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Lewisham Deptford (UK Parliament constituency)

Lewisham, Deptford is a parliamentary constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Vicky Foxcroft of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Lewisham, Deptford
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lewisham, Deptford in Greater London.
CountyGreater London
Electorate67,590 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsDeptford, New Cross and Lewisham
Current constituency
Created1974 (1974)
Member of ParliamentVicky Foxcroft (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromDeptford and Lewisham North
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyLondon
2010 wards and boundaries of Lewisham Deptford Parliament constituency (red) shown within the London Borough of Lewisham (orange)
Lewisham town centre
Goldsmiths' College in New Cross

Contents

HistoryEdit

This seat was created in 1974. It has remained largely urban in its constituent areas which have been altered on reform by the Boundary Commission very lightly overall. The area of Deptford wholly within the seat was a major London dockyard and in its early history contained chandelries, repair yards, connected with the Royal Navy, later having a high concentration of London's expansive import and export wharves and warehouses; this extended well within the 2010-drawn confines of the seat towards New Cross which had major railway yards.

Political history

The seat has been won by three Members of Parliament, all of which were and remained during their public service members of the Labour Party. The 2015 result made the seat the 23rd safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority and the 9th safest in the capital.[2]

Constituency profileEdit

This constituency takes in Lewisham's northern tip – a short stretch alongside the Thames – along with the Deptford and New Cross districts, and the centre of Lewisham itself. These are historically some of the more deprived in London with high crime rates and social problems,[3] counter to this, more upmarket housing developments are springing up as former industrial sites are cleared away as part of an ongoing rejuvenation process. To the South East of the seat, Lewisham town centre fades imperceptibly into Ladywell.

The area is relatively affordable, given the short commuting distance to Central London and Canary Wharf, via the Docklands Light Railway and South East Main Line. Goldsmiths, University of London and wider halls of residence and this is a popular living area for those staying and studying in Greater London, giving a substantial student minority to the electorate.[3]

At the Western extremity of the seat, just inside the current boundaries, is the New Den, home to Millwall FC.

Lewisham Deptford has been one of Labour's safest London seats since its 1974 creation – it was the party's 25th safest in Britain at the 2001 election – though social change in the last decade has seen things become a little more competitive; the most popular opposition in 2005 and 2010 was formed by the active Liberal Democrat party in the area. In terms of share of the vote, it received the 44th largest Labour vote in 2010, of the 650 constituencies.[4]

BoundariesEdit

1974–1983: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Brockley, Deptford, Drake, Grinling Gibbons, Ladywell, Marlowe, and Pepys.

1983–2010: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Blythe Hill, Crofton Park, Drake, Evelyn, Grinling Gibbons, Ladywell, Marlowe, and Pepys.

2010–present: The London Borough of Lewisham wards of Brockley, Crofton Park, Evelyn, Ladywell, Lewisham Central, New Cross, and Telegraph Hill.

The constituency covers the northern and north-western parts of the London Borough of Lewisham.

The Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which redrew this seat in 2010 also resulted in the creation of a new cross-borough constituency of Lewisham West and Penge which takes electoral wards from Lewisham and Bromley.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[5] Party Notes
Feb 1974 John Silkin Labour Government Chief Whip 1966–69. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1976–79. Died in April 1987; seat remained vacant until general election in June.
1987 Dame Joan Ruddock Labour
2015 Vicky Foxcroft Labour

Election resultsEdit

Elections in 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Lewisham Deptford[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vicky Foxcroft 42,461 77.0 +16.8
Conservative Melanie McLean 7,562 13.7 −1.2
Liberal Democrat Bobby Dean 2,911 5.3 0.0
Green John Coughlin 1,640 3.0 −9.5
Christian Peoples Malcolm Martin 252 0.5 −0.2
Animal Welfare Laura McAnea 225 0.4 N/A
The Realists' Party Jane Lawrence 61 0.1 N/A
Majority 34,899 63.3 +17.9
Turnout 55,112 70.2 +5.6
Registered electors 78,468
Labour hold Swing +9.0
General election 2015: Lewisham Deptford[8][9][10] [11] [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vicky Foxcroft 28,572 60.2 +6.6
Conservative Bim Afolami 7,056 14.9 +1.4
Green John Coughlin 5,932 12.5 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Michael Bukola 2,497 5.3 −18.1
UKIP Massimo DiMambro 2,013 4.2 N/A
People Before Profit Helen Mercer 666 1.4 N/A
Christian Peoples Malcolm Martin 300 0.6 −0.5
TUSC Chris Flood 286 0.6 N/A
Democratic Reform Phil Badger 74 0.2 N/A
Independent David Harvey 30 0.1 N/A
Majority 21,516 45.4 +14.9
Turnout 47,426 64.6 +3.1
Registered electors 73,428
Labour hold Swing +2.6
General election 2010: Lewisham Deptford[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Ruddock 22,132 53.7 −1.7[n 3]
Liberal Democrat Tam Langley 9,633 23.4 +5.4
Conservative Gemma Townsend 5,551 13.5 +0.8
Green Darren Johnson 2,772 6.7 −3.3
Socialist Alternative Ian Page 645 1.6 −0.6
Christian Peoples Malcolm Martin 487 1.2 N/A
Majority 12,499 30.3 −8.6
Turnout 41,220 61.5 +10.6
Registered electors 67,058
Labour hold Swing −7.2

Elections in 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Lewisham, Deptford[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Ruddock 16,902 55.6 −9.4
Liberal Democrat Columba Blango 5,091 16.8 +5.1
Conservative James Cartlidge 3,773 12.4 0.0
Green Darren Johnson 3,367 11.4 +4.6
Socialist Alternative Ian Page 742 2.4 −1.9
UKIP David Holland 518 1.7 N/A
Majority 11,811 38.9 −13.7
Turnout 30,393 51.5 +3.2
Registered electors 58,390
Labour hold Swing −7.2
General election 2001: Lewisham, Deptford[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Ruddock 18,915 65.0 −5.8
Conservative Cordelia McCartney 3,622 12.4 −2.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Wiseman 3,409 11.7 +2.8
Green Darren Johnson 1,901 6.5 N/A
Socialist Alliance Ian Page 1,260 4.3 N/A
Majority 15,293 52.6 −3.51
Turnout 29,107 48.3 −10.43
Registered electors 60,275
Labour hold Swing −1.8

Elections in 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Lewisham, Deptford[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Ruddock 23,827 70.82 +9.96
Conservative Irene Kimm 4,949 14.71 −13.16
Liberal Democrat Kofi Appiah 3,004 8.93 −2.34
Socialist Labour John Mulrenan 996 2.96 N/A
Referendum Shelagh Shepherd 868 2.58 N/A
Majority 18,878 56.11 +23.12
Turnout 33,644 57.87 −7.19
Registered electors 58,141
Labour hold Swing +11.60
General election 1992: Lewisham, Deptford[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Ruddock 22,574 60.86 +12.27
Conservative T. A. J. O'Neill 10,336 27.87 −3.79
Liberal Democrat J. C. Brightwell 4,181 11.27 −5.98
Majority 12,238 32.99 +15.06
Turnout 37,091 65.06 +0.13
Registered electors 57,014
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Lewisham, Deptford[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Ruddock 18,724 48.59 +0.25
Conservative Martyn Punyer 11,953 31.66 +0.12
Social Democratic Anne−Marie Braun 6,513 17.25 −1.50
Majority 6,771 17.93 +1.13
Turnout 37,190 64.93 +3.71
Registered electors 58,151
Labour hold Swing
General election 1983: Lewisham, Deptford[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Silkin 17,360 48.34 −5.88
Conservative R. Wheatley 11,328 31.54 −1.0
Social Democratic D. Abbott 6,734 18.75 N/A
BNP P. Wilson 317 0.88 N/A
Assassin's Bullett S. B. Housego 173 0.48 N/A
Majority 6,032 16.80 −4.88
Turnout 35,912 61.22 −2.54
Registered electors 58,663
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 1970sEdit

General election 1979: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Silkin 19,391 54.22 −4.65
Conservative D. Grant 11,638 32.54 +9.96
Liberal N. Rowden 2,774 7.76 +5.97
National Front R. Mitchell 1,490 4.17 −0.65
Socialist Unity J. Maguire 274 0.77 N/A
Workers Revolutionary G. Dacres 198 0.55 N/A
Majority 7,753 21.68 −15.62
Turnout 35,765 63.76 +5.12
Registered electors 56,096
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Silkin 21,145 58.87 +4.76
Conservative C. H. Cross 8,111 22.58 −3.81
Liberal M. Steele 4,931 13.73 −5.77
National Front Richard Edmonds 1,731 4.82 N/A
Majority 13,034 36.3 +8.58
Turnout 35,918 58.68 +10.43
Registered electors 61,210
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Deptford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Silkin 22,699 54.11 N/A
Conservative C. H. Cross 11,070 26.39 N/A
Liberal M. Steele 8,181 19.50 N/A
Majority 11,629 27.72 N/A
Turnout 41,950 69.11 N/A
Registered electors 60,703
Labour win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer).
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ Changes in the election are nominal, based on the 2005 results for the new set of wards contested in 2010, (partly in other seats contested before the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies)
References
  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  3. ^ a b 2001 Census
  4. ^ General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)
  6. ^ "Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll, Lewisham Deptford" (PDF). lewisham.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  7. ^ http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7979/CBP-7979.pdf
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Lewisham Deptford parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/mgElectionAreaResults.aspx?XXR=0&ID=22&RPID=38836307
  11. ^ http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/elections/Documents/StatementofPersonsNominatedandNoticeofPollLewishamDeptford.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/320.pdf
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°28′N 0°02′W / 51.47°N 0.04°W / 51.47; -0.04