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Walthamstow

2010 Results:
Conservative: 5734 (13.99%)
Labour: 21252 (51.84%)
Liberal Democrat: 11774 (28.72%)
UKIP: 823 (2.01%)
Green: 767 (1.87%)
Christian: 248 (0.6%)
TUSC: 279 (0.68%)
Independent: 117 (0.29%)
Majority: 9478 (23.12%)

2005 result
Conservative: 6254 (18.2%)
Labour: 17323 (50.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 9330 (27.1%)
UKIP: 810 (2.4%)
Other: 727 (2.1%)
Majority: 7993 (23.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 6221 (18.1%)
Labour: 21402 (62.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 5024 (14.6%)
UKIP: 298 (0.9%)
BNP: 389 (1.1%)
Other: 1095 (3.2%)
Majority: 15181 (44.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 8138 (20.3%)
Labour: 25287 (63.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5491 (13.7%)
Referendum: 1139 (2.8%)
Majority: 17149 (42.8%)

No Boundary changes:

Profile: An east London seat covering Waltamstow and Higham Hill. This is a multicultural working class suburb, largely built as a affordable housing for the working class at the beginning of the last century. In the past the white working class vote (and in 1987 a huge tax hike from a Labour council) made this a marginal seat, but demographic changes and a growing ethnic minority population mean this is now safely Labour.

The Labour selection has attracted some controversy from Labour activists. Neil Gerrard is to stand down and his replacement will be selected through an all women shortlist, which some have criticised as missing an opportunity to select a male black or asian candidate for a seat that has both large asian and afro-carribean communities.

portraitCurrent MP: Stella Creasy (Labour) Head of research for the think tank Involve. Former aide to Douglas Alexander. Former Waltham Forest councillor.

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndy Hemsted (Conservative) Waltham Forest councillor.
portraitStella Creasy (Labour) Head of research for the think tank Involve. Former aide to Douglas Alexander. Former Waltham Forest councillor.
portraitFarid Ahmed (Liberal Democrat) born Pakistan. Educated at King College London. Former investment banker, now a business consultant. Contested Walthamstow 2005
portraitDaniel Perrett (Green)
portraitJudith Chisholm-Benli (UKIP)
portraitAshar Mall (Christian Party)
portraitNancy Taaffe (TUSC) Library assistant. Contested Walthamstow 2005 as Socialist Alternative.
portraitPaul Warburton (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 90502
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 24.1%
Over 60: 13.9%
Born outside UK: 28.3%
White: 59.2%
Black: 17%
Asian: 17.8%
Mixed: 3.9%
Other: 2.1%
Christian: 52.8%
Hindu: 2.3%
Jewish: 0.6%
Muslim: 18%
Full time students: 6.1%
Graduates 16-74: 26.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 28.4%
Owner-Occupied: 55.3%
Social Housing: 25.9% (Council: 17.2%, Housing Ass.: 8.7%)
Privately Rented: 16.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 16%

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