This riding is bordered to the north by the London city limits and to
the south by Dingman Creek and Southdale Road. The city limits make
up the western border, and the eastern boundary runs along Hutton Road
and Wonderland Road to Oxford Street and on to the Thames River and
the railway line.
The labour force in this riding works mostly in professional and service
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, London West was formed out
of parts of the old London South, London Centre and London North ridings.
The hotly-contested new riding of London West was won by the Tories
in 1999 by fewer than 200 votes.
In the former riding of London South, PC candidate John White held
the seat from 1959 to 1975. Liberal candidate John Ferris defeated his
Tory opponent in the 1975 election by only 559 votes.
Liberal Joan Smith became MPP in 1985 and was appointed solicitor general
following the election of 1987. She resigned two years later after visiting
a police station to inquire about a case. In 1990, the New Democrats
won the riding, but lost it to the Tories in 1995.