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Putney

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21223 (52.04%)
Labour: 11170 (27.39%)
Liberal Democrat: 6907 (16.94%)
BNP: 459 (1.13%)
UKIP: 435 (1.07%)
Green: 591 (1.45%)
Majority: 10053 (24.65%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 15145 (42.4%)
Labour: 13398 (37.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5832 (16.3%)
Other: 1351 (3.8%)
Majority: 1748 (4.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15497 (42.4%)
Labour: 13731 (37.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5965 (16.3%)
Green: 993 (2.7%)
UKIP: 388 (1.1%)
Majority: 1766 (4.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13140 (38.4%)
Labour: 15911 (46.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4671 (13.6%)
UKIP: 347 (1%)
Other: 185 (0.5%)
Majority: 2771 (8.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17108 (38.9%)
Labour: 20084 (45.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 4739 (10.8%)
Referendum: 1518 (3.5%)
Other: 546 (1.2%)
Majority: 2976 (6.8%)

Boundary changes: Minor. Loses part of Fairfield ward to Battersea.

Profile: Most general election nights produce a defining result of some sort – in 1992 David Amess`s defence of Basildon symbolised the Conservative victory, in 1997 Michael Portillo`s defeat in Enfield Southgate was a defining moment of history (though the result here in Putney, where David Mellor was barracked by Sir James Goldsmith is also well remembered), in 2001 perhaps Peter Mandleson`s victory speech in Hartlepool gained most attention in a standstill election. In 2005 this was the first Conservative gain and provided in Justine Greening a photogenic symbol of Conservative gains for the media to focus on the next day.

Putney is a residential seat on the south bank of the Thames opposite Fulham. It covers Putney itself, Southfields and Roehampton. Putney is largely affluent leafy, owner occupied suburbia, an area of golf and rowing clubs similar to its neighbour Richmond Park. Southfields is a grid of victorian built terraced housing, now gentrified and popular with commuters. However, there is also a substantial amount of social housing here and a large number of tower blocks in the vast council estate in Roehampton alongside Richmond Park. This solid base of Labour support means it was Labour who garnered the anti-Conservative vote here and held the seat between 1997 and 2005, unlike the rest of south-west London where the Liberal Democrats gained from anti-Conservative feeling in the 1990s.

portraitCurrent MP: Justine Greening(Conservative) born 1969, Rotherham. Educated at Southampton University. Accountant and former finance manager at Centrica. Former Epping Firest councillor. Contested Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush 2001. First elected as MP for Putney in 2005. Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party 2005-2007. Shadow treasury spokesman since 2007 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJustine Greening(Conservative) born 1969, Rotherham. Educated at Southampton University. Accountant and former finance manager at Centrica. Former Epping Firest councillor. Contested Ealing Acton and Shepherds Bush 2001. First elected as MP for Putney in 2005. Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party 2005-2007. Shadow treasury spokesman since 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitStuart King (Labour) born 1970, Wandsworth. Works for a major publishing and training company in Westminster. Wandsworth councillor 1998-2006. Labour group leader 2005-2006.
portraitJames Sandbach (Liberal Democrat) Policy officer for Citizens advice. Contested Castle Point 2005.
portraitBruce Mackenzie (Green)
portraitHugo Wareham (UKIP)
portraitPeter Darby (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 79658
Male: 46.5%
Female: 53.5%
Under 18: 18.1%
Over 60: 15.9%
Born outside UK: 27.1%
White: 83.9%
Black: 5.6%
Asian: 4.7%
Mixed: 3.3%
Other: 2.5%
Christian: 63.7%
Hindu: 1%
Jewish: 0.7%
Muslim: 4.6%
Full time students: 7.8%
Graduates 16-74: 46.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 16.4%
Owner-Occupied: 54.3%
Social Housing: 22.7% (Council: 18.7%, Housing Ass.: 4%)
Privately Rented: 19.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.9%

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