Labour triumph in Lewisham constituencies

Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, Joan Ruddock Photo: Cat Wiener

Lewisham constituencies have elected Labour MPs Joan Ruddock, Heidi Alexander, and Jim Dowd for the new Westminster Parliament. Joan Ruddock was re-elected in the constituency of Lewisham Deptford despite a swing of 3.6 per cent to the Liberal Democrats. A minister in the outgoing Labour government, Ms Ruddock had 53.7 per cent of the share of vote.  There was a substantial increase in elector turnout. 10.6 per cent more voters decided to take part. When polling stations were overwhelmed by late queues close to the 10 pm deadline, some remained open for up to half an hour after staff widened the station’s precincts to include the queues and distribute voting slips.

Lewisham Deptford election results

Joan Ruddock, Labour: 22,132; Tamora Langley, Liberal Democrat: 9,633;   Gemma Townsend, Conservative: 5,551; Darren Johnson, Green: 2,772; Ian Page, Socialist Alternative: 645; Malcolm Martin, Christian Peoples Alliance: 487.

The constituency had seen a lively campaign with sometimes bitter exchanges between the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates over the issue of the invasion of Iraq. Ms Ruddock’s voting share had been reduced by only 1.7% compared to a much larger national swing against Labour.
The last of the Lewisham constituencies to declare, the Lewisham Deptford count came in shortly after 9.30 am. In her speech, Joan Ruddock paid tribute to those who had worked through the night.

Labour held the two other Lewisham constituencies.

Lewisham East election results
Heidi Alexander, Labour: 17,966; Pete Pattison, Liberal Democrat: 11,750; Jonathan Clamp, Conservative: 9,850; Roderick Reed, UK Independence Party: 771; Priscilla Cotterell, Green Party: 624; James Rose, English Democrat: 426; George Hallam, Community Need Before Private Greed: 332

Turnout was down by half a percent. However, in Lewisham West & Penge nearly 8 per cent more voters took part and elected the Labour candidate Jim Dowd who gained 41.1 per cent of the poll and a majority of just under 6,000.

At the Lewisham East declaration, the first to be made in Lewisham around 8.30am, even the returning officer permitted himself a small joke about the long night.  Heidi Alexander, focused on the future after thanking all those involved in the campaign and the count, especially outgoing MP Bridget Prentice.

Lewisham West and Penge results
Jim Dowd, Labour: 18,501; Alex Feakes, Liberal Democrat: 12,673; Chris Phillips, Conservative: 11,489; Peter Staveley, UK Independent Party: 1,117; Romayne Phoenix, Green: 931; Stephen Hammond, Christian Peoples Alliance: 317.

Jim Dowd recognised the difficulties posed by redrawn constituency boundaries and pledged himself to making the new constituency a success.

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Results from the elections in 2005 in Lewisham

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