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Greenwich
Borough constituency
House House of Commons
Elects One MPs
Created 1832 (1832)
Abolished 1997 (1997)

Greenwich was a parliamentary constituency in South-East London, which returned Members of Parliament to the British House of Commons from 1832 to 1997.

From 1832 until 1885 it was a two-member constituency, but its representation was reduced to one Member of Parliament under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. For the 1997 general election, it was merged with part of the former Woolwich constituency to form the Greenwich and Woolwich seat.

Greenwich in the Metropolitan Board of Works area, showing boundaries used from 1885 to 1918.
Greenwich in the parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949.
Greenwich in the parliamentary County of London from 1950 to 1974.

Its history is dominated by the area's strong maritime tradition. Its most prominent claim to fame was as the seat of William Ewart Gladstone between 1868 and 1880, and it also achieved prominence in the 1987 Greenwich by-election, when the SDP won a surprise victory.

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1832-1885

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 constituency created with two members
1832 James Whitley Deans Dundas Liberal Edward George Barnard Liberal
1835 John Angerstein Liberal
1837 Matthias Wolverley Attwood Conservative
1841 James Whitley Deans Dundas Liberal
1851 by-election David Salomons Liberal
1852 Peter Rolt Conservative Montague Chambers Liberal
1857 Sir William John Codrington Liberal
1857 John Townsend Liberal
Feb. 1859 by-election David Salomons Liberal
1859 William Angerstein Liberal
1865 Sir Charles Tilston Bright Liberal
1868 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1873 by-election Sir Thomas William Boord Conservative
1880 Baron Henry de Worms Conservative
1885 Representation reduced to one member

1885-present

Election Member Party
1885 reduced to one member
1885 Sir Thomas William Boord Conservative
1895 Lord Hugh Cecil Conservative
1906 Richard Stephens Jackson Liberal
Jan 1910 Ion Hamilton Benn Conservative
1922 George Hopwood Hume Conservative
1923 Edward Timothy Palmer Labour
1924 Sir George Hopwood Hume Conservative
1929 Edward Timothy Palmer Labour
1931 Sir George Hopwood Hume Conservative
1945 Joseph Reeves Labour
1959 Richard Marsh Labour
1971 by-election Guy Barnett Labour
1987 by-election Rosie Barnes Social Democratic
1992 Nick Raynsford Labour
1997 constituency abolished

Election results

Election in the 1990s

General Election 1992: Greenwich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nick Raynsford 14,630 41.0
Independent Social Democrat Rosie Barnes 13,273 37.2
Conservative A. McNair 6,960 19.5
Green R. McCracken 483 1.4
Fellowship Ronald Mallone 147 0.4
Independent Malcolm Hardee 103 0.3 N/A
Natural Law J. Small 70 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,357 3.8
Turnout 74.6
Labour gain from SDP-Liberal Alliance Swing
General Election 1987: Greenwich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDP-Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) Rosie Barnes 15,149 40.6
Labour Deirdre Wood 13,008 34.9
Conservative John Antcliffe 8,695 23.3
Green J. Thomas 346 0.9 N/A
Fellowship Ronald Mallone 59 0.2 -0.5
Communist P. Clinton 58 0.2 -0.2
Majority 2,141 5.7
Turnout 73.4
SDP-Liberal Alliance gain from Labour Swing
Greenwich by-election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDP-Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) Rosie Barnes 18,287 53.0 +27.9
Labour Deirdre Wood 11,676 33.8 -4.4
Conservative John Antcliffe 3,852 11.2 -23.6
Green Graham Bell 264 0.8 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Malcolm Hardee 124 0.3 N/A
BNP Ian Dell 116 0.3 -0.4
National Front Joe Pearce 103 0.3 N/A
Revolutionary Communist Kate Marshall 91 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,611 19.2 +15.7
Turnout 68.2
SDP-Liberal Alliance gain from Labour Swing +9.6
General Election 1983: Greenwich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Guy Barnett 13,361 38.2 -13.9
Conservative Arthur Rolfe 12,150 34.8 +1.5
Social Democrat T. Ford 8,783 25.1 N/A
BNP Ian Dell 259 0.7 N/A
Fellowship Ronald Mallone 242 0.7 -0.6
Communist F. Hooks 149 0.4 N/A
Majority 1,211 3.5 -15.3
Turnout 67.7 -2.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 3 May 1979:

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General Election 10 October 1974:

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Elections in the 1960s

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Elections in the 1950s

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General Election 25 October 1951:

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Election in the 1940s

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Election in the 1930s

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General Election 27 October 1931:

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Conservative Sir George Hopwood Hume
Labour Edward Timothy Palmer
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Election in the 1920s

General Election 30 May 1929:

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General Election 29 October 1924:

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General Election 6 December 1923:

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General Election 15 November 1922:

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Election in the 1910s

General Election 14 December 1918:

constituency of Greenwich
Composed of the wards of Greenwich Metropolitan District
Electorate 43,750, Turnout %,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ion Hamilton Benn 14,576
Labour J Bermingham 6,471
Majority 8,105
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Buckinghamshire
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1868–1874
Succeeded by
Buckinghamshire

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