Chelsea and Fulham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chelsea and Fulham in Greater London
CountyGreater London
Population105,697 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate62,958 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentGreg Hands (Conservative)
Created fromKensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham

Chelsea and Fulham is a constituency in Greater London represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Greg Hands of the Conservative Party. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the former neighbouring constituency of Hammersmith and Fulham from 2005 until it was abolished at the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies. He is currently Minister for London and Minister of State for Trade Policy.[3]


Map of present boundaries

Chelsea and Fulham constituency is made up of the following electoral wards:[4]

2010 boundary change

Following the review of parliamentary representation in London, the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham were paired for constituency allocation purposes and allocated three seats between them.

This broke the previous pairings of Kensington and Chelsea with the City of Westminster, and of Hammersmith and Fulham with the London Borough of Ealing, and therefore abolished the mainstay[clarification needed] but not comprehensive[clarification needed] seats Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea with their "spillover" cross-boundary seats of Regents Park and Kensington North and Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush.

The historical constituency of Kensington was recreated, and the Hammersmith seat was also revived.

2023 boundary review

Chelsea and Fulham in 2023

Under the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, enacted by the Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023, the boundaries of the constituency from the next general election, due by January 2025, will be composed of the following:

The new boundaries reflect revised local authority ward structures. In order to bring the electorate within the permitted range, the Hammersmith and Fulham wards of Fulham Reach and West Kensington will be transferred from the, to be abolished, constituency of Hammersmith. The whole of the Kensington and Chelsea ward of Brompton and Hans Town will be included in the new constituency of Kensington and Bayswater.

Political history

The constituency includes affluent areas and opulent private housing. The small amount of social housing in the constituency is concentrated in the smaller than ward-size Worlds End Estate. This is the safest urban Conservative seat in the country based on length of tenure[seems unlikely as the seat has recently been created] and size of majorities. An alternative in-depth analysis, of local elections, confirms one ward has seen opposition members in elections since the 1980s, of 11 wards forming the seat. At the 2010 election, only five other constituencies voted more strongly for the Conservative Party: Richmond (Yorkshire), Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, Windsor (Berkshire), Hampshire North East and Chesham and Amersham also in Buckinghamshire.[6]

Somewhat surprisingly, however, in the 2017 United Kingdom general election the Conservative majority in Chelsea and Fulham was almost halved from 16,022 to 8,188, making it only the eighth-safest Conservative seat in Greater London (with several other seats such as Romford and Bexleyheath and Crayford proving safer for the Tories despite previously electing Labour MPs in the Blair era, whilst Chelsea never did).

In the early 1960s the Chelsea Labour Party (old boundaries) created the National Campaign for the Young Chronic Sick, led by constituency member (Mr) Marsh Dickson, which generated national TV and newspaper coverage leading to the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 promoted as a Private Members Bill by Alf Morris MP.

Proposed boundary expansion

To return to a reduced the number of MPs (600 nationally) it was proposed that the Chelsea and Fulham constituency would be abolished and merged into two constituencies of Hammersmith & Fulham, a notional Labour seat, and Kensington & Chelsea, a notional Conservative seat.[7]

Constituency profile

The football grounds at Stamford Bridge and Craven Cottage are in the seat, which is the chosen home of many of London's elite footballers, as well as other wealthy celebrities. The constituency includes the fashionable King's Road thoroughfare, a key destination for shopping and culture.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[8] Party
2010 Greg Hands Conservative


For results of predecessor seats, see Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Elections in the 2020s

Next general election: Chelsea and Fulham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Blaise Baquiche[9]
Labour Ben Coleman[10]
Green Mona Crocker[11]
Conservative Greg Hands

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Chelsea and Fulham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Hands 23,345 49.9 –2.7
Liberal Democrats Nicola Horlick 12,104 25.9 +14.9
Labour Matt Uberoi 10,872 23.2 –10.0
Animal Welfare Sam Morland 500 1.0 New
Majority 11,241 24.0 +4.6
Turnout 46,821 69.8 +3.7
Registered electors 67,110
Conservative hold Swing –8.8
General election 2017: Chelsea and Fulham[13][14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Hands 22,179 52.6 –10.3
Labour Alan De'Ath 13,991 33.2 +10.1
Liberal Democrats Louise Rowntree 4,627 11.0 +5.8
Green Bill Cashmore 807 1.9 –1.8
UKIP Alasdair Seton-Marsden 524 1.2 –3.9
Majority 8,188 19.4 –20.4
Turnout 42,128 66.1 +2.7
Registered electors 63,728
Conservative hold Swing –10.3
General election 2015: Chelsea and Fulham[16][17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Hands 25,322 62.9 +2.4
Labour Alexandra Sanderson 9,300 23.1 +4.6
Liberal Democrats Simon Bailey 2,091 5.2 –11.0
UKIP Adrian Noble 2,039 5.1 +3.9
Green Guy Rubin 1,474 3.7 +2.0
Majority 16,022 39.8 –2.2
Turnout 40,226 63.4 +3.3
Registered electors 63,478
Conservative hold Swing –1.1
General election 2010: Chelsea and Fulham[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Hands 24,093 60.5
Labour Alex Hilton 7,371 18.5
Liberal Democrats Dirk Hazell 6,473 16.2
Green Julia Stephenson 671 1.7
UKIP Tim Gittos 478 1.2
BNP Brian McDonald 388 1.0
New Independent Conservative Roland Courtenay 196 0.5
English Democrat George Roseman 169 0.4
Blue Environment Godfrey Spickernell 17 0.0
Majority 16,722 42.0
Turnout 39,856 60.1
Registered electors 66,257
Conservative win (new seat)
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

The new seat of Chelsea and Fulham was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election, when it had a notional Conservative majority of over 10,000 based on 2005 election results.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "Chelsea and Fulham: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Sunak reshuffle: Shapps named energy secretary in department shake-up". BBC News. 7 February 2023. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Seat Details". Electoral Calculus. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023". Schedule 1 Part 3 London region.
  6. ^ "Majority Sorted Seats". Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Interactive map of proposed New Boundary Seats 2018". Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
  9. ^ "Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidates". Mark Pack. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  10. ^ Ben Coleman [@ChelFulhamBen] (3 February 2023). "I'm thrilled to be longlisted as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Chelsea & Fulham. It's encouraging that so many people tell me I have the experience to beat Greg Hands. Let's finally get a Labour MP in Chelsea & Fulham" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Chelsea and Fulham: Mona Crocker". West Central London Green Party. Retrieved 17 March 2024.
  12. ^ "Candidates for Chelsea and Fulham Constituency 2019 general election" (PDF). London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Candidates for Chelsea and Fulham Constituency 2017 general election". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Chelsea and Fulham Parliamentary constituency". BBC. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ election result "General Election 7 May 2015 - Hammersmith & Fulham". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 3Aug15
  18. ^ "Chelsea & Fulham parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2018 – via
  19. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  20. ^ Times Online guide to the Chelsea and Fulham constituency Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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