Putney (UK Parliament constituency)

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Putney
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Putney in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 62,153 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament Justine Greening (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Wandsworth
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Putney (Contemp. RP) /pʰʌtni/, (Cons. RP) /-nɪ/, (Est. Eng.) /pʰʌʔni/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by frontbencher Justine Greening of the Conservative Party.

The Putney constituency is usually among the earliest to return a result on many general election nights.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth wards of Putney and Southfields.

1950-1974: The Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth wards of Fairfield, Putney, and Southfields.

1983-2010: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of East Putney, Parkside, Roehampton, Southfields, Thamesfield, West Hill, and West Putney.

2010-present: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of East Putney, Roehampton, Southfields, Thamesfield, West Hill, and West Putney.

History[edit]

Putney in the Parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949
A map showing the wards of Wandsworth Metropolitan Borough as they appeared in 1916.
Putney in the Parliamentary County of London from 1950 to 1974

When created in 1918 officially as the Putney division of Wandsworth, the constituency was carved out of the former constituency of Wandsworth. The rest of the Wandsworth constituency was divided into Wandsworth Central, Balham and Tooting and Streatham. As across the country, the largely neglected[3] four-word name was officially abolished in 1983 on boundary alterations and replaced by the more commonplace shorthand, Putney.

Putney was held by former Conservative Secretary of State for National Heritage David Mellor from 1979 until 1997, when it was gained by Tony Colman for Labour. This received further media attention as it led to a verbal argument between Mellor and Referendum Party candidate Sir James Goldsmith, who held contrasting views on European integration, during Mellor's vote of thanks.

Putney is also of note for being the first Conservative gain on election night in 2005, when Justine Greening took back the seat from Labour on a two-party swing (Lab-Con) of 6.5%.

Constituency profile[edit]

Putney has long had many desirable properties of South-West London[4] with Southfields to the south and the River Thames to the north with Fulham lying across the river.

The majority of the area as in the 19th century is covered by mid-to-high income neighbourhoods[5] whereas the eastern boundary of the seat eating into Wandsworth town centre is more mixed, and Roehampton which has its University consists of, in terms of housing, by a small majority, a diverse council stock that owing to its cost has only fractionally been acquired under the Right to Buy — much of this ward remains in one form or another reliant on social housing.[5]

The local council is not a bellwether of who will win the Putney seat, and for a considerable time has imposed the lowest council tax in the country.[6] Between 1998 and 2005 Putney had a unique attribute of being the only seat in the country where every single component ward elected a full slate of Conservative councillors, yet the constituency had a Labour MP, Tony Colman.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party
1918 Samuel Samuel Coalition Conservative
1934 by-election Marcus Samuel Conservative
1942 by-election Sir Hugh Linstead Conservative
1964 Hugh Jenkins Labour
1979 David Mellor Conservative
1997 Tony Colman Labour
2005 Justine Greening Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Putney[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Justine Greening 23,018 53.8 +0.8
Labour Sheila Mary Boswell 12,838 30.0 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew James Hallett 2,717 6.3 −10.6
Green Christopher Edward Poole[10] 2,067 4.8 +3.4
UKIP Patricia Mary Ward 1,989 4.6 +3.5
Animal Welfare Guy Richard Dessoy 184 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,180 23.8 -0.8
Turnout 42,813 67.0 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.9
General Election 2010: Putney[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Justine Greening 21,223 53.0 +9.7
Labour Stuart King 11,170 27.4 -10.2
Liberal Democrat James Sandbach 6,907 16.9 +0.6
Green Bruce Mackenzie 591 1.4 -1.3
BNP Peter Darby 459 1.1 N/A
UKIP Hugo Wareham 435 1.1 +0.0
Majority 10,053 24.6 +19.8
Turnout 40,785 64.4 +4.9
Conservative hold Swing +9.95

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Putney[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Justine Greening 15,497 42.4 +4.0
Labour Tony Colman 13,731 37.5 -9.0
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Ambache 5,965 16.3 +2.7
Green Keith Magnum 993 2.7 N/A
UKIP Anthony Gahan 388 1.1 +0.1
Majority 1,766 4.8 N/A
Turnout 36,574 59.5 +3.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.50
General Election 2001: Putney[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Colman 15,911 46.5 +0.8
Conservative Michael Simpson 13,140 38.4 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Anthony Burrett 4,671 13.6 +2.9
UKIP Pat Wild 347 1.0 +0.5
ProLife Alliance Yvonne Windsor 185 0.5 N/A
Majority 2,771 8.1 +1.3
Turnout 34,254 56.5 -16.8
Labour hold Swing +0.65

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Putney[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Colman 20,084 45.6 +9.0
Conservative David Mellor 17,108 38.9 -13.3
Liberal Democrat Russell Pyne 4,739 10.8 +1.2
Referendum Sir James Goldsmith 1,518 3.5 N/A
UKIP Bill Jamieson 233 0.5 N/A
Happiness Stan's Freedom to Party Lenny Beige (AKA Steve Furst) 101 0.2 N/A
Sportsman's Alliance: Anything but Mellow Michael Yardley 90 0.2 N/A
Natural Law John Small 66 0.2 -0.1
Independently Beautiful Party Ateeka Poole 49 0.1 N/A
Renaissance Democrat Dorian Van Braam 7 0.02 N/A
Majority 2,976 6.8 N/A
Turnout 43,994 73.3 -4.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.15
General Election 1992: Putney[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mellor 25,188 52.2 +1.7
Labour Judith Chegwidden 17,662 36.6 +0.5
Liberal Democrat John Martyn 4,636 9.6 -2.8
Green Keith Hagenbach 618 1.3 +0.2
Natural Law Paul Levy 139 0.3 N/A
Majority 7,526 15.6 +1.2
Turnout 48,243 77.9 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Putney[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mellor 24,197 50.5 +4.0
Labour Peter Hain 17,290 36.1 +0.2
Liberal Sally Harlow 5,934 12.4 -3.9
Green Simon Desorgher 508 1.1 +0.7
Majority 6,907 14.4 +3.7
Turnout 47,929 76.0 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
General Election 1983: Putney[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mellor 21,863 46.5 -0.3
Labour Peter Hain 16,844 35.9 -5.6
Liberal Charles Welchman 7,668 16.3 +6.0
National Front Michael Connolly 290 0.6 -0.8
Ecology Rose Baillie-Grohman 190 0.4 N/A
Socialist (GB) Leonard Chalk 88 0.2 N/A
Independent William Williams 41 0.1 N/A
Majority 5,019 10.7 +5.3
Turnout 46,984 73.6 -2.5
Conservative hold Swing +2.65

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Putney[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mellor 23,040 46.8 +7.4
Labour Hugh Jenkins 20,410 41.49 -3.8
Liberal Nicholas Couldrey 5,061 10.3 -3.7
National Front James Webster 685 1.4 N/A
Majority 2,630 5.4 N/A
Turnout 49,196 76.1 +4.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.6
General Election, October 1974: Putney[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Jenkins 21,611 45.28 +4.0
Conservative Gerard Wade 18,836 39.5 +0.9
Liberal Adrian Slade 7,159 15.0 -5.2
More Prosperous Britain Thomas Keen 125 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,775 5.8 +3.1
Turnout 47,731 71.8 -7.8
Labour hold Swing +1.55
General Election, February 1974: Putney[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Jenkins 21,680 41.3 -5.1
Conservative Gerard Wade 20,241 38.5 -7.7
Liberal Adrian Slade 10,629 20.2 +12.7
Majority 1,439 2.7 +0.1
Turnout 52,550 79.6 +10.8
Labour hold Swing +1.3
General Election 1970: Putney[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Jenkins 25,162 47.6 -0.6
Conservative John Wakeham 23,768 45.0 +3.1
Liberal Geoffrey Broughton 3,887 7.4 -2.5
Majority 1,394 2.6 -3.7
Turnout 52,727 68.8 +10.1
Labour hold Swing -1.95

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Putney[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Jenkins 26,601 48.3 +3.3
Conservative Sir Hugh Linstead 23,114 41.9 -0.6
Liberal Adrian Slade 5,420 9.8 -2.7
Majority 3,487 6.3 +3.9
Turnout 55,135 78.9 +1.9
Labour hold Swing +1.95
General Election 1964: Putney[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Jenkins 24,581 44.9 +4.7
Conservative Sir Hugh Linstead 23,274 42.54 -6.5
Liberal Anthony Cowen 6,856 12.5 +1.8
Majority 1,307 2.4 N/A
Turnout 54,711 77.0 -3.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.6

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Putney[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hugh Linstead 28,236 49.1 -8.0
Labour Dick Taverne 23,115 40.2 -2.7
Liberal Michael Francis Burns 6,166 10.7 N/A
Majority 5,121 8.9 -5.2
Turnout 57,517 80.1 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing -2.65
General Election 1955: Putney[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hugh Linstead 28,969 57.1 +1.3
Labour Bernard Bagnari 21,774 42.9 -1.3
Majority 7,195 14.2 +2.5
Turnout 50,743 76.0 -5.9
Conservative hold Swing +1.3
General Election 1951: Putney[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hugh Linstead 29,686 55.83 +4.07
Labour Eric Hutchison 23,489 44.17 +2.93
Majority 6,197 11.7 +1.1
Turnout 53,175 81.9 +0.1
Conservative hold Swing +0.57
General Election 1950: Putney[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hugh Linstead 28,007 51.76 +3.22
Labour Irene Chaplin 22,315 41.24 +4.24
Liberal Beresford Alton 3,785 7.0 +0.9
Majority 5,692 10.52 -1.0
Turnout 54,107 81.8 +8.2
Conservative hold Swing -0.51

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Putney[28][29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Nicholas Linstead 16,356 48.5 -16.6
Labour Percy D. Stewart 12,469 37.0 +5.1
Common Wealth Sir Richard Acland 2,686 8.0 N/A
Liberal Isaac Joseph Hyam 2,041 6.1 N/A
Independent Eleonara Tennant 144 0.4 N/A
Majority 3,887 11.5 -21.7
Turnout 33,696 75.6 +5.1
Conservative hold Swing -10.85
By-election, May 1942: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Linstead 8,788 74.9 +9.8
Independent Bernard Acworth 2,939 25.1 N/A
Majority 5,849 49.8 +16.6
Turnout 11,727 23.0 -43.5
Conservative hold Swing +20.85

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marcus Reginald Anthony Samuel 22,288 65.1 -16.5
Labour Andrew Aiken Watson 10,895 31.9 +13.5
Independent Violet Van der Elst 1,021 3.0 N/A
Majority 11,393 33.2 -30.0
Turnout 34,204 68.5 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing -15.00
By-election, November 1934: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marcus Reginald Anthony Samuel 15,599 54.7 -26.9
Labour Edith Summerskill 12,936 45.3 +26.9
Majority 2,663 9.4 -53.8
Turnout 28,535 57.5 -8.8
Conservative hold Swing -26.9
General Election 1931: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Samuel Samuel 27,318 81.6 +17.8
Labour John Lawder 6,172 18.4 -17.8
Majority 21,146 63.2 +25.6
Turnout 33,490 66.3 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing +17.8

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Samuel Samuel 19,657 63.8 -8.6
Labour John Lawder 11,136 36.2 +8.6
Majority 8,521 27.6 -17.2
Turnout 30,793 62.1 -6.3
Conservative hold Swing -8.6
General Election 1924: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Samuel Samuel 17,341 72.4 N/A
Labour John Allen 6,609 27.6 N/A
Majority 10,732 44.8 N/A
Turnout 23,950 68.4 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1923: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Samuel Samuel Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Turnout N.A N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1922: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Samuel Samuel 9,739 47.2 -16.4
Independent Conservative Brigadier-General Cyril Prescott-Decie 5,556 27.0 N/A
Liberal Henry Higgs 5,317 25.8 N/A
Majority 4,183 20.2 -7.0
Turnout 20,612 61.8 +18.4
Conservative hold Swing -16.4

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Putney[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Conservative Samuel Samuel 8,677 63.6 N/A
National Party Hon. John Henkins 4,968 36.4 N/A
Majority 3,709 27.2 N/A
Turnout 13,645 43.4 N/A
Coalition Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ BBC1 Election Night 2005 programme, Thursday 5 May 2005
  3. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Hugh Jenkins for example, contributions
  4. ^ Booth's Poverty Map of London 1898-99 See Gold/yellow and Red categorisations
  5. ^ a b 2001 Census
  6. ^ 'Council Tax in England to Rise by Record Low'BBC News 24 March 2010
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  8. ^ election result http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200327/election_results/1991/parliamentary_election_results_may_2015/2 30Jul15
  9. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/putney/
  10. ^ "Wandsworth Green Party". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results May 2010". Political Science Resourcess. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results May 2005". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Putney: General Election result, June 2001". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Putney: General Election result, May 1997". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Political Science Resourcess. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "UK General Election results June 1987". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "UK General Election results May 1979". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "UK General Election results October 1974". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  20. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "UK General Election results June 1970". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "UK General Election results March 1966". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  23. ^ "UK General Election results October 1964". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "UK General Election results October 1959". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "UK General Election results May 1955". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  26. ^ "UK General Election results October 1951". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  27. ^ "UK General Election results February 1950". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  28. ^ "UK General Election results July 1945". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 58. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

Coordinates: 51°27′14″N 0°13′26″W / 51.454°N 0.224°W / 51.454; -0.224