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Erith and Thamesmead

2010 Results:
Conservative: 13365 (31.46%)
Labour: 19068 (44.89%)
Liberal Democrat: 5116 (12.04%)
BNP: 2184 (5.14%)
UKIP: 1139 (2.68%)
Green: 322 (0.76%)
English Democrat: 465 (1.09%)
Others: 817 (1.92%)
Majority: 5703 (13.43%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19960 (52.5%)
Conservative: 10082 (26.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4978 (13.1%)
BNP: 1592 (4.2%)
Other: 1423 (3.7%)
Majority: 9878 (26%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 8983 (23.9%)
Labour: 20483 (54.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5088 (13.5%)
BNP: 1620 (4.3%)
UKIP: 1477 (3.9%)
Majority: 11500 (30.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 8602 (25.8%)
Labour: 19769 (59.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 3800 (11.4%)
Other: 1180 (3.5%)
Majority: 11167 (33.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 8388 (20.2%)
Labour: 25812 (62.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5001 (12%)
Referendum: 1394 (3.4%)
Other: 992 (2.4%)
Majority: 17424 (41.9%)

Boundary changes: Gains parts of Northumberland Heath, Belvedere and Lesnes Abbey from Bexleyheath and Crayford and part of Plumstead ward from Eltham. Loses part of Colyers and a tiny section of Brampton to Bexleyheath and Crayford, and most of Glyndon to Greenwich and Woolwich.

Profile: An east London seat covering the northern part of the Borough of Bexley and Thamesmead, which straddles the boundary between Greenwich and Bexley. Most of the seat is pst war, Erith having been massively redeveloped in the 1960s and 1970s and Thamesmead being built as rented accommodation by the GLC to decanter the residents from slum clearances in central London. Thamesmead was built on the former lands of the Royal Arsenal and Erith and Plumstead marshes – past flooding meant that the housing is largely medium or high rise concrete blocks, with the ground floors reserved for garages. The grim maze of concrete blocks was infamously used to film A Clockwork Orange. While more recent development in Thamesmead has been a mix of private and social accomodation, its grim reputation and poor transport links mean it is still an unfashionable area with some of the cheapest property in London.

The seat includes HM Prison Belmarsh, built adjoining Woolwich Crown Court, which is commonly used for holding high security terrorist suspects.

portraitCurrent MP: Teresa Pearce (Labour) Formerly a senior manager at Pricewaterhousecooper. Former Bexley councillor.

2010 election candidates:
portraitColin Bloom (Conservative) Bromley councillor. Contested Halton 2005.
portraitTeresa Pearce (Labour) Formerly a senior manager at Pricewaterhousecooper. Former Bexley councillor.
portraitAlexander Cunliffe (Liberal Democrat)
portraitMarek Powley (Green)
portraitPamela Perrin (UKIP)
portraitKevin Saunders (BNP)
portraitLaurence Williams (English Democrat) Former member of the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. Contested South East Region in 2009 European elections.
portraitSid Cordle (CPA) Independent financial advisor. Sheffield councillor 1982-1988 for the Conservative party. Contested Sheffield Heeley 1983, Sheffield Hillsborough 1992 for the Conservatives. Sheffield Hallam 2005, Yorkshire and Humberside 2009 European elections for the Christian Peoples Alliance.
portraitAbbey Akinoshun (no description) Educated at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and Kings College. Clinical Service Manager.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 92019
Male: 48.4%
Female: 51.6%
Under 18: 26.3%
Over 60: 15.5%
Born outside UK: 15.5%
White: 78%
Black: 10.5%
Asian: 7.3%
Mixed: 2.3%
Other: 1.9%
Christian: 64.5%
Hindu: 1.7%
Muslim: 3.2%
Sikh: 3.3%
Full time students: 4.3%
Graduates 16-74: 15%
No Qualifications 16-74: 31.1%
Owner-Occupied: 62.8%
Social Housing: 27.3% (Council: 10.5%, Housing Ass.: 16.8%)
Privately Rented: 8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8%

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