Wanstead and Woodford (UK Parliament constituency)

Wanstead and Woodford
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
19641997
Number of members One
Replaced by Chingford & Woodford Green, Ilford North, and Leyton & Wanstead
Created from Woodford

Wanstead and Woodford was a constituency in north-east London, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It existed between 1964 and 1997.

Not shown among seats (constituencies) this is the original extent of the 1964 to 1974, in local government terms as it matched the shaded council area

History of results

Between 51.7% and 63.6% of voters voted Conservative at the relevant elections (General Elections; there were no by-elections).

The runner-up's party varied, between Liberal and Labour candidates, and the winning majority ranged from 26.7% to 43% over the runner-up.

Boundaries

1964–1974: The Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford (in Essex); (thus, 1965 to 1974, the same zone, in the London Borough of Redbridge as to local government unit (council) instead).

1974–1983: The London Borough of Redbridge wards of Bridge, Clayhall, Snaresbrook, Wanstead, and Woodford.

1983–1997: The London Borough of Redbridge wards of Bridge, Church End, Clayhall, Monkhams, Roding, Snaresbrook, and Wanstead.

Creation and successors

This seat was set out contingently by the Parliamentary Constituencies (Ilford and Woodford) Order 1960 from the calling of the next general election, which proved to be 1964.[1] The Order adjusted the boundaries of Ilford North, Ilford South and Woodford (renamed Wanstead and Woodford), reflecting those of the boroughs in 1956.

This was the only boundary change (of any constituencies) between 1955 and February 1974.)[citation needed]

The seat until 1973 was almost identical to its forerunner Woodford (that is, had very minor boundary changes).[citation needed]

The seat was ended in 1997 so as to variously:

Proposals to resurrect the seat existed in the Boundary Commission review published on 13 September 2011.[3] If agreed, this would consist of wards Monkhams, Bridge, Church End, Roding, Snaresbrook and Wanstead with the return of Clayhall and the addition of Cranbrook and Valentines in Redbridge to the east of the A406 trunk road.

Members of Parliament

Elections

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Wanstead and Woodford [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 19,580 55.3
Liberal John E. Lockwood 8,901 25.2
Labour James George Morrell 6,917 19.5
Majority 10,679 30.1
Turnout 35,398
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1966: Wanstead and Woodford [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 19,063 56.07
Labour David E de Saxe 8,785 25.84
Liberal John C. Griffiths 6,150 18.09
Majority 10,278 30.23
Turnout 33,998
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Wanstead and Woodford [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 20,065 61.15
Labour Anthony P Barker 8,522 25.97
Liberal Richard H Hoskins 4,224 12.87
Majority 11,543 35.18
Turnout 32,811
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Wanstead and Woodford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 23,056 51.72
Liberal DJ Gilby 11,155 25.02
Labour R Darlington 10,365 23.25
Majority 11,901 26.70
Turnout 44,576
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Wanstead and Woodford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 21,209 53.20
Labour R Darlington 10,369 26.02
Liberal DJ Gilby 8,272 20.76
Majority 10,840 27.18
Turnout 39,850
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1979: Wanstead and Woodford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 26,214 63.61
Labour MG Mcnulty 8,464 20.54
Liberal A Cornish 6,535 15.86
National Front C Bond 957 2.32 New
Majority 17,750 43.07
Turnout 42,170
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Wanstead and Woodford [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Jenkin 23,765 60.25
Liberal K. Crawford 9,411 23.86
Labour Lesley Hilton 5,334 13.52
Ecology Cynthia Warth 476 1.21 New
National Front Harold Marshall 456 1.16
Majority 14,354 36.39
Turnout 39,442 68.35
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1987: Wanstead and Woodford [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Arbuthnot 25,701 61.3 +0.9
Liberal John Bastick 9,289 22.1 −1.8
Labour Lesley Hilton 6,958 16.6 +3.1
Majority 16,412 39.2 +2.8
Turnout 41,948 72.4 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Wanstead and Woodford [10] [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Arbuthnot 26,204 60.0 −1.3
Labour Lyn Brown 9,319 21.3 +4.7
Liberal Democrats Gary P. Staight 7,362 16.8 −5.3
Green Francis M. Roads 637 1.5 New
Natural Law Anthony J. Brickell 178 0.4 New
Majority 16,885 38.7 −0.5
Turnout 43,700 78.3 +5.9
Conservative hold Swing −3.0

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