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 Putney
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Anthony Colman Labour 15,911 46.5 +0.8
Michael Simpson Conservative 13,140 38.4 -0.5
Anthony Burrett Liberal Democrat 4,671 13.6 +2.8
Pat Wild UK Independence 347 1.0 +0.5
Yvonne Windsor ProLife Alliance 185 0.5  
Majority 2,771 8.1
Turnout 34,254 56.5 -16.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
After Michael Portillo in Enfield Southgate, Putney was one of the most publicised and televised results of 1997 election night. This was one of the key embarrassments for the Conservatives: the colourful, pro European David Mellor faced a challenge from the founder and leader of the Referendum Party, Sir James Goldsmith, whose 3.5% of the vote Mellow described as ‘derisory’. In the event, Labour won by 6.8%.

The constituency is nestled comfortably between Barnes Common, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park. Like its neighbour, Richmond Upon Thames, it is a strongly middle class and affluent constituency. But unlike Richmond, where the Lib Dem Jenny Tonge broke former Tory Party Chairman Jeremy Hanley’s reign in 1997, anti-Tory tactical voting in Putney favoured Labour.

But the Tories have benefited here in the past, as in most of Wandsworth - with the exception of Tooting, due to the very low council tax of Margaret Thatcher’s flagship Wandsworth Council. All wards in Putney are held by the Conservatives on Wandsworth Council.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Putney
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Anthony Colman Labour 20,084 45.7
David Mellor Conservative 17,108 38.9
Russell Pyne Liberal Democrat 4,739 10.8
James Goldsmith Referendum 1,518 3.5
Bill Jamieson UK Independence 233 0.5
Lenny Beige Independent 101 0.2
Michael Yardley Independent 90 0.2
John Small Natural Law 66 0.2
Ateeka Poole Independent 49 0.1
Dorian Vanbraam Independent 7 0.0
Majority 2,976 6.8
Turnout 43,995 73.3
 
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