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Eltham (UK Parliament constituency)

Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Eltham in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 63,059 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created [[United Kingdom general election, 1983#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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Member of parliament Clive Efford (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Woolwich West
European Parliament constituency London

Eltham /ɛltəm/ is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[n 1]

It is a marginal Labour-held seat covering roughly the southern half of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London.[2][3]


The constituency is in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in south-east London. Before 1983, a constituency with similar boundaries was called Woolwich West.

The seat is bordered by the constituencies of:

It is made up of seven electoral wards:
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The new boundaries and wards of the Eltham parliamentary constituency (red) shown with the rest of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (yellow).

Latest boundary changes

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that part of Plumstead ward be transferred from Eltham to the constituency of Erith and Thamesmead; that parts of Glyndon ward and Woolwich Common ward be transferred from Eltham to Greenwich and Woolwich; and that parts of Middle Park and Sutcliffe ward, Eltham West ward and Kidbrooke with Hornfair ward be transferred from Greenwich and Woolwich to Eltham.[4]


Famous as the birthplace of American-raised comedian and Hollywood film star Bob Hope. Shooters Hill and Blackheath presents open green and well-planted parkland with many residential locations that also share in impressive views over Canary Wharf commercial district of London. Eltham itself has a short, winding and typical high street, and is bypassed however by a main Road (the A20).

The seat was held by high profile Tory Peter Bottomley for over two decades (as Woolwich West and then Eltham) before Labour gained the seat in 1997. After fairly comfortable victories then and in 2001, the Labour majority decreased quite significantly in 2005, though Labour were able to resist some of the national swing against the party in 2010 to hold the seat.

Most of Eltham itself is Conservative, but Eltham West and the remaining wards in the seat are inclined to Labour. Conservative support has tended to be strongest in the south (on the Bromley borders), where there are more owner-occupied houses and the area is more middle-class. Labour has fared well in the northern areas of the constituency towards Greenwich, and in areas such as Shooters Hill and Well Hall.[5]

The Eltham Conservative Association became the first in London to select a prospective parliamentary candidate by means of an open primary election where any voter on the electoral roll was entitled to attend and vote. David Gold (PPC Brighton Pavilion 2001) defeated Jackie Doyle-Price (PPC Sheffield Hillsborough 2005) and Eric Ollerenshaw (former Greater London Assembly member) by winning more than 50% of the ballot in the first round at a meeting chaired by Michael Portillo on 31 July 2006 at the Bob Hope Theatre. Approximately 140 people turned up for the open primary meeting.[6][7]

Members of Parliament

Election Member[8] Party
1983 Peter Bottomley Conservative
1997 Clive Efford Labour

Election results

General Election 2015: Eltham[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clive Efford 18,393 42.6 +1.1
Conservative Spencer Drury 15,700 36.4 -1.2
UKIP Peter Whittle 6,481 15.0 +12.6
Liberal Democrat Alex Cunliffe 1,308 3.0 -9.6
Green James Parker 1,275 3.0 +2.0
Majority 2,693 6.2 +2.2
Turnout 43,157 67.4 +0.4
Labour hold Swing 1.2
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010[10]
Electorate: 63,059
Turnout: 41,964 (67.0%) +8.6
Labour hold
Majority: 1,663 (4.0%) -5.3
Swing: -1.8% from Lab to Con
Clive EffordLabour17,41641.5-0.7
David Gold Conservative15,75337.5+2.9
Steven Toole Liberal Democrat5,29912.6-4.7
Roberta Woods BNP1,7454.2+1.6
Ray Adams UKIP1,0112.4-0.4
Arthur Hayles Green4191.0N/A
Mike Tibby English Democrats2170.5N/A
Andrew Graham Independent1040.2-0.2
General Election 2005
Turnout: 35,305 (61.7%) +3.0
Labour hold
Majority: 3,276 (9.3%) -11.4
Swing: -5.7% from Lab to Con
Clive EffordLabour15,38143.6-9.2
Spencer Drury Conservative12,10534.3+2.2
Ian Gerrard Liberal Democrat5,66916.1+3.9
Jeremy Elms UKIP1,0242.9+0.8
Barry Roberts BNP9792.8N/A
Andrew Graham Independent1470.4-0.7
General Election 2001
Turnout: 33,792 (58.7%) -17.0
Labour hold
Majority: 6,996 (20.7%) -2.7
Clive EffordLabour17,85552.8-1.8
Sharon Massey Conservative10,85932.1+0.9
Martin Morris Liberal Democrat4,12112.2+3.7
Terrence Jones UKIP7062.1N/A
Andrew Graham Independent2510.7N/A
General Election 1997
Turnout: 43,428 (75.7%) -3.0
Labour gain from Conservative
Majority: 10,182 (23.4%)
Clive EffordLabour23,71054.6+12.7
Clive Blackwood Conservative13,52831.2-14.8
Amanda Taylor Liberal Democrat3,7018.5-3.2
M Clark Referendum Party1,4143.3N/A
H Middleton Liberal5841.3N/A
William Hitches BNP4911.1N/A
General Election 1992
Turnout: 40,929 (78.7%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 1,666 (4.07%)
Peter BottomleyConservative18,81346.0
Clive Efford Labour17,14741.9
Christopher McGinty Liberal Democrat4,80411.7
Andrew Graham Independent1650.4
General Election 1987
Turnout: 76.92%
Conservative hold
Majority: 6,460 (15.53%)
Peter BottomleyConservative19,75247.50
D. Vaughn Labour13,29231.96
E.J. Randall Liberal8,54220.54
General Election 1983
Turnout: 74.1% (N/A)
Conservative hold
Majority: 7,592 (18.62%)
Peter BottomleyConservative19,53047.9N/A
C.P. Moore Labour11,93829.3N/A
E.J. Randall Liberal9,03022.2N/A
P. Banks BNP2760.7N/A

See also


  1. ^ As with all constituencies, Eltham elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

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