Eltham (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Eltham in Greater London.
|Electorate||63,059 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Clive Efford (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Woolwich West|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
1983-1997: The London Borough of Greenwich wards of Avery Hill, Coldharbour, Deansfield, Eltham Park, Herbert, Middle Park, New Eltham, Nightingale, Palace, Sherard, Sutcliffe, Tarn, and Well Hall.
1997-2010: The London Borough of Greenwich wards of Avery Hill, Coldharbour, Deansfield, Eltham Park, Herbert, Middle Park, New Eltham, Palace, Plumstead Common, Sherard, Shrewsbury, Slade, Sutcliffe, Tarn, and Well Hall.
2010–present: The London Borough of Greenwich wards of Coldharbour and New Eltham, Eltham North, Eltham South, Eltham West, Kidbrooke with Hornfair, Middle Park and Sutcliffe, and Shooters Hill.
The seat is bordered by the constituencies of:
- Bromley and Chislehurst
- Erith and Thamesmead
- Greenwich and Woolwich
- Lewisham East
- Old Bexley and Sidcup
Eltham is famous as being the birthplace of American-raised comedian and Hollywood film star Bob Hope. Shooters Hill and Blackheath presents open green and well-planted parkland with many residential locations that also share in impressive views over Canary Wharf commercial district of London. Eltham itself has a short, winding and typical high street, and is bypassed however by a main Road (the A20).
The seat was held by high profile Tory Peter Bottomley for over two decades (as Woolwich West and then Eltham) before Labour gained the seat in 1997. After fairly comfortable victories then and in 2001, the Labour majority decreased quite significantly in 2005, though Labour were able to resist some of the national swing against the party in 2010 to hold the seat.
Most of Eltham itself is Conservative, but Eltham West and the remaining wards in the seat are inclined to Labour. Conservative support has tended to be strongest in the south (on the Bromley borders), where there are more owner-occupied houses and the area is more middle-class. Labour has fared well in the northern areas of the constituency towards Greenwich, and in areas such as Shooters Hill and Well Hall.
The Eltham Conservative Association became the first in London to select a prospective parliamentary candidate by means of an open primary election where any voter on the electoral roll was entitled to attend and vote. David Gold (PPC Brighton Pavilion 2001) defeated Jackie Doyle-Price (PPC Sheffield Hillsborough 2005) and Eric Ollerenshaw (former Greater London Assembly member) by winning more than 50% of the ballot in the first round at a meeting chaired by Michael Portillo on 31 July 2006 at the Bob Hope Theatre. Approximately 140 people turned up for the open primary meeting.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Cunliffe||1,308||3.0||−9.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Steven Toole||5,299||12.6||−4.7|
|English Democrats||Mike Tibby||217||0.5||N/A|
|Independent||Andrew James Graham||104||0.2||−0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Gerrard||5,669||16.1||+3.9|
|Independent||Andrew James Graham||147||0.4||−0.3|
|Conservative||Sharon Marina Massey||10,859||32.1||+0.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Martin Morris||4,121||12.2||+3.7|
|UKIP||Terrence Frederick Jones||706||2.1||N/A|
|Independent||Andrew James Graham||251||0.7||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Clive D Blackwood||13,528||31.2||-14.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Amanda J Taylor||3,701||8.5||−3.2|
|Referendum||Matthew D Clark||1,414||3.3||N/A|
|BNP||William A Hitches||491||1.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher P McGinty||4,804||11.7||−8.8|
|Independent||Andrew James Graham||165||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||Rees David Vaughan||13,292||32.0||+2.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward John Randall||8,542||20.5||−1.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward John Randall||9,030||22.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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- Politics of Greenwich
- Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Greenwich London Borough Council
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