Chingford and Woodford Green
is a constituency
represented in the House of Commons
of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
. It elects one Member of Parliament
(MP) by the first past the post
system of election.
The existing, and in time for the next election modified, boundaries of Chingford and Woodford Green take in a large slice of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The constituency has Chingford in north bordering Enfield down through Highams Park, and Hatch Lane, into Woodford. The neighbouring London Borough of Redbridge ward of Monkhams is also included in the seat.
This seat was formed from parts of Chingford
and Wanstead and Woodford
before the 1997 general election
. Both seats previously had well-known MPs, namely Norman Tebbit
and Winston Churchill
respectively. Iain Duncan Smith had been MP for Chingford since 1992 and continued as MP for this constituency. Churchill had served from 1945 to 1964 as MP for the Woodford part of the new constituency; from 1924 to 1945, both Woodford and Chingford were in the Epping county constituency, for which Churchill was also MP.
Chingford and Woodford Green and its predecessors have been solid Conservative
since the beginning of the Thatcher
period. The Conservative victory over the Labour
in the constituency was less than might have been expected from the notional 1992 result relative to results nationally in the 1997 General Election. The Conservatives retained the seat in 2001 with a majority little changed on a low turnout despite Duncan-Smith being the Shadow Secretary for Defence
at the election, with a below average swing to the Conservatives. But in 2005 the Tories did better, getting twice as many votes as Labour with a swing to the Conservatives of 6.4% (over double that of the national swing) in the constituency.
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