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Tottenham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6064 (14.9%)
Labour: 24128 (59.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 7197 (17.69%)
UKIP: 466 (1.15%)
Green: 980 (2.41%)
Christian: 262 (0.64%)
TUSC: 1057 (2.6%)
Independent: 268 (0.66%)
Others: 265 (0.65%)
Majority: 16931 (41.61%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 18343 (57.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5309 (16.8%)
Conservative: 4278 (13.5%)
Respect: 2014 (6.4%)
Other: 1720 (5.4%)
Majority: 13034 (41.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 4401 (13.9%)
Labour: 21317 (67.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3008 (9.5%)
Green: 1443 (4.6%)
Other: 1432 (4.5%)
Majority: 16916 (53.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5921 (15.7%)
Labour: 26121 (69.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 4064 (10.8%)
Other: 1598 (4.2%)
Majority: 20200 (53.6%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: A cosmopolitian, inner city seat in the borough of Haringey. Tottenham has a large ethnic minority population, around a fifth of residents are black, there is a large muslim population. The percentage of white residents understates the variation of this seat, since that itself includes Russians, Cypriots, Irish, eastern European and Jewish communties.

The seat covers Tottenham, Tottenham Hale, Haringay, West Green, Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove and Northumberland Park. To the east is the River Lee and the Tottenham marshes, to the south the seat takes in Finsbury Park. The constituency includes the Broadwater Farm estate, notorious for the 1985 riots where PC Keith Blacklock was hacked to death. The estate underwent a massive facelift following the riots and is no longer a crime blackspot, but other areas of the seat like Tottenham Green continue to be blighted by crime, guns and drugs.

Formerly represented by the colourful Labour left-winger Bernie Grant, notorious for having allegedly described the Broadwater Farm riots as the police getting “a bloody good hiding”, the by-election following his death in 2000 was won by another black MP, David Lammy.

Tottenham is a reliably Labour seat, along with its predecessor seats it has returned Labour MPs since 1935, though it was briefly represented by the Conservatives when the sitting Labour MP Alan Browne defected to them in 1962. At a local level Haringey council is split directly down the middle, the western wards that fall under Hornsey and Wood Green are now solidly held by the Liberal Democrats, the eastern wards in this seat are solidly Labour, with three wards in the centre of the borough split between Labour and the Lib Dems. Despite their wipe out on Haringey council there remains a surprisingly active local Conservative association and some pockets of relative Tory strength such as White Hart Lane and Haringay, but overall this is solid Labour territory.

portraitCurrent MP: David Lammy(Labour) born 1972, Tottenham. Educated at the Kings School, Peterborough and SOAS. Barrister. Served briefly as a member of the London Assembly, but stood down almost immediately having been elected as MP for Tottenham in the 2000 by-election. Has served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the departments of health 2002-3, constitutional affairs 2003-5, culture, media and sport 2005-7 and, since 2007, in the department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitSean Sullivan (Conservative) Educated at Oxford University. Barrister. Epsom & Ewell councillor.
portraitDavid Lammy(Labour) born 1972, Tottenham. Educated at the Kings School, Peterborough and SOAS. Barrister. Served briefly as a member of the London Assembly, but stood down almost immediately having been elected as MP for Tottenham in the 2000 by-election. Has served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the departments of health 2002-3, constitutional affairs 2003-5, culture, media and sport 2005-7 and, since 2007, in the department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (more information at They work for you)
portraitDavid Schmitz (Liberal Democrat) born in the USA. Educated at Syracuse University. Barrister.
portraitAnne Gray (Green) Retired social policy researcher.
portraitWinston Mckenzie (UKIP) born 1953, Jamacia. Former amateur boxer and hairdresser. Formerly ran a bar and gym in Thornton Heath. Serial party member, having been a member of the Labour party, the Liberal Democrats, Veritas, Conservatives, his own Unity party and UKIP. Contested Brent East by-election 2003 as an Independent, Croydon North for Veritas in 2005. Resigned from Veritas before rejoining to unsucessfully contest the party leadership. Unsucessfully auditioned for the X Factor in 2005. Unsuccessfully sought Conservative mayoral nomination in 2007 before leaving to stand as an independent.
portraitAbimbola Kadara (Christian Party)
portraitJenny Sutton (TUSC)
portraitNeville Watson (Independent People Together) Director of Sales and Communciations training company.
portraitSheik Gerald Thompson (Independent)
portraitErrol Carr (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 109473
Male: 48.1%
Female: 51.9%
Under 18: 25.8%
Over 60: 12.9%
Born outside UK: 43.4%
White: 55.1%
Black: 28.6%
Asian: 7.6%
Mixed: 4.9%
Other: 3.7%
Christian: 50.9%
Hindu: 2.2%
Jewish: 1.6%
Muslim: 15.2%
Full time students: 9.9%
Graduates 16-74: 27.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.2%
Owner-Occupied: 39.8%
Social Housing: 38.6% (Council: 25.5%, Housing Ass.: 13.1%)
Privately Rented: 17.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.8%

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