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Dulwich and West Norwood

2010 Results:
Conservative: 10684 (22.16%)
Labour: 22461 (46.59%)
Liberal Democrat: 13096 (27.16%)
UKIP: 707 (1.47%)
Green: 1266 (2.63%)
Majority: 9365 (19.43%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18303 (45.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 9625 (24.1%)
Conservative: 8842 (22.1%)
Other: 3207 (8%)
Majority: 8678 (21.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 9200 (21.9%)
Labour: 19059 (45.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 10252 (24.4%)
Green: 2741 (6.5%)
UKIP: 290 (0.7%)
Other: 447 (1.1%)
Majority: 8807 (21%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 8689 (22.7%)
Labour: 20999 (54.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5806 (15.2%)
Green: 1914 (5%)
Other: 839 (2.2%)
Majority: 12310 (32.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 11038 (24.2%)
Labour: 27807 (61%)
Liberal Democrat: 4916 (10.8%)
Referendum: 897 (2%)
Other: 957 (2.1%)
Majority: 16769 (36.8%)

Boundary changes: Significant. The seat loses territory to the undersized Camberwell and Peckham seat, giving up parts of Peckham Rye, South Camberwell ward and parts of The Lanes. This is made up for by the gains of parts of Thurlow Park, Herne Hill and Coldharbour from Streatham and Vauxhall.

Profile: A diverse inner-city seat, containing both very affluent, very wealthy areas and deprived, racially mixed areas of social housing. Dulwich itself is wealthy and exclusive – Dulwich Village has million pound properties and well preserved 18th and 19th century buildings near Dulwich Park. There are two noted private schools here and following her resignation as Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher famously lived in a gated community here for a time. There are also wealthy areas in the West Norwood part of the seat, such as Thurlow Park. However, affluent areas are just as much the trendy intelligentsia as suburban conservatives, and the non-Labour vote here is split between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. There is also significant support for the Green party, who managed to take 6.5% of the vote under 2005 under London assembly member and former Deputy Mayor Jenny Jones.

Further north the seat becomes more solidly Labour and largely afro-carribean. The parts of Brixton that fall within the seat, including the centre of the community, are dominated by council estates like Angell Town and Loughborough Estate, with their attendent problems of crime, drugs, unemployment and teenage pregnancy. The boundary changes shift some of the most Labour areas of the old Dulwich and West Norwood into Camberwell and Peckham, but they are replaced by just as Labour areas within the Coldharbour Lane ward.

portraitCurrent MP: Tessa Jowell(Labour) born 1947, London. Educated at St Margaret`s School, Aberdeen, and Aberdeen University. Former psychiatric social worker and assistant director of Mind. Contested Ilford North by-election 1978. First elected as MP for Dulwich in 1992. Oppostion whip and then shadoe health minister 1996-1997. Junior minister in the department of health 1997-1999 and in the department of education 1999-2001. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2001-2007. Minister for the Olympics and Paymaster General since 2007, also Cabinet Office Minister since 2009. In 2006 she separated from her husband David Mills after it was revealed that their £340,000 mortgage had been paid off with money allegedly received from then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitKemi Adegoke (Conservative) born 1980, Wimbledon. Educated at Sussex University and Birkbeck College. Systems analyst for the RBS Group.
portraitTessa Jowell(Labour) born 1947, London. Educated at St Margaret`s School, Aberdeen, and Aberdeen University. Former psychiatric social worker and assistant director of Mind. Contested Ilford North by-election 1978. First elected as MP for Dulwich in 1992. Oppostion whip and then shadoe health minister 1996-1997. Junior minister in the department of health 1997-1999 and in the department of education 1999-2001. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2001-2007. Minister for the Olympics and Paymaster General since 2007, also Cabinet Office Minister since 2009. In 2006 she separated from her husband David Mills after it was revealed that their £340,000 mortgage had been paid off with money allegedly received from then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (more information at They work for you)
portraitJonathan Mitchell (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Trinity College, Dublin. Barrister, specialising in criminal law. Southwark councillor. Contested Dulwich and West Norwood 2005.
portraitShane Collins (Green) Contested Streatham 2005, Lambeth and Southwark 2008 London elections.
portraitElizabeth Jones (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 96045
Male: 48.2%
Female: 51.8%
Under 18: 22.7%
Over 60: 13.9%
Born outside UK: 26.3%
White: 66.7%
Black: 22.9%
Asian: 3.8%
Mixed: 4.7%
Other: 1.9%
Christian: 58.7%
Hindu: 1.3%
Jewish: 0.6%
Muslim: 4.1%
Full time students: 6.5%
Graduates 16-74: 41.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 20.1%
Owner-Occupied: 45.3%
Social Housing: 36.6% (Council: 23.9%, Housing Ass.: 12.7%)
Privately Rented: 15.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.3%

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