Ilford South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ilford South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Ilford South in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 86,401 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Ilford
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of parliament Mike Gapes (Labour Co-operative)
Number of members One
Created from Ilford
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Ilford South is a constituency[n 1] created in 1945 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1992 by Mike Gapes of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The area comprising the seat since 1997 is denser than Ilford North and has similar population density to neighbouring seats to the south and west closer to central London. The most common housing kind by a large margin is terraced housing in the boundaries as drawn. The town of Ilford and most outlying areas are well connected by either London Underground stations or tube stations to central London and an arterial road route cuts through the area, partially segregated from adjoining buildings. Before 1900 Ilford was a market town with few commuters a situation which has changed significantly during the following century — much housing was built to rehouse people from the formerly smaller East End of London which covers a wide area to the immediate west; this urbanisation of the area was completed as part of a 20 year housing expansion in the area following the damage caused in the London Blitz.

Political history

This constituency was created in 1945. The current MP since 1992, Mike Gapes, is the fourth Labour Party MP, each of whose tenures was interspersed or preceded by one of a Conservative MP serving the area.

The 2015 result made the seat the 38th safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2] The narrowest result since 1997 (inclusive) was in 2005 at a majority of 21.6%; the 2015 majority is the greatest in this period at 38.1%

Boundaries[edit]

Ilford South in Essex, showing boundaries used from 1945 to 1950.

1945-1950: The Municipal Borough of Ilford wards of Clementswood, Cranbrook, Goodmayes, Loxford, and Park.

1950-1974: The Municipal Borough of Ilford wards of Clementswood, Cranbrook, Goodmayes, Loxford, Mayfield, and Park.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Redbridge wards of Clementswood, Cranbrook, Goodmayes, Ilford, Mayfield, and Park.

1983-1997: As above substituting Ilford and Park with reshaped wards Loxford, Newbury, and Valentines.

1997-present: As above plus Chadwell, and Seven King

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1945 Jim Ranger Labour
1950 Albert Cooper Conservative
1966 Arnold Shaw Labour
1970 Albert Cooper Conservative
Feb 1974 Arnold Shaw Labour
1979 Neil Thorne Conservative
1992 Mike Gapes Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Ilford South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Mike Gapes[5] 33,232 64.0 +14.6
Conservative Christopher Chapman 13,455 25.9 −1.5
UKIP Amjad Khan[6] 2,705 5.2 +3.0
Green RoseMary Warrington[7] 1,506 2.9 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Ashburn Holder 1,014 2.0 −15.0
Majority 19,777 38.1 +16.0
Turnout 51,912 56.4 −1.6
Labour hold Swing +8.1
General Election 2010: Ilford South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Mike Gapes 25,311 49.4 +0.6
Conservative Toby Boutle 14,014 27.4 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Anood Al-Samerai 8,679 17.0 −3.6
Green Wilson Chowdhry 1,319 2.6 N/A
UKIP Terry Murray 1,132 2.2 +0.6
Save King George Hospital John Jestico 746 1.5 N/A
Majority 11,297 22.1 −0.5
Turnout 51,201 58.0 +4.4
Labour Co-op hold Swing +0.2

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Mike Gapes 20,856 48.9 −10.7
Conservative Stephen Metcalfe 11,628 27.2 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Matthew E. Lake 8,761 20.5 +9.2
British Public Party Kashif Rana 763 1.8 +1.8
UKIP Colin H. Taylor 685 1.6 −1.8
Majority 9,228 21.6
Turnout 42,693 53.6 −0.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing −6.1
General Election 2001: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Mike Gapes 24,619 59.6 +1.1
Conservative Suresh Kumar 10,622 25.7 −4.4
Liberal Democrat Ralph John Scott 4,647 11.3 +5.0
UKIP Harun Khan 1,407 3.4 N/A
Majority 13,997 33.9
Turnout 41,295 54.3 −15.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Mike Gapes 29,273 58.5 +13.5
Conservative Neil Thorne 15,073 30.1 −14.3
Liberal Democrat Miss Aina Khan 3,152 6.3 −3.3
Referendum David Hodges 1,073 2.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Bruce G. Ramsey 868 1.7 N/A
BNP Aron Owens 580 1.2 N/A
Majority 14,200 28.0
Turnout 50,019 70.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing +13.9
General Election 1992: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Mike Gapes 19,418 45.4 +7.9
Conservative Neil Thorne 19,016 44.4 −4.0
Liberal Democrat George G. Hogarth 4,126 9.6 −4.5
Natural Law Nandkishore Bramachari 269 0.6 N/A
Majority 402 0.9
Turnout 42,829 76.7
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing +6.0

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Neil Thorne 20,351 48.4 +2.9
Labour Kenneth Harry Jones 15,779 37.5 +3.1
Liberal Ralph John Scott 5,928 14.1 −5.4
Majority 4,572 10.9
Turnout 42,058 71.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Neil Thorne 18,672 45.5
Labour J.H. Hogben 14,106 34.4
Liberal Ralph John Scott 7,999 19.5
BNP R.A. Martin 235 0.6
Majority 4,566 11.1
Turnout 41,012 70.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Neil Thorne 19,290 46.8
Labour Arnold John Shaw 17,602 42.7
Liberal R.J.R. Scott 3,664 8.9
National Front T.C. Fitzgerald 636 1.5
Majority 1,688 4.1
Turnout 75.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election October 1974: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arnold John Shaw 17,538 44.71
Conservative Neil Thorne 15,789 40.25
Liberal E. Yates 5,734 14.62
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 169 0.43
Majority 1,749 4.46
Turnout 69.73
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arnold John Shaw 17,201 40.07
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 16,058 37.41
Liberal G. Wilson 9,666 22.52
Majority 1,143 2.66
Turnout 76.93
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1970: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 18,369 46.25
Labour Arnold John Shaw 17,087 43.03
Liberal Gerald Leslie Wilson 3,341 8.41
National Front Malcolm Eric Leslie Skeggs 727 1.83
Independent Michael Joseph Marks 190 0.48
Majority 1,282 3.23
Turnout 68.13
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arnold John Shaw 20,613 47.59
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 18,093 41.77
Liberal Miss Irene Watson 4,606 10.63
Majority 2,520 5.82
Turnout 76.93
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 18,352 42.13
Labour Arnold John Shaw 16,659 38.25
Liberal Peter McGregor 8,547 19.62
Majority 1,693 3.89
Turnout 75.01
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 23,876 50.50
Labour Gordon Johnson Borrie 16,569 35.05
Liberal Raymond V Netherclift 6,832 14.45
Majority 7,307 15.46
Turnout 77.91
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 27,292 56.73
Labour James Ranger 20,814 43.27
Majority 6,478 13.47
Turnout 75.32
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 30,177 54.75
Labour James Ranger 24,938 45.25
Majority 5,239 9.51
Turnout 82.66
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Edward Cooper 28,087 49.51
Labour James Ranger 23,558 41.53
Liberal Ronald Acott Hall 4,170 7.35
Communist D. Kelly 913 1.61
Majority 4,529 7.98
Turnout 85.37
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Ilford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Ranger 19,339 48.0 N/A
Conservative Edward John Boulton 14,633 36.3 N/A
Liberal Eric Arthur Holloway 6,322 15.7 N/A
Majority 4,706 11.7 N/A
Turnout 71.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References

Coordinates: 51°33′50″N 0°05′10″E / 51.564°N 0.086°E / 51.564; 0.086