Harrow West (UK Parliament constituency)
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for the House of Commons
Boundary of Harrow West in Greater London.
|Electorate||69,135 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Gareth Thomas (Labour Co-op)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Harrow and Hendon|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Election results
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes and references
1945-1950: The Urban District of Harrow wards of Harrow on the Hill and Greenhill, Headstone, Pinner North, Pinner South, Roxeth, and West Harrow, and part of Harrow Weald ward.
1950-1955: The Urban District of Harrow wards of Pinner North, Pinner South, and Roxeth, and part of Harrow Weald ward.
1955-1983: The Urban District of Harrow wards of Pinner North, Pinner South, and Roxeth.
1983-2010: The London Borough of Harrow wards of Harrow on the Hill, Hatch End, Headstone North, Headstone South, Pinner, Pinner West, Rayners Lane, Ridgeway, Roxbourne, and Roxeth.
2010–present: The London Borough of Harrow wards of Greenhill, Harrow on the Hill, Headstone North, Headstone South, Marlborough, Rayners Lane, Roxbourne, Roxeth, and West Harrow.
The constituency was created for the first time at the 1945 General Election when the Harrow constituency was split into new seats of Harrow East and Harrow West. It was reduced in size for the 1950 General Election when a third Harrow seat, Harrow Central, was created. The Boundary Commission review before the 1983 General Election saw the London Borough of Harrow contained in two seats, resulting in Harrow West gaining parts of the abolished Harrow Central.
Unlike Harrow East, it had always been won by the Conservative Party until Labour's landslide in 1997 when a swing of 17.5% was the eighth highest swing in that election, and it was the safest Conservative seat to be lost to Labour. The constituency produced another better than average result for Labour in 2001 with a swing from Conservative to Labour of 5.4% or 5.5%, a pro-Labour swing bettered in only four seats and in 2005 a challenge by Mike Freer produced a pro-Conservative swing of 4.5%.
The area is known for the famous Harrow School and also includes Harrow town centre. Labour incumbent Tony McNulty lost the neighbouring Harrow East in 2010 to the Conservative Party, but Gareth Thomas retained his seat in Harrow West with a reduced majority.
Latest boundary review
Following their review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England have created a modified Harrow West constituency to reflect parts of Greater London where population has increased more. The western border district, town or neighbourhood of Pinner has been moved to a new constituency, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, making Harrow West based on 2005 ward voting statistics, and on local elections, a stronger Labour seat at the expense of the Conservatives than in 2005 — both two leading parties won fewer votes in 2010. Harrow West saw a notional swing in favour of the Conservative Party's Rachel Joyce of 5.7% in the election.
Members of Parliament
|1951||Sir Albert Braithwaite||Conservative|
|1960 by-election||Sir John Page||Conservative|
|1997||Gareth Thomas||Labour, then Labour Co-operative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Harrow West|
|Labour Co-op||Gareth Thomas||21,885||47.0||+3.3|
|UKIP||Mohammad Ali Bhatti||2,047||4.3||+2.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Noyce||1,567||3.3||−12.9|
|Independent||Kailash Shanker Trivedi||117||0.2||N/A|
|General Election 2010: Harrow West|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Noyce||7,458||16.2||−2.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Harrow West|
|Labour Co-op||Gareth Thomas||20,298||42.5||−7.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Noyce||8,188||17.1||+4.2|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−4.5|
|General Election 2001: Harrow West|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Noyce||5,995||12.9||−2.6|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Harrow West|
|Labour Co-op||Gareth Thomas||21,811||41.5||+19.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Pash Nandhra||8,127||15.5||−4.7|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||17.5|
|General Election 1992: Harrow West|
|Liberal Democrat||C. Noyce||11,050||20.17|
|Natural Law||J. Argyle||306||0.56|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Harrow West|
|Social Democratic||S.P. Bayliss||15,012||27.23|
|General Election 1983: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir John Page||28,056||53.03|
|Social Democratic||S.P. Bayliss||17,035||32.20|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir John Page||26,007||58.06|
|National Front||R. Bennett||646||1.44|
|General Election October 1974: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir John Page||21,924||51.99|
|General Election February 1974: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir John Page||23,950||51.55|
|General Election 1970: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Arthur John Page||24,867||59.53|
|Labour||Timothy P C Daniel||11,462||27.44|
|Liberal||Jeffrey F Smith||5,440||13.02|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Arthur John Page||22,660||53.13|
|Labour||Christopher Hubert Beaumont||12,313||28.87|
|Liberal||Harry Charles Seigal||7,676||18.00|
|General Election 1964: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Arthur John Page||23,132||53.91|
|Labour||Kenneth W Childerhouse||10,725||24.99|
|Liberal||Arnold Eric Bender||9,055||21.10|
|Harrow West by-election, 17 March 1960|
|Conservative||Arthur John Page||18,526||55.77||-15.15|
|New Conservative||John E. Dayton||1,560||4.70||N/A|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir Albert Newby Braithwaite||30,512||70.92|
|General Election 1955: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir Albert Newby Braithwaite||31,321||70.63|
|Labour||Richard Lawrence Leonard||13,024||29.37|
|General Election 1951: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Sir Albert Newby Braithwaite||26,549||67.47|
|Labour||Thomas Leslie Littlewood||12,802||32.53|
|Harrow West by-election, 1951|
|Conservative||Sir Albert Newby Braithwaite||22,826|
|Labour||Thomas Leslie Littlewood||8,877|
|General Election 1950: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Norman Adolph Henry Bower||23,744||58.54|
|Labour||Thomas Leslie Littlewood||11,971||29.51|
|Liberal||Philip Montague Syrett||4,846||11.95|
Election in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Harrow West|
|Conservative||Norman Adolph Henry Bower||28,617||49.85|
|Liberal||Hubert Winthrop Young||7,364||12.83|
|Common Wealth||Hugh McDowall Lawson||2,462||4.29|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- largest swings at each parliamentary election
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/election2010/results/constituency/c05.stm. Missing or empty
- Changes based upon 2005 notional results
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.