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Wimbledon
Borough constituency
WimbledonConstituency.svg
Wimbledon shown within Greater London
Created: 1885
MP: Stephen Hammond
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Greater London
EP constituency: London

Wimbledon is one of two constituencies in the London Borough of Merton in south-west London. It is centred on the district of Wimbledon and, since 2005, is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by Conservative MP Stephen Hammond.[1]

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History

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election from the north-eastern part of the former East Surrey constituency that was abolished and broken up by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. The constituency covered a much larger area than it does today and was reduced in 1918 to create the Mitcham constituency and in 1950 to create the Merton and Morden constituency (both subsequently merged to create the Mitcham and Morden constituency).

Boundaries

When established in 1885 the constituency included the parishes of Wimbledon, Merton, Mitcham and Morden - equivalent today to the whole of the London Borough of Merton.

The constituency now occupies the northern and western parts of the borough, corresponding approximately to the borough wards of Abbey, Cannon Hill, Dundonald, Hillside, Merton Park, Raynes Park, Trinty, Village, West Barnes and Wimbledon Park.

The north and western boundaries are those of the borough. The eastern boundary follows the borough boundary with the London Borough of Wandsworth along the River Wandle east of Summerstown, then along the western edge of Lambeth Cemetery. It then heads south following the Wandle through Colliers Wood and South Wimbledon to cross Morden Hall Park. The boundary then leaves the Wandle to turn west through Morden town centre, then along the London Road (A24) before crossing Morden Park. The boundary then turns north-west towards Cannon Hill Common and then west to pass north of Morden Cemetery to reach the western borough boundary near Motspur Park station.

Wimbledon is bordered by the constituencies of:

Members of Parliament

The constituency covers the more affluent north and west of the borough and, since its establishment, has generally been represented by Conservative MPs, though there have been two periods when the Labour party has held the seat.

Year Member Party
1885 Cosmo Bonsor Conservative
1900 Charles Eric Hambro Conservative
1907 Henry Chaplin Conservative
1916 Sir Stuart Coats Conservative
1918 Sir Joseph Hood Conservative
1924 Sir John Power Conservative
1945 Arthur Palmer Labour
1950 Sir Cyril Black Conservative
1970 Sir Michael Havers Conservative
1987 Dr. Charles Goodson-Wickes Conservative
1997 Roger Casale Labour
2005 Stephen Hammond Conservative

Election results

Confirmed candidates for the next UK general election [2][3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Hammond
Labour Andrew Judge
Liberal Democrat Shas Sheehan
UKIP Mark McAleer
General Election 2005: Wimbledon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Hammond 17,886 41.2 +4.6
Labour Roger Casale 15,585 35.9 –9.8
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gee 7,868 18.1 +5.1
Green Giles Barrow 1,374 3.2 +0.8
UKIP Andrew Mills 408 0.9 –0.1
Independent Christopher Coverdale 211 0.5 +0.5
Tiger's Eye - the Party for Kids Alastair Wilson 50 0.1 +0.1
Rainbow Dream Ticket George Weiss 22 0.1 +0.1
Majority 2,301 5.3
Turnout 43,404 68.1 +3.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 7.2
General Election 2001: Wimbledon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Casale 18,806 45.7 +2.9
Conservative Stephen Hammond 15,062 36.6 0.0
Liberal Democrat Martin Pierce 5,341 13.0 –3.6
Green Rajeev Thacker 1,007 2.4 +1.4
Christian Peoples Roger Glencross 479 1.2 +1.2
UKIP Mariana Bell 414 1.0 +1.0
Majority 3,744 9.1 +2.9
Turnout 41,109 64.3 –11.1
Labour hold Swing 1.5
General Election 1997: Wimbledon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Casale 20,674 42.8 +19.5
Conservative Charles Goodson-Wickes 17,684 36.6 –16.4
Liberal Democrat Alison Willott 8,014 16.6 –4.7
Referendum Party Abid Hameed 993 2.1 +2.1
Green Rajeev Thacker 474 1.0 –0.7
ProLife Alliance Sophie Davies 346 0.7 +0.7
Mongolian Barbeque Great Place to Party Matthew Kirby 112 0.2 +0.2
Rainbow Dream Ticket Graham Stacey 47 0.1 +0.1
Majority 2,990 6.2
Turnout 48,344 75.4 –2.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 17.9
General Election 1992: Wimbledon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Goodson-Wickes 26,331 53.0
Labour K Adams 11,570 23.3
Liberal Democrat Alison Willott 10,569 21.3
Green V Flood 860 1.7
Natural Law H Godfrey 181 0.4
Independent G Hadley 170 0.3
Majority 14,761 29.7
Turnout 61,917 80.2
Conservative hold Swing

See also

References

  • Iain Dale, ed (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. The Times. 1945. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. The Times. 1950. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955. 

Coordinates: 51°25′01″N 0°13′05″W / 51.417°N 0.218°W / 51.417; -0.218

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