Streatham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 12540 (25.1%)
Labour: 26474 (53%)
Lib Dem: 4491 (9%)
Green: 4421 (8.9%)
UKIP: 1602 (3.2%)
TUSC: 164 (0.3%)
Others: 241 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 13934 (27.9%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Streatham, Brixton.

Profile: Covers Streatham itself and parts of Clapham and Brixton. Streatham itself used to be very middle class and suburban, but recent decades have seen houses split into flats and parts of the area become increasingly multi-ethnic and downtrodden. The north of the seat includes part of Brixton, which is also split between this seat and Vauxhall, an area associated with the Afro-Carribean community and a past history of troubles and rioting, but now beginning a rather bohemian gentrification..

Politics: Streatham`s political fortunes have followed the demographic changes in the area. When it used to be a solidly middle class suburb it was continously held by the Conservatives from its creation in 1918 until 1992 when it fell to Labour. As it has become increasingly inner-city in character and ethnic make-up it has moved further and further into Labour`s column, by 1997 and 2001 it was a safe Labour seat.


Current MP
CHUKA UMUNNA (Labour) Born 1978, London. Educated at Manchester University. Former Employment lawyer and journalist. First elected as MP for Streatham in 2010. Originally announced he would run for the Labour leadership in 2015 and was seen as a potential frontrunner, but withdrew shortly afterwards saying he wasn't ready for the media attention.
Past Results
2010
Con: 8578 (18%)
Lab: 20037 (43%)
LDem: 16778 (36%)
GRN: 861 (2%)
Oth: 583 (1%)
MAJ: 3259 (7%)
2005*
Con: 7238 (18%)
Lab: 18950 (47%)
LDem: 11484 (28%)
GRN: 2245 (6%)
Oth: 698 (2%)
MAJ: 7466 (18%)
2001
Con: 6639 (18%)
Lab: 21041 (57%)
LDem: 6771 (18%)
GRN: 1641 (4%)
Oth: 906 (2%)
MAJ: 14270 (39%)
1997
Con: 9758 (22%)
Lab: 28181 (63%)
LDem: 6082 (14%)
MAJ: 18423 (41%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
KIM CADDY (Conservative)
CHUKA UMUNNA (Labour) See above.
AMNA AHMED (Liberal Democrat) Born Pakistan. Educated at James Allens Girls School and Oxford University.
BRUCE MACHAN (UKIP)
JONATHAN BARTLEY (Green)
DEON GAYLE (Workers Revolutionary)
ARTIFICIAL BEAST (CISTA)
UNJUM MIRZA (TUSC)
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Comments - 359 Responses on “Streatham”
  1. I thought you were considerably older than that (mid 50s at least). My mistake.

  2. Thank you for clarifying, HH.

    HH may not be in a target seat for Labour, but the party should still reach out to voters like him.

    Although if anyone defeats the Tories in Mid Sussex, it will be the Lib Dems.

  3. LOL

    Well at least you didn’t say that after having met me

  4. I’ve often posted on here about having small kids…common sense therefore that I wouldn’t be anything like 55 unless my wife were about 20 years younger than me.

    Re Lib Dems – they should be making hay in districts like mine, the combination of massive NIMBY opposition to the new planning laws, dislike of Brexit and general COVID weariness is a toxic combination indeed. But they remain invisible. IMO next year’s local elections is their last chance to prevent a permanent fade to irrelevance.

  5. Good to hear from you again, HH. I haven’t been around here for a while, and only came back in a couple of weeks ago to catch up with posts. I don’t think there is any sign of a movement towards Labour in Mid Sussex or Tunbridge Wells, is there? I get what you are saying, though.

    The seats to watch I think are those like Worthing East and Shoreham and the Bournemouth seats, which no longer have anything like the age profile they used to; WE & S has had large numbers of people moving in who can no longer afford Brighton house prices, which combined with the lower status parts of Lancing and Shoreham, such as Cokeham and Southlands, which moved to from the Liberal Democrats locally some while ago, might tip it over to Labour (Worthing West sees Labour victories in local elections in wards such as Central and Heene, but still has large retired communities in wards like Goring and Salvington). I was shocked to see how close Labour has come recently in both Bournemouth seats too – the Liberal Democrats are now nowhere, and they won a fair number of seats in the 2019 local elections. Here I presume it’s partly the expansion of the university that has played a part. This possibly spells trouble for Tobias Ellwood, who if the Conservative Party ever decides to go for a moderate leader again, must be a leading candidate.

    The rest of your points are certainly fair. I was reading a BBC article this morning about the reaction of Red Wall voters to the government’s handling of COVID-19. With a few exceptions, the responses were along the lines of “what else could they have done?” Clearly, Red Wall opinion is not yet shifting back in Labour’s favour. I think it will take a very poor Brexit outcome, with these areas clearly suffering from an economic downturn that can be pinned on Brexit and not other issues before that changes.

  6. Hi Wandsworth Voter

    Good to see you again too. I agree with everything in your post. My contacts in bits of the Red Wall that I know also suggest to me that there’s little sign of a Labour revival there (though of course it’s a very diverse set of areas). The perception that Boris is trying hard not to lock down too hard, whilst Labour wants to lock down everything, prevails. In the real world I haven’t seen much reinforcement of the polls saying that people would like a harder lockdown – the polls on this are full of what people think they ought to say.

    “I don’t think there is any sign of a movement towards Labour in Mid Sussex or Tunbridge Wells, is there? ”

    No there isn’t, hence my point that Labour isn’t cutting through into what’s left of the Remain Tory vote. It’ll be very hard for them to win without it. I agree with you also on Worthing and Bournemouth but there aren’t enough of those kind of seats alone to make much difference – perhaps one or two in London as well like Chingford.

  7. On lockdown polling, it’s much like taxes: everyone would like everyone else to suffer further restrictions while retaining their own freedoms. People are selfish bastards.

  8. “In the real world I haven’t seen much reinforcement of the polls saying that people would like a harder lockdown – the polls on this are full of what people think they ought to say.”

    And I think the same goes for polls on many issues – people say what they think they ought to say, or what is socially acceptable.

    I haven’t encountered much support for a harder lockdown either, but I am in a metropolitan bubble.

  9. ‘LOL

    Well at least you didn’t say that after having met me’

    Haha. And I thought straight men didn’t care about things like that :-p

    As for your wife being potentially 20 years younger…unusual but not that out there.

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