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Brighton Kemptown

2010 Results:
Conservative: 16217 (37.97%)
Labour: 14889 (34.86%)
Liberal Democrat: 7691 (18.01%)
UKIP: 1384 (3.24%)
Green: 2330 (5.46%)
TUSC: 194 (0.45%)
Majority: 1328 (3.11%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 14080 (38.2%)
Conservative: 12867 (34.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 6245 (16.9%)
Green: 2440 (6.6%)
Other: 1274 (3.5%)
Majority: 1213 (3.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 13121 (33%)
Labour: 15858 (39.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 6560 (16.5%)
Green: 2800 (7%)
UKIP: 758 (1.9%)
Other: 622 (1.6%)
Majority: 2737 (6.9%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13823 (35.3%)
Labour: 18745 (47.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 4064 (10.4%)
UKIP: 543 (1.4%)
Green: 1290 (3.3%)
Other: 738 (1.9%)
Majority: 4922 (12.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17945 (38.9%)
Labour: 21479 (46.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4478 (9.7%)
Referendum: 1526 (3.3%)
Other: 704 (1.5%)
Majority: 3534 (7.7%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: Brighton Kemptown is the eastern part of Brighton and the semi-rural suburbs and villages stretching out to the east of the seat. At its western end it includes Queen`s Park ward, the centre of Brighton`s vibrant gay community, then Kemptown, the council estates of Whitehawk and Moulscoomb and then, beyond the racecourse, more affluent and genteel coastal villages like Woodingdean, Saltdean and the town of Peacehaven. At the north of the seat is Brighton University`s Falmer campus – despite Moulscoomb itself being in the constituency, Moulscoomb campus lies just over the boundary in Brighton Pavilion.

In the past Kemptown was the more Labour leaning of the two Brighton seats, but it is now the more marginal. There is also a strong Green presence here – although not when compared to their strength in Brighton Pavilon.

portraitCurrent MP: Simon Kirby (Conservative) local entrepreneur and one time owner of a chain of pubs, clubs and restaurants in Brighton. Set up the local Brighton radio station and was involved in the campaign for City status. East Sussex County councillor and former Brighton and Brighton and Hove councillor, former leader of the Conservative group on Brighton council.

2010 election candidates:
portraitSimon Kirby (Conservative) local entrepreneur and one time owner of a chain of pubs, clubs and restaurants in Brighton. Set up the local Brighton radio station and was involved in the campaign for City status. East Sussex County councillor and former Brighton and Brighton and Hove councillor, former leader of the Conservative group on Brighton council.
portraitSimon Burgess (Labour) Vice-Chairman of Labour`s National Policy Forum. Brighton councillor until 2007. Former leader of Brighton and Hove council 2006-2007.
portraitJuliet Williams (Liberal Democrat)
portraitBen Duncan (Green) Brighton and Hove councillor. Press assistant to Caroline Lucas.
portraitJames Chamberlain-Webber (UKIP)
portraitDave Hill (TUSC) Professor. Former Brighton councillor and East Sussex County councillor. Contested Brighton Pavilion 1979, 1987 for Labour. Contested South East region in 2009 European elections for No2EU.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 84775
Male: 48.4%
Female: 51.6%
Under 18: 20.6%
Over 60: 23.8%
Born outside UK: 8.7%
White: 95.4%
Black: 0.7%
Asian: 1.5%
Mixed: 1.4%
Other: 1%
Christian: 65.2%
Jewish: 0.6%
Muslim: 1.1%
Full time students: 6%
Graduates 16-74: 20.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 29.7%
Owner-Occupied: 62.1%
Social Housing: 21.1% (Council: 16.1%, Housing Ass.: 5%)
Privately Rented: 13.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.7%

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