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 Eltham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Clive Efford Labour 17,855 52.8 -1.8
Sharon Massey Conservative 10,859 32.1 +0.9
Martin Morris Liberal Democrat 4,121 12.2 +3.7
Terry Jones UK Independence 706 2.1  
Andrew Graham Independent 251 0.7  
Majority 6,996 20.7
Turnout 33,792 58.7 -17.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Up until the last election, the seat was held by long serving Tory MP, Peter Bottomley, who left in 1997 to stand in Worthing West. Lucky for him that he did, because Labourís Clive Efford, a former black cab driver, won with a very healthy majority of over 10,000 in 1997.

Situated in the south east of London, Eltham has always been a marginal, and recent boundary changes have done little to change this. Conservative support has tended to be strongest in the south (on the Bromley borders), where there are more owner-occupied houses and the area is more middle-class. Labour has fared well in the northern areas of the constituency towards Greenwich, and in areas such as Shooters Hill and Well Hall.

The constituency has been home to some famous names, many of which seem to root the seat in the annals of Labour Party folklore. Herbert Morrison and Denis Healey lived here. It was also home to Edith Nesbitt, author of the Railway Children, and her husband, Hubert Bland, who was a founding member of the Fabian society.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Eltham
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Clive Efford Labour 23,710 54.6
Clive Blackwood Conservative 13,528 31.2
Amanda Taylor Liberal Democrat 3,701 8.5
Matthew Clark Referendum 1,414 3.3
Henry Middleton Liberal Party 584 1.3
William Hitches BNP 491 1.1
Majority 10,182 23.4
Turnout 43,428 75.7
 
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