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.
CountyGreater London
Electorate65,508 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created1974 (1974)
Member of parliamentJanet Daby (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromLewisham North and Lewisham South
19181950
Replaced byLewisham North and Lewisham South
Created fromLewisham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyLondon

Lewisham East is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since the by-election on 14 June 2018 by Janet Daby of the Labour Party.[2]

History[edit]

Lewisham East was created for the 1918 general election. From 1945 to 1950 the seat was represented by cabinet minister Herbert Morrison of the Labour Party, who took the seat from its first MP, Conservative Assheton Pownall, a former army officer.

The seat was abolished in 1950 but recreated in 1974. From 1979 to 1997 the constituency was a marginal seat. The MP from 1983 to 1992 was Minister for Sport Colin Moynihan (Conservative). Since the 1997 general election the seat has swung towards Labour; in 2014 Labour won a landslide victory at the local council elections, with the Liberal Democrats losing ten seats and the Conservatives losing their only remaining councillor, while Steve Bullock was re-elected as the directly-elected Mayor of Lewisham, having held the office since its creation in 2002. Lewisham East had the 51st largest Labour vote share in the country at the 2015 election, out of 650 constituencies.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

The northern ward features a large heath fronted by period townhouses and mid-rise mansion blocks of flats
Milford Tower above a community multi-storey car park
Milford Tower, Catford, a deprived area of the constituency

The constituency stretches from Blackheath, which has more in common with the more affluent areas of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (which contains the north and east parts of Blackheath)[4] to the wards to the south of the constituency which contain more social housing and less architectural grandeur. Incidence of social deprivation is highest towards downtown Lewisham and the Rushey Green area of Catford,[5] a low-to-middle income area which was home to one of the first indoor shopping malls in England.

At the southern end of the constituency is Grove Park, one of the quieter and more prosperous parts of Lewisham, which is more marginal between Labour and the Conservatives than the rest of the borough. Some wards in the constituency are steadily increasing in average income and median age, and thus have become Conservative targets in local elections. Nonetheless, Labour MP Heidi Alexander increased her majority in 2015 and then again in 2017. In the by-election of 2018, the Labour vote fell from 68% to 50%.

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 constituency (red) shown within the London Borough of Lewisham (yellow)

The 2010 redrawing of boundaries replaced Lewisham West with a cross-borough constituency, Lewisham West and Penge, requiring 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
2018 by-election Janet Daby Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Lewisham East by-election, 2018[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Janet Daby 11,033 50.2 -17.7
Liberal Democrat Lucy Salek 5,404 24.6 +20.2
Conservative Ross Archer 3,161 14.4 -8.6
Green Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah 788 3.6 +1.9
Women's Equality Mandu Reid 506 2.3 N/A
UKIP David Kurten 380 1.7 +0.0
For Britain Anne Marie Waters 266 1.2 N/A
Christian Peoples Maureen Martin 168 0.8 +0.3
Monster Raving Loony Howling Laud Hope 93 0.4 N/A
Democrats and Veterans Massimo DiMambro 67 0.3 N/A
Libertarian Sean Finch 38 0.2 N/A
No description Charles Edward Carey 37 0.2 N/A
Radical Patrick Gray 20 0.1 N/A
Young People's Thomas Hall 18 0.1 N/A
Majority 5,629 25.6 -19.3
Turnout 22,056 33.3 -36.1
Registered electors 66,140
Labour hold Swing -19.0
General Election 2017: Lewisham East[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Heidi Alexander 32,072 67.9 +12.3
Conservative Peter Fortune 10,859 23.0 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Emily Frith 2,086 4.4 -1.3
Green Störm Poorun 803 1.7 -4.0
UKIP Keith Forster 798 1.6 -7.4
Independent Willow Winston 355 0.7 N/A
Christian Peoples Maureen Martin 228 0.4 -0.2
Majority 21,123 44.8 +11.4
Turnout 47,201 69.3 +5.2
Registered electors 68,124
Labour hold Swing +5.8
General Election 2015: Lewisham East[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Heidi Alexander 23,907 55.7 +12.6
Conservative Peter Fortune 9,574 22.3 -1.3
UKIP Anne Marie 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
Registered electors 66,913
Labour hold Swing +6.9
General Election 2010: Lewisham East[13][14]
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
Registered electors 65,926
Labour hold Swing -6.41

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Lewisham East[15]
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
Registered electors 55,269
Labour hold Swing −4.1
General Election 2001: Lewisham East[16]
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
Registered electors 56,657
Labour hold Swing -1.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Lewisham East[17][18]
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
Registered electors 56,333
Labour hold Swing +14.90
General Election 1992: Lewisham East[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Prentice 19,576 45.4 +11.2
Conservative Colin Moynihan 18,481 42.9 -2.21
Liberal Democrat Julian Hawkins 4,877 11.3 -9.4
Natural Law Gilda Mansour 196 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,095 2.5 N/A
Turnout 43,128 74.8 +0.9
Registered electors 57,674
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Lewisham East[21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Moynihan 19,873 45.11 +4.75
Labour Michael Profitt 15,059 34.20 -1.67
Social Democratic Vivienne Stone 9,118 20.70 -1.28
Majority 4,814 10.90 +6.41
Turnout 44,052 73.90 +4.41
Registered electors 59,627
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Lewisham East[23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Moynihan 17,168 40.36 -2.40
Labour Roland Moyle 15,259 35.87 -10.09
Social Democratic Polly Toynbee 9,351 21.98 N/A
BNP Richard Edmonds 288 0.68 N/A
Ecology Alan Hassard 270 0.63 N/A
Communist G Roberts 135 0.32 N/A
Workers Revolutionary P Gibson 71 0.17 -0.21
Majority 1,909 4.49 N/A
Turnout 42,538 69.49 -4.86
Registered electors 61,216
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Lewisham East[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roland Moyle 22,916 45.96 -4.96
Conservative Humfrey Malins 21,323 42.76 +10.56
Liberal J Forrest 4,265 8.55 -8.32
National Front M Ellis 1,168 2.34 N/A
Workers Revolutionary H Harewood 190 0.38 N/A
Majority 1,593 3.19 -15.53
Turnout 49,863 74.35 +5.59
Registered electors 67,066
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Lewisham East[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roland Moyle 24,350 50.92 +5.33
Conservative D Mahony 15,398 32.20 -1.58
Liberal M Minter 8,069 16.87 -2.88
Majority 8,952 18.72 +6.91
Turnout 47,815 68.76 -8.77
Registered electors 69,540
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Lewisham East[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roland Moyle 24,339 45.59 N/A
Conservative John Marshall 18,033 33.78 N/A
Liberal M Minter 10,543 19.75 N/A
Independent C Carey 269 0.5 N/A
New Freedom Frank Hansford-Miller 203 0.38 N/A
Majority 6,306 11.81 N/A
Turnout 53,389 77.53 N/A
Registered electors 68,863
Labour win (new seat)

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Lewisham East[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Herbert Morrison 37,361 61.82 +17.26
Conservative Assheton Pownall 22,142 36.64 -18.80
Independent F Russell 931 1.54 N/A
Majority 15,219 25.18 N/A
Turnout 60,434 76.19 +8.17
Registered electors 79,318
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Assheton Pownall 32,874 55.44 -11.43
Labour Freda Corbet 25,425 44.56 +11.43
Majority 6,449 10.88 -22.87
Turnout 58,299 68.02 -6.84
Registered electors 87,178
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Lewisham East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Assheton Pownall 41,354 66.87 +24.47
Labour John Wilmot 20,485 33.13 -8.57
Majority 20,869 33.75 +33.05
Turnout 61,839 74.86 +3.36
Registered electors 82,606
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Sir E. Penton
General Election 1929: Lewisham East [29]
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 [29]
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 [29]
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 [29]
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

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Lewisham East [29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Assheton Pownall Unopposed
Registered electors
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
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. ^ "Labour hold Lewisham East in by-election". BBC News. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Previous UK general elections". Electoral Commission. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Detailed Map of Blackheath". getamap.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance survey.
  5. ^ "2001 Census including the 2000-compiled Index of Multiple Deprivation and more recent indicators". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Gov.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)
  7. ^ "Lewisham East constituency by-election on 14 June 2018". Lewisham London Borough Council.
  8. ^ "Lewisham East parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  9. ^ Apostolova, Vyara; et al. (2017). General Election 2017: results and analysis (CBP 7979) (PDF) (2nd ed.). House of Commons Library.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Local election results] London Borough of Lewisham, 27 July 2015".
  12. ^ "Lewisham East parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "UK General Election results: May 1997". Politicsresources.net. 2 May 1997. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "UK General Election results: April 1992". Politicsresources.net. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  21. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  22. ^ "UK General Election results: June 1987". Politicsresources.net. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  23. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  24. ^ "UK General Election results: June 1983". Politicsresources.net. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  25. ^ "UK General Election results: May 1979". Politicsresources.net. 28 May 1979. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  26. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1974". Politicsresources.net. 10 October 1974. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  27. ^ "UK General Election results: February 1974". Politicsresources.net. 28 February 1974. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  28. ^ "UK General Election results: July 1945". Politicsresources.net. 5 July 1945. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  29. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dale, Iain, ed. (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico (reprint). ISBN 9781842750339.
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945. OCLC 669126329.

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