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
Con: 8578 (18%)
Lab: 20037 (43%)
LDem: 16778 (36%)
GRN: 861 (2%)
Oth: 583 (1%)
MAJ: 3259 (7%)
Con: 7238 (18%)
Lab: 18950 (47%)
LDem: 11484 (28%)
GRN: 2245 (6%)
Oth: 698 (2%)
MAJ: 7466 (18%)
Con: 6639 (18%)
Lab: 21041 (57%)
LDem: 6771 (18%)
GRN: 1641 (4%)
Oth: 906 (2%)
MAJ: 14270 (39%)
Con: 9758 (22%)
Lab: 28181 (63%)
LDem: 6082 (14%)
MAJ: 18423 (41%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

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.
DEON GAYLE (Workers Revolutionary)
Comments - 358 Responses on “Streatham”
  1. Can we also ban public schools in the name of social cohesion? What about gated communities? No? Oh so we don’t actually care about social cohesion cos people can flaunt their wealth and status openly, its in fact all about pandering to xenophobia how silly of me.

  2. I thought Tories beloved in personal freedom? If people want to wear tarpaulins let them its causing you no harm.

    Also the stance that its not xenophobia would have more credibility if it was extended to other silly clothing items. The gov doesn’t legislate against multi coloured hair, excessive piercings or tattoos, near nudity, cross dressing or even killer clown costumes (assume you’ll understand the meme I’m referring) it seems very “odd” that the one thing we should legislate on is an item of religious clothing.

  3. The burqa is not about freedom of expression, because in most cases burqa wearers are expressing their husbands, or a more general patriarchy, rather than themselves.

  4. Polltroll
    Don’t get me wrong I hate the burqa and everything it stands for I’m just very uncomfortable banning it. You can’t force people to integrate you have to coerce them. there are a lot of charities that work in “liberating” Muslim women through education (campaigning against FGM, telling them they don’t need to wear a burqa or hijab etc) that’s a far more effective approach than saying “that aspect of your religion is not welcome here” best case scenario you render them housebound and truly under the thumb of their husbands, worse case scenario you sow resentment and radicalise them which is ironically exactly what your trying to prevent.

  5. “Exactly. Disregarding an archaic, patriarchal practice should be a prerequisite of coming to these islands”

    You do know Britain is still technically a theocracy?

  6. 2020

    McGuinness (LD) 16,411
    *Umunna (Lab) 16,355
    Shelton (Con) 8,611
    Helmer (UKIP) 5,354

    Majority 56

  7. Umunna couldn’t handle a few reporters outside his house during his previous leadership bid. How would he cope with the barrage of shit the Corbynista clicktivists would tip over him if he tried to lead an assault on Corbyn? He’s too much of a coward. In any case Corbyn has been elected resoundingly twice and in all fairness deserves to be allowed to serve till he chooses otherwise, or is defeated in a GE. A second coup would be pretty silly.

  8. Someone needs to tell Gloy Plopwell that Bill Shelton has been dead for donkeys years…perhaps I’d prefer a corpse to Umunna though

  9. The dreaded 56 is back…

  10. Indeed, as much as Ummuna irritates me (as an aside I think he’s majorly overrated) this seat is his as long as he wants it.

  11. If anything this seat is going the complete other way, its once middle class suburbia that’s become far more inner city in character. Next time Lab win an election I could see them with a 50% majority here

  12. It’s certainly true they didn’t get 50%+ mayority in 1996


    This piece might as well be called “why I should be Labour leader” by Chuka Umunna. He even names some of the people he’d put in his Shadow Cabinet.

    Seriously though, if Chuka hadn’t chickened out and gone on to be leader in 2015 – and given, from the contents of this article, he has clearly got far more to say than any of the candidates in that election had – Labour would be ten points clear in the polls and we’d probably still be in the European Union.

  14. Went to Streatham the other week. Does now appear that, after a lot of false starts, it is now seriously starting to gentrify. The big Edwardian houses in St. Leonard’s ward that had been sub-divided (and some of which were almost falling to bits), are now starting to be turned back into huge and very nice family homes.

    Some nice eateries are now opening on the High Road. But still a long way to go before it’s anything like Balham.

    Of course trendy gentrification does not necessarily Conservative voters make.

  15. I can’t exactly speak for England but gentrification around Glasgow has done nothing to help the Conservatives there!

  16. I don’t know about Streatham, but modern London gentrification often means new build flats built alongside trendy bars, markets and so forth. The demographics attracted to these sorts of places are not particularly Tory friendly, and probably even less so at the moment.

  17. It is important that people understand gentrification doesn’t necessarily equal “better for the Tories” like NTY I cant speak much for London but gentrification in parts of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster seems to have helped not harmed Labour.

    It varies from place to place obviously but as Jack mentioned that while it normally means more wealth it depends what kind of wealth. Most everyone goes on about how Labour are a “metropolitan middle class” party these days so making an area more appealing to said demographic isn’t going to do too much damage and in some cases could even help.

    Lab only need to worry when things get insanely expensive (like what’s happening in Battersea) so that only wealthy banker types can afford to live there, that spells problems.

  18. Exactly. With the example of Glasgow you have some more affluence around the City Centre and along parts of the River Clyde where the Conservatives have, if anything, went backwards relative to the rest of the city. These areas tend to be among the most pro-Green parts of the city, and they all voted in favour of independence despite being demographically favourable for NO. I suppose Glasgow Kelvin is a good example of this new yuppie class: a relatively affluent constituency which voted in favour of Scottish independence and has a very strong Green vote.

  19. To a lesser extent you also have this around parts of northern Edinburgh around Leith, where new developments have traditionally been better areas for Labour, and more recently the SNP and Greens.

  20. Re Poplar and Limehouse the Tories couldn’t even win that when Galloway stood and thus split the left wing vote, goes to show gentrification only goes so far in most cases. The riverfront and Canary Wharf was realistically never going to outvote Poplar, Mile End (which once elected a communist MP remember) and the dodgy parts of Stepney.

  21. It will be interesting to see you projections when Labour are relevant again. That wont be for ten years. I hope I am around to see how you call seats then. Although I respect you for refusing to show any semblance of balance

  22. Regarding the recent discussion, I would also warn against assuming gentrification = good for the Tories. For a start, many people fueling gentrification will be left-wing Labour voters, or ‘champagne socialists’. Tony Blair used to live in Barnsbury.

    Secondly, London is demographically diverse, and even in areas that have experienced significant gentrification there is and probably always will be a significant social housing presence.

  23. Streatham CLP has become one of the first in the Labour Party to move from a committee structure to an all member meeting. Due to how partisan the campaigns for and against the change were it’s being seen as a clear sign that Chuka Ummuna faces a tough battle to not be deselected.

  24. Surely there are many many CLPs where an AMM structure – for passing Motions and selecting PPCs – exists?

    Chipping Barnet for example.

  25. You’d think the momentum mob would be focusing on the likes of Hoey rather than Chuka, but there we are.

  26. Hoey is a tough as nails fighter who has fought off numerous deselection attempts in the past. She won’t be easy to get rid of by any means (same with Field, if he rejoins the party). Both learnt how to deal with the hard left in the 1980s. Umunna is a wet snowflake who’s not used to fighting. His cardinal sin is also pretending to be left wing to win the selection here then morphing into a Blairite afterwards when it seemed advantageous. Hoey are what you see is what you get and are respected for that, even by enemies.

  27. I dont think Field will return – i get the impression he seems to be relaxed with retiring in 2022 as an independent.
    Hoey’s support base seems to have collapsed even further within Vaxhuall – her only chance of surviving is that some might pefer her to any successor.

  28. This subject is used and abused it seems to me.

    If ‘the Left’ are outnumbered in the CLP membership then they want a Branch/Delegate system. And vice verse. Same goes for ‘the Right/Moderates’.

    By the way, those talking about deselections and ‘Momentum mobs’ should be made aware that all Lab PPC selection’s are done in an AMM and secret ballot OMOV.

  29. I don’t get the impression Streatham is a particularly left leaning clp

  30. Probably correct – know for certain neighbouring Lewisham isn’t Left and some estimate the membership is 60/40 to the Mods / Right. But when you have a meeting of the membership, it really does depend who actually turns up.

    For PPC selections, Labour do not, I believe, allow postal votes automatically – you have to write to obtain a postal vote.

  31. And state a reason why you cannot attend the AMM

  32. I know there have been rumours of a breakaway in the Labour Party ever since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, but the most recent reports seem more convincing than ever, with a consistent 6-8 names being repeated across multiple different sources. And of course, Chuka is at the top of the pile.

    To be honest, I’ll be surprised if they do better than the SDP did, but I would probably vote for them nonetheless.

  33. ‘To be honest, I’ll be surprised if they do better than the SDP did, but I would probably vote for them nonetheless.;

    I think they would do better as they would, you assume on the back Brexit, pick up a fair bit of the business vote that the Tories have taken for granted since the first world war

    Brexit has messed up the Tories claim to be the party of business – and I think that could have massive political repercussions

  34. I cant see how said party would be any different to the Lib Dems on most issues?

  35. I’ll believe a split when i see it

    Personally I can’t see them doing better than the SDP I mean who are the Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and David Owen of today?

  36. Either they planned it but have postponed or it was booked just in case events yesterday were felt to be a big enough trigger.
    A launch at parliament would be a bad image if they wanted to be successful.

  37. BM11: “I cant see how said party would be any different to the Lib Dems on most issues?”

    Well, they won’t have the stigma of the coalition. Even if there’s little policy difference, that is big from a marketing perspective.

  38. It silll would not be electorally successful but lead to the Torries prehaps getting their 400 seats they assumed were in the Bag in 2017.

  39. To be ‘successful’ they need only poll around 5% in a GE. This’ll be enough to be a net loser for Labour and ensure that Corbynism is defeated.

  40. Corbynism will continue after the next election win or lose. The next leader will be someone endorsed by momentum.

  41. Almost certainly, unless they is a major split between two left candidates and the one backed by say Sqwarkbox and the Canary but not Lansman or Momentum manages to win.

  42. It’s entirely possible that someone like Emily Thornberry or Angela Rayner stands and Rebecca Lobg-Bailey stands against them. I can imagine in the case of Rayner Unite throw their weight behind her but momentum might not. I can’t see who canary and squawkbox packing mattering. They have the machine that momentum has

  43. Momentum grassroots are perfectly capable of splitting in two different camps for a leadership bid – one backing Lansman and the leadership but another backing someone else.

  44. This is perfectly possibly but generally speaking the candidates in internal elections that get elected are the ones that momentum email supporters to vote for. Whoever is in that email will most probably get most votes

  45. Alex Whickham of Buzzfeed reporting that Chuka Umuna could resign the Labour whip tommrow.

  46. Believe it when I see it

  47. Chuka Umuna has resigned from the Labour Party.

  48. “Believe it when I see it”

    That’s a keeper

  49. To be fair, that’s exactly how I was approaching this potential breakaway too. Anyway, for pure comedy gold, you can’t beat virtually every comment posted here prior to the 2017 election. 🙂

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