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Mitcham and Morden is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History

The seat was created in the 1974 boundary re-distribution from the former constituencies of Merton and Morden and Mitcham. Between 1974 and 1982 it was represented by Bruce Douglas-Mann who was elected as a Labour MP but defected in 1982 to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). On defecting he resigned his seat and sought re-election as an SDP MP, he was the only defector to have resigned his seat. In the subsequent By-Election held in May 1982 at the time of the Falklands War, the seat elected Angela Rumbold of the Conservative Party, this was the last time that any seat has been gained by a governing party in office in the UK. It was also the last time the Conservative Party would gain a seat at a by-election until 22 May 2008 when Edward Timpson took Crewe and Nantwichmarker.

At the 1997 General Election the seat reverted to Labour and Siobhain McDonagh was elected as Member of Parliament. At the 2001 General Election and the 2005 General Election, she was re-elected and her majority is 12,560 (31.5%) and the seat was the 87th safest Labour seat at the 2005 General Election. At the election, the constituency had the 3rd lowest swing to the Conservatives of any London constituency and Siobhain McDonagh has a larger percentage majority then when she was first-elected in 1997. The seat has had a swing to Labour of 22% since the 1987 General Election.

Recent years have seen growth in the ethnic minority population and it now makes up approximately one third of the population.

Boundaries

Based with the London Borough of Mertonmarker, the constituency consists of the following wardsColliers Woodmarker, Cricket Green, Figges Marsh, Graveney, Lavender Fields, Lower Morden, Longthornton, Pollards Hillmarker, Ravensbury and St Helier.

The Boundary Commission recommondations which will be implemented at the next election are relatively minor with about 750 electors moving from Mitcham and Morden to Wimbledonmarker and about 500 electors moving from Wimbledon to Mitcham and Morden. This has been caused by wards being aligned with constituency boundaries following the implementation of new ward boundaries for the London Borough of Mertonmarker at the 2002 Local Elections.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Bruce Douglas-Mann Labour, then Independent SDP
1982 by-election Angela Rumbold Conservative
1997 Siobhain McDonagh Labour


Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Elections in the 1980s

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