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Richmond Park

2010 Results:
Conservative: 29461 (49.71%)
Labour: 2979 (5.03%)
Liberal Democrat: 25370 (42.81%)
UKIP: 669 (1.13%)
Green: 572 (0.97%)
Independent: 84 (0.14%)
Others: 133 (0.22%)
Majority: 4091 (6.9%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 23801 (46.7%)
Conservative: 20152 (39.5%)
Labour: 4728 (9.3%)
Other: 2297 (4.5%)
Majority: 3649 (7.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 20280 (39.5%)
Labour: 4768 (9.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 24011 (46.7%)
Green: 1379 (2.7%)
UKIP: 458 (0.9%)
Other: 478 (0.9%)
Majority: 3731 (7.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 18480 (37.6%)
Labour: 5541 (11.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 23444 (47.7%)
UKIP: 348 (0.7%)
Green: 1223 (2.5%)
Other: 115 (0.2%)
Majority: 4964 (10.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22442 (39.5%)
Labour: 7172 (12.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 25393 (44.7%)
Referendum: 1467 (2.6%)
Other: 379 (0.7%)
Majority: 2951 (5.2%)

Boundary changes: : Minor changes to bring constituency boundaries in line with ward boundaries. Boundary changes transfer part of the Beveley Ward from Richmond Park to Kingston & Surbiton of around 2000 electors to the North of New Malden station.

Profile: An affluent, middle-class suburban seat, characterised by desirable period houses, large gardens and huge property prices. The seat includes East Sheen, Mortlake, Richmond, Ham, Kew, Barnes. Petersham as well as the vast Richmond Park itself, and part of Kingston upon Thames and Coombe to the South of it.

The Richmond Park seat was created in 1997 from the merger of Richmond and Barnes and part of Kingston upon Thames, leaving the Kingston MP and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont to go on his doomed run up to Harrogate. Along with Twickenham and Kingston and Surbiton it formed part of a wedge of Liberal Democrat strength in South-West London until falling to Zac Goldsmith in 2010.

portraitCurrent MP: Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) born 1975, Westminster. Son of Sir James Goldsmith, the billionaire financier and founder of the Referendum Party. Educated at Eton. Environmental activist and editor of The Ecologist.

2010 election candidates:
portraitZac Goldsmith (Conservative) born 1975, Westminster. Son of Sir James Goldsmith, the billionaire financier and founder of the Referendum Party. Educated at Eton. Environmental activist and editor of The Ecologist. First elected as MP for Richmond Park 2010.
portraitEleanor Tunnicliffe (Labour) Educated at Cambridge University. Backed Jon Cruddas in 2007 deputy leadership election.
portraitSusan Kramer(Liberal Democrat) born 1950, London. Educated at St Paul`s and Oxford University. Former Vice-President of Citibank and Director of International Capital Partners, a company advising on infrastructure in Eastern Europe. Stood for London Mayor in 2000. Contested London in 1999 European elections. Contested Dulwich and West Norwood 1997. First elected as MP for Richmond Park in 2005. Liberal Democrat trade and industry spokesman 2006-7, transport 2007, families and cabinet office since 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJames Page (Green) Contested Richmond Park 2001, 2005.
portraitPeter Dul (UKIP) Claims executive for an indemnity association. Contested Richmond Park 2005, South West in 2008 London assembly elections.
portraitSusan May (CPA) Works for a housing association. GLA candidate 2000, 2004, 2008. Contested London region 2009 European election.
portraitCharles Hill (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 106256
Male: 48.1%
Female: 51.9%
Under 18: 21.2%
Over 60: 17.4%
Born outside UK: 24.5%
White: 88.2%
Black: 1.2%
Asian: 4.9%
Mixed: 2.5%
Other: 3.1%
Christian: 64.4%
Hindu: 2%
Jewish: 1.3%
Muslim: 3.4%
Full time students: 5.9%
Graduates 16-74: 48.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 12.3%
Owner-Occupied: 66.6%
Social Housing: 12.2% (Council: 5.2%, Housing Ass.: 6.9%)
Privately Rented: 17.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.4%

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