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Chelsea and Fulham (UK Parliament constituency)

Chelsea and Fulham is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation.

Chelsea and Fulham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chelsea and Fulham in Greater London.
CountyGreater London
Population105,697 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate62,958 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of parliamentGreg Hands (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromKensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyLondon

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BoundariesEdit

Chelsea and Fulham constituency is made up of the following electoral wards:[3]

2010 boundary changeEdit

Following the review of parliamentary representation to seek equal representation in London, the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham were paired for constituency allocation purposes and allocated three seats between them.

This broke the previous pairings of Kensington and Chelsea with the City of Westminster, and of Hammersmith and Fulham with the London Borough of Ealing, and therefore abolished the mainstay but not comprehensive seats Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea with their "spillover" cross-boundary seats of Regents Park and Kensington North and Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush.

Kensington was recreated, having previously been a constituency historically — equally the Hammersmith seat was revived.

Political historyEdit

Comprising affluent areas and opulent private housing in London with the little social housing in this division concentrated at the smaller than ward-size Worlds End Estate, this is the safest urban Conservative seat in the country based on length of tenure, size of majorities. An alternative in-depth analysis, of local elections, confirms one ward has seen opposition members in elections since the 1980s, of 11 wards forming the seat. At the 2010 election, five areas voted more strongly towards the Conservative Party: Richmond (Yorks), Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire (Bucks), Windsor (Berkshire), Hampshire North East and Chesham and Amersham also in Bucks.[4]

Somewhat surprisingly, however, in the 2017 snap election the Conservative majority in Chelsea and Fulham was almost halved from 16,022 to 8,188, making it only the eighth-safest Conservative seat in Greater London (with several other seats such as Romford and Bexleyheath and Crayford ironically proving safer for the Tories despite previously electing Labour MPs in the Blair era, whilst Chelsea never did).

Proposed boundary expansionEdit

To return to a reduced the number of MPs (600 nationally) it is proposed to have a general expansion on all boundaries to the north away from the River Thames southern boundary and to create a straighter northern boundary, this introduces the more marginal wards Earls Court and North End, and a safer ward for the incumbent party, Courtfield partially within South Kensington.[5]

Constituency profileEdit

The football grounds at Stamford Bridge and Craven Cottage are in the seat which is the chosen home of many of London's elite footballers as well as other wealthy celebrities.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[6] Party
2010 Greg Hands Conservative

ElectionsEdit

For results of predecessor seats, see Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General Election 2017: Chelsea and Fulham[7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Greg Hands 22,179 52.6 -10.3
Labour Alan De'Ath 13,991 33.2 +10.1
Liberal Democrat Louise Rowntree 4,627 11.0 +5.8
Green Bill Cashmore 807 1.9 -1.7
UKIP Alasdair Seton-Marsden 524 1.2 -3.8
Majority 8,188 19.4 -20.4
Turnout 42,128 66.1 +2.7
Registered electors 63,728
Conservative hold Swing -10.3
General Election 2015: Chelsea and Fulham[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Greg Hands 25,322 62.9 +2.5
Labour Alexandra Sanderson 9,300 23.1 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Simon Bailey 2,091 5.2 -11.0
UKIP Adrian Noble 2,039 5.1 +3.9
Green Guy Rubin 1,474 3.7 +2.0
Majority 16,022 39.8 -2.2
Turnout 40,226 63.4 +3.3
Registered electors 63,478
Conservative hold Swing -1.0
General Election 2010: Chelsea and Fulham[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Greg Hands 24,093 60.5 N/A
Labour Alex Hilton 7,371 18.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Dirk Hazell 6,473 16.2 N/A
Green Julia Stephenson 671 1.7 N/A
UKIP Tim Gittos 478 1.2 N/A
BNP Brian McDonald 388 1.0 N/A
New Independent Conservative Roland Courtenay 196 0.5 N/A
English Democrat George Roseman 169 0.4 N/A
Blue Environment Godfrey Spickernell 17 0.0 N/A
Majority 16,722 42.0 N/A
Turnout 39,856 60.1 N/A
Registered electors 66,257
Conservative win (new seat)
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

The new seat of Chelsea and Fulham was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election, when it had a notional Conservative majority of over 10,000 based on 2005 election results.[14]

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chelsea and Fulham: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/cgi-bin/seatdetails.py?seat=Chelsea%20and%20Fulham%7Ctitle=Seat Details|author=|date=|website=Electoral Calculus|accessdate=9 April 2019
  4. ^ "Majority Sorted Seats". www.electoralcalculus.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  5. ^ Boundary Assistant.org Archived 2017-02-02 at the Wayback Machine Boundaries Commission. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
  7. ^ "Candidates for Chelsea and Fulham Constituency 2017 General Election". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Chelsea and Fulham Parliamentary constituency". BBC. Archived from the original on 2015-05-08.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-02-25. Retrieved 2018-02-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ election result "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-08-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) 3Aug15
  12. ^ "Chelsea & Fulham parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ Times Online guide to the Chelsea and Fulham constituency Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°29′N 0°11′W / 51.48°N 0.19°W / 51.48; -0.19