Coordinates: 51°37′01″N 0°00′11″E / 51.617°N 0.003°E
Chingford and Woodford Green is a constituency[n 1] in Greater London represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Iain Duncan Smith of the Conservative Party.[n 2]
The existing boundaries of Chingford and Woodford Green (changed for the 2010 general election) take in a large slice of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The constituency includes Chingford in the north bordering Enfield down through Highams Park and Hatch Lane into Woodford. Two wards in the neighbouring London Borough of Redbridge, Church End and Monkhams, are included in the seat.
Wards of the constituency (not affected by 2010 election boundary changes)
Before 1945, both Woodford and Chingford were part of Epping for general elections, for which Winston Churchill was MP. The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Chingford and Wanstead & Woodford. Both seats previously had well-known MPs, Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill (until his 1964 death) respectively. Iain Duncan Smith had been MP for Chingford since 1992 then was elected MP for this constituency.
Political geography 
Chingford and Woodford Green and its predecessors have been solid Conservative wards since the beginning of the Thatcher period in 1979. The closest contest was from Labour in the 1997 general election. The Conservatives retained the seat in 2001 with a majority little changed on a low turnout while Duncan Smith was Shadow Defence Secretary in almost complete peacetime, with a below average swing to the Conservatives. But in 2005 the Conservative incumbent did better, getting twice as many votes as Labour with a swing to the party of 6.4% (over double that nationally) from Labour.
Members of Parliament 
Elections in the 2010s 
Elections in the 2000s 
Elections in the 1990s 
See also 
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