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Greenwich and Woolwich

2010 Results:
Conservative: 10109 (24.54%)
Labour: 20262 (49.19%)
Liberal Democrat: 7498 (18.2%)
BNP: 1151 (2.79%)
Green: 1054 (2.56%)
English Democrat: 339 (0.82%)
Christian: 443 (1.08%)
TUSC: 267 (0.65%)
Independent: 65 (0.16%)
Majority: 10153 (24.65%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18152 (52.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6884 (20%)
Conservative: 6232 (18.1%)
Other: 3070 (8.9%)
Majority: 11268 (32.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 7142 (20.1%)
Labour: 17572 (49.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 7381 (20.7%)
English Democrat: 1216 (3.4%)
Green: 1579 (4.4%)
UKIP: 709 (2%)
Independent: 61 (0.2%)
Majority: 10146 (28.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 6258 (19.2%)
Labour: 19691 (60.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5082 (15.6%)
UKIP: 672 (2.1%)
Other: 833 (2.6%)
Majority: 13433 (41.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 7502 (18.6%)
Labour: 25630 (63.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5049 (12.5%)
Referendum: 1670 (4.1%)
Other: 552 (1.4%)
Majority: 18128 (44.9%)

Boundary changes: Loses part of Eltham West, part of Middle Park and Sutcliffe, most of Kidbrooke with Hornfair and a tiny part of Shooters Hill wards to Eltham constituency. Gains most of Glyndon (currently divided three ways between Erith and Thamesmead, Greenwich and Woolwich and Eltham) and part of Woolwich Common ward from Eltham

Profile: Greenwich and Woolwich constituency covers Greenwich itself, Charlton, parts of Blackheath and Woolwich. There are some pockets of affluence here, particularly the area around Blackheath Standard (to the east of Blackheath itself, which lies mostly in Lewisham), and large green spaces like Greenwich and Woolwich Commons, but the genteel tourist part of Greenwich with the Royal Observatory, Naval College and the remains of the Cutty Sark, severely damaged by fire in 2007, are not characteristic of the seat as a whole. This is mostly an inner city working class seat, an area of tower blocks and social housing, with a third of the properties council owned, and with a significant ethnic minority population.

The riverside is largely industrial and in the north of the seat on the Greenwich peninsula is the ill-fated Millenium Dome, now rechristened the O2 in hope of a more successful future. The area around the Dome is being redeveloped as the Greenwich Millennium Village. The seat also includes both the Blackwall tunnel and the Thames Flood Barrier.

Despite being a safe Labour seat now, the predecessor seats to Greenwich and Woolwich were once both held by the SDP – Woolwich MP John Cartwright had defected from Labour in 1981 and was one of the few to hold his seat (then Woolwich East) at the 1983 election. Greenwich was won by Rosie Barnes in a 1987 by-election. Both MPs followed David Owen into the doomed continuing SDP after the merger with the Liberals, and both lost their seats to Labour in 1992.

portraitCurrent MP: Nick Raynsford(Labour) born 1945, Northampton. Educated at Repton and Cambridge university. MP for Fulham from 1986-1987 after winning the 1986 by-election. First elected as MP for Greenwich 1992. Opposition spokesman for London from 1993-1997 and a minister for local government between 1997-2005 (as a minister of state after 1999) in all the various departments the responsibility passed through during that time (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitSpencer Drury (Conservative) Economics teacher. Greenwich councillor since 2002, leader of the Conservative group on Greenwich council. Contested Eltham 2005.
portraitNick Raynsford(Labour) born 1945, Northampton. Educated at Repton and Cambridge university. MP for Fulham from 1986-1987 after winning the 1986 by-election. First elected as MP for Greenwich 1992. Opposition spokesman for London from 1993-1997 and a minister for local government between 1997-2005 (as a minister of state after 1999) in all the various departments the responsibility passed through during that time (more information at They work for you)
portraitJoseph Lee (Liberal Democrat)
portraitAndy Hewett (Green) Works in e-commerce
portraitLawrence Rustem (BNP)
portraitTopo Wresniwiro (English Democrat)
portraitEdward Adeleye (Christian Party)
portraitOnay Kasab (TUSC) Unison branch secretary. Contested London in 2009 European elections for No2EU.
portraitTammy Alingham (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87585
Male: 47.9%
Female: 52.1%
Under 18: 24.2%
Over 60: 14.4%
Born outside UK: 23.2%
White: 70.4%
Black: 14.6%
Asian: 8.5%
Mixed: 3.4%
Other: 3.1%
Christian: 56.6%
Hindu: 2.4%
Muslim: 5.5%
Sikh: 2.7%
Full time students: 7.2%
Graduates 16-74: 30.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.8%
Owner-Occupied: 37.6%
Social Housing: 46.9% (Council: 34.7%, Housing Ass.: 12.1%)
Privately Rented: 12.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.5%

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