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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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