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Mitcham and Morden

2010 Results:
Conservative: 11056 (25.24%)
Labour: 24722 (56.45%)
Liberal Democrat: 5202 (11.88%)
BNP: 1386 (3.16%)
UKIP: 857 (1.96%)
Green: 381 (0.87%)
Independent: 193 (0.44%)
Majority: 13666 (31.21%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 22476 (56.7%)
Conservative: 9807 (24.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 5515 (13.9%)
Other: 1862 (4.7%)
Majority: 12669 (31.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 9929 (24.9%)
Labour: 22489 (56.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5583 (14%)
Green: 1395 (3.5%)
Other: 472 (1.2%)
Majority: 12560 (31.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 9151 (24.1%)
Labour: 22936 (60.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 3820 (10.1%)
UKIP: 486 (1.3%)
Green: 926 (2.4%)
BNP: 642 (1.7%)
Majority: 13785 (36.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 14243 (29.7%)
Labour: 27984 (58.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 3632 (7.6%)
Referendum: 810 (1.7%)
Other: 1277 (2.7%)
Majority: 13741 (28.7%)

Boundary changes: Several very minor changes to bring the constituency in line with ward boundaries. Loses part of Trinity and Cannon Hill, gains part of Colliers Wood, St Helier and Lavender Fields.

Profile: Mitcham and Morden is the last seat the Conservatives won in a by-election, 25 long years ago when Bruce Douglas-Mann defected to the SDP and chose to put himself up for re-election. Unfortunately for Douglas-Mann the by-election co-incided with the climax of the Falklands War and the Tories gained the seat. It remained Conservative right up until 1997, but since then has become a solidly Labour seat.

While Labour lost control of Merton council in 2006, you wouldn`t know if from looking at the wards within this seat, where 27 out of 30 councillors are Labour. There are Conservatives areas around Mitcham Common and Lower Morden, but this is mostly rather down market and struggling residential areas and council estates like St Helier and Phipps Bridge. There is a growing ethnic population which now makes up about a third of the population and it looks as though this is a seat that has forever slipped off the Tory radar.

portraitCurrent MP: Siobhain McDonagh(Labour) born 1960, London. Educated at Holy Cross Secondary School and Essex University. Prior to her election worked for a housing charity. Merton councillor 1982-1998. Contested Mitcham and Morden 1987, 1992. First elected as MP for Mitcham and Morden in 1997. Her sister is Baroness McDonagh, the former General Secretary of the Labour party. Former PPS to John Reid and government whip 2007-2008. She was the sole member of the government not to nominate Gordon Brown as leader in 2007, and was sacked from the government for calling for a leadership election in September 2008 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitMelanie Hampton (Conservative) Insurance broker.
portraitSiobhain McDonagh(Labour) born 1960, London. Educated at Holy Cross Secondary School and Essex University. Prior to her election worked for a housing charity. Merton councillor 1982-1998. Contested Mitcham and Morden 1987, 1992. First elected as MP for Mitcham and Morden in 1997. Her sister is Baroness McDonagh, the former General Secretary of the Labour party. Former PPS to John Reid and government whip 2007-2008. She was the sole member of the government not to nominate Gordon Brown as leader in 2007, and was sacked from the government for calling for a leadership election in September 2008 (more information at They work for you)
portraitDiana Coman (Liberal Democrat) Former Sutton councillor. Contested Christchurch in 2005.
portraitSmarajit Roy (Green)
portraitAndrew Mills (UKIP)
portraitTony Martin (BNP)
portraitRathy Alagaratnam (Independent)
portraitErnest Redgrave (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95078
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 24.4%
Over 60: 16.6%
Born outside UK: 25.2%
White: 67.9%
Black: 13%
Asian: 12.9%
Mixed: 3.7%
Other: 2.6%
Christian: 62.9%
Hindu: 5.9%
Muslim: 6.5%
Full time students: 5.2%
Graduates 16-74: 22.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.8%
Owner-Occupied: 66.7%
Social Housing: 20.2% (Council: 13.1%, Housing Ass.: 7.1%)
Privately Rented: 10.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 12.6%

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