James’s, Tachbrook, Vincent Square, Warwick, and West End, and the City of London.
The seat covers the entire City of London and most of the City of Westminster lying South of the Marylebone Road and the Westway. In the latter more residential city it covers Westminster, Pimlico, Victoria, Belgravia, Knightsbridge, St. James's, Soho, most of Covent Garden, parts of Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Edgware Road, Paddington and Bayswater.
The constituency covers much of the commercial, historical and touristic heart of London, including the Square Mile, St. Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.
Few people live in the City of London's financial district; the most residential parts of the City of London are Temple, Barbican and Moorgate. Parts of High Holborn and Chancery Lane are also part of this constituency. The West End has areas where residents mix with businesses, such as Covent Garden and Soho. Other areas including Mayfair, Belgravia and Knightsbridge rank among Europe's wealthiest residential districts but around half the electorate are in the more socially mixed areas of Bayswater and Pimlico which includes some large council estates (Churchill Gardens, Millbank Estate). The seat overall is a safe Conservative seat, with only one Labour ward at the local level. It is also one of five Inner London constituencies held by the Conservatives.
Members of Parliament
Named Cities of London and Westminster from 1997 to date
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Belinda Brooks-Gordon||2,521||7.0||–13.5|
|Christian Peoples||Jill McLachlan||129||0.4||+0.4|
|Class War||Adam Clifford||59||0.2||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Naomi Smith||7,574||20.5||+2.0|
|UKIP||Paul Martin Laurence Weston||664||1.8||+0.7|
|English Democrats||Frank Roseman||191||0.5||N/A|
|Independent||Mad Cap'n Tom||84||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour||Hywel W. Lloyd||9,165||25.1||−8.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Miss Marie-Louise E. Rossi||7,306||20.0||+4.6|
|Green||Tristan J.L. Smith||1,544||4.2||+0.3|
|UKIP||Colin Ralph Merton||399||1.1||–0.3|
|Christian Peoples||Mrs. Jillian McLachlan||246||0.7||N/A|
|Independent||Cass J.C. Cass-Horne||51||0.1||N/A|
|Labour||Michael David Katz||11,238||33.1||–2.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Martin Horwood||5,218||15.4||+3.1|
|UKIP||Colin Ralph Merton||464||1.4||+0.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Peter Leonard Brooke||18,981||47.3||–12.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael C. Dumigan||4,933||12.3||–1.8|
|Independent||Mrs. Patricia M. Wharton||266||0.7||N/A|
|UKIP||Colin R. Merton||215||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Richard P. Johnson||176||0.4||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Nicholas T. Walsh||138||0.3||N/A|
|Hemp Coalition||Gordon C. Webster||112||0.3||N/A|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Jerry Sadowitz||73||0.2||N/A|
Named City of London and Westminster South between 1974 and 1992
|Conservative||Peter Leonard Brooke||20,938||60.3||+2.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Ms. Jane Caroline Grantham Smithard||5,392||15.3||–6.5|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter Stockton||147||0.4||N/A|
|Irish Freedom Movement||Alex Farrell||107||0.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Richard Johnson||101||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Peter Leonard Brooke||19,333||57.8|
|Liberal||Miss Jane Caroline Grantham Smithard||7,291||21.8|
|Labour||Miss Ruth Elizabeth Bush||6,821||20.4|
|Conservative||Peter Leonard Brooke||20,754||59.1|
|Liberal||Adrian A. Walker-Smith||7,367||21.0|
|Labour||Stephen P. Jones||6,013||17.1|
|Ecology||Roger E. Shorter||419||1.2|
|National Front||Anthony Reeve||258||0.7|
|Independent - Pro Nuclear War Gay Rights||Victor Litvin||147||0.4|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Peter Leonard Brooke||16,851||60.7|
|National Front||K Mathews||478||1.7|
|Conservative||Peter Leonard Brooke||11,926||55.49||+3.77|
|National Front||Paul Kavanagh||1,051||4.89||+2.42|
|Pro-Homosexual Civil Rights||Peter Mitchel||449||2.09||N/A|
|National Party||Michael Lobb||364||1.69||N/A|
|New Britain||Dennis Delderfield||306||1.42||N/A|
|Air, Road, Public Safety, White Resident||Bill Boaks||61||0.28||N/A|
|Christian Outreach to Britain, Anti-Pornography||William Thompson||43||0.20||N/A|
|Christ, Crown, Country, Commonwealth, Christian Constitution||Ralph Herbert||37||0.17||N/A|
|Conservative||Christopher Samuel Tugendhat||14,350||51.7|
|Labour||Phil J Turner||8,589||31.0|
|National Front||D Baxter||686||2.5|
|Conservative||Christopher Samuel Tugendhat||16,945||53.2|
|Labour||Phil J Turner||8,698||27.3|
|Independent Conservative||CD Wertheim||134||0.4|
Named from 1950 to 1970 Cities of London and Westminster
|Conservative||Christopher Samuel Tugendhat||19,102||59.4|
|Liberal||David A Nicholson||2,708||8.4|
|Independent - Anti-Labour||Dr. Willoughby A Clark||157||0.5|
|Independent - Young Ideas||Lord Sutch||157||0.4|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||John Lindsay Eric Smith||19,242||54.7|
|Labour||Alexander J S Pringle||12,349||35.1|
|Liberal||Thomas P M Houston||3,576||10.2|
|Conservative||John Lindsay Eric Smith||15,037||59.33||+1.16|
|Labour||Alexander J S Pringle||8,300||32.86||+2.28|
|Speaker||Harry Braustyn Hylton Hylton-Foster||21,588||58.37|
|Labour||Ronald G Wallace||11,309||30.58|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Harry Braustyn Hylton Hylton-Foster||27,489||65.1|
|Conservative||William Harold Webbe||31,314||70.2|
|Labour||Dennis J Nisbet||13,270||29.8|
|Conservative||William Harold Webbe||35,275||66.8|
|Labour||Hugh F Sutherland||17,527||33.2|
|Conservative||William Harold Webbe||32,672||61.6|
|Labour||John Lewis Curthoys||14,849||28.0|
|Liberal||Dr Jacob Arthur Gorsky||4,670||8.8|
|Communist||Gabriel "Bill" Carritt||888||1.7|
Notes and references
- "Cities of London and Westminster: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Electorate Figures". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Whether the City of London returned one or two members was left for the decision of Parliament.
- "Initial Report of the Boundary Commission for England", Cmd. 7260, p. 4.
- "Initial Report of the Boundary Commission for England", Cmd. 7260, p. 33.
- "Redistribution of Seats". The Times. 16 February 1948. p. 4.
- "Proposals For New Seats". The Times. 14 June 1948. p. 4.
- HC Debs 5ser vol 452 col 326.
- "Boundary Commission for England", First Periodical Report, Cmd. 9311, p. 25.
- "Boundary Commission for England", Second Periodical Report, Cmnd. 4084, pp. 26-27.
- "Boundary Commission for England", Third Periodical Report, Cmnd. 8797-I, pp. 37–8.
- "Boundary Commission for England", Fourth Periodical Report, HC 433-i of session 1994-95, pp. 38-45.
- "Boundary Commission for England", Fifth Periodical Report, Cm 7032-I, pp. 42–51.
- Brannen, Aimee (13 September 2011). "Islington parliamentary boundaries could change". Islington Gazette.
- Eysenck, Juliet (13 September 2011). "Boundary changes to affect Westminster". Westminster Chronicle.
- White, Isobel; Johnston, Neil (4 February 2013). "Constituency boundaries: the Sixth General Review in England" (PDF). House of Commons Library. p. 13.
- "Draft Recommendations: Electoral Areas for the Assembly of the Greater London Authority" (PDF). Local Government Commission for England. August 1998. paragraph 73.
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- "Cities of London and Westminster 1950-1974". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "City of London and Westminster South 1974-1997". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Cities of London and Westminster 1997-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "7 May 2015 - UK general election". Westminster City Council. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- total electorate 60,992 source Westminster Council email 3Aug15
- "CPA Candidates for the General Election". Christian Peoples Alliance. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Notice of Poll - Cities of London and Westminster Westminster City Council, 20 April 2010
- constituency renamed 'City of London and Westminster South' in 1974
- constituency renamed 'Cities of London and Westminster' in 1997
- nomis Constituency Profile for Cities of London and Westminster — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.
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