Chelsea and Fulham (UK Parliament constituency)


Chelsea and Fulham (UK Parliament constituency)
Chelsea and Fulham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chelsea and Fulham in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 62,958 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010 (2010)
Member of Parliament Greg Hands (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Chelsea and Fulham is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was first contested in the 2010 general election.

Following the review of parliamentary representation in west 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 Hammersmith and Fulham with Ealing, and Kensington and Chelsea with the City of Westminster, and the end of the former constituencies of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, as well as the cross-boundary seats of Regents Park and Kensington North and Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush.

Kensington was recreated as a stand alone constituency. The same happened to Hammersmith, previously part of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Contents

Boundaries

Chelsea and Fulham constituency is made up of the following electoral wards[2]:

  • From Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council: Fulham Broadway; Munster; Palace Riverside; Parsons Green and Walham; Sands End; Town
  • From Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council: Cremorne; Hans Town; Redcliffe; Royal Hospital; Stanley

Constituency Profile

Containing some of the most affluent areas in London, this is the safest Conservative seat in the capital, and the safest urban Conservative seat in the country. At the 2010 election, only a small handful of rural areas leaned more strongly towards the Tories.

The Premiership football grounds at Stamford Bridge and Craven Cottage are both within the seat and the area is home to many of London's elite footballers as well as other very wealthy celebrities.

In spite of the new boundaries imposed by the Boundary Commission, the Conservatives in the local Council elections lost the Earl's Court Ward By-election in September 2010 to the Liberal Democrats and narrowly won the Cremorne Ward By-election by only 19 votes. [1] Many commentors blamed the Tory Councillors led by Merrick Cockell for these poor results stating that the Council did not take adequately into account residents' views on projects such as the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Earl's Court building works.[2] [3] The Conservatives in the Cremorne Ward ran on the promise to Save Cremorne Gardens yet these gardens are still under threat.[3]

Members of Parliament

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Greg Hands Conservative

Elections

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

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Chelsea and Fulham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Hands 24,093 60.5 +5.2
Labour Alex Hilton 7,371 18.5 −6.9
Liberal Democrat Dirk Hazell 6,473 16.2 +2.2
Green Julia Stephenson 671 1.7 −2.5
UKIP Tim Gittos 478 1.2 −0.1
BNP Brian McDonald 388 1.0 N/A
New Independent Conservative Roland Courtenay 196 0.5 N/A
English Democrats George Roseman 169 0.4 N/A
Blue Environment Godfrey Spickernell 17 0.0 N/A
Majority 16,722 42.0 +7.5
Turnout 39,856 60.1
Conservative hold Swing
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

The 17 votes won by Godfrey Spickernell was the lowest for any candidate in the 2010 election.

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.[5]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Boundary Commission for England
  3. ^ Cremorne Gardens, London
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
  5. ^ Times Online guide to the Chelsea and Fulham constituency

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


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