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Harlow

2010 Results:
Conservative: 19691 (44.88%)
Labour: 14766 (33.65%)
Liberal Democrat: 5990 (13.65%)
BNP: 1739 (3.96%)
UKIP: 1591 (3.63%)
Christian: 101 (0.23%)
Majority: 4925 (11.23%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 16431 (41.6%)
Conservative: 16074 (40.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 5040 (12.8%)
Other: 1932 (4.9%)
Majority: 357 (0.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 16356 (41.2%)
Labour: 16453 (41.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5002 (12.6%)
UKIP: 981 (2.5%)
Other: 941 (2.4%)
Majority: 97 (0.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13941 (34.8%)
Labour: 19169 (47.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 5381 (13.4%)
UKIP: 1223 (3%)
Other: 401 (1%)
Majority: 5228 (13%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 15347 (32.1%)
Labour: 25861 (54.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4523 (9.5%)
Referendum: 1422 (3%)
Other: 659 (1.4%)
Majority: 10514 (22%)

Boundary changes: Very minor – loses Broadley Common and Roydon Hamlet to Epping Forest while gaining Hastingwood and Matching from Epping Forest and Brentwood respectively.

Profile: An essex new town built from 1947. Harlow is surprising Conservative considering its high proportion of social housing and domination by the skilled working class and the lower middle class. In 2005 it was one of the most marginal seats and the final seat to be declared. The result was announced on Saturday morning after three recounts, the count having been suspended on Friday due to the tiredness of the counters.

portraitCurrent MP: Robert Halfon (Conservative) Educated at Highgate School and Exeter University. Former Chief of Staff to Oliver Letwin and current Political Director of Conservative Friends of Israel. Contested Harlow 2001, 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitRobert Halfon (Conservative) Educated at Highgate School and Exeter University. Former Chief of Staff to Oliver Letwin and current Political Director of Conservative Friends of Israel. Contested Harlow 2001, 2005.
portraitBill Rammell(Labour) born 1959. Educated Burnt Mill Comprehensive and Cardiff University. Worked as a university adminsitrator prior to his election. Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office during the last Parliament, became Minister of State with resibility for higher and further education after the 2005 election (more information at They work for you)
portraitDavid White (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Oxford University.
portraitJohn Croft (UKIP)
portraitEddy Butler (BNP) Educated at University of London. BNP national elections officer. Contested Eastern region 2009 European elections.
portraitOluyemi Adeeko (Christian Party)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89207
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 23.6%
Over 60: 19.3%
Born outside UK: 6.1%
White: 95.2%
Black: 0.9%
Asian: 1.5%
Mixed: 1.2%
Other: 1.2%
Christian: 68.3%
Muslim: 1.3%
Full time students: 1.9%
Graduates 16-74: 12.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 31.5%
Owner-Occupied: 62%
Social Housing: 31.7% (Council: 28.9%, Housing Ass.: 2.9%)
Privately Rented: 4.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 2.6%

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