Lewisham West and Penge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lewisham West and Penge
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lewisham West and Penge in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 69,399 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Jim Dowd (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Lewisham West
European Parliament constituency London

Lewisham West and Penge is a constituency in Greater London created in 2010 and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its creation by Jim Dowd of the Labour Party.[n 1]


Following the adoption of the relevant part of the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies this constituency was born for 2010 uniting electoral wards for the national elected chamber's elections, General elections, from the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham. The greater electorate and area of the constituency is in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Political history

At the 2010 general election a strong Liberal Democrat challenge edged the Conservative candidate narrowly into third. The 2015 Liberal Democrat candidate moved into fifth position on results night.[2] The 2015 result made the seat the 106th safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat comprises the South-Western portion of Lewisham borough with the northwestern tip of Bromley borough. At the heart of the seat is Forest Hill, bisected by the route of the South Circular Road. Its ambit also includes some of the Crystal Palace hill (the park and site of the palace itself is on the intersection of five boroughs) and the nearby areas of Anerley, Penge and Sydenham.[4] The Guardian however positively summarised it in 2010 as "suburban south-east London, with a large Afro-Caribbean population."


The seat covers the following electoral wards: Bellingham; Forest Hill; Perry Vale; Sydenham (London Borough of Lewisham) and Clock House; Crystal Palace; Penge & Cator (London Borough of Bromley).

To create the new constituency the Boundary Commission for England transferred Perry Vale ward, Bellingham ward, Forest Hill ward, and Sydenham ward from the former Lewisham West constituency. Clock House ward, Crystal Palace ward, and Penge and Cator ward were transferred from Beckenham constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 Jim Dowd Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Lewisham West and Penge[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Dowd 24,347 50.6 +9.5
Conservative Russell Jackson 11,633 24.2 -1.3
Green Tom Chance 4,077 8.5 +6.4
UKIP Gary Harding 3,764 7.8 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Alex Feakes 3,709 7.7 -20.4
TUSC Martin Powell-Davies 391 0.8 N/A
Independent David Hansom 160 0.3 N/A
Liberty GB Dr George Whale 84 0.1 N/A
Majority 12,714 26.4 +13.5
Turnout 48,125 66.6 +1.4
Labour hold Swing +5.4
General Election 2010: Lewisham West and Penge[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Dowd[n 2] 18,501 41.1 −5.2[n 3]
Liberal Democrat Alex Feakes 12,673 28.1 +1.0
Conservative Chris Phillips 11,489 25.5 +3.9
UKIP Peter Staveley 1,117 2.5 −0.1
Green Romayne Phoenix 931 2.1 −0.3
Christian Peoples Stephen Hammond 317 0.7 N/A
Majority 5,828 12.9 −6.2
Turnout 45,028 65.2 +7.8
Labour hold Swing −3.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Served as MP for Lewisham West in the 2005–2010 Parliament
  3. ^ swing and change percentages based on notional results following boundary changes

Coordinates: 51°26′N 0°03′W / 51.43°N 0.05°W / 51.43; -0.05