Putney

2015 Result:
Conservative: 23018 (53.8%)
Labour: 12838 (30%)
Lib Dem: 2717 (6.3%)
Green: 2067 (4.8%)
UKIP: 1989 (4.6%)
Others: 184 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 10180 (23.8%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

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

Main population centres: Putney, Southfields, Roehampton.

Profile: Putney is a residential seat on the south bank of the Thames opposite Fulham. It covers Putney itself, Southfields and Roehampton. Putney is largely affluent leafy, owner occupied suburbia, an area of golf and rowing clubs similar to its neighbour Richmond Park. Southfields is a grid of victorian built terraced housing, now gentrified and popular with commuters. However, there is also a substantial amount of social housing here and a large number of tower blocks in the vast council estate in Roehampton alongside Richmond Park.

Politics: A normally Conservative seat that fell to Labour in 1997. the solid base of Labour support in Roehampton meant it was Labour who garnered the anti-Conservative vote here and held the seat between 1997 and 2005, unlike the rest of south-west London where the Liberal Democrats gained from anti-Conservative feeling in the 1990s. Most general election nights produce a defining result of some sort - in 1992 David Amess`s defence of Basildon symbolised the Conservative victory, in 1997 Michael Portillo`s defeat in Enfield Southgate was a defining moment of history (though the result here in Putney, where David Mellor was barracked by Sir James Goldsmith is also well remembered), in 2001 perhaps Peter Mandleson`s victory speech in Hartlepool gained most attention in a standstill election. In 2005 this was the first Conservative gain and provided in Justine Greening a photogenic symbol of Conservative gains for the media to focus on the next day.


Current MP
JUSTINE GREENING (Conservative) Born 1969, Rotherham. Educated at Oakwood Comprehensive School and Southampton University. Former accountant and former finance manager at Centrica. Contested Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush 2001. First elected as MP for Putney in 2005. Economic Secretary 2010-2011, Secretary of State for Transport 2011-2012. Secretary of State for International Development since 2012.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21223 (52%)
Lab: 11170 (27%)
LDem: 6907 (17%)
GRN: 591 (1%)
Oth: 894 (2%)
MAJ: 10053 (25%)
2005*
Con: 15497 (42%)
Lab: 13731 (38%)
LDem: 5965 (16%)
GRN: 993 (3%)
Oth: 388 (1%)
MAJ: 1766 (5%)
2001
Con: 13140 (38%)
Lab: 15911 (46%)
LDem: 4671 (14%)
UKIP: 347 (1%)
Oth: 185 (1%)
MAJ: 2771 (8%)
1997
Con: 17108 (39%)
Lab: 20084 (46%)
LDem: 4739 (11%)
Oth: 546 (1%)
MAJ: 2976 (7%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JUSTINE GREENING (Conservative) See above.
SHEILA BOSWELL (Labour) Media and communications consultant. Contested Wandsworth councillor since 2010.
ANDY HALLETT (Liberal Democrat)
TRICIA WARD (UKIP) Educated at Leeds University. Tutor and journalist.
CHRIS POOLE (Green)
GUY DESSOY (Animal Welfare) Educated at Maplesden Noakes Secondary and Open University. Chief Operations Officer.
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Comments - 260 Responses on “Putney”
  1. Thamesfield (Wandsworth) result:
    CON: 48.9% (-0.4)
    LAB: 28.2% (+10.0)
    LDEM: 15.9% (+5.3)
    GRN: 7.0% (-9.1)

    Con HOLD.
    Turnout 32%

  2. Cons easily hold the Thamesfield ward

    Thamesfield (Wandsworth) result
    CON: 48.9% (-0.4)
    LAB: 28.2% (+10.0)
    LDEM: 15.9% (+5.3)
    GRN: 7.0% (-9.1)

    That was something of an anti-climax but it does re-affirm what I mentioned earlier re my cynicism re Labs ability to win Wandsworth borough in 2018, there has clearly been big movements towards Lab in the area but probably not enough to win the borough outright.

  3. I dunno whether they can or not but idk if this result reflects it either way. The swing was lower than june but the london council poll shows little has changed. So who knows

  4. It’s quite a good result for the Conservatives. It remains to be seen whether there’s further movement between now and the 2018 elections – there will have to be for Labour to take control, indeed quite a lot of it.

  5. Pretty good for the Tories.

  6. As pointed out on the 2007 site, that’s effectively just a Green to Labour swing and even the notional 4% Con>Lab swing would not see any new wards being gained by Labour in Wandsworth in May.

    I assume the GE was just young professional remainers turning out as they did in London, but they’re very content with the famously low Council Tax they pay here.

  7. There’s been ticket-splitting In Wandsworth for a long time. I think Putney had all Tory held wards on the Council when it was a Labour seat.

  8. I think that comparing the swing in this council by election with the General Election is ‘apples-and-pears’ stuff.

    The 2017 GE saw a 10.2% Con to.Lab swing in Putney by comparison to the 2015 GE, in which the Tories led Labour nationally by 7 points.

    This by election saw a 5.2% Con to Lab swing in comparison with the 2014 local elections. But it’s easy to forget that Labour ‘won’ by 2 points in May 2014 in that they led the Conservatives by 31% to 29% on Projected National Vote.

    Therefore, this by election suggests that voting intention here is much the same now as it was on 8th June.

  9. James: I’m rather in agreement with SBJME that Wandsworth is an unusual council where the Tories always do far better at a local level as compared to the Westminster seats which are classic marginals (well, Tooting is now safe Labour territory, but the other two are anyway).

    No reason for Labour to be particularly discouraged by falling short in what was a long-shot ward anyway – but it must be said that given the electoral weather the Tories held up pretty well. Clearly their famously low council taxes are still very popular

  10. The other thing I’d say about London in general is that Labour must be quite near their ceiling in the capital, and there is no way we will be seeing 10% swings to Labour next election. If Labour win a majority, it will be because the rest of the UK, particularly the Midlands, has to some extent “caught up” with London.

    There was clearly a very strong reaction against Brexit in Central London, and it may even unwind somewhat in 2022 or whenever, if the Tories pick the right leader. Very possible that Labour win a majority while the Tories hold Putney – just as happened in 2005.

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