Battersea South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Battersea South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County County of London, then Greater London
19181983
Number of membersOne
Replaced by Battersea, Tooting
Created from Battersea (abolished and largely succeeded by Battersea North)
Clapham (part of)

Battersea South was a parliamentary constituency, originally in the County of London and later in Greater London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the UK Parliament (using first-past-the-post voting).

Contents

It was created for the 1918 general election, when the former Battersea constituency was divided in two and the Clapham constituency was reduced in size, losing both of its Battersea wards of the four in total. Battersea South was abolished for the 1983 general election, when the bulk of its territory was reunited with Battersea North to form a new Battersea seat. The south of its area formed a new Tooting seat.

Boundaries

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Battersea South in London 1918-49
A map showing the wards of Battersea Metropolitan Borough as they appeared in 1916 Battersea Met. B Ward Map 1916.svg
A map showing the wards of Battersea Metropolitan Borough as they appeared in 1916
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Battersea South in London 1950-74

1918–1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, St John, Shaftesbury, and Winstanley.

1950–1974: The Metropolitan Borough of Battersea wards of Bolingbroke, Broomwood, Lavender, Nightingale, St John, Shaftesbury, Stormont, and Thornton.

1974–1983: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of Balham, Earlsfield, Fairfield, Nightingale, and Northcote.

The seat was created by the Representation of the People Act 1918. When seats were redistributed by the Representation of the People Act 1948 the boundaries of the constituency were altered to contain only four wards, and Winstanley ward was transferred to Battersea North. [1] However the wards of the borough were redrawn in 1949 prior to the next general election in 1950. [2] Accordingly, changes were made under the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949. Of the 16 new wards, eight were included in each of the Battersea North and South constituencies. [3] [4]

In 1965 Battersea became part of the London Borough of Wandsworth. This, however made no immediate change to the parliamentary constituencies. It was not until the general election of February 1974 that the constituency boundaries were altered. [5] The Shaftesbury and St John's wards were transferred to Battersea North, while the redrawn constituency incorporated areas previously in the Clapham and Putney seats. These boundaries were used until abolition. [4]

The constituency was abolished in 1983. Most of its area (Balham, Fairfield and Northcote wards) went to the recreated Battersea seat, with part (Earlsfield and Nightingale wards) passing to Tooting. [5]

Members of Parliament

ElectionMemberParty
1918 Viscount Curzon Conservative
1929 by-election William Bennett Labour
1931 Sir Harry Selley Conservative
1945 Caroline Ganley Labour Co-operative
1951 Ernest Partridge Conservative
1964 Ernie Perry Labour
1979 Alf Dubs Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Alf Dubs 13,98445.11
Conservative Wellesley Wallace13,65244.04
Liberal Jennifer Ware2,8029.04
National Front A Perry5611.81
Majority3321.07
Turnout 31,00070.92
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ernest Perry 14,28447.84
Conservative Wellesley Wallace11,43338.29
Liberal Jennifer Ware3,97113.3
More Prosperous Britain Thomas Keen1700.57
Majority2,8519.55
Turnout 29,85663.9
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ernest Perry 14,43142.55
Conservative Anthony V Bradbury12,77837.68
Liberal G Mulholland5,91917.45
National Front John Clifton7872.32
Majority1,6534.87
Turnout 33,91673.02
Labour hold Swing
General election 1970: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ernest Perry 10,92549.54
Conservative Ian Norman Samuel9,22741.84
Liberal Raymond Benad1,1835.36
National Front Tom Lamb7163.25
Majority1,6987.7
Turnout 22,05063.57
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ernest Perry 13,65152.94
Conservative Ian Norman Samuel9,86138.24
Liberal Basil Weekley2,2768.83
Majority3,79014.70
Turnout 72.95
Labour hold Swing
General election 1964: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ernest Perry 12,25346.84
Conservative Ernest Partridge 10,61540.57
Liberal David Layton 3,29412.59
Majority1,6386.26
Turnout 72.30
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Battersea South [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Ernest Partridge 14,20348.26
Labour Co-op Geoffrey Rhodes 12,45142.31
Liberal William Broderick Mattinson2,7749.43
Majority1,7525.95
Turnout 78.85
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Ernest Partridge 15,04447.57
Labour Eric Kenneth I Hurst14,36545.42
Liberal Alan Cooper-Smith2.2197.02
Majority6792.15
Turnout 80.60
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1951: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Ernest Partridge 17,73150.71
Labour Co-op Caroline Ganley 17,23749.29
Majority4941.41
Turnout 85.61
Conservative gain from Labour Co-op Swing
General election 1950: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Co-op Caroline Ganley 16,14246.30
Conservative Ernest Partridge 15,77445.24
Liberal Clifford Henry Tyers2,9498.46
Majority3681.06
Turnout 85.62
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Election in the 1940s

General election 1945: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Co-op Caroline Ganley 19,27561.53
Conservative Ernest Partridge 12,05038.47
Majority7,22523.06
Turnout 73.04
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing

Election in the 1930s

General election 1935: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Harry Selley 21,26857.3
Labour Herbert Romeril 15,82142.7
Majority5,44714.6
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Harry Selley 27,85766.9
Labour William Bennett 12,82230.8
New Party Leslie Charles Cuming9092.3
Majority15,03536.1
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1920s

General election 1929: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour William Bennett 18,11343.9
Unionist Harry Selley 17,69542.8
Liberal William J. West 5,51613.3
Majority4181.0
Turnout 72.5
Labour hold Swing
1929 Battersea South by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour William Bennett 11,78945.5
Unionist Harry Selley 11,21343.4
Liberal Vivian Albu 2.85811.1
Majority5762.1
Turnout 25,55757.7
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
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Curzon
General election 1924: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Francis Curzon 19,58857.7
Labour Albert Winfield 14,37142.3
Majority5,21715.4
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General election 1923: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Francis Curzon 14,55852.09.5
Labour Albert Winfield 13,44048.0+9.5
Majority1,1184.019.0
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing 9.5
General election 1922: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Francis Curzon 17,68561.56.7
Labour Albert Winfield 11,05038.5+23.8
Majority6,63523.030.5
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing 15.2

Election in the 1910s

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Lynch
General election 1918: Battersea South
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Unionist Francis Curzon 15,67068.2n/a
Labour Arthur Lynch 3,38314.7n/a
Liberal Joseph William Molden2,2739.9n/a
Independent John Ernest Philip Jenkin*1,6577.2n/a
Majority12,28753.5n/a
Turnout 53.4n/a
Unionist win (new seat)
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

* Jenkin was supported by and possibly the nominee of the local National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers branch.

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References

  1. Representation of the People Act 1948, (1948, C.65), Schedule 1
  2. Battersea (Wards) Order 1949 (S.I. 1949/552)
  3. The House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) (No. 2) Order, 1949 (S.I. 1949 No. 1440)
  4. 1 2 F A Youngs Jr., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol I: Southern England, London, 1979
  5. 1 2 The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 (1970 No. 1674)