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Putney is a 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. The Putney Constituency is known for being one of the first to return their result on many election nights.

Boundaries

Putney is a compact constituency nestling around the southern bank of the River Thames opposite Fulhammarker. As well as Putneymarker itself, it also includes the districts of Roehamptonmarker, which runs along the edge of Richmond Parkmarker, and Southfieldsmarker, which lies in the Wandle Valley at the bottom of West Hill. It takes in a small part of Wandsworthmarker town; that part south of Wandsworth High Street and west of Garratt Lane, so the Southside shopping centre is in the constituency.

Putney is bordered by the constituencies of:



Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South Londonmarker, the Boundary Commission for England has created a modified Putney constituency with the following electoral wards:

  • East Putney, Roehampton, Southfields, Thamesfield, West Hill, West Putney


History

Putney in the London County Council area from 1918 to 1949.
Putney in the London County Council area from 1950 to 1974.
When created in 1918 as 'Wandsworth Putney', the constituency was carved out of the former constituency of Wandsworth. The rest of the Wandsworth constituency was divided into Wandsworth Central, Tooting and Balham and Streathammarker. The seat was abolished in 1983 and replaced by the present constituency of 'Putney'.

Putney was held by former Conservative Secretary of State for National Heritage David Mellor from 1979 until 1997, when it was gained by Tony Colman for Labour. However, this received media attention not because of a prominent member losing their seat, but because of the fracas that erupted between Mellor and Referendum Party candidate Sir James Goldsmith, who held contrasting views on European integration, during Mellor's vote of thanks. This difference of opinion had led to a bitter and personalised campaign, and Goldsmith took the opportunity to taunt his opponent when he had been defeated.

Putney is also of note for being the first Conservative gain on election night in 2005, when Justine Greening took back the seat from Labour on a swing of 6.5%.

Next General Election

Member of Parliament

Year Member Party
1918 Samuel Samuel Coalition Conservative
1934 by-election Marcus Samuel Coalition Conservative
1942 by-election Sir Hugh Linstead Conservative
1964 Hugh Jenkins Labour
1979 David Mellor Conservative
1997 Tony Colman Labour
2005 Justine Greening Conservative


Election results

See also



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