Eltham (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Eltham in Greater London.
|Electorate||64,474 (June 2017)|
|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: As above less Nightingale, plus Plumstead Common, Shrewsbury, and Slade.
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 itself has a short, winding and typical high street, which is bypassed by a largely grade-segregated arterial road (the A2 (lined with narrow buffer areas). Most central and southern wards have tended in local elections since 1997 to elect Conservative councillors whereas the other wards are inclined to Labour such as West Eltham. The former areas have more owner-occupied houses and are more middle-class. Labour has fared well in the same period in the northern areas of the constituency towards Greenwich, and in areas such as Shooters Hill and Well Hall with the exception of the conservation area parts of Blackheath adding to one ward.
- Summary of results
The 2015 result gave the seat the 28th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.
The seat was held by high-profile Tory Peter Bottomley from its inception in 1983. Bottomley had been the MP for abolished Woolwich West before 1983. Labour's Clive Efford gained the seat in 1997, the first Eltham election in which Bottomley did not stand. After a further absolute majority in 2001, Efford's majority decreased in 2005; he resisted some national swing against the party in 2010 to hold the seat.
- Opposition since 1997
Conservative and UKIP candidates won more than 5% of the vote in 2015 therefore kept their deposits. Conservative Drury fell 6.2% short of winning the seat in 2015; in 2017, however, Efford more than doubled his margin to 6,296, Labour's largest majority in the seat since 1997.
- First use of open primaries in London
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 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 attended the open primary.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||David Hall-Matthews||1,457||3.2||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Cunliffe||1,308||3.0||−9.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Steven Toole||5,299||12.6||−4.7|
|English Democrat||Mike Tibby||217||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Gerrard||5,669||16.1||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Martin Morris||4,121||12.2||+3.7|
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|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater London
- Politics of Greenwich
- Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Greenwich London Borough Council
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