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Richmond was a parliamentary constituency in the southern suburbs from 1918-1983 of London returning one member of parliament (MP).

The constituency was created by the Representation of the People Act 1918 as a parliamentary borough, and comprised the Municipal Borough of Richmond and Urban Districts of Barnes and Ham. It had formerly been the northern part of the Kingston Division of Surrey.


In 1932 the Barnes Urban District was incorporated as a Municipal Borough. In the following year most of Ham was incorporated in the Municipal Borough of Richmond. These administrative changes did not lead to any immediate change in the constituency boundaries.

In the redistribution of parliamentary seats, which took effect in 1950, this constituency was not significantly changed. It was defined in the Representation of the People Act 1948 as comprising the Municipal Boroughs of Barnes and Richmond. There were some minor boundary changes to the two Municipal Boroughs, which affected the parliamentary seat from 1964.

In 1965 the area of the constituency became the southern part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in Greater London.

When the next redistribution of parliamentary seats took effect in 1974, the constituency was again broadly unchanged. It was defined as comprising the following wards of the London Borough: Barnes, East Sheen, Ham-Petersham, Kew, Mortlake, Palewell, Richmond Hill, and Richmond Town.

The seat was abolished in 1983 when it was replaced by the new Richmond and Barnes constituency.

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