Stepney, Limehouse (UK Parliament constituency)

Stepney (UK Parliament constituency)

Stepney was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Stepney district of the East End of London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.


The constituency existed for two separate periods:


The constituency was first created in 1885, as a division of the parliamentary borough of Tower Hamlets, centred on the Stepney neighbourhood in the East End of London. The area was administered as part of the Tower division of the county of Middlesex.

In 1889 there were administrative changes. The territory of the constituency was severed from Middlesex and included in the new County of London. The lower tier of local government in the area continued to be administered by parish vestries and local boards of works.

In 1900 local government in London was rationalised. The Stepney Board of Works was abolished and the civil parish of Stepney became part of a larger Metropolitan Borough of Stepney.

In the redistribution of parliamentary seats in 1918, the Metropolitan Borough was divided between three constituencies - Limehouse, Mile End and Whitechapel and St George's. The previous Stepney constituency was abolished and largely replaced by Whitechapel and St George's.

In the next major redistribution of parliamentary seats, which took effect for the United Kingdom general election, 1950, the Stepney constituency was re-created. The 1950 version of the seat comprised the whole of the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney.

In 1965 Stepney became part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Greater London. When parliamentary constituencies were next redistributed, for the February 1974 general election, the area was included in the Stepney and Poplar seat.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 John Charles Durant Liberal
1886 Frederick Wootton Isaacson Conservative
1898 William Charles Steadman Liberal-Labour
1900 Sir William Eden Evans-Gordon Conservative
1907 Frederick Leverton Harris Conservative
1910 William Samuel Glyn-Jones Liberal
1918 constituency abolished
1950 constituency recreated
1950 Walter Edwards Labour
1964 Peter Shore Labour
1974 constituency abolished


Elections in the 1970s

Elections in the 1960s

Elections in the 1950s


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