Eltham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 15700 (36.4%)
Labour: 18393 (42.6%)
Lib Dem: 1308 (3%)
Green: 1275 (3%)
UKIP: 6481 (15%)
MAJORITY: 2693 (6.2%)

Category: Semi-marginal Labour seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of the Greenwich council area.

Main population centres: Eltham, Kidbroke, New Eltham.

Profile: A south-east London seat in the borough of Greenwich. Parts of the seat like New Eltham are largely suburban commuterland with more in common with areas like Bexley. There is also a large amount of open green space here, such as Oxleas Wood, Shooters Hill and Avery Hill park, now a campus for the University of Greenwich. The suburban parts of the constituency though are balanced out by the large proportion of council estates such as Middle Park, Page, Horn Park and Coldharbour.

Politics: Eltham is the more Conservative part of Greenwich - in fact it was a Tory seat from 1975 when Peter Bottomley won a by-election in the then Woolwich West until 1997. Like much of London it has moved towards Labour in the intervening years, to the point that it can still be held by Labour in an election like 2010, one of their worst ever results.


Current MP
CLIVE EFFORD (Labour) Born 1958, London. Educated at Walworth Comprehensive. Former London taxi driver. Greenwich councillor 1986-1998. Contested Eltham 1992. First elected as MP for Eltham in 1997.
Past Results
2010
Con: 15753 (38%)
Lab: 17416 (42%)
LDem: 5299 (13%)
BNP: 1745 (4%)
Oth: 1751 (4%)
MAJ: 1663 (4%)
2005*
Con: 12105 (34%)
Lab: 15381 (44%)
LDem: 5669 (16%)
UKIP: 1024 (3%)
Oth: 1126 (3%)
MAJ: 3276 (9%)
2001
Con: 10859 (32%)
Lab: 17855 (53%)
LDem: 4121 (12%)
GRN: 706 (2%)
Oth: 251 (1%)
MAJ: 6996 (21%)
1997
Con: 13528 (31%)
Lab: 23710 (55%)
LDem: 3701 (9%)
Oth: 1075 (2%)
MAJ: 10182 (23%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
SPENCER DRURY (Conservative) Born 1969, Woolwich. Educated at Colfes. Teacher. Greenwich councillor since 2002. Contested Eltham 2005, Greenwich and Woolwich 2010.
CLIVE EFFORD (Labour) See above.
ALEX CUNLIFFE (Liberal Democrat) Contested Erith and Thamesmead 2010.
PETER WHITTLE (UKIP)
JAMES PARKER (Green) Policy advisor.
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Comments - 152 Responses on “Eltham”
  1. “HH – thanks (again). Who was jailed?”

    Michael Vearncombe, for fraud. He resigned as a Westminster councillor in disgrace after being found guilty. He is the civil partner of Westminster North agent Jonathan Frazer-Howells, who famously said his own candidate Joanne Cash’s pregnant stomach revolted him!

    Vearncombe changed his name to Michael Asher when released from jail and he and Frazer-Howells got into more controversy with the goings on at the hotel in Spain they bought.

  2. Thanks – v useful.

    As you may know the wider issue of Cllrs being convicted is something I follow and a colleague is working on this in greater depth. Yes, I’ve discovered quite a few convicted cllrs change their names upon release and this is of great concern and I’m frankly amazed it is allowed, particularly when many of them have been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

    A friend of mine has recently started working in Merseyside. He’s keen on investigative journalism, which is sadly rare these days. In just over a month he has uncovered that 10% of Cllrs have Court orders against then for Council Tax arrears (which if they vote on the Budget to set Council Tax is a criminal offence) and 5% have criminal convictions. You can perhaps imagine the reaction to this – support has been overwhelming from the public (he literally had his own post bag of letters and emails thanking him and asking him to investigate some alleged corruption), but he’s received real vitriol and even a nuisance ‘phone call/threat from a local politico.

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