London South East (European Parliament constituency)

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

London South East
European Parliament constituency
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Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
Sources
[1]

The constituency of London South East was one of them.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Beckenham, Bexleyheath, Chislehurst, Erith and Crayford, Orpington, Ravensbourne, Sidcup, Woolwich East and Woolwich West.[1]

United Kingdom Parliamentary constituencies were redrawn in 1983 and the European constituencies were altered to reflect this. The new seat comprised the following Westminster constituencies: Beckenham, Bexleyheath, Chislehurst, Eltham, Erith and Crayford, Greenwich, Old Bexley and Sidcup, Orpington, Ravensbourne and Woolwich.[2] These boundaries were used in 1984 and 1989.[3] Greenwich was removed for the 1994 European Parliament election.[4]

Members of the European ParliamentEdit

Elected Members[5] Party
1979 Brandon Rhys-Williams Conservative
1984 Peter Price Conservative
1989
1994 Shaun Spiers Labour
1999 Constituency abolished: see London

ElectionsEdit

European Parliament election, 1979: London South East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brandon Rhys-Williams 94,180 55.0
Labour S. Bundred 54,798 32.0
Liberal Jonathan Fryer 21,494 12.5
Against Wealth Extremes W. E. Turner 890 0.5
Majority 39,382 23.0
Turnout 171,362 34.3
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: London South East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Price 81,508 44.6 -10.4
Labour S. J. Cowan 61,493 33.7 +1.7
Liberal Jonathan Fryer 38,614 21.2 +8.7
Marxist W. E. Turner 989 0.5 0.0
Majority 20,015 10.9 -12.1
Turnout 182,604 32.5
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: London South East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Price 80,619 38.2 -6.4
Labour D. J. Earnshaw 73,029 34.6 +0.9
Green Dr. E. C. McPhee 37,576 17.8 New
SDP A. A. Kinch 10,196 4.9 New
SLD J. H. Fryer 9,052 4.3 -16.9
Pensioner Non-Careerist Marxist Leninist Mao W. E. Turner 456 0.2 -0.3
Majority 7,590 3.6 -7.3
Turnout 210,928 37.8 +5.3
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament Election 1994: London South East[5][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shaun Spiers 71,505 41.0 +6.4
Conservative Peter Price 63,483 36.4 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Fryer 25,271 14.5 +10.2
Green Ian Mouland 6,399 3.7 -14.2[a]
Liberal Robin Almond 3,881 2.2 New
National Front Kevin Lowne 2,926 1.7 New
Natural Law John Small 1,025 0.6 New
Majority 8,022 4.6 N/A
Turnout 174,990 35.4
Labour gain from Conservative
  1. ^ Compared with Green Party (UK)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results". Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  2. ^ "European Elections 84. Candidates named for European Parliament elections on June 14". The Times. 16 May 1984. p. 5.
  3. ^ "378 candidates fight the 81 UK European seats; European Elections 1989". The Times. 19 May 1989.
  4. ^ a b Whitaker's Concise Almanack 1995. London: J Whitaker & Sons Ltd. 1994. p. 277. ISBN 0850212472.
  5. ^ a b c d e Boothroyd, David (16 February 2003). "United Kingdom European Parliamentary Election results 1979-99: London". Election Demon. Archived from the original on 16 February 2003. Retrieved 22 February 2022.

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