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Eltham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 15753 (37.54%)
Labour: 17416 (41.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5299 (12.63%)
BNP: 1745 (4.16%)
UKIP: 1011 (2.41%)
Green: 419 (1%)
English Democrat: 217 (0.52%)
Independent: 104 (0.25%)
Majority: 1663 (3.96%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 16431 (42.2%)
Conservative: 13257 (34.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6528 (16.8%)
BNP: 911 (2.3%)
Other: 1777 (4.6%)
Majority: 3174 (8.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 12105 (34.3%)
Labour: 15381 (43.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 5669 (16.1%)
BNP: 979 (2.8%)
UKIP: 1024 (2.9%)
Other: 147 (0.4%)
Majority: 3276 (9.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 10859 (32.1%)
Labour: 17855 (52.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 4121 (12.2%)
Green: 706 (2.1%)
Other: 251 (0.7%)
Majority: 6996 (20.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 13528 (31.2%)
Labour: 23710 (54.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 3701 (8.5%)
Referendum: 1414 (3.3%)
Other: 1075 (2.5%)
Majority: 10182 (23.4%)

Boundary changes: Loses part of Woolwich Common and a small part of Glyndon to Greenwich & Woolwich and part of Plumstead to Erith and Thamesmead. Gains part of Middle Park & Sutcliffe, part of Eltham West (including the Ferrier Estate), most of Kidbrooke with Hornfair and an insignificant part of Shooters Hill from Greenwich & Woolwich.

Profile: A south-east London seat in the borough of Greenwich. Eltham is the more Conservative part of Greenwich – in fact it was a Tory seat from 1975 when Peter Bottomley won a by-election in the then Woolwich West until 1997. Parts of the seat like New Eltham are largely suburban commuterland with more in common with areas like Bexley. There is also a large amount of open green space here, such as Oxleas Wood, Shooters Hill and Avery Hill park, now a campus for the University of Greenwich.

The suburban parts of the constituency though are balanced out by the large proportion of council estates such as Middle Park, Page, Horn Park, Coldharbour and the horrendous Ferrier estate, currently being emptied of residents prior to its eventual demolition and planned replacement.

portraitCurrent MP: Clive Efford(Labour) born 1958, London. Educated at Walworth Comprehensive. Former London taxi driver. Greenwich councillor 1986-1998. Contested Eltham 1992. First elected as MP for Eltham in 1997 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitDavid Gold (Conservative) born 1972. Educated at Royal Holloway. Development director at Brighton College, former business consultant and aide to William Hague. Contested Brighton Pavilion in 2001, then the first openly gay Conservative candidate selected in a winnable seat.
portraitClive Efford(Labour) born 1958, London. Educated at Walworth Comprehensive. Former London taxi driver. Greenwich councillor 1986-1998. Contested Eltham 1992. First elected as MP for Eltham in 1997 (more information at They work for you)
portraitSteven Toole (Liberal Democrat) Born Ashington. Educated at Newcastle University. Liberal Democrat advisor on environmental and transport issues. Contested Erith and Thamesmead 2005.
portraitArthur Hayles (Green) Retired civil servant.
portraitRay Adams (UKIP)
portraitRoberta Woods (BNP) Educated at University of Greenwich. IT analyst. Contested London assembly list 2008. Contested London in 2009 European election.
portraitMike Tibby (English Democrat)
portraitAndrew Graham (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87579
Male: 47.7%
Female: 52.3%
Under 18: 23%
Over 60: 20.7%
Born outside UK: 12.3%
White: 86.7%
Black: 5.8%
Asian: 3.7%
Mixed: 2%
Other: 1.7%
Christian: 66.7%
Hindu: 1.2%
Muslim: 2.8%
Sikh: 1%
Full time students: 5.7%
Graduates 16-74: 19%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.6%
Owner-Occupied: 59.3%
Social Housing: 32.8% (Council: 27%, Housing Ass.: 5.7%)
Privately Rented: 5.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.4%

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