Hackney South & Shoreditch

2015 Result:
Conservative: 6420 (13.5%)
Labour: 30693 (64.4%)
Lib Dem: 2186 (4.6%)
Green: 5519 (11.6%)
UKIP: 1818 (3.8%)
TUSC: 302 (0.6%)
Independent: 78 (0.2%)
Others: 624 (1.3%)
MAJORITY: 24273 (51%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Shoreditch, Hoxton, Hackney.

Profile: An inner city seat to the north-east of the City. Given the areas transport links and close proximity to the city period properties in central Hackney are being to be gentrified, and areas like Hoxton and Shoreditch have become popular with artists and fashionable urban professionals. However, the vast bulk of this seat is still troubled, poverty ridden concrete council estates. Within London the proportion of social housing is second only to Camberwell and Peckham.

Politics: A safe Labour seat, the party have won every election here since 1935. Oddly enough two Labour MPs for Hackney South in a row have defected to the centre party. Ron Brown, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch from 1974-1983 defected to the SDP in 1981, when he was defeated by Labour`s Brian Sedgemore. Sedgemore in turn defected to the Liberal Democrats shortly before 2005 when he stood down from Parliament. In the 1990s the Liberal Democrats enjoyed success at a local level here, but it never translated into Parliamentary strength and following a difficult period of Liberal Democrat-Conservative control of Hackney council they largely collapsed, leaving every council seat in this ward in the hands of Labour.

Current MP
MEG HILLIER (Labour) Born 1969, Hampstead. Educated at Portsmouth High School and Oxford University. Former journalist. Islington councillor 1994-2002. Contested London Assembly member fo North-East London 2000-2004. First elected as MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch in 2005. PPS to Ruth Kelly 2006-2007, Under-secretary of state at the Home Office 2007-2010. Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary 2010-2011.
Past Results
Con: 5800 (14%)
Lab: 23888 (56%)
LDem: 9600 (22%)
GRN: 1493 (3%)
Oth: 2077 (5%)
MAJ: 14288 (33%)
Con: 4524 (14%)
Lab: 17048 (53%)
LDem: 6844 (21%)
GRN: 1779 (6%)
Oth: 2042 (6%)
MAJ: 10204 (32%)
Con: 4180 (14%)
Lab: 19471 (64%)
LDem: 4422 (15%)
Oth: 2274 (7%)
MAJ: 15049 (50%)
Con: 4494 (13%)
Lab: 20048 (59%)
LDem: 5068 (15%)
Oth: 3523 (10%)
MAJ: 14980 (44%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
JACK TINLEY (Conservative)
MEG HILLIER (Labour) See above.
BEN MATHIS (Liberal Democrat)
BILL ROGERS (Workers Revolutionary)
Comments - 73 Responses on “Hackney South & Shoreditch”
  1. A Sunday Times correspondent who lives here wrote an amusing piece about Hoxton and Shoreditch.

    Voters here vape not vote – she asked around twenty, half of whom had artisan beards and worked in local boutiques and 90% weren’t going to vote and a couple even thought it was an offensive suggestion.

  2. Was this in last Sundays edition (3rd May) Lancs Observer?

  3. Yes, Christian.

  4. Ok, thanks. I’ll have a quick look now.

  5. Poor result for the Greens here (third place behind the Tories!!!!) Should have been able to come second in a seat which contains the hip ‘n’ happening / trendy Shoreditch.

  6. The LDs lost their deposit by 3 votes.

  7. “Poor result for the Greens here (third place behind the Tories!!!!) Should have been able to come second in a seat which contains the hip ‘n’ happening / trendy Shoreditch.”

    And Hoxton. Two districts of London I find unbearably smug.

  8. “From those Shoreditch irritants who tweet and drink coffee to New Cross creatives, Tufnell Park princesses, banker boys, grime guys and more, the city’s dwellers now define themselves more by their cultural interests than by their relationship to capital.
    And to these tribes we must now add a new one, a growing one, and an annoying one. Let’s call them metropolis moaners, a largely middle-class set that spends its every waking hour complaining about how smoggy, noisy and, most of all, bloody expensive life in London is.”


  9. “And Hoxton”

    Neil – Yes, how could I forget to mention Hoxton too? Should have been rich pickings for the Greens here. I think they would have been a good second place position here if Lucas were leader.

  10. I don’t think people realise how small Hoxton is, and that most of it is occupied by council estates (albeit with quite a lot of right to buy). I refer you to the census data for this constituency given at the top.

    Like Islington South or Poplar & Limehouse this is a very poor constituency despite the pockets of trendy wealth.

  11. yes Labour don’t win Hoxton ward overwhelmingly for nothing. lt is certainly not just wealthy city workers, or even wealthy trendy beardies.

  12. “wealthy trendy beardies”

    Haha! I miss Barnaby. Hope he comes back to this site soon.

    If Corbyn leads Labour into the 2020 GE, I suspect the party’s majority to shoot through the roof in this seat. I’m expecting a minimum of a 31,000 majority for Labour here in 2020.

  13. Meg Hillier MP has said unions could be “shooting themselves in the foot” by annoying the public with strikes around Christmas.

    She was responding to the revelation that the RMT President wants to, “strike to bring down the capitalist system and replace it with a socialist order.”

  14. Not much of a revelation

  15. He really must be extreme if even Mike Cash has disowned what he said.

  16. I think what the RMT president means is “strike to get a pay rise”. While some trade union leaders may be revolutionary Marxists, the workers they represent are most certainly not.

    People complain about how politicians are so dissimilar to the people they represent, but they are not a patch on trade union leaders.

  17. well are you surprised when only 3 million people in this country of 63 million people are unionised and about 15% of union members actually vote in the elections to the general secretary

  18. To be fair to them its 6.5 million and 25% of the workforce.

    You can’t fairly class children or OAPs as non-members as they’re not of working age.

  19. Luke Parker has been selected as Conservative candidate. He contested Brent North in 2015.

  20. Is this about to happen all over the country?

    “Left-wing candidates uproot Labour centrists at Hackney S & Shoreditch party AGM after membership soars”.

    Piece says it went up to 900 after Corbyn elected in September 2015 but has risen to a current + 3,000!! Is this the seat where the biggest proportion of electors are a member of a party?


  21. My CLP has also seen left-wingers gain some positions from right-wingers last week, though it was very evenly-divided.

  22. Meg Hillier actually got the better result out of the two Hackney seats here than Diane Abbott did.

  23. @Christian
    “If Corbyn leads Labour into the 2020 GE, I suspect the party’s majority to shoot through the roof in this seat. I’m expecting a minimum of a 31,000 majority for Labour here in 2020.”
    September 25th, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Well, it was 24,000+ in 2015, 37,000+ in 2017 and 33,000+ in 2019. So you were right there, although huge majorities in safe Labour seats going up yet more seems to be something we don’t tend to notice.

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