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 - 284 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.

  11. Wide reports that Justine Greening is going to be sacked in the reshuffle.

    A bit tough on her, IMO, considering she has had to put up with defending grammar school plans that she clearly doesn’t agree with. There are definitely ministers more deserving of the sack, but a lot of these reshuffles come down to how well individual ministers get on with the PM, rather than how competently they carry out their briefs.

  12. More time to defend Putney

  13. As expected.

    Being offered the DWP was pretty insulting though. Considering the rationale for moving her was she hadn’t bought in to the government’s official education policies, why would you then offer her another role where she would have to defend the most controversial policy this government has?

  14. Further thoughts on the reshuffle, in more-or-less chronological order:

    – I’m sure everyone here will wish James Brokenshire a speedy recovery. It’s a real hospital pass for Karen Bradley, and, to be honest, one I don’t think she’s up to.

    – Brandon Lewis is a rather “meh” appointment as chairman, but it sounds a lot better when you remember it was almost Chris Grayling.

    – The tons of new backroom staff at CCHQ is probably the most positive thing for the Tories today. It’s a good way of fast-tracking some of the new blood (including two of the 2017 intake), something which was long overdue. Although, the whole expansion of the Tory machine does give off the impression that the Tories are more concerned with themselves than the country.

    – Good to see an actual lawyer at justice again. Hopefully Gauke might last longer than twelve months, because the constant chopping and changing can’t be good for prisons etc.

    – Say what you like about Jeremy Hunt, he’s very good at holding on to his job. And, in fairness, there isn’t anyone who could do his job without being just as unpopular, because being a Conservative health secretary in a poor economic climate is pretty much an impossible job. Combining health & social care into one role is something that people from across the political spectrum have been crying out for for ages – though the headline is “Hunt survives” which means nobody will care.

    – Really seems like Greg Clark refused to go. Good on him, his industrial strategy is one of the better things this government is doing. And for both him and Justine Greening to go would have begun to look like a purge of the Europhiles.

    – Honestly, I haven’t a clue who Damian Hinds is. But Justine Greening was a good education secretary, so he’s probably a downgrade. As I said above, she was treated pretty roughly.

    – And finally, Esther McVey. Yeah. Seems like an indication that the Tories have given up on trying to clean up Iain Duncan Smith’s turd and are instead intent on smearing it all over the place. Not a good look – but I do wonder whether she might end being inexplicably popular. She does have a bit of a following…

  15. Whilst I’m not a massive fan of Justine Greening, it’s hard to fathom how she’s got the boot when some of her counterparts whose performances have been far worst have emerged unscathed

    Her known personal opposition to the government’s plans to build more grammar schools, one of the few policies Theresa May hasn’t yet turned her back on, seems to have sealed her fate

  16. Tbf Hunt makes me miss Lansley

  17. I totally agree that Karen Bradley is nowhere near up to the job. She was already one of the weakest members of the Cabinet. Perhaps she’s more of an ‘effective behind the scenes’ person because her media performances have been totally uninspiring.

    Anyone else think Leadsom escaped by the skin of her teeth today?

  18. Matt: I understand where you’re coming from – I just don’t think if there was another Conservative health sec that the situation in the NHS would be any different. Ultimately, departments can’t spend more money than the treasury allows. So the question is, is Hunt doing as well as he can when he clearly doesn’t have enough resources for the job? I get the hatred of Hunt, especially since the doctors’ strikes, but he’s largely a figurehead, and ultimately I think the problems come from higher up (ie budgets that leave him short of money).

  19. Yes Tristan & she isn’t the only one.

  20. Back to Miss Greening – today in Parliament she was pointedly sitting in mutineer corner.

    So the passage of the government’s various Brexit bills has just got a little bit harder…

  21. Yes – why did May think it was a good idea to have an anti-Brexit MP representing an overwhelmingly pro-EU constituency on the backbenches, and leaving on such poor terms?

  22. Incidentally I canvassed in this constituency this morning, in West Hill ward. Very interesting & clearly significant movement to Labour in the bit we did, in some cases even since last year’s election. Of course Labour has to win wards over & above West Hill to take control.

  23. Justine Greening today:

    “I represent a very young constituency here in London. And the bottom line is that, looking ahead, if Brexit doesn’t work for young people in our country, in the end it will not be sustainable. When they take their place here, they will seek to improve or undo what we have done and make it work for them. So we do absolutely have a duty in this House to look ahead and ensure that whatever we get is sustainable and works for them.”

  24. Didn’t take her long!

    I quite like Greening, but I also think she was rather over promoted and achieved relatively little in her various Cabinet roles.

  25. @Tristan

    Actually, she quietly achieved a good deal on skills and training, in an unshowy way.

    The Tory reputation amongst parents of schoolchildren was in the dirt after the idiotic school cuts last year and she did a lot to try to mend that as well. The school system is, on the quiet. under a great deal of strain – teacher recruitment and retention is in a lot of trouble – and we’ll see how easy it is to keep the show on the road at all over the next few months. Plus she had the university system and the showboating of The Other Johnson to deal with.

    This is one of the toughest jobs in the Cabinet right now.

  26. I think when it comes to staff retention, if you look at teaching in the cold light of day, unless someone wants to progress to department head, or a head teaching role, the position of someone such as a primary school teacher is reserved for someone with a real passion for their job, over financial aspects.

    If you consider the potential career possession for someone with the intelligence of a good teacher, in almost any field, flipping burgers at McDonalds, or job based training/coaching… much more £££ and less stress.

    Okay you lose the holidays per year but that’s a minor detail I’d say.

  27. @Luke

    You usually have sensible things to say, but teacher pay is far, far better than you will get flipping burgers. But career structures are an issue and the job is terribly pressured.

    But all the rest that goes with it is much less attractive. The basic problem is that foolish politicians have used teachers as a political football for far too long. One thing unites every press and political critic of teachers – not a one of them would last a week in the job themselves.

  28. Chris: I think Luke’s point was that burger flippers have career progression. I don’t know the exact figures, but I’d imagine a branch manager at a fast-food joint has better pay than a teacher.

  29. Yes, five years ago I knew a lad who was an area manager for McDonalds and he was earning close to £30k, by his mid-20’s, looking after a small handful of stores.

    He was street smart but not in any way academic (by his own admission) and was on the property ladder, and going along OK.

    A newly qualified teacher can expect to earn just over £20k, and once they start earning more they’ll start paying student loans back, and of course the hefty pension contribution takes a dent out of their disposable income.

    The person who has made their way to an area manager at McDonalds could always go into a more glamorous form of retail if they want down the line, they’ll have managerial experience at a young age… because staff turnover is high, if you stick at it you can go quite far quite quickly.

    I think when it comes to local authority expenditure there ought to be more in the budget for their pay… with less for the equality and diversity types, and other box ticking jobs that don’t really benefit the tax payer.

    Only one example I know, before my head is bitten off.

  30. It illustrates an interesting point; we tend not to know how much people get paid.

    Here are basic teacher pay rates (with the points you can get for other activity included at the end). If you are a teacher who does not progress, you can earn more as a branch manager in retail (and supermarkets pay better than FMCG), that is entirely true.

    https://www.tes.com/jobs/careers-advice/pay-and-conditions/qualified-teachers-pay-scales

    McDonalds is actually known to have decent training and progression these days, to be fair. The ‘McJobs’ label really got to them – a case of social pressure changing the way a company operates and quite interesting for that.

  31. Yes, they have for quite a while I think.

    When you think of the amount of hours a non-progressing teacher would work, in term time it is barely above minimum wage.

    And any holidays you do have will be much more expensive…

    You are right about pay, some jobs are underpaid and others you wonder why the salaries are so high. NHS NW were advertising for an assistant head of equality and diversity, up to £55k starting wage… yet people who have meaningful jobs like teachers and nurses receive poor pay.

    Frustrating!

  32. I’d be wary into falling into the trap around low teacher pay – none would be “non-progressing” as they’d automatically, as with pretty much all public sector posts, move up their grade annually, so that salary in the low 20s is only really illustrative of their starting salary. Even then my stepbrother started on around £27k post qualification. Responsibility points (and with it increases in salary) are readily accrued too.

    The average salary of teaching staff at my daughter’s primary school is just over £40k.

  33. Chris: I’m not sure that the McJobs reputation has gone, it’s more that McDonalds is no longer such a dominant player in the British fast food market, and therefore people have stopped use it as a byword for undesirable employment.

  34. @Polltroll

    Oh, I’m not saying the reputation has gone – it’s still there – just that it’s not as warranted as it used to be. McDs treats its staff a lot better than it used to.

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