Lewisham East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 9574 (22.3%)
Labour: 23907 (55.7%)
Lib Dem: 2455 (5.7%)
Green: 2429 (5.7%)
UKIP: 3886 (9.1%)
Others: 672 (1.6%)
MAJORITY: 14333 (33.4%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of Lewisham council area.

Main population centres: Catford, Blackheath, Grove Park, Lee.

Profile: Lewisham East is on the cusp of inner-city London and the suburbs - towards Lewisham town centre itself, and some of the overspill housing development it is very much an inner city towards, but towards the boundaries with Greenwich and Bromley there are more middle class areas - Grove Park and the almost village like Blackheath, named after the large open space that stretches out north from the area towards Greenwich.

Politics: Lewisham East was historically a marginal seat and was held by the Conservatives for much of the 1980s (it was originally won by them in their 1983 landslide, mostly due to Labour losing support to the SDP candidate, one Polly Toynbee). It has since become a solidly Labour seat, the Conservatives are no longer seriously competitive here at a Parliamentary level and in 2014 lost their final councillors in Grove Park ward.


Current MP
HEIDI ALEXANDER (Labour) Born 1975, Swindon. Educated at Churchfields Comprehensive and Durham University. Former researcher for Joan Ruddock MP. Lewisham councillor 2004-2010. First elected as MP for Lewisham East in 2010. Shadow Health Secretary since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 9850 (24%)
Lab: 17966 (43%)
LDem: 11750 (28%)
UKIP: 771 (2%)
Oth: 1382 (3%)
MAJ: 6216 (15%)
2005*
Con: 7512 (24%)
Lab: 14263 (46%)
LDem: 6787 (22%)
GRN: 1243 (4%)
Oth: 1322 (4%)
MAJ: 6751 (22%)
2001
Con: 7157 (24%)
Lab: 16116 (54%)
LDem: 4937 (16%)
BNP: 1005 (3%)
Oth: 825 (3%)
MAJ: 8959 (30%)
1997
Con: 9694 (26%)
Lab: 21821 (58%)
LDem: 4178 (11%)
Oth: 805 (2%)
MAJ: 12127 (32%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PETER FORTUNE (Conservative) Bromley councillor.
HEIDI ALEXANDER (Labour) See above.
JULIA FLETCHER (Liberal Democrat) Fomer Lewisham councillor.
ANNE MARIE WATERS (UKIP)
STORM POORUN (Green) Contested Camberwell and Peckham 2001.
NICK LONG (People Before Profit)
MAUREEN MARTIN (CPA)
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Comments - 56 Responses on “Lewisham East”
  1. Heidi Alexander has resigned as Shadow Health Secretary

  2. PMQs is going to be a riot

  3. There’ll be no-one left on the Opposition Bench to ask any questions!

  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36632956

    “half of Labour top team to resign”.

  5. If resignations are going as far as Heidi Alexander (someone whose views can be described as fairly typical of the Parliamentary Labour Party, not a ‘moderate’ in the Tristram Hunt/Liz Kendall or even Hilary Benn sense) then Corbyn is really going to struggle to have a front bench at all.

  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37418099

    The Moynihans and drugs again.

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