Ravensbourne (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ravensbourne
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
February 1974–1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Bromley & Chislehurst, Beckenham and Orpington
Created from Bromley

Ravensbourne was a borough constituency in the London Borough of Bromley in south London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first-past-the-post system. It existed from the February 1974 general election until it was abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

This was a safe Conservative seat held by Sir John Hunt for the entire period of its existence.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Bromley wards of Bromley Common, Keston and Hayes, Martins Hill and Town, West Wickham North, and West Wickham South.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Bromley wards of Biggin Hill, Bromley Common and Keston, Darwin, Hayes, Martins Hill and Town, West Wickham North, and West Wickham South.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Sir John Hunt Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Bromley and Chislehurst, Beckenham & Orpington

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election February 1974: Ravensbourne[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 20,420 51.47
Liberal D Crowe 11,523 29.05
Labour HA Hession 6,943 17.5
National Front G Parker 786 1.98
Majority 8,897 22.43
Turnout 39,673 82.5
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election October 1974: Ravensbourne[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 18,318 51.01
Liberal DEA Crowe 9,813 27.33
Labour C Howes 7,204 20.06
National Front I Stevens 574 1.6
Majority 8,505 23.68
Turnout 35,910 73.98
Conservative hold Swing +0.63
General Election 1979: Ravensbourne[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 22,501 60.92
Liberal W Shipley 7,111 19.25
Labour JR Holbrook 6,848 18.54
National Front S Greene 478 1.29
Majority 15,390 41.66
Turnout 36,938 77.6
Conservative hold Swing +8.99

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Ravensbourne[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 27,143 63.05
SDP–Liberal Alliance CM Boston 11,631 27.02
Labour JR Holbrook 4,037 9.38
BNP AT Shotton 242 0.56 N/A
Majority 15,512 36.03
Turnout 43,055 73.21
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Ravensbourne[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 28,295 62.96 -0.09
SDP–Liberal Alliance Gareth Campbell 11,376 25.31
Labour Michael D'Arcy 5,087 11.32
BNP Alfred Waite 184 0.41 -0.15
Majority 16,919 37.65
Turnout 44,939 75.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Ravensbourne[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 29,506 63.4 +0.5
Liberal Democrat PJH Booth 9,792 21.0 −4.3
Labour EW Dyer 6,182 13.3 +2.0
Green IJ Mouland 617 1.3 N/A
Liberal P White 318 0.7 N/A
Natural Law JW Shepheard 105 0.2 N/A
Majority 19,714 42.4 +4.7
Turnout 46,520 81.2 +5.5
Conservative hold Swing +2.4

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