- Chingford and Woodford Green (UK Parliament constituency)
Chingford and Woodford Green Borough constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of Chingford and Woodford Green in Greater London.
County Greater London Electorate 64,770 (December 2010) Current constituency Created 1997 Member of Parliament Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative) Number of members One Created from Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford Overlaps European Parliament constituency London
Chingford and Woodford Green is a borough constituency in Greater London which is 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.
The existing boundaries of Chingford and Woodford Green (changed for the 2010 general election) take in a large slice of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The constituency includes Chingford in the north bordering Enfield down through Highams Park and Hatch Lane into Woodford. Two wards in the neighbouring London Borough of Redbridge, Church End and Monkhams, are included in the seat.
The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford. Both seats previously had well-known MPs, namely Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill respectively. Iain Duncan Smith had been MP for Chingford since 1992 and continued as MP for this constituency. Churchill had served from 1945 to 1964 as MP for the Woodford part of the new constituency; prior to 1945, both Woodford and Chingford were in the Epping county constituency, for which Churchill was also MP.
Chingford and Woodford Green and its predecessors have been solid Conservative since the beginning of the Thatcher period. The Conservative victory over Labour in the constituency was less than might have been expected from the notional 1992 result relative to results nationally in the 1997 general election. The Conservatives retained the seat in 2001 with a majority little changed on a low turnout despite Duncan Smith being the Shadow Defence Secretary at the election, with a below average swing to the Conservatives. But in 2005 the Conservatives did better, getting twice as many votes as Labour with a swing to the Conservatives of 6.4% (over double that of the national swing) in the constituency.
Members of Parliament
Election Member  Party Notes 1997 Iain Duncan Smith Conservative MP for Chingford 1992-97
Elections in the 2010s
General Election 2010: Chingford and Woodford Green Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 22,743 52.8 -0.4 Labour Cath Arakelian 9,780 22.7 -3.0 Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Seeff 7,242 16.8 -0.9 BNP Julian Leppert 1,288 3.0 N/A UKIP Nick Jones 1,133 2.6 -0.2 Green Lucy Craig 650 1.5 N/A Independent None Of The Above 202 0.5 N/A Independent Barry White 68 0.2 N/A Majority 12,963 30.1 Turnout 43,106 66.5 +3.5
- None Of The Above (Independent) Original name Adam Osen.
Elections in the 2000s
General Election 2005: Chingford and Woodford Green Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 20,555 53.2 +5.0 Labour Simon Wright 9,914 25.7 −7.7 Liberal Democrat John Beanse 6,832 17.7 +2.2 UKIP Michael McGough 1,078 2.8 N/A Independent Barry White 269 0.7 N/A Majority 10,641 27.5 Turnout 38,648 63.0 +4.5 Conservative hold Swing +6.4 General Election 2001: Chingford and Woodford Green Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 17,834 48.2 +0.7 Labour Jessica Webb 12,347 33.4 –1.2 Liberal Democrat John Beanse 5,739 15.5 0.0 BNP Jean Griffin 1,062 2.9 +0.5 Majority 5,487 14.8 Turnout 36,982 58.5 –12.2 Conservative hold Swing +1.0
Elections in the 1990s
General Election 1997: Chingford and Woodford Green Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Iain Duncan Smith 21,109 47.5 Labour Tommy Hutchinson 15,395 34.6 Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Seeff 6,885 15.5 BNP Alan Gould 1,059 2.4 Majority 5,714 12.9 New Seat Turnout 44,448 70.7
Notes and references
- ^ "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.
- ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
- ^ London Borough of Waltham Forest - Nominations for Parliamentary election, May 2010
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2005 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1997 - 2005 (Guardian)
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Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
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