Massive 25% fall in voters in Westminster’s Knightsbridge & Belgravia Conservative heartland

The number of voters in Westminster’s Knightsbridge & Belgravia ward has fallen by almost 25% since last year, according to Electoral Registration figures announced by Westminster City Council.

Overall, the number of local government electors in Westminster has dropped by 7.7% from last year – from 138,200 down to 127,541 – a loss of 10,659. However, Conservative held wards in south Westminster have experienced a much steeper decline in numbers of eligible voters:

• Knightsbridge & Belgravia Ward – 24.2% decline from 5,708 to 4,323
• Hyde Park Ward – 11.3% decline from 7,108 to 6,301
• St James’ Ward – 10.7% decline from 7,281 to 6,502
• West End Ward – 10.2% decline from 6,258 to 5,617
• Bryanston & Dorset Square Ward – 9.6% decline from 6,933 to 6,262
• Marylebone High Street Ward – 8.8% decline from 6,468 to 5,895

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:

“These latest electoral registration figures are a total disaster. Every single ward in Westminster has lost voters with the Conservative heartlands in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, the West End, Hyde Park and Marylebone losing the most. Over 10,500 voters have disappeared. This drop in voters cannot all be blamed on the new Individual Electoral Registration process ”

“Westminster is quickly becoming the buy-to-leave capital of the world with houses and flats being traded as ‘investment opportunities’ rather than homes for people to live in and play a part in the local community. The West End is being ‘hollowed out’ of permanent residents and this is having a negative impact on community life and the democratic process”

“If nothing else, these dreadful electoral registration figures should serve as a wake-up call for Council Leader Philippa Roe whose Knightsbridge & Belgravia Ward has lost the most voters. She now faces the prospect of losing her Council seat as a result of a statutory re-warding.”

Knightsbridge and Belgravia is now 32.2% below quota (the average number of voters per ward). According to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, a single ward which is more than 30% above or below quota is the trigger for a ward boundary review – see para 2.8 on page 5:

Total Westminster electorate by Ward
2015 2014
Abbey Road 6,290 6,533
Bayswater 6,072 6,643
Bryanston &
Dorset Square 6,262 6,933
Church Street 6,801 7,295
Churchill 6,117 6,534
Harrow Road 7,344 7,785
Hyde Park 6,301 7,108
Knightsbridge &
Belgravia 4,323 5,708
Lancaster Gate 6,781 7,461
Little Venice 6,339 6,644
Maida Vale 6,415 6,862
Marylebone High
Street 5,895 6,468
Queen’s Park 7,501 7,803
Regent’s Park 6,958 7,187
St James’s 6,502 7,281
Tachbrook 5,554 5,913
Vincent Square 6,650 7,173
Warwick 6,246 6,673
West End 5,617 6,258
Westbourne 7,573 7,938
TOTAL 127,541 138,200

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One Response to Massive 25% fall in voters in Westminster’s Knightsbridge & Belgravia Conservative heartland

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