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Cities of London and Westminster
Borough constituency
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Cities of London and Westminster shown within Greater London
Created: 1950
MP: Mark Field
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Greater London, City of London
EP constituency: London

Cities of London and Westminster is a constituency covering the area comprising the City of London and southern portion of the City of Westminster in Central London. It is represented by a member in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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Boundaries

Cities of London and Westminster in the London County Council area, showing boundaries used from 1950 to 1974.

The constituency was created in 1950 by the merger of the former seats of City of London and Westminster Abbey. It was named 'City of London and Westminster South' between the February 1974 and 1997 general elections.

The seat covers the entire City of London and most of the City of Westminster lying South of the Marylebone Road and the Westway. In Westminster it covers the areas of Westminster, Pimlico, Victoria, Belgravia, Knightsbridge, St. James's, Soho, parts of Covent Garden, parts of Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Edgware Road, Paddington and Bayswater.

The constituency covers the commercial, historical and touristic heart of London, including the Square Mile, St. Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.

There are few people who live in the City of London's financial district and in the West End. Mayfair, Belgravia and Knightsbridge rank among Europe's wealthiest residential districts. Around half the electorate are in the more socially mixed areas of Bayswater and Pimlico, or the former council estates of Westminster proper.

Even at the 1997 general election, a Labour landslide, the constituency returned a Conservative MP by a majority of several thousand; it is a safe Conservative seat.

In the London Assembly, the area of the seat in the City of London is covered by the City and East constituency, and the area in Westminster by the West Central constituency.

Boundary review

The Boundary Commission for England has formed two constituencies without pairing with another London Borough following their review of parliamentary representation in North London. The Bayswater area will be removed from this constituency and paired with those portions of Regent's Park and Kensington North which are within the City of Westminster to reform the Westminster North seat which existed prior to 1997. The remainder of the constituency will be Cities of London and Westminster, which was also the case prior to 1997.

The electoral wards used in the creation of the modified Cities of London and Westminster constituency are:

  • The City of London
  • The City of Westminster wards of Bryanston and Dorset Square, Churchill, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, Marylebone High Street, St James's, Tachbrook, Vincent Square, Warwick, and West End.

Members of Parliament

This safe Conservative seat has been represented by Mark Field since the 2001 general election.

Election Member Party
1950 Sir Harold Webbe Conservative
1959 Sir Harry Hylton-Foster Conservative then Speaker
1965 by-election John Smith Conservative
1970 Christopher Tugendhat Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency renamed 'City of London and Westminster South'
Feb 1974 Christopher Tugendhat Conservative
1977 by-election Peter Brooke Conservative
1997 constituency renamed 'Cities of London and Westminster'
1997 Peter Brooke Conservative
2001 Mark Field Conservative

Election results

General Election 2010[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Dr Derek Chase
Conservative Mark Field
English Democrats Frank Roseman
Labour Dave Rowntree
Liberal Democrat Naomi Smith
UKIP Paul Wiffen
General Election 2005: Cities of London and Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Field 17,260 47.3 +1.0
Labour Hywel Lloyd 9,165 25.1 −8.0
Liberal Democrat Marie-Louise Rossi 7,306 20.0 +4.6
Green Tristan Smith 1,544 4.2 +0.3
UKIP Colin Merton 399 1.1 –0.3
Independent Brian Haw 298 0.8 N/A
Christian Peoples Jillian McLachlan 246 0.7 N/A
Veritas David Harris 218 0.6 N/A
Independent Cass Cass-Horne 51 0.1 N/A
Majority 8,095 22.2
Turnout 36,487 50.3 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +4.5
General Election 2001: Cities of London and Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Field 15,737 46.3 –0.9
Labour Mike Katz 11,238 33.1 –2.0
Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood 5,218 15.4 +3.1
Green Hugo Charlton 1,318 3.9 N/A
UKIP Colin Merton 464 1.4 +0.8
Majority 4,499 13.2
Turnout 33,975 47.2 –7.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1997: Cities of London and Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Brooke 18,981 47.3 N/A
Labour Kate Green 14,100 35.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat Michael Dumigan 4,933 12.3 N/A
Referendum Party Alan Walter 1,161 2.9 N/A
Independent P. Wharton 266 0.7 N/A
UKIP Colin Merton 215 0.5 N/A
Natural Law R. Johnson 176 0.4 N/A
Monster Raving Loony N. Walsh 138 0.3 N/A
Hemp Coalition G. Webster 112 0.3 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Jerry Sadowitz 73 0.2 N/A
Majority 4,881 N/A
Turnout 58.2 N/A

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cirencester and Tewkesbury
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1959 – 1965
Succeeded by
Southampton Itchen

Coordinates: 51°31′N 0°08′W / 51.51°N 0.13°W / 51.51; -0.13

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