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Brent North

2010 Results:
Conservative: 16486 (31.52%)
Labour: 24514 (46.87%)
Liberal Democrat: 8879 (16.98%)
UKIP: 380 (0.73%)
Green: 725 (1.39%)
English Democrat: 247 (0.47%)
Independent: 1067 (2.04%)
Majority: 8028 (15.35%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 23068 (50.3%)
Conservative: 13134 (28.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 8353 (18.2%)
Other: 1334 (2.9%)
Majority: 9934 (21.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 11779 (33%)
Labour: 17420 (48.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 5672 (15.9%)
Other: 811 (2.3%)
Majority: 5641 (15.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 9944 (29.3%)
Labour: 20149 (59.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 3846 (11.3%)
Majority: 10205 (30.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 15324 (40.1%)
Labour: 19343 (50.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 3104 (8.1%)
Other: 403 (1.1%)
Majority: 4019 (10.5%)

Boundary changes: Major. Retains most of the old Brent North, although loses part of Tokyngton and Welsh Harp to Brent Central, but gains around a third of the old Brent South seat, including Alperton, Wembley and parts of Barnhill and Sudbury.

Profile: High ethnic population in UK constituencies is normally associated with deprived inner city seats, but Brent North is most owner-occupied residential suburbs. This is a seat of upwardly mobile successful Asians. Despite the high Labour Parliamentary majority, they (as of July 2007) hold only three council seats in the constituency – all in Fryent ward, compared to the Conservative`s 15 and Liberal Democrats 9. Barry Gardiner has a substantial twenty percent majority, but Brent North is not necessarily the Labour stronghold it appears on paper.

portraitCurrent MP: Barry Gardiner(Labour) born 1957, Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow High School and St Andrews University. Ran a company of international maritime arbitators until his election. Cambridge councillor 1988-1994. First elected as MP for Brent North in 1997. Former PPS to Beverley Hughes 2002-4. Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Northern Ireland office 2004-5, the DTI 2005-6, DEFRA 2006 to 2007 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitHarshadbhai Patel (Conservative) Born India. Barrister. Brent councillor since 1996.
portraitBarry Gardiner(Labour) born 1957, Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow High School and St Andrews University. Ran a company of international maritime arbitators until his election. Cambridge councillor 1988-1994. First elected as MP for Brent North in 1997. Former PPS to Beverley Hughes 2002-4. Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Northern Ireland office 2004-5, the DTI 2005-6, DEFRA 2006 to 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJames Allie (Liberal Democrat) Brent councillor. Contested Brent South 2005.
portraitMartin Francis (Green) Born 1947, Kingsbury. Educated at the Institute of Education. Retired headteacher.
portraitSunita Webb (UKIP)
portraitArvind Tailor (English Democrat)
portraitAtiq Malik (Independent) Brent councillor, originally elected as a Conservative.
portraitJannen Vamadeva (Brent North Needs an Independent MP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 110762
Male: 48.9%
Female: 51.1%
Under 18: 23.2%
Over 60: 17.1%
Born outside UK: 48.1%
White: 37.7%
Black: 13.8%
Asian: 41.8%
Mixed: 3.1%
Other: 3.6%
Christian: 39%
Hindu: 27.8%
Jewish: 3.5%
Muslim: 12.8%
Sikh: 1.2%
Full time students: 8%
Graduates 16-74: 29.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 24%
Owner-Occupied: 68.9%
Social Housing: 13.7% (Council: 6.5%, Housing Ass.: 7.2%)
Privately Rented: 14.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.9%

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1,015 Responses to “Brent North”

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  1. I’m sure their quaking in their boots, Atiq.

  2. they’re*

  3. Are you going to stone them?

  4. And what is the consequence of this fatwa intended to be?
    Perhaps Mr Malik could enlighten us.
    Since this is the first time I’ve heard of this, and he has a justified reputation for talking nonsense, I might well wait for another source to tell me more about it.

  5. BARNABY MARDER Plz ask someone to translate it for you. I have posted the link of news article.

    http://www.dailyshohrat.com/files/0902p133.jpg

  6. Maybe you could translate it for us if you’re able.

  7. Does it say something along the lines of they are no longer considered to be muslims?

    Maybe we should all start issuing fatwas. Im sure Shaun would be happy to issue some at David Cameron and Richard wouldn’t mind joining him.

  8. @ Joe R

    “Are you going to stone them?”

    You seem to have a rather tabloid interpretation of what a Fatwa is. It’s nothing more than an opinion or a decree, it does not have to require any act of violence. From Wikipedia:

    “A fatw? in the Islamic faith is a juristic ruling concerning Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar. In Sunni Islam any fatw? is non-binding, whereas in Shia Islam it could be considered by an individual as binding, depending on his or her relation to the scholar.”

    So if the five MPs are in some way related to the alleged scholar who prescribed the Fatwa then they might wish to take notice of it – but I doubt they will.

    They speak for a large body of people who happen to have Islamic names but who hold liberal views on a wide range of issues. That is the reality of a large section of the Muslim population (and it includes, for example, Shafi Khan – the Green candidate in the recent Croydon North by-election who condemned the Christian fundamentalist UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie for opposing gay adoption).

    I remember back in the late 1980s a particularly odious individual (Dr Kalim Siddiqui) who used the Rushdie affair to promote his own profile within the Islamic community. He spoke about there being two million Muslims in the UK but would condemn any one of them as being a ‘non-Muslim’ if they did not agree with his hard-line stance: in others, he spoke only for himself.

  9. Sajid Javid isnt actually muslim I thought you might want to know Atiq. So I think him being declared a non-muslim by these scholars wouldn’t be particularly worrying.

    Im aware that your religion doesn’t permit freedom of religion if you happen to be born into a muslim family. Maybe thats why they included him.

  10. “Are you going to stone them?”
    You seem to have a rather tabloid interpretation of what a Fatwa is. It’s nothing more than an opinion or a decree, it does not have to require any act of violence. From Wikipedia:

    I knew what a fatwa was, rather Im just rather insulted that any religous body would (and this includes Christianity too) starts to weigh in into our democratic process, and this has nothing to do with my support for the bill, its rather deeper than that. Particularly since islam is a minority religion in this country. I just think its terribly illiberal and we should stand up to this kind of behaviour.

  11. Sajid Javed was once selected as a PPC for Brent North by the Conservatives but he resigned.

  12. @ Joe

    “…Im just rather insulted that any religous body would (and this includes Christianity too) starts to weigh in into our democratic process”

    Agreed. (Time we got rid of the bishops from the House of Lords then?).

  13. Barry Gardiner, the MP for Brent North, has accepted £52,071 in foreign trips since the election, spending a total of 73 days out of the country as Vice-President of Globe International – an international group representing parliamentarians.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/all-expenses-paid-the-full-scale-of-mps-lavish-globetrotting-revealed-8344630.html

  14. Is Harshadbhai Patel likely to stand again for the Conservatives in Brent North?

  15. Andy JS, I don’t think that Cllr Harshadbhai Patel will stand again, IMO Dr Alan Mendoza will be the best candidate 2nd choice former Queensbury Ward Councillor Kanta Mistry.

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