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Hackney North and Stoke Newington

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6759 (14.54%)
Labour: 25553 (54.97%)
Liberal Democrat: 11092 (23.86%)
Green: 2133 (4.59%)
Christian: 299 (0.64%)
Monster Raving Loony: 182 (0.39%)
Independent: 157 (0.34%)
Others: 313 (0.67%)
Majority: 14461 (31.11%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 14761 (48.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 7041 (23.2%)
Conservative: 4360 (14.3%)
Other: 4227 (14.0%)
Majority: 7720 (25.4%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 4218 (14.4%)
Labour: 14268 (48.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6841 (23.3%)
Green: 2907 (9.9%)
Other: 1146 (3.9%)
Majority: 7427 (25.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 4430 (15%)
Labour: 18081 (61%)
Liberal Democrat: 4170 (14.1%)
Green: 2184 (7.4%)
Other: 756 (2.6%)
Majority: 13651 (46.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5483 (16.7%)
Labour: 21110 (64.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 3806 (11.6%)
Referendum: 544 (1.7%)
Other: 1909 (5.8%)
Majority: 15627 (47.6%)

Boundary changes: Despite their small size, the Hackney seats undergo only minor changes to bring them into line with ward boundaries.

Profile: A highly cosmopolitian and multi ethnic seat covering Stoke Newington, Clapton and Hackney Downs. This seat has one of the ten highest proportions of black residents, a significant Muslim population and also one of the highest Jewish populations because of the densely packed ultra-orthodox Hassidic Jewish community around Stamford Hill, one of the pockets of strength of the Conservative party in the seat, at least at local elections. Stamford Hill aside this is a Labour seat, there are the beginnings of gentrification and private house prices are rocketing, but this is mostly a seat of council and social housing, of estates, tower blocks, deprivation, high crime and drug problems. Unsurprisingly it is a solid Labour seat, the small electorate and low turnout mean Diane Abbott`s seven and a half thousand majority is actually over 25 percent. There is a relatively strong showing by the Greens here, who took almost 10% of the vote, their third highest in the country in 2005.

portraitCurrent MP: Diane Abbott(Labour) born 1953, Paddington to a Jamacian family. Educated at Harrow County Grammar School and Cambridge University. Former civil servant, TV-AM television reporter and Lambeth council press officer. First elected as MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1987, one of the first black MPs elected in almost 70 years. She is a left winger and a regular rebel against the Labour whip, opposing Iraq, foundation hospitals, top-up fees and 90 day detention – she attracted criticism from other left wing MPs though for her decision to send her son to a private school. A seasoned media performer, she has branched out into television and regularly appears on the BBC`s week politics show This Week in a double act with Michael Portillo (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitDarren Caplan (Conservative) Educated at Birmingham University. Former central office staffer, now a Public affairs director. Married to Conservative commentator and author Jo-Anne Nadler.
portraitDiane Abbott(Labour) born 1953, Paddington to a Jamacian family. Educated at Harrow County Grammar School and Cambridge University. Former civil servant, TV-AM television reporter and Lambeth council press officer. First elected as MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1987, one of the first black MPs elected in almost 70 years. She is a left winger and a regular rebel against the Labour whip, opposing Iraq, foundation hospitals, top-up fees and 90 day detention – she attracted criticism from other left wing MPs though for her decision to send her son to a private school. A seasoned media performer, she has branched out into television and regularly appears on the BBC`s week politics show This Week in a double act with Michael Portillo (more information at They work for you)
portraitKeith Angus (Liberal Democrat) Educated at the Open University. Project manager for the Royal Bank of Canada.
portraitMatt Sellwood (Green) Former Oxford councillor.
portraitMaxine Hargreaves (Christian Party)
portraitKnigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony)
portraitJack Pope-de-Locksley (Magna Carta)
portraitSuzanne Moore (Independent)
portraitPaul Shaer (Independent)
portraitAlessandra Williams (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 106555
Male: 47.9%
Female: 52.1%
Under 18: 26.9%
Over 60: 11.7%
Born outside UK: 34.3%
White: 61%
Black: 21.8%
Asian: 10.3%
Mixed: 4%
Other: 2.9%
Christian: 39.8%
Hindu: 0.9%
Jewish: 9%
Muslim: 14.5%
Sikh: 1.1%
Full time students: 8.2%
Graduates 16-74: 35.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.4%
Owner-Occupied: 36.6%
Social Housing: 43.3% (Council: 25.3%, Housing Ass.: 18.1%)
Privately Rented: 17.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 10.4%

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