Islington North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 8465 (17.2%)
Labour: 29659 (60.2%)
Lib Dem: 3984 (8.1%)
Green: 5043 (10.2%)
UKIP: 1971 (4%)
Others: 112 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 21194 (43%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Tufnell Park, Archway, Finsbury Park, Highbury.

Profile: A compact, densely-populated inner-city seat in North London, the smallest in the country by area. While there is some gentrification this this seat covers some of the most deprived, troubled and crime-ridden parts of Islington, inclusing the huge Andover Estate. It includes HMP Holloway and Arsenal`s Emirates Stadium. Islington is a particular young area, and has the highest proportion of unmarried people in the country.

Politics: The constituency has been safely Labour since the 1930s, though the then sitting MP Michael O`Halloran defected to the SDP in 1981 and fought the seat as an independent in 1983, having lost the selection for the SDP nomination.


Current MP
JEREMY CORBYN (Labour) Born 1949, Chippenham. Educated at Adam`s Grammar School and North London Polytechnic. Former trade union organiser. Haringey councillor 1974-1983. First elected as MP for Islington North in 1983. Leader of the Labour Party since 2015. Jeremy Corbyn spent over thirty years on Labour`s backbenches, a stalwart member of the left-wing Campaign Group and Labour`s most rebellious MP. In the 2015 he was the left`s sacrificial candidate for the Labour leadership, reportedly because it was his turn. In the event he was not just competitive in the contest, but won a landslide victory.
Past Results
2010
Con: 6339 (14%)
Lab: 24276 (54%)
LDem: 11875 (27%)
GRN: 1348 (3%)
Oth: 716 (2%)
MAJ: 12401 (28%)
2005
Con: 3740 (12%)
Lab: 16118 (51%)
LDem: 9402 (30%)
GRN: 2234 (7%)
MAJ: 6716 (21%)
2001
Con: 3249 (11%)
Lab: 18699 (62%)
LDem: 5741 (19%)
GRN: 1876 (6%)
Oth: 651 (2%)
MAJ: 12958 (43%)
1997
Con: 4631 (13%)
Lab: 24834 (69%)
LDem: 4879 (14%)
Oth: 1516 (4%)
MAJ: 19955 (56%)

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ALEX BURGHART (Conservative)
JEREMY CORBYN (Labour) See above.
JULIAN GREGORY (Liberal Democrat)
GREG CLOUGH (UKIP)
CAROLINE RUSSELL (Green) Islington councillor.
BILL MARTIN (Socialist Party GB)
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Comments - 3,870 Responses on “Islington North”
  1. A Survation poll came out today with CUKs on 1%

  2. They’ll do much better than that in the Euros I expect

  3. I think the main reason Corbyn wont agree a deal with May is that he is worried about a leadership challenge from Thornberry, Starmer, or Clive Lewis and how that could be very close. .

  4. No. There is not going to be a leadership challenge. Nor will it be from any of them

  5. Surprising to see the climate protestors targeting Corbyn today.

    I encountered them yesterday walking across Oxford Street / Edgware Road / Marble Arch and I have to say I thought it was a bit of a hoot, and very refreshing to see those roads with no traffic on for a change. However they’ve made their point and they need to quit while they are ahead. Disrupting the trains and tubes is a big no no IMO, and it’s time to move the road camps.

    Demographically it was whiter than Tommy Robinson’s rally the other week. Hardly a black or brown face, and nobody recognisably working class. Wall to wall white middle class hippies. That’s why they are certain to fail.

  6. Theyve chained themselves to his home because hes ‘the only hope’ interesting strategy

  7. Unsympathetic as I usually am to Corbyn, targeting politicians at their home address is out of order.

  8. They are basically another PETA, a well-meaning organisation with utterly counterproductive tactics.

    The problem is that by tying their environmental cause to radical leftism, they are signalling that climate change should only be a cause for the radical left. Or perhaps, to be incredibly cynical, it’s actually the other way round – that they are using climate change as a Trojan horse to promote an anarchist agenda.

  9. That seems quite a dismissive attitude to me. This the fourth protest and the governments reaction so far has been to talk them down. Increasingly their actions get more radical to get attention. The government could address this now before it gets out of hand

  10. By comparison to most other developed countries, Britian’s action on climate change has been pretty bloody good, actually. Emissions per capita are at their lowest in this country since the industrial revolution, and falling every year.

    For the government to “address this now” – to meet the campaigners’ demand for zero emissions by 2025 – they would have to ban cars, planes and meat tomorrow. Something tells me that they would prefer to tolerate a little bit of travel disruption for a couple of weeks.

  11. I think the government needs to say they recognise their concerns and I think allowing weeks of unrest is failing their duty to the country. The government have done plenty but even so we are now past the point that we can even reverse the affects of climate change

  12. Of course, more can always be done. But Extinction Rebellion are being fundamentally dishonest about the trade-offs. Zero by 2025 would require more than just (government-enforced) lifestyle changes, we would take the sort of economic hit that would make Brexit look like loose change. And of course, unless we get the rest of the world, including the developing world, to buy into this scheme, then we’d fry anyway, we just be poorer as we did so.

  13. It may push the government to achieve their zero diesel goal in 2040 earlier

  14. Britain’s emissions have fallen largely because we’ve closed so much of our manufacturing industry down. If you include the emissions made overseas to manufacture the stuff we import, our emissions trend certainly isn’t “bloody good”.

    Nevertheless this can only be addressed at a global level and the use of childish ultimatums is counter productive.

  15. HH is spot on with their demographic.

    After all the Green MP has been on their protests. ER often turn up outside full council meetings wearing forensic-style white suits and even gas masks!

  16. As with the 2011 riots and student protests, there must be a big risk of gang elements getting involved and turning things ugly. Giving the police and politicians the excuse they need to get tough and clear the protestors out. I do not buy the view that the police are being incompetently weak, I think they are biding their time.

  17. Maybe – more similar to the Student Protests than the 2011 Riots in it would probably be mostly middle class people being violent.

  18. A ComRes poll of 1,047 voters shows that a majority now think the Labour Party is anti-semitic.

    51% (up from 34% in the previous poll).

    Indeed it’s now the third set of local elections where the issue is hurting Labour in 30 wards in particular.

  19. Latest ComRes poll shows Labour 10 points ahead and the Tories on their lowest share since 2003

  20. Ed Miliband quite often had ten-point leads over the Tories at this point in the 2010-15 cycle, for all the good it did him.

    But I sense this is different. The calamity that has befallen the country is a little more serious than unfairly taxed baked goods or people booing the Chancellor at the Olympics.

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