Lewisham East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lewisham East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lewisham East in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 65,508 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of parliament Heidi Alexander (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Lewisham North and Lewisham South
19181950
Replaced by Lewisham North and Lewisham South
Created from Lewisham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Lewisham East is a parliamentary constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Heidi Alexander of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

Lewisham East was created for the 1918 general election. From 1945-1950 the seat was represented by serving cabinet minister Herbert Morrison (Lab), winning the seat against its first MP, a Conservative, former army officer, Assheton Pownall.

The seat was abolished in 1950 but recreated in 1974. From 1979 to 1997 the MP elected won by marginal majorities. Its 1983–1992 representation was by Minister for Sport Colin Moynihan (Con). The area since the 1997 General Election has swung to Labour reflecting for example, 2014, local results.[2] The seat produced the 51st largest Labour share of votes in 2015, of the 650 constituencies.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

The skyline of the northern ward features a large green fronted by many period townhouses and mid-rise mansion blocks of flats
Milford Tower above a community multi-storey car park
Remaining council housing and where sold under the Right to Buy, cheap apartments, in a more welfare-dependent part of the seat

This is a set of neighbourhoods in the inner London Borough of Lewisham, stretching from the relatively affluent and physically higher former village of Blackheath that overall has much more in common with the leafier parts of Greenwich than neighbouring Lewisham - the north and east of the more widely defined prominence is entirely in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.[4] The other wards to the south have more social housing and less architectural grandeur — incidence of social deprivation is highest approaching downtown Lewisham and the Rushey Green side of Catford,[5] a low-to-middle income area which opened one of the first indoor shopping malls in England.

At the southern end of the seat is Grove Park, one of the quieter and more upmarket parts of Lewisham Borough, which, unlike the rest of Lewisham, has had a quite regular tendency to elect Conservative councillors. A minority of wards are becoming higher-than-London-average income and the same in respect of age, to form gradual Conservative targets for local elections. Nonetheless the incumbent Labour MP increased her majority further in 2015 - echoing council results of the previous year.

Boundaries[edit]

Lewisham East in London 1918–49
Borough wards' map, 1916 (which includes the 1918-created seat and that to the west)

1918–1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham wards of Blackheath, Church, Lewisham Park, Manor, and South, and parts of the wards of Catford and Lewisham Village.

1974–1983: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Blackheath and Lewisham Village, Grove Park, Lewisham Park, Manor Lee, St Andrew, St Mildred Lee, South Lee, Southend, and Whitefoot.

1983–2010: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Blackheath, Churchdown, Downham, Grove Park, Hither Green, Manor Lee, St Margaret, St Mildred, and Whitefoot.

2010–present: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Blackheath, Catford South, Downham, Grove Park, Lee Green, Rushey Green, and Whitefoot.

The new wards and boundaries of the Lewisham East UK Parliament constituency (red) shown within the London Borough of Lewisham (yellow)

The 2010 redistribution created a replacement seat for Lewisham West, this time cross-borough and named Lewisham West and Penge, which meant consequential changes to the other seats in the borough.

  • Lewisham East received:
    • Catford South, and parts of Rushey Green and Whitefoot wards from the former constituency of Lewisham West.
    • Part of Rushey Green from Lewisham, Deptford
  • Lewisham East lost:
    • Part of Lewisham Central to Lewisham, Deptford.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1918 Assheton Pownall Conservative
1945 Herbert Morrison Labour
1950 constituency abolished
Feb 1974 constituency recreated
Feb 1974 Roland Moyle Labour
1983 Colin Moynihan Conservative
1992 Bridget Prentice Labour
2010 Heidi Alexander Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Lewisham East[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Heidi Alexander 32,072 67.95 +12.3
Conservative Peter Fortune 10,859 23.01 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Emily Frith 2,086 4.42 -1.3
Green Störm Poorun 803 1.70 -4.0
UKIP Keith Forster 798 1.69 -7.4
Independent Willow Winston 355 0.75 N/A
Christian Peoples Maureen Martin 228 0.48 -0.2
Majority 21,123 44.8 +11.4
Turnout 47,201 69.3 +5.2
Labour hold Swing +5.8
General Election 2015: Lewisham East[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Heidi Alexander 23,907 55.7 +12.6
Conservative Peter Fortune 9,574 22.3 -1.3
UKIP Anne Waters 3,886 9.1 +7.2
Liberal Democrat Julia Fletcher 2,455 5.7 -22.4
Green Störm Poorun 2,429 5.7 +4.2
People Before Profit Nick Long 390 0.9 +0.1
Christian Peoples Maureen Martin 282 0.7 N/A
Majority 14,333 33.4 +18.5
Turnout 42,923 64.1 +0.8
Labour hold Swing +6.9
General Election 2010: Lewisham East[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Heidi Alexander 17,966 43.1 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Pete Pattisson 11,750 28.2 +6.4
Conservative Jonathan Clamp 9,850 23.6 −0.7
UKIP Roderick Reed 771 1.8 −0.4
Green Priscilla Cotterell 624 1.5 −2.7
English Democrat James Rose 426 1.0 N/A
People Before Profit George Hallam 332 0.8 N/A
Majority 6,216 14.9 -6.8
Turnout 41,719 63.3 +8.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Lewisham East[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Prentice 14,263 45.8 −7.9
Conservative James Cleverly 7,512 24.1 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Richard Thomas 6,787 21.8 +5.4
Green Anna Baker 1,243 4.0 N/A
UKIP Arnold Tarling 697 2.2 +1.0
National Front Bernard Franklin 625 2.0 N/A
Majority 6,751 21.7 -8.2
Turnout 31,127 52.6 −0.5
Labour hold Swing −4.1
General Election 2001: Lewisham East[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Prentice 16,160 53.7 -4.6
Conservative David McInnes 7,157 23.8 -2.1
Liberal Democrat David Buxton 4,937 16.4 +5.2
BNP Barry Roberts 1,005 3.3 N/A
Socialist Alliance Jean Kysow 464 1.5 N/A
UKIP Maurice Link 361 1.2 N/A
Majority 9,003 29.9 -2.52
Turnout 30,084 53.1 -13.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Lewisham East[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Prentice 21,821 58.3 +12.9
Conservative Philip Hollobone 9,694 25.9 -17.0
Liberal Democrat David Buxton 4,178 11.2 -0.1
Referendum Spencer Drury 910 2.4 N/A
National Front Robert Croucher 431 1.2 N/A
Liberal Peter White 277 0.7 N/A
Independent K Rizz 97 0.26 N/A
Majority 12,127 32.42 +29.92
Turnout 37,410 66.41 -8.37
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Lewisham East[18] [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Prentice 19,576 45.4
Conservative Colin Moynihan 18,481 42.9
Liberal Democrat Julian Hawkins 4,877 11.3
Natural Law Gilda Mansour 196 0.5
Majority 1,095 2.5
Turnout 43,128 74.78
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Lewisham East[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Moynihan 19,873 45.11
Labour Michael Profitt 15,059 34.2
Social Democratic Vivienne Stone 9,118 20.70
Majority 4,814 10.9
Turnout 44,052 73.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Lewisham East[22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Moynihan 17,168 40.36
Labour Roland Moyle 15,259 35.87
Social Democratic Polly Toynbee 9,351 21.98
BNP Richard Edmonds 288 0.68
Ecology Alan Hassard 270 0.63
Communist G Roberts 135 0.32
Workers Revolutionary P Gibson 71 0.17
Majority 1,909 4.49
Turnout 42,538 69.49
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Lewisham East[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roland Moyle 22,916 45.96
Conservative Humfrey Malins 21,323 42.76
Liberal J Forrest 4,265 8.55
National Front M Ellis 1,168 2.34
Workers Revolutionary H Harewood 190 0.38
Majority 1,593 3.19
Turnout 49,863 74.35
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Lewisham East[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roland Moyle 24,350 50.92
Conservative D Mahony 15,398 32.20
Liberal M Minter 8,069 16.87
Majority 8,952 18.72
Turnout 47,815 68.76
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Lewisham East[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roland Moyle 24,339 45.59
Conservative John Marshall 18,033 33.78
Liberal M Minter 10,543 19.75
Independent C Carey 269 0.5
New Freedom Frank Hansford-Miller 203 0.38
Majority 6,306 11.81
Turnout 53,389 77.53
Labour hold Swing

Election in 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Lewisham East[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Herbert Morrison 37,361 61.82
Conservative Assheton Pownall 22,142 36.64
Independent F Russell 931 1.54
Majority 15,219 25.18
Turnout 60,434 76.19
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Assheton Pownall 32,874 55.44
Labour Freda Corbet 25,425 44.56
Majority 6,449 10.88
Turnout 68.02
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Assheton Pownall 41,354 66.87
Labour John Wilmot 20,485 33.13
Majority 20,869 33.75
Turnout 74.86
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1920s[edit]

Sir E. Penton
General Election 1929: Lewisham East [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Assheton Pownall 23,208 42.4 −21.2
Labour John Wilmot 22,806 41.7 +5.3
Liberal Edward Penton 8,729 15.9 N/A
Majority 402 0.7 −26.5
Turnout 54,743 71.5 −3.4
Registered electors 76,562
Unionist hold Swing −13.25
General Election 1924: Lewisham East [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Assheton Pownall 23,842 63.6 +19.2
Labour John Wilmot 13,621 31.4 +5.0
Majority 10,221 27.2 +14.2
Turnout 37,463 74.9 +12.3
Registered electors 50,019
Unionist hold Swing +7.1
General Election 1923: Lewisham East [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Assheton Pownall 13,560 44.4 -13.2
Labour Ernest Wesley Wilton 9,604 31.4 +2.5
Liberal Edward Penton 7,397 24.2 +10.7
Majority 3,956 13.0 -15.7
Turnout 30,561 62.6 -1.4
Registered electors 48,812
Unionist hold Swing -7.8
General Election 1922: Lewisham East [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Assheton Pownall 16,726 57.6 N/A
Labour Ernest Wesley Wilton 8,402 28.9 N/A
Liberal JCL Zorn 3,906 13.5 N/A
Majority 8,324 28.7 N/A
Turnout 29,034 64.0 N/A
Registered electors 45,377
Unionist hold Swing N/A

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1922: Lewisham East [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Assheton Pownall Unopposed N/A N/A
Unionist 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
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ In 2014 Labour won a landslide victory at the local council elections; Liberal Democrats lost all ten seats and the sole Conservative left lost; Steve Bullock (Lab) was re-elected as Lewisham's directly-elected Mayor, having won the office since its inception in 2002.
  3. ^ General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
  4. ^ Detailed Map of Blackheath Ordnance survey website
  5. ^ 2001 Census including the 2000-compiled Index of Multiple Deprivation and more recent indicators
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Lewisham East parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Local election results London Borough of Lewisham, 27 July 2015
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14000787
  12. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/217756E9-5DCC-45EF-828B-3939C12CBFEA/0/LewishamEastSOPNNOP.pdf
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/057.htm
  18. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge92/i13.htm
  20. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge87/i13.htm
  22. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  23. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge83/i13.htm
  24. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge79/i13.htm
  25. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge74b/i13.htm
  26. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge74a/i13.htm
  27. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge45/i12.htm
  28. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  • Iain Dale, ed. (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945.