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Hackney South and Shoreditch

2010 Results:
Conservative: 5800 (13.53%)
Labour: 23888 (55.74%)
Liberal Democrat: 9600 (22.4%)
UKIP: 651 (1.52%)
Green: 1493 (3.48%)
Christian: 434 (1.01%)
Independent: 141 (0.33%)
Others: 851 (1.99%)
Majority: 14288 (33.34%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 16555 (53%)
Liberal Democrat: 6644 (21.3%)
Conservative: 4382 (14%)
Respect: 1300 (4.2%)
Other: 2347 (7.5%)
Majority: 9911 (31.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 4524 (14%)
Labour: 17048 (52.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 6844 (21.2%)
Green: 1779 (5.5%)
Other: 2042 (6.3%)
Majority: 10204 (31.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 4180 (13.8%)
Labour: 19471 (64.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4422 (14.6%)
Other: 2274 (7.5%)
Majority: 15049 (49.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 4494 (13.3%)
Labour: 20048 (59.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5068 (15%)
Referendum: 613 (1.8%)
Other: 3523 (10.4%)
Majority: 14980 (44.4%)

Boundary changes: Minor changes to bring the seat into line with ward boundaries. Loses part of Lea Bridge and Dalston. Gains part of Hackney Central.

Profile: A safe Labour seat in the east end of London. Hackney South and Shoreditch covers Shoreditch and Hoxton, Haggerston, De Beauvoir, London Fields, South Hackney, Hackney Central, Clapton Park, Hackney Wick and Hackney marshes, where part of the Olympic park for 2012 is due to be built.

Given the areas transport links and close proximity to the city period properties in central Hackney are being to be gentrified, and areas like Hoxton and Shoreditch have become popular with artists and fashionable urban professionals. However, the vast bulk of this seat is still troubled, poverty ridden concrete council estates. At 58.5% the proportion of social housing is second only to Camerwell and Peckham within London.

Oddly enough two Labour MPs for Hackney South in a row have defected to the centre party. Ron Brown, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch from 1974-1983 defected to the SDP in 1981, when he was defeated by Labour`s Brian Sedgemore. Sedgemore in turn defected to the Liberal Democrats shortly before 2005 when he stood down from Parliament. In the 1990s the Liberal Democrats enjoyed success at a local level here, but it never translated into Parliamentary strength and following a difficult period of Liberal Democrat-Conservative control of Hackney council they largely collapsed, leaving every council seat in this ward in the hands of Labour.

portraitCurrent MP: Meg Hillier(Labour) born 1969. Educated at Oxford University. Former journalist. Islington councillor from 1994-2002. GLA member for North-East London from 2000-2004. First elected as MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch 2005. PPS to Ruth Kelly 2006-2007. Under-secretary of state at the Home Office since 2007 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitSimon Nayyar (Conservative) Educated at University of York. Managing director of a public affairs company.
portraitMeg Hillier(Labour) born 1969. Educated at Oxford University. Former journalist. Islington councillor from 1994-2002. GLA member for North-East London from 2000-2004. First elected as MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch 2005. PPS to Ruth Kelly 2006-2007. Under-secretary of state at the Home Office since 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitDave Raval (Liberal Democrat) born London. Educated at Cambridge University. Manages a business incubator for The Carbon Trust. Contested Bexleyheath and Crayford 2005.
portraitPolly Lane (Green)
portraitMichael King (UKIP)
portraitJohn Williams (Christian Party)
portraitDenny de la Haye (Independent) Self employed web developer.
portraitPaul Davies (Communist League)
portraitBen Rae (Liberal)
portraitNusret Sen (Direct Democracy Communist)
portraitMichael Spinks (Independent)
portraitJane Tuckett (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 96269
Male: 47.7%
Female: 52.3%
Under 18: 25%
Over 60: 13.6%
Born outside UK: 34.6%
White: 57.7%
Black: 27.8%
Asian: 6.7%
Mixed: 4.4%
Other: 3.5%
Christian: 54.1%
Hindu: 0.7%
Jewish: 1.2%
Muslim: 12.9%
Sikh: 0.6%
Full time students: 9.1%
Graduates 16-74: 30%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.7%
Owner-Occupied: 27.3%
Social Housing: 58.5% (Council: 36.3%, Housing Ass.: 22.2%)
Privately Rented: 11.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 11.2%

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