Mitcham and Morden (UK Parliament constituency)
|Mitcham and Morden|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Mitcham and Morden in Greater London.
|Electorate||67,074 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Morden and Merton|
|Member of parliament||Siobhain McDonagh (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
Merton & Morden
|European Parliament constituency||London|
Between 1974 and 1982 it was represented by Bruce Douglas-Mann who was elected as a Labour MP but defected in 1982 to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Douglas-Mann was the sole SDP defector to resign his seat; he sought immediate re-election.
In the by-election Douglas-Mann triggered in May 1982, during the Falklands War, Angela Rumbold (Con) was elected. Rumbold's gain was the last time the Conservative Party would gain (as opposed to win) at a by-election until 22 May 2008 when Edward Timpson won the Crewe and Nantwich by-election.
At the 1997 General Election the seat was won by the Labour Party's Siobhain McDonagh. At the 2001, 2005 and 2010 General Elections, she was re-elected, in the latter election polling the 26th highest share of the vote for the party of the 631 seats contested.
The 2015 re-election of McDonagh made the seat the 41st safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority and 14th safest in the capital. The seat is one of the capital's two seats in which its majority in 2015 surpassed the Labour Party's landslide 1997 victory (the other being Ilford South).
1974-1983: The London Borough of Merton wards Mitcham Central, Mitcham East, Mitcham North, Mitcham South, Mitcham West, Morden, and Ravensbury.
1983-2010: Upon redrawing of most of the local government wards, the London Borough of Merton wards of Colliers Wood, Figge's Marsh, Graveney, Lavender, Longthornton, Lower Morden, Phipps Bridge, Pollards Hill, Ravensbury, and St Helier.
2010–present: As above plus Cricket Green ward, minus Phipps Bridge
The seat is relatively dense suburban — predominantly the housing divides into terraced houses and low-rise apartments in southern parts of Tooting and Streatham at the northern end of the seat. In the south-west of the constituency is the most affluent part, Lower Morden. The name Mitcham and Morden is a partial misnomer — the area of the modern town centre around Morden tube station is in the Wimbledon constituency.
In the middle, the former coaching stop town of Mitcham with its ancient cricket green retains some village-like characteristics and had relatively poor transport connections during the seat's tenure until the building of the Croydon Tramlink. In the 20th century, Mitcham became surrounded by modern council housing and light industry. Housing varies between the large rented sector, privately acquired properties much of which due to the Thatcher Ministry-introduced right to buy and significant dependence in certain areas on social housing.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Bruce Douglas-Mann||Labour|
|1982 by-election||Angela Rumbold||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Claire Mathys||1,494||3.1||+0.1|
|Christian Peoples||Des Coke||223||0.5||+0.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Coman||1,378||3.1||−8.8|
|Christian Peoples||Des Coke||217||0.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Coman||5,202||11.9||−2.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Jo A.E. Christie-Smith||5,583||14.0||+3.9|
|Conservative||Henry (Harry) Stokes||9,151||24.1||−5.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas Harris||3,820||10.1||+2.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas Harris||3,632||7.6||−1.6|
|Referendum||Peter J. Isaacs||810||1.7||N/A|
|UKIP||John R. Barrett||117||0.2||N/A|
|Anti-Corruption||Nigel T.V. Dixon||80||0.2||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||-16.0|
|Liberal Democrat||John C. Field||4,687||9.2||−7.5|
|Green||Thomas J. Walsh||655||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Bruce Douglas-Mann||7,930||16.6||−10.8|
|Social Democratic||Bruce Douglas-Mann||12,720||27.4||N/A|
|National Front||J.R. Perryman||539||1.2||−0.8|
|Social Democratic||Bruce Douglas-Mann||9,032||29.4||N/A|
|National Front||Joseph Pearce||547||1.8||−0.2|
|Independent Liberal||Edward Larkin||123||0.4||N/A|
|Ethnic Minority Candidate||Roy Sawh||84||0.3||N/A|
|Democratic Monarchist||Bill Boaks||66||0.2||N/A|
|Computer Democrat||Christopher Farnsworth||18||0.0||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+10.2|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||J. Perryman||966||2.0||N/A|
|Air Road Public Safety White Resident||Bill Boaks||68||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal||P. C. Spratling||10,462||20.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- 2001 Census
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