Erith and Thamesmead (UK Parliament constituency)
|Erith and Thamesmead|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Erith and Thamesmead in Greater London
|Electorate||69,718 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Abena Oppong-Asare (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Woolwich and Erith & Crayford|
Erith and Thamesmead (/ / ...) is a constituency created in 1997, and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Abena Oppong-Asare of the Labour Party. It covers the areas of Erith and Thamesmead in the southeast of Outer London by the River Thames near the border of Greater London and Kent.[n 1]
John Austin was the MP for this constituency from its creation for the 1997 general election until he stepped down at the 2010 election. The seat was then held for Labour by a local activist Teresa Pearce, who defeated the Conservatives candidate Colin Bloom, a councillor for Bickley Ward in Bromley.
2010 Labour selection controversy
In April 2009, an investigation took place into the tampering of ballot boxes and abuse of the postal vote system used for the selection of the prospective Labour candidate for Erith and Thamesmead. A rerun of the candidate selection ballot resulted in victory for Teresa Pearce.
1997–2010: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Belvedere, Erith, Northumberland Heath, and Thamesmead East, and the London Borough of Greenwich wards of Abbey Wood, Eynsham, Glyndon, Lakedale, St Nicholas, and Thamesmead Moorings.
2010–present: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Belvedere, Erith, Lesnes Abbey, Northumberland Heath, and Thamesmead East, and the London Borough of Greenwich wards of Abbey Wood, Plumstead, and Thamesmead Moorings.
The cross-border constituency of Erith and Thamesmead currently stretches from Plumstead, and Abbey Wood in the west, to Lesnes Heath, and Erith in the east. The Conservatives' strongest wards are in the Bexley part of the seat, in particular Northumberland Heath Ward. The remaining wards from Bexley and Greenwich have traditionally seen more support for the Labour Party, in both local and national elections. There is a significant demographic divide within the seat, with Northumberland Heath being over 85% white, and Truth and Belvedere are also predominantly white. However, Thamesmead and Plumstead have much more diverse populations, where no single ethnic group has more than half of the population.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that parts of Glyndon ward and Colyers ward be transferred from Erith and Thamesmead to the constituencies of Greenwich and Woolwich and Bexleyheath and Crayford respectively; that part of Plumstead ward be transferred to Erith and Thamesmead from Eltham; and that parts of Lesnes Abbey ward, Nothumberland Heath ward and Erith ward be transferred to Erith and Thamesmead from Bexleyheath and Crayford.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Brexit Party||Tom Bright||2,246||5.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Sam Webber||1,984||4.8||+3.1|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Richard Mitchell||272||0.7||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Waddington||750||1.7||-0.6|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Temi Olodu||243||0.5||-0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Waddington||972||2.3||−9.8|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Sidney Cordle||255||0.6||−0.3|
|English Democrat||Graham Moore||188||0.4||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Cunliffe||5,116||12.0||−0.8|
|English Democrat||Laurence Williams||465||1.1||+1.1|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Sidney Cordle||379||0.9||+0.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Conservative||Chris R. Bromby||8,983||23.9||−1.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Steven T. Toole||5,088||13.5||+2.1|
|UKIP||Barrie R. Thomas||1,477||3.9||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Barry Kempton||3,800||11.4||−0.6|
|Socialist Labour||Hardev Singh Dhillon||1,180||3.5||+3.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Alex H.C. Grigg||5,001||12.0||N/A|
|Referendum||John E. Flunder||1,394||3.4||N/A|
|BNP||Victor J. Dooley||718||1.7||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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