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West Central (London Assembly constituency)

West Central is a constituency represented on the London Assembly. The seat is currently held by Tony Devenish, a Conservative.

West Central
Territorial constituency for the London Assembly
West Central shown within London.PNG
West Central shown within London
Created2000 (2000)
Number of membersOne
MemberTony Devenish
PartyConservative
Last election2016
Next election2020

It covers the combined area of the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

HistoryEdit

Since the seat's creation in 2000, the elected Assembly Member (AM) has always been a Conservative candidate: three have represented the seat in succession. Its first AM was Angie Bray, who subsequently served as MP for Ealing Central and Acton. She was followed by Kit Malthouse in 2008, who was elected as MP for North West Hampshire in 2015, thus acting as an AM and MP for the remainder of his term on the London Assembly. He was succeeded in 2016 by Tony Devenish, who has been a councillor for Knightsbridge and Belgravia in Westminster (part of the GLA seat) since 2006.

At the time of the 2016 London Assembly elections, two of the MPs for the five parliamentary constituencies covered by this seat were members of the Labour Party, and the other three from the Conservatives; Labour have always been the main challenger in the corresponding GLA seat. It includes a number of affluent areas which have tended to vote for Conservative candidates in local and general elections, accounting for the results to date.

After the 2016 election, defeated candidate Mandy Richards lodged an election petition claiming that the results showed a discrepancy in turnout and that 15,000–20,000 postal votes were missing.[1] The case was heard on 8 and 9 December 2016, with the result being all aspects of the petition were dismissed.[2]

Assembly membersEdit

Overlapping constituenciesEdit

The West Central Assembly constituency comprises all of the following UK Parliament constituencies:

It also includes parts of the following constituencies:

Election resultsEdit

2016 London Assembly election: West Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tony Devenish 67,775 44.2 -6.2
Labour Mandy Richards 53,211 34.7 +4.2
Green Jennifer Nadel 14,050 9.2 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Annabel Mullin 10,577 5.9 -1
UKIP Clive Egan 7,708 5.0 +1.5
Majority 14,564 9.5 -10.3
Total formal votes
Informal votes
Turnout 153,321 45 5.8
Conservative hold Swing
2012 London Assembly election: West Central[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kit Malthouse 73,761 50.4 -1.7
Labour Todd Foreman 44,630 30.5 +9.3
Green Susanna Rustin 12,799 8.7 -1.4
Liberal Democrat Layla Moran 10,035 6.9 -2.7
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 5,161 3.5 +1.7
Majority 29,131 19.8 – 11.1
Turnout 149,419 39.2 -9.3
Conservative hold Swing -5.5
2008 London Assembly election: West Central[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kit Malthouse 86,651 52.1 +7.4
Labour Murad Qureshi 35,270 21.2 +2.3
Green Julia Stephenson 16,874 10.1 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Merlene Emerson 15,934 9.6 –5.5
UKIP Paul Wiffen 3,060 1.8 –4.4
English Democrat Alex Vaughan 1,858 1.1 N/A
Left List Explo Nani-Kofi 1,630 1.0 N/A
Independent Abby Dharamsey 962 0.6 N/A
Majority 51,381 30.9 +5.1
Turnout 166,379 48.5 +15.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.5
2004 London Assembly election: West Central[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Angie Bray 51,884 44.7 +0.5
Labour Ansuya Sodha 21,940 18.9 –8.1
Liberal Democrat Francesco Fruzza 17,478 15.1 +1.9
Green Julia Stephenson 10,762 9.3 –2.2
UKIP Damian Hockney 7,219 6.2 N/A
Respect Kevin Cobham 4,825 4.1 N/A
Christian Peoples Jillian McLachlan 1,993 1.7 N/A
Majority 29,944 25.8 +8.6
Turnout 116,101 32.9 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing +4.3
2000 London Assembly election: West Central[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Angie Bray 47,117 44.2
Labour Kate Green 28,838 27.0
Liberal Democrat Jon Burden 14,071 13.2
Green Julia Stephenson 12,254 11.5
London Socialist Christine Blower 2,720 2.6
Homeless and Addicted Stephen Smith 1,600 1.5
Majority 18,279 17.2
Turnout 106,600 30.9
Conservative hold Swing N/A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Petition notice" (PDF). 20 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Richards v Devenish & Anor [2017] EWHC 37 (QB) England and Wales High Court (Queen's Bench Division) Judgment Law CaseMine". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
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  5. ^ "BBC NEWS | Election 2008 | London Elections: West Central". news.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "BBC NEWS | In Depth | Vote 2004 | London Elections: West Central". news.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ London & Local Elections 2000: West Central, BBC News