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Camberwell and Peckham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6080 (13.03%)
Labour: 27619 (59.19%)
Liberal Democrat: 10432 (22.36%)
Green: 1361 (2.92%)
English Democrat: 435 (0.93%)
Socialist Labour: 184 (0.39%)
Independent: 180 (0.39%)
Others: 368 (0.79%)
Majority: 17187 (36.83%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 24052 (62.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7861 (20.3%)
Conservative: 4189 (10.8%)
Other: 2627 (6.8%)
Majority: 16191 (41.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 2841 (9.8%)
Labour: 18933 (65.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5450 (18.8%)
Green: 1172 (4%)
UKIP: 350 (1.2%)
Other: 245 (0.8%)
Majority: 13483 (46.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 2740 (10.9%)
Labour: 17473 (69.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 3350 (13.3%)
Green: 805 (3.2%)
Other: 736 (2.9%)
Majority: 14123 (56.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 3383 (11.9%)
Labour: 19734 (69.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 3198 (11.2%)
Referendum: 692 (2.4%)
Other: 1467 (5.2%)
Majority: 16351 (57.4%)

Boundary changes: Previously undersized, Camberwell and Peckham gains parts of Faraday and Livesey wards from Southwark North and Bermondsey and South Camberwell and parts of Peckham Rye and The Lane wards from Dulwich and West Norwood.

Profile: Covers Peckham, Peckham Rye, Camberwell and Nunhead. This is one of the most poverty striken and deprived constituencies in the country. It has the highest proportion of afro-carribean residents of any constituency in the country and the highest proportion of social housing of any seat, with almost 6 in 10 homes rented from the council or a housing association.

Only Fools and Horses was never actually filmed in Peckham, but it continues to be the public`s perception of Peckham, and its reputation for desparate crime ridden sink estates was, in the past at least, not inaccurate. This is where Damilola Taylor was murdered in 2000 and, while the worst of the concrete estates (including the North Peckham Estate where Damilola Taylor died) have been demolished in recent years as part of massive regeneration projects, with more planned in coming years, the area continues to suffer from problems of high crime and gang violence.

This is one of Labour`s safest seats in the South of England and, while there is some gentrification in South Peckham, and pockets of Conservative support in the large Georgian houses in places like Camberwell Grove, there is presently no possibility of that dominance being challenged.

portraitCurrent MP: Harriet Harman(Labour) born 1950, London, a niece (by marriage) of Lord Longford. Barrister and former legal office for the NCCL. First elected as MP for Peckham in the 1982 by-election. Opposition spokesman on social services 1984-1987, health 1987-1992, shadow chief secretary from 1992, then shadow health secretary. In 1997 she was made Secretary of State for Social Security in 1997, but sacked in 1998. She returned to the government in 2001 as Solicitor General and became Minister of State in the Department of Constitutional Affairs in 2005-2007. She was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in 2007, and was appointed Leader of the Commons, Secretary of State for Equalities and Chairman of the Labour Party. Leader of the Labour party following Gordon Brown`s resignation in 2010. She is married to Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndy Stranack (Conservative) Community development worker and part time researcher for the Centre for Social Justice.
portraitHarriet Harman(Labour) born 1950, London, a niece (by marriage) of Lord Longford. Barrister and former legal office for the NCCL. First elected as MP for Peckham in the 1982 by-election. Opposition spokesman on social services 1984-1987, health 1987-1992, shadow chief secretary from 1992, then shadow health secretary. In 1997 she was made Secretary of State for Social Security in 1997, but sacked in 1998. She returned to the government in 2001 as Solicitor General and became Minister of State in the Department of Constitutional Affairs in 2005-2007. She was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in 2007, and was appointed Leader of the Commons, Secretary of State for Equalities and Chairman of the Labour Party. She is married to Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of the TGWU and Treasurer of the Labour party (more information at They work for you)
portraitColumba Blango (Liberal Democrat) Born Sierra Leone. Teacher and former Olympic decathlete. Southwark councillor. Contested Lewisham Deptford 2005.
portraitJenny Jones (Green) Educated at UCL. Former financial controller and archaeologist. Southwark councillor since 2006. Londonwide assemblymember since 2000. Deputy mayor of London 2003-2004. Contested Dulwich and West Norwood 2005.
portraitYohara Robby Munilla (English Democrat)
portraitMargaret Sharkey (Socialist Labour)
portraitJill Mountford (Alliance for Workers Liberty)
portraitJoshua Ogunleye (Workers Revolutionary)
portraitSteven Robbins (Independent)
portraitDecima Francis (Independent)
portraitPatricia Knox (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 104869
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Under 18: 25.1%
Over 60: 13.7%
Born outside UK: 33.1%
White: 54%
Black: 35.2%
Asian: 3.3%
Mixed: 4.1%
Other: 3.4%
Christian: 61.7%
Hindu: 0.8%
Muslim: 7.5%
Full time students: 9.3%
Graduates 16-74: 31%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.8%
Owner-Occupied: 27.9%
Social Housing: 59.5% (Council: 48.3%, Housing Ass.: 11.2%)
Privately Rented: 10.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.6%

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160 Responses to “Camberwell and Peckham”

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  2. There’s a by-election later today in the Peckham ward of Southwark council. It’ll probably give Labour a huge victory with a very high share of the vote.

  3. Census results, white British 2001 / 2011:

    Brunswick Park: 43.9% / 34.8%
    Camberwell Green: 40.4% / 26.7%
    Faraday: 41.5% / 26.4%
    Livesey: 41.4% / 26.9%
    Nunhead: 46.3% / 33.2%
    Peckham: 25.7% / 18.3%
    Peckham Rye: 60.3% / 51.4%
    South Camberwell: 51.3% / 42.9%
    The Lane: 52.7% / 38.5%

    Camberwell & Peckham: 44.7% / 33.0%

    White overall, Camberwell & Peckham:
    2001: 54.0%
    2011: 44.8%

    There was a numerical increase in the white British population in Peckham Rye from 6,788 to 6,944.

  4. can you give us figures for RIchmond Park, and Twickenham?

  5. Yes – just finishing Vauxhall.

  6. Actually the overall white population in this seat is rather higher than I’d expected given some of the other results of the census.

  7. Yes, it seems like areas like Enfield, Ilford and Croydon have experienced far more change than expected and areas like this the opposite.

  8. Quite a lot of the southern part of this seat (South Camberwell, Peckham Rye) is the kind of Muesli Belt territory similar to Forest Hill and Brockley in next door Lewisham which are seeing an increase in population of middle class lefties while ethnic minorities move out to Thornton Heath etc

  9. “while ethnic minorities move out to Thornton Heath”

    Do people actually aspire to live in Thornton Heath?

    I suppose it might be a step up from Peckham.

  10. Thornton Heath 2013 is the new Brixton 1981.

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