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Hendon

2010 Results:
Conservative: 19635 (42.34%)
Labour: 19529 (42.11%)
Liberal Democrat: 5734 (12.36%)
UKIP: 958 (2.07%)
Green: 518 (1.12%)
Majority: 106 (0.23%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 17981 (45%)
Conservative: 14976 (37.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5589 (14%)
Other: 1452 (3.6%)
Majority: 3005 (7.5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15897 (38%)
Labour: 18596 (44.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5831 (13.9%)
Green: 754 (1.8%)
UKIP: 637 (1.5%)
Other: 124 (0.3%)
Majority: 2699 (6.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 14015 (34.3%)
Labour: 21432 (52.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4724 (11.6%)
UKIP: 409 (1%)
Other: 271 (0.7%)
Majority: 7417 (18.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18528 (37%)
Labour: 24683 (49.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5427 (10.8%)
Referendum: 978 (2%)
Other: 420 (0.8%)
Majority: 6155 (12.3%)

Boundary changes: minor. Hendon loses a tiny part of Underhill to Chipping Barnet and small parts of Finchley Church End, Garden Suburb and Golders Green wards to Finchley and Golders Green, while gaining less than 100 voters from Chipping Barnet in the Mill Hill ward (a change that effects but a single road, Westlinton Close, a golf course and an equestrian centre)

Profile: A north-west London seat in the borough of Barnet. It is an ethnically diverse seat, with around a third of residents describing themselves as non-white and one of the highest Jewish populations of any seat in the UK (largely in Edgware, which is almost half Jewish and is home to twelve synagogues). Equally the seats has economic contrasts, from the wealthy suburbs of Edgware and Mill Hill to council estates in Burnt Oak and Colindale.

The seat was held by Labour from 1997 to 2010, but the predecessor seat Hendon North was safely Conservative, represented by the semi-detached Conservative MP Sir John Gorst who along with Hugh Dykes had threatened to defy the whip and bring down the ailing Major government in an attempt to save the A&E department at Edgware hospital. Hendon itself is a marginal.

portraitCurrent MP: Matthew Offord (Conservative) Educated at Amery Hill School, Alton, and Nottingham Trent University. Fomrer Deputy leader of Barnet council and BBC political analyst. Contested Barnsley East and Mexborough in 2001. First elected as MP for Hendon in 2010.

2010 election candidates:
portraitMatthew Offord (Conservative) Educated at Amery Hill School, Alton, and Nottingham Trent University. Deputy leader of Barnet council. BBC political analyst. Contested Barnsley East and Mexborough in 2001.
portraitAndrew Dismore(Labour) born 1954, Bridlington. Educated at Bridlington Grammar and the University of Warwick. Solicitor. Westminister councillor from 1982-1997, serving as the Labour group leader from 1990-1997. First elected as MP for Hendon in 1997. He was instumental in the introduction of Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom. In 2006 he famously claimed the highest level of postal expenses of any MP in the House of Commons, over £25,000, which he has defended as being the result of a commitment to communicate with his constituents. He currently holds the record for the longest filibuster of the 21st century, talking for 3 hours 17 minutes to successfully talk out the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill (more information at They work for you)
portraitMatthew Harris (Liberal Democrat) Born 1971, London. Educated at Christs College Finchley and Oxford University. Secretary of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel.
portraitAndrew Newby (Green)
portraitRobin Lambert (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 104925
Male: 47.7%
Female: 52.3%
Under 18: 24.5%
Over 60: 17.5%
Born outside UK: 33.2%
White: 66.5%
Black: 9.1%
Asian: 15.8%
Mixed: 3.2%
Other: 5.3%
Christian: 43.8%
Hindu: 8.7%
Jewish: 17.3%
Muslim: 7.9%
Full time students: 7.8%
Graduates 16-74: 30.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 22.8%
Owner-Occupied: 62.8%
Social Housing: 20.8% (Council: 15.9%, Housing Ass.: 5%)
Privately Rented: 13.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.5%

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