Greenwich and Woolwich (UK Parliament constituency)


Greenwich and Woolwich (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox alt
Name = Greenwich and Woolwich


Type = Borough
Entity = Greater London
DivisionType = County
Division = Greater London
Year = 1997
MP = Nick Raynsford
Party = Labour
EP = London

Greenwich and Woolwich is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, the Boundary Commission for England has made minor changes to the existing Greenwich and Woolwich constituency. The modified seat consists of seven electoral wards from the London Borough of Greenwich:

* Blackheath Westcombe, Charlton, Glyndon, Greenwich West, Peninsula, Woolwich Riverside, and Woolwich Common.

History

The seat was created in the 1997 boundary changes, and consists of the whole of the old Greenwich seat (once represented by Gladstone), and the western half of the old Woolwich seat.

The Greenwich seat was a safe Labour seat for much of the twentieth century, though it had been a safe Liberal seat throughout most of the nineteenth century. In 1987 it was unexpectedly won by the Social Democratic Party in a byelection, though was narrowly regained by Labour in 1992.

The Woolwich seat (and its 'Woolwich East' predecessor) was a similar safe-Liberal-seat-turned-safe-Labour-seat. Its Labour MP Christopher Mayhew defected to the Liberals in 1974 before being defeated, and his successor Labour MP, John Cartwright, defected to the SDP in 1981. He held the seat at the 1983 and 1987 general elections, but narrowly lost it to Labour in 1992, like the neighbouring Greenwich seat.

The Conservatives have never held Woolwich or Woolwich East at any point.

Members of Parliament

Greenwich and Woolwich
*Nick Raynsford, Labour 1997–present

Greenwich
*Nick Raynsford, Labour 1992–1997
*Rosie Barnes, SDP 1987–1992
*Guy Barnett, Labour 1971–1987
*Richard Marsh, Labour 1959–1971
*Joseph Reeves, Labour 1945–1959

Woolwich
*John Austin-Walker, Labour 1992–1997
*John Cartwright, SDP 1983–1992

Woolwich East
*John Cartwright, Labour 1974–1981, SDP 1981–1983
*Christopher Mayhew, Labour 1951–1974, Liberal July-October 1974
*Ernest Bevin, Labour 1950–1951
*George Hicks, Labour 1931–1950
*Harry Snell, 1st Baron Snell 1922–1931
*Robert Gee 1921–1922
*Will Crooks 1918–1921

Woolwich West
*Peter Bottomley, Conservative 1975–1983
*William Hamling, Labour 1964–1975
*CWC Turner, Conservative 1959–1964
*William Steward, Conservative 1950–1959
*H Berry, Labour 1945–1950

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Nick Raynsford
votes = 17,527
percentage = 49.2
change = −11.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Christopher Le Breton
votes = 7,381
percentage = 20.7
change = +5.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Alistair Craig
votes = 7,142
percentage = 20.1
change = +0.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = David Sharman
votes = 1,579
percentage = 4.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = English Democrats Party
candidate = Garry Bushell
votes = 1,216
percentage = 3.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Stan Gain
votes = 709
percentage = 2.0
change = −0.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Purvarani Nagalingam
votes = 61
percentage = 0.2
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 10,146
percentage = 28.5
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 35,615
percentage = 55.6
change = +1.5
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = −8.2

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Nick Raynsford
votes = 19,691
percentage = 60.5
change = -2.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Richard Forsdyke
votes = 6,258
percentage = 19.2
change = +0.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Russell Pyne
votes = 5,082
percentage = 15.6
change = +3.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Stan Gain
votes = 672
percentage = 2.1
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Alliance (England)
candidate = Kirstie Paton
votes = 481
percentage = 1.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Margaret Sharkey
votes = 352
percentage = 1.1
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 13,433
percentage = 41.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 32,536
percentage = 54.1
change = -11.7
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Nick Raynsford
votes = 25,630
percentage = 63.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Michael Mitchell
votes = 7,502
percentage = 18.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Cherry Luxton
votes = 5,049
percentage = 12.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Referendum Party
candidate = D. Ellison
votes = 1,670
percentage = 4.1
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Fellowship Party
candidate = Ronald Mallone
votes = 428
percentage = 1.1
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = Constitutionalist
candidate = D. Martin-Eagle
votes = 124
percentage = 0.3
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 18,128
percentage =
change = "N/A"
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 65.9
change = "N/A"
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = "N/A"

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater London


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