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
Con: 6339 (14%)
Lab: 24276 (54%)
LDem: 11875 (27%)
GRN: 1348 (3%)
Oth: 716 (2%)
MAJ: 12401 (28%)
Con: 3740 (12%)
Lab: 16118 (51%)
LDem: 9402 (30%)
GRN: 2234 (7%)
MAJ: 6716 (21%)
Con: 3249 (11%)
Lab: 18699 (62%)
LDem: 5741 (19%)
GRN: 1876 (6%)
Oth: 651 (2%)
MAJ: 12958 (43%)
Con: 4631 (13%)
Lab: 24834 (69%)
LDem: 4879 (14%)
Oth: 1516 (4%)
MAJ: 19955 (56%)

2015 Candidates
ALEX BURGHART (Conservative)
JEREMY CORBYN (Labour) See above.
JULIAN GREGORY (Liberal Democrat)
CAROLINE RUSSELL (Green) Islington councillor.
BILL MARTIN (Socialist Party GB)
Comments - 3,908 Responses on “Islington North”
  1. But Labour has fallen squarely between two stools. It’s not like their cautious approach has enabled them to hold on to leave voters. They aren’t going to out-Farage Farage, honestly they should be leading the electorate rather than following them (like they do for everything else except Brexit).

  2. I can’t see JC lasting much longer.

    LAB surely has to be unequivocally REMAIN in a 2019 or early 2020 GE. They would lose too many votes to the LD if they were not clear enough on the EU. They would have to hope their message of ‘Brexit will be bad for the Midlands and North’ gets through and is successful in holding onto their voters.

    If they were to be REMAIN it’s unimaginable the Leader could be Corbyn.

  3. I think Labour has the right position. It may not be popular but as PollTroll says you should stand for what you believe rather than what you think wins votes.

    As for Corbyn I think Peterborough will be make or break. If Labour lose I think there’ll another attempt on the leadership

  4. I see he did his angry little man routine again outside his house. I’m amazed he hasn’t learn to just say “no!” or “A statement will be released later today” – at least something, rather than trying to outmanoeuvre reporters and photographers and looking shambolic in the process.

  5. Agreed that his handling of doorstepping is poor for a professional politician, nevertheless you can’t forget that this kind of constant intrusion on a cramped Inner London street of dense terraced houses is exceptionally irritating for the neighbours, who will consequently be bending Corbyn’s ear about it 24/7.

    A business associate of mine – a fairly elderly lady – has the misfortune to live a few doors from Nick Clegg in Putney. During the coalition years she said that the constant inconvenience from the media scrum, and sometimes the security apparatus, was horrendous, especially during the tuition fees debacle.

  6. There was an extraordinary (and highly dubious) question in the most recent Yougov poll. It was basically “what do you hate most about Jeremy Corbyn?” followed by a list of all his (undoubtedly genuine) flaws, spelt out in unnecessary detail, with plenty of leading language and weasel words.

    Far be it from me to defend the old Marxist, but this looks an awful lot like push polling to me.

  7. Mike Smithson been defending it on twitter

  8. Determined not to let Corbyn’s latest policy wheeze pass under the radar. Labour’s latest report, “Land for the Many”, is suggesting that government takes control of Green Belt land (hurrah!) and… preserves it for local communities to establish and maintain allotments.

    Allotments! Just what rent-ravaged millennials need! Proof if proof were needed that Jeremy Corbyn, far from running a country in the interests of the many, plans to run it in the interests of some imaginary miniature version of himself.

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