Chingford and Woodford Green (UK Parliament constituency)
Chingford and Woodford Green is a marginal constituency[n 1] in Greater London represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Iain Duncan Smith of the Conservative Party.[n 2]
|Chingford and Woodford Green|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Chingford and Woodford Green in Greater London.
|Population||88,149 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||64,770 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
The London Borough of Waltham Forest wards of Chingford Green, Endlebury, Hale End and Highams Park, Hatch Lane, Larkswood, and Valley, and the London Borough of Redbridge wards of Church End and Monkhams have been selected to form the seat since inception.
The boundaries of Chingford and Woodford Green take in a large slice of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The constituency includes Chingford in the north bordering Enfield down through Highams Park and Hatch Lane into Woodford, and also takes in a part of the London Borough of Redbridge.
Before 1945, both Woodford and Chingford were part of Epping for general elections, for which wartime Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill was MP. The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford. Both seats previously had well-known MPs, Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill respectively. Iain Duncan Smith had been MP for Chingford since 1992, then was elected MP for this constituency five years later in 1997.
- Political history
Chingford and Woodford Green and its predecessors have been solid Conservative wards since the beginning of the Thatcher period in 1979. The closest contest was from Labour at the 1997 general election and the Conservatives retained the seat in 2001 with a majority little changed on a low turnout while Duncan Smith was Shadow Defence Secretary in almost complete peacetime. In 2005, the Conservative incumbent did better, getting twice as many votes as Labour with a swing to the party of 6.4% (over double that nationally) from Labour. The 2015 result gave the seat the 119th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority. At the 2017 snap election, Duncan Smith was re-elected with a greatly reduced majority on a 7% swing to Labour, slightly more than a sixth of his 2010 margin; while this was in keeping with the large swings to Labour throughout Greater London at that election, it seems to suggest an increasingly marginal seat, even though the Conservatives hold all the wards at local level, with the exception of Hale End and Highams Park, which has the only local Labour councillor in the seat.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|1997||Iain Duncan Smith||Conservative||MP for Chingford 1992–97; Shadow Defence Secretary 1999-2001; Conservative Party leader and Leader of the Opposition 2001-03; Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2010-16|
Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith||23,076||49.1||+1.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Deborah Unger||2,043||4.4||-1.1|
|Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith||20,999||47.9||-4.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Anne Crook||2,400||5.5||-11.3|
|Class War||Lisa Mckenzie||53||0.1||N/A|
|Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith||22,743||52.8||-0.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoffrey Seeff||7,242||16.8||-0.9|
|Independent||None Of The Above[n 3]||202||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith||20,555||53.2||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beanse||6,832||17.7||+2.2|
|Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith||17,834||48.2||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrat||John Beanse||5,739||15.5||0.0|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith||21,109||47.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoffrey Seeff||6,885||15.5|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Chingford and Woodford Green: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "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.
- List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- "Chingford and Woodford Green 1997–". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
- "Chingford & Woodford Green parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "General Election results, 7 May 2015". Walthamforest.gov.uk. 2015-05-07. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- "Trade unionist chosen to stand at election (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)". Guardian-series.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- (PDF) http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/sopn-chingford.pdf. Retrieved April 20, 2010. Missing or empty
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Chingford and Woodford Green — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
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