Vauxhall

2015 Result:
Conservative: 13070 (27.3%)
Labour: 25778 (53.8%)
Lib Dem: 3312 (6.9%)
Green: 3658 (7.6%)
UKIP: 1385 (2.9%)
Others: 738 (1.5%)
MAJORITY: 12708 (26.5%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of Lambeth council area.

Main population centres: Waterloo, Kennington, North Clapham, Vauxhall, Stockwell, Brixton.

Profile: An inner-city seat in Lambeth that faces Westminster across the river Thames. The north of the seat is dominated by well known landmarks like the London Eye, St Thomas`s hospital, the redeveloped South Bank complex, County Hall, the Imperial War Museum and Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Close to the river at Vauxhall itself and the Oval at Kennington there is some gentrification due to the proximity to Westminster (it is a popular place for MPs and civil servants to live), but the majority of the seat is far more troubled - crime ridden council estates and grim terraces that struggle with crime and drugs problems. Over a quarter of the population is afro-carribean and there is also a large Portuguese community in the seat, largely around Stockwell - in the 2011 census 3% of people here were born in Portugal.

Politics: The Liberal Democrats had advanced in this seat at a local level after 1994, however it swung back towards Labour in 2006. At a Parliamentary level it is solidly Labour having returned Labour MPs since its creation in 1950.


Current MP
KATE HOEY (Labour) Born 1946, County Antrim. Educated at Belfast Royal Academy and Ulster College of Physical Education. Former education advisor to Arsenal Football club.. Contested Dulwich 1983, 1987. First elected as MP for Vauxhall in 1989 by-election. PPS to Frank Field 1997-1998, junior minister in the home office 1998-1999, sports minister 1999-2001. Hoey started out as a left winger - she supported Tony Benn in the 1981 Deputy Leadership election. In more recent years she - along with her former boss Frank Field - is invariably citied as a favourite Labour MP by Conservative activists, she is a euro-sceptic who supports grammar schools in Northern Ireland, supports fox hunting, opposes ID cards and the congestion charge and is a regular rebel against the Labour whip. Chairman of the Countryside Alliance since 2005.

Past Results
2010
Con: 9301 (22%)
Lab: 21498 (50%)
LDem: 10847 (25%)
GRN: 708 (2%)
Oth: 837 (2%)
MAJ: 10651 (25%)
2005*
Con: 5405 (14%)
Lab: 19744 (53%)
LDem: 9767 (26%)
GRN: 1705 (5%)
Oth: 732 (2%)
MAJ: 9977 (27%)
2001
Con: 4489 (13%)
Lab: 19738 (59%)
LDem: 6720 (20%)
GRN: 1485 (4%)
Oth: 960 (3%)
MAJ: 13018 (39%)
1997
Con: 5942 (15%)
Lab: 24920 (64%)
LDem: 6260 (16%)
Oth: 1944 (5%)
MAJ: 18660 (48%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JAMES BELLIS (Conservative)
KATE HOEY (Labour) See above.
ADRIAN HYYRYLAINEN-TRETT (Liberal Democrat)
ACE NNOROM (UKIP) Born Cameroon. Lecturer.
GULNAR HASNAIN (Green)
DANNY LAMBERT (Socialist Party GB)
MARK CHAPMAN (Pirate)
WALEED GHANI (Whig)
SIMON HARDY (Left Unity)
LOUIS JENSEN (CISTA)
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Comments - 267 Responses on “Vauxhall”
  1. “McCririck voted Labour during the Blair years.”

    Watch his “Celebrity Wife Swap” episode with Edwina Currie from 2006 and you don’t get that impression, at least for the latter Blair years. It’s one of the funniest things on YouTube IMO so watch it anyway. Sadly McCririck has aged horrendously since then.

  2. Hoey is just odd; McCririck is batshit. I remember the Wife Swap thing, and also his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, where he managed to offend just about everyone. To say his views on women are antiquated is a massive understatement, although he is probably just hamming it up for the public.

  3. He was a first class racing presenter though. As a student in the early-mid 90s I worked in a bookies and a couple of hours of McCririck in his element helped pass many a boring afternoon. I can’t say the same about Currie. It was good to see her grating bossiness hit a brick wall for once.

  4. “McCririck voted Labour during the Blair years.”

    He most certainly did

    He went on a political show shortly before the 97 election and endorsed the entire New Labour manifesto

    When asked what about his long-held staunch opposition to a Scottish Parliament he replied “I can live with a parish council’

    He was first and foremost an entertainer, and never seems to have taken himself too seriously which in today’s world of self-inflated egos and people wanting take offence at anything that’s said is surely welcome

    I’d take him over Currie any day

  5. Yet more noises about Hoey being deselected today.

    Aside from the rights and wrongs of such a move…can anyone think of an MP who is a worse ‘fit’ for their constituency than Hoey is?!

  6. Can’t think of anyone in the commons right now. Going back a bit, Tristram Hunt and Lembit Opik were pretty poor fits for their constituencies. (Though fair to say Lembit Opik wouldn’t have been particularly well-suited anywhere, rural nothing-ever-happens-around-here Wales was especially inappropriate for him.)

  7. I know what you mean about Hoey, but it’s fair to point out that she increased her vote share by 4% / 6000 votes last yr.

  8. Sure, I’m not doubting her electoral record. But there was a pretty big swing to Lab generally in London last year. I’m not even saying I think she should be deselected.

    PT- great call on Tristram Hunt. He must have been rather alien for the ordinary person in Stoke.

  9. Peter Mandelson a leading contender surely. Mistaking the mushy peas in a Hartlepool chippy for avocado dip.

    On bread n butter issues Hoey is pretty left wing. On housing she has often opposed New Labour Lambeth council robustly from the left. She might have pushed it too far recently but I personally doubt she’ll be easy to shift.

  10. HH – I think the chippy was in Kirkby, no? The Knowsley by-election rings a bell. I’ll ask Rosie Cooper on a less busy day in her life! [as she was the LD PPC IIRC]

  11. Tristan – that isn’t quite true, re 80 v 20 on fox hunting.

    The only poll which came close to that was one which asked whether you supported a repeal of the ban (80% said they opposed this) and this style of wording was mentioned by Prof Curtice ie the British public are conservative so a majority oppose most change when questioned.

    However when asked do you support the ban on fox hunting? YouGov showed 51% did and 33% opposed this.

    In urban areas, 33% oppose the ban (higher than in towns where only 29% oppose the ban).

    Again, this shouldn’t be surprising – as we all know many urban voters especially in English Northern cities hold more conservative views (on everything from smoking to gay rights). I also recall from my trainee Court reporting days that all those convicted of unlawful hare coursing, rabbiting, fishing, rare birds etc all came from the city and not the area where they were arrested (semi rural or rural 20 miles away).

  12. My experience as vice chairman of a safe Tory constituency in London 15 years ago was that hunting was exceptionally unpopular on the doorstep with most Tory voters. Pro hunting MPs such as ours kept very quiet about it on the doorstep. It’s one reason why the ban got a pretty easy ride.

  13. That’s interesting. My only similar local experience was Countryside Alliance activists from Crosby refused to help the Tory there (as Debi Jones opposed hunting) in 2005 and so helped in neighbouring Southport instead.

    But then Merseyside may be unusual due to the history of the Grand National, betting industry, hare coursing etc. As I have mentioned before the only Cllr I know who proudly wore a (real) fur coat was Labour!

  14. In general I think working class Labour areas were probably less anti-hunting than posh Tory suburbs. Both for the reasons you cite, and the fact that ethnic minorities tend to be less sentimental about animals than white Brits.

    The midlands is a different ball game, Derbyshire especially, with its heart being the Peak District. The Countryside Alliance were instrumental in the Tories winning Amber Valley, Erewash and High Peak.

  15. Yes, you’re right (although the ethnic point doesn’t apply up here as Crosby is 99% White).

    I don’t think of Derbyshire as being hunting territory – I thought it was too hilly haha

    Yes, the Amber Valley MP is very good at questioning at Select Committee and always scrutinises the Executive. I realise they’re all meant to, but sadly most don’t when their own side is in Govt.

  16. “I don’t think of Derbyshire as being hunting territory – I thought it was too hilly haha”

    A lot of grouse moors in the Peak though – politically it’s the same thing.

  17. Hare coursing was the main thing in the South Pennines as I recall. I would guess the adjoining Dark Peak area would be the same.

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