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Brent Central

2010 Results:
Conservative: 5068 (11.18%)
Labour: 18681 (41.22%)
Liberal Democrat: 20026 (44.18%)
Green: 668 (1.47%)
Christian: 488 (1.08%)
Independent: 163 (0.36%)
Others: 230 (0.51%)
Majority: 1345 (2.96%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18383 (50.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 11776 (32.1%)
Conservative: 4901 (13.4%)
Other: 1636 (4.5%)
Majority: 6608 (18%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 4485 (15.1%)
Labour: 17501 (58.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 6175 (20.7%)
Green: 957 (3.2%)
Other: 646 (2.2%)
Majority: 11326 (38.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 3604 (12.6%)
Labour: 20984 (73.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 3098 (10.8%)
Other: 951 (3.3%)
Majority: 17380 (60.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5489 (15.9%)
Labour: 25180 (73%)
Liberal Democrat: 2670 (7.7%)
Referendum: 497 (1.4%)
Other: 662 (1.9%)
Majority: 19691 (57.1%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: This was one of only two seats to be fought by two sitting MPs in the 2010 general election (the other being Poplar and Limehouse). In this case Sarah Teather, the MP for the abolished Brent East seat chose to stand against the Labour incumbent of Brent South, Dawn Butler, rather than contest the Hampstead and Kilburn seat which on paper appeared to be a better chance for the Liberal Democrats. In the event Teather’s gamble paid off.

portraitCurrent MP: Sarah Teather (Liberal Democrat) born 1974, London. Educated at Cambridge University. First elected to Brent East at the 2003 by-election, becoming the youngest MP in the House of Commons. Liberal Democrat Education spokesman 2006-2007, Universities spokesman after the split in the departments following Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister and Lib Dem shadow secretary of state on business since Nick Clegg became leader in December 2007.

2010 election candidates:
portraitSachin Rajput (Conservative) Barnet councillor.
portraitDawn Butler (Labour) Born 1969, Forest Gate. Prior to her election worked as a trade union officer. First elected as MP for Brent South 2005. PPS to Jane Kennedy 2005-2006. Government whip 2008. Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement since 2009 (more information at They work for you)
portraitSarah Teather (Liberal Democrat) born 1974, London. Educated at Cambridge University. First elected to Brent East at the 2003 by-election, becoming the youngest MP in the House of Commons. Liberal Democrat Education spokesman 2006-2007, Universities spokesman after the split in the departments following Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister and Lib Dem shadow secretary of state on business since Nick Clegg became leader in December 2007. Currently the MP for Brent East, which disappears under boundary changes, Teather has confirmed she will be standing in Brent Central at the next election.
portraitShahrar Ali (Green) Educated at UCL. Green Party London Policy Coordinator. Contested Brent East 2005. Will contest Brent and Harrow at 2008 London Assembly elections.
portraitAbdi Duale (Respect)
portraitDean McCastree (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 114487
Male: 48.3%
Female: 51.7%
Under 18: 22.9%
Over 60: 14.7%
Born outside UK: 47%
White: 47%
Black: 25.9%
Asian: 19.8%
Mixed: 4.1%
Other: 3.3%
Christian: 54%
Hindu: 11%
Jewish: 1.2%
Muslim: 12.6%
Full time students: 8.3%
Graduates 16-74: 28.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.3%
Owner-Occupied: 48.8%
Social Housing: 29.5% (Council: 11.2%, Housing Ass.: 18.4%)
Privately Rented: 18.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9%

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