Leicester South

2015 Result:
Conservative: 9628 (21%)
Labour: 27473 (59.8%)
Lib Dem: 2127 (4.6%)
Green: 2533 (5.5%)
UKIP: 3832 (8.3%)
TUSC: 349 (0.8%)
MAJORITY: 17845 (38.8%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: East Midlands, Leicestershire. Part of the Leicester council area.

Main population centres: Leicester.

Profile: Leicester South is a varied constituency. It contains some of the most pleasant and affluent areas of Leicester in the form of Stoneygate, Knighton and Aylestone, more deprived council estates like Saffron and Eyres Monsell and more ethnically diverse areas towards the centre of Leicester (by 2011 just over half of the constituency was non-white, with Muslims making up the largest ethnic minority). The seat also contains HMP Leicester and both of Leicester`s universities.

Politics: This was once a Conservative vs Labour marginal and was held by the Conservatives between 1983 and 1987. It moved strongly towards Labour through the 1990s and was considered a safe Labour seat until the death of Jim Marshall in 2004. The subsequent by-election was fought under the shadow of the Iraq war and won by the Liberal Democrats from third place, making Parmjit Singh Gill the only Liberal Democrat MP from an ethnic minority. He held the seat for only a year before being defeated in a rematch against Labour`s by-election candidate Sir Peter Soulsby at the 2005 general election. Soulsby subsequently resigned to become elected mayor of Leicester in 2011, giving Leicester South a second by-election in space of 7 years - the second by-election was safely held by Labour.

By-Election: There was a by-election in this seat in LAB HOLD. For full details see here.

Current MP
JONATHAN ASHWORTH (Labour) Born 1978, Salford. Educated at Philips High School and Durham University. Former head of party relations for Ed Miliband, formerly Deputy Political Secretary to Gordon Brown. First elected as MP for Leicester South in 2011 by-election.
Past Results
Con: 10066 (21%)
Lab: 21479 (46%)
LDem: 12671 (27%)
BNP: 1418 (3%)
Oth: 1490 (3%)
MAJ: 8808 (19%)
Con: 7549 (18%)
Lab: 16688 (39%)
LDem: 12971 (31%)
GRN: 1379 (3%)
Oth: 3824 (9%)
MAJ: 3717 (9%)
Con: 9715 (23%)
Lab: 22958 (54%)
LDem: 7243 (17%)
GRN: 1217 (3%)
Oth: 1009 (2%)
MAJ: 13243 (31%)
Con: 11421 (24%)
Lab: 27914 (58%)
LDem: 6654 (14%)
Oth: 941 (2%)
MAJ: 16493 (34%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
LEON HADJINIKOLAOU (Conservative) Born Greece. Heart surgeon.
JONATHAN ASHWORTH (Labour) See above.
ANITA PRABHAKAR (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - 20 Responses on “Leicester South”
  1. Interesting that the Hindu population in this constituency (7.3%) is vastly outnumbered by the Muslim (27.8%). I used to assume that because Leicester East has a large Hindu constituency that that was also true for this seat.

  2. Had the Hindu population outnumbered the Muslims, it’s very unlikely that Labour would have lost the 2004 by-election.

  3. Lab 53
    LD 17
    Con 15
    UKIP 8
    Others 7

    This is my prediction for 2015 here.
    There is limited UKIP potential here due to the ethnic minority vote here and I don’t think the Conservatives will do any worse than the 2011 by election result.

  4. I think that’s quite a good prediction Alexander. The Tories do still have some support in some wards & it’s not impossible that they might just grab second.

  5. LAB 50
    CON 19
    LD 19
    UKIP 6
    GRN 4
    OTH 2

  6. Not ministerial material by the sounds of his comments at the Nigel/Nick debate… a bit bumbling…

  7. Your party did well to keep second place in this by-election in 2011. Congratulations.
    After losing tonnes of councillors.

  8. What has that got to do with the MP being incoherent?

  9. Leon Hadjinikolaou, chosen as the Tory PPC

  10. Channel 4 programme on immigration in Leicester:


  11. I saw that last week. It got quite heated at various times. What is quite revealing is that a couple of the 1st generation immigrants had the most critical views on recent immigration. I knew that some of the more settled migrant groups who’ve done well in Britain have shown a lot of concern on the matter, but perhaps this hasn’t been covered in the media much.

  12. If India is ruled by anti-Muslim fascists that’s where the Hindu vote in England is going.

  13. ER?….

  14. Labour Hold. 15,000 majority. Tories 2nd.

  15. It is being reported that Jon Ashworth is considering resigning from the shadow cabinet and by default the NEC( Him and Angela Eagle are the shadow cabinet representatives on the NEC).

  16. Jon Ashworth is reported to have been offered the shadow health secretary post on the condition he resigns from the NEC. No news on if he will agree to take up the post.

  17. Jon Ashworth has been promoted to shadow health secretary. No information yet if he remains on the NEC (latest reports are pointing towards that he is until next week shadow cabinet meeting)

  18. Interesting choice, must say Ashworth has always been something of an enigma to me, will have to wait and see how he performs.

  19. I personally think John Ashworth is one of Labour’s more impressive MPs so not a bad choice for the shadow cabinet.

  20. It seems that this particular appointment was a sop for dropping him from the NEC in favour of allies (Osamor, Trickett and Long Bailey are the three shadow cabinet members that have been nominated).

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