Lewisham East (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Lewisham East in Greater London.
|Electorate||65,508 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Heidi Alexander (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Lewisham North and Lewisham South|
|Replaced by||Lewisham North and Lewisham South|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
- 1 History
- 2 Constituency profile
- 3 Boundaries
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Election results
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
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. The seat produced the 51st largest Labour share of votes in 2015, of the 650 constituencies.
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. 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, 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.
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.
- 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
|Feb 1974||constituency recreated|
|Feb 1974||Roland Moyle||Labour|
Elections in 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Emily Frith||2,086||4.42||-1.3|
|Christian Peoples||Maureen Martin||228||0.48||-0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Julia Fletcher||2,455||5.7||-22.4|
|People Before Profit||Nick Long||390||0.9||+0.1|
|Christian Peoples||Maureen Martin||282||0.7||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Pete Pattisson||11,750||28.2||+6.4|
|English Democrat||James Rose||426||1.0||N/A|
|People Before Profit||George Hallam||332||0.8||N/A|
Elections in 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Thomas||6,787||21.8||+5.4|
|National Front||Bernard Franklin||625||2.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||David Buxton||4,937||16.4||+5.2|
|Socialist Alliance||Jean Kysow||464||1.5||N/A|
Elections in 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||David Buxton||4,178||11.2||-0.1|
|National Front||Robert Croucher||431||1.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Julian Hawkins||4,877||11.3|
|Natural Law||Gilda Mansour||196||0.5|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in 1980s
|Social Democratic||Vivienne Stone||9,118||20.70|
|Social Democratic||Polly Toynbee||9,351||21.98|
|Workers Revolutionary||P Gibson||71||0.17|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in 1970s
|National Front||M Ellis||1,168||2.34|
|Workers Revolutionary||H Harewood||190||0.38|
|New Freedom||Frank Hansford-Miller||203||0.38|
Election in 1940s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in 1930s
Elections in 1920s
|Labour||Ernest Wesley Wilton||9,604||31.4||+2.5|
|Labour||Ernest Wesley Wilton||8,402||28.9||N/A|
Election in the 1910s
|Unionist win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "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.
- 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.
- General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
- Detailed Map of Blackheath Ordnance survey website
- 2001 Census including the 2000-compiled Index of Multiple Deprivation and more recent indicators
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)
- "Lewisham East parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Local election results London Borough of Lewisham, 27 July 2015
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "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.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig