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|
The constituency was created in 1974 from the former seats of Mitcham and Merton & Morden. 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). On defecting, he resigned his seat and sought re-election as an SDP MP, he was the only defector to have resigned his seat.
In the subsequent by-election held in May 1982 at the time of the Falklands War, Angela Rumbold of the Conservative Party was elected. This was the last time to date that a seat has been gained by a governing party in the UK at a by-election.[n 3] It was also the last time the Conservative Party would gain (as opposed to win) at a by-election until 22 May 2008 when Edward Timpson took Crewe and Nantwich.
At the 1997 General Election the seat was won by Labour and Siobhain McDonagh was elected as Member of Parliament. At the 2001, 2005 and 2010 General Elections, she was re-elected and her majority is 13,666 (31.2%) ahead of the next candidate, a Conservative, polling the 26th highest share of the vote for the party of the 631 seats contested.
1974-1983: The London Borough of Merton wards of Mitcham Central, Mitcham East, Mitcham North, Mitcham South, Mitcham West, Morden, and Ravensbury.
1983-2010: 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: The London Borough of Merton wards of Colliers Wood, Cricket Green, Figge's Marsh, Graveney, Lavender Fields, Longthornton, Lower Morden, Pollards Hill, Ravensbury, and St Helier.
The seat is broadly suburban, with terraced houses and low-rise estates 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. Despite the name of the seat, the area of the modern town centre around Morden tube station is actually in the neighbouring 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 with the rest of London 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 using the Thatcher Ministry's right to buy and significant dependence in certain areas on social housing.
The seat has swung further to Labour than any other in London and is the only seat to have a bigger Labour majority in 2015 than in their landslide 1997 victory.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Bruce Douglas-Mann||Labour|
|1982 by-election||Angela Rumbold||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Coman||1,378||3.1||−8.8|
|Christian Peoples||Des Coke||217||0.5||+0.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Coman||5,202||11.9||−2.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs. Jo A.E. Christie-Smith||5,583||14.0||+3.9|
|Green||Thomas Joseph Walsh||1,395||3.5||+1.1|
|Veritas||Adrian Kere James Roberts||286||0.7||N/A|
|Independent||Mrs. Rathy Alagaratnam||186||0.5||N/A|
|Conservative||Henry (Harry) Armstrong Allen Stokes||9,151||24.1||−5.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas Paul Harris||3,820||10.1||+2.5|
|Green||Thomas Joseph Walsh||926||2.4||+1.6|
|BNP||John Hutchyns Tyndall||642||1.7||+0.6|
|UKIP||Adrian Kere James Roberts||486||1.3||+1.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas Paul Harris||3,632||7.6||−1.6|
|Referendum||Peter J. Isaacs||810||1.7||N/A|
|BNP||Mrs. Linda Miller||521||1.1||N/A|
|Green||Thomas Joseph Walsh||415||0.9||−0.4|
|Independent||Krishnapillai Vaikunstha Vasan||144||0.3||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||+11.6|
|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|
|Conservative||David Anthony Harris||18,546||36.2||N/A|
|Liberal||P. C. Spratling||10,462||20.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
- 2001 Census
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