Hackney North & Stoke Newington

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7341 (14.7%)
Labour: 31357 (62.9%)
Lib Dem: 2492 (5%)
Green: 7281 (14.6%)
UKIP: 1085 (2.2%)
Others: 327 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 24016 (48.1%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of the Hackney council area.

Main population centres: Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Dalston, Clapton.

Profile: A highly cosmopolitian and multi ethnic seat covering Stoke Newington, Clapton and Hackney Downs. This seat has one of the ten highest proportions of black residents, a significant Muslim population and also one of the highest Jewish populations because of the densely packed ultra-orthodox Hassidic Jewish community around Stamford Hill, one of the pockets of strength of the Conservative party in the seat, at least at local elections. Stamford Hill aside this is a Labour seat, there are the beginnings of gentrification and private house prices are rocketing, but this is mostly a seat of council and social housing, of estates, tower blocks, deprivation, high crime and drug problems.

Politics: Unsurprisingly this is a solid Labour seat and Diane Abbott increased her already healthy majority in 2015, pushing it to almost fifty percent.


Current MP
DIANE ABBOTT (Labour) Born 1953, Paddington. Educated at Harrow County Grammar School and Cambridge University. Former television researcher and press officer. Westminster councillor 1982-1986. First elected as MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1987. Shadow minister for public health until 2013. Shadow internationla development secretary since 2015. She is a left winger and prior to joining the frontbench was a regular rebel against the Labour whip, opposing Iraq, foundation hospitals, top-up fees and 90 day detention - she also branched out into television and regularly appeared on the BBC`s week politics show This Week in a double act with Michael Portillo. In 2010 she contested the Labour leadership, finishing last.
Past Results
2010
Con: 6759 (15%)
Lab: 25553 (55%)
LDem: 11092 (24%)
GRN: 2133 (5%)
Oth: 924 (2%)
MAJ: 14461 (31%)
2005*
Con: 4218 (14%)
Lab: 14268 (49%)
LDem: 6841 (23%)
GRN: 2907 (10%)
Oth: 1146 (4%)
MAJ: 7427 (25%)
2001
Con: 4430 (15%)
Lab: 18081 (61%)
LDem: 4170 (14%)
GRN: 2184 (7%)
Oth: 756 (3%)
MAJ: 13651 (46%)
1997
Con: 5483 (17%)
Lab: 21110 (64%)
LDem: 3806 (12%)
Oth: 1909 (6%)
MAJ: 15627 (48%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
AMY GRAY (Conservative) Educated at Oxford University. Government affairs manager.
DIANE ABBOTT (Labour) See above.
SIMON DE DENEY (Liberal Democrat)
KEITH FRASER (UKIP)
HEATHER FINLAY (Green)
JONATHAN SILBERMAN (Communist League)
JON HOMAN (Animal Welfare)
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Comments - 362 Responses on “Hackney North & Stoke Newington”
  1. Turnout here last night was apparently 146%

  2. Diane Abbot’s mysterious resignation as Shadow Home Secretary on the eve of polling day is revealed – she has been diagnosed with diabetes.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40268505

    Apparently she has had the condition for two years. She has type 2, which is the more common form and tends to be associated with diet and obesity, whereas Theresa May has type 1, which is genetic. I can certainly see why they wanted to keep this a secret, particularly during her stint as Shadow Health Sec.

  3. Stat of the day: Diane Abbot receives ten times more abusive messages than any other MP. In the six months leading up to the election, she received 45% of all abuse aimed at female MPs.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/2017/09/we-tracked-25688-abusive-tweets-sent-women-mps-half-were-directed-diane-abbott

  4. It does seem that female MPs receive far more abuse than male ones. Especially female MPs who belong to ethnic minorities.

  5. One caveat about this study – it was conducted basically by searching for key slurs in a very large number of tweets. It just happens that there are more derogatory terms available for women, LGBT people and ethnic minorities than there are for straight white males (eg there is no male equivalent of “slut” – promiscuous men are “studs” or “players” but these words have desirable connotations). So it may be partly a measure of the state of the English language in 2017. (Then again, you could argue that the very fact that English has evolved this way demonstrates the Orwellian concept of newspeak, that language has developed to perpetuate certain kinds of bigotry. It’s a chicken & egg scenario.)

  6. It’s a tough one. I personally think that Abbott is a pretty useless MP, and is hopelessly overpromoted. She invites criticism, irrespective of her gender and race. But it is definitely apparent (particularly in the comments sections of certain newspapers, and on YouTube etc) that much of the criticism of her is horribly nasty and racist.

    There does seem to be something about Abbott personally that many people seem to take offence to. Let’s say that Oona King doesn’t lose her seat in 2005 and is still an MP today. There’s no way that she would be receiving the same level of vitriolic abuse that Abbott receives.

  7. She is definitely rather useless, but is locally popular and doesn’t deserve the nasty abuse directed at her. There is a big difference between criticising someone’s work, and attacking them personally.

  8. The thing is, that she uses her abuse victim status to shield herself from legitimate political criticism. The losers who send her rape threats are probably helping her politically.

  9. I disagree. I don’t think to much of Abbott as a politician but i dont believe this whole argument that its the victims fault. The genuine critcisms of abbott i agree with are clouded by the vile comments made not by abbott hiding behind them.

  10. I think Abbott does herself no favours because of her occasional veiled racist rant…

    She’s nowhere near as bad as Yasmin Alibhai Brown, who is frankly disgusting.

  11. I’m sorry no. Racism is inexcusable. Its unacceptable to attack someone personally regardless of what hateful views they hold.

  12. I agree. I’m anything but an Abbott fan, yet racism is not what we need in politics, regardless of the person to whom it is directed. It poisons the social atmosphere and steps outwith the bounds of acceptable personal attacks.

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