Brent Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Brent Central
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Brent Central in Greater London.
County Greater London
Population 137,438 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 73,385 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Sarah Teather (Liberal Democrats)
Number of members One
Created from Brent East, Brent South, Brent North
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Brent Central is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Sarah Teather of the Liberal Democrats.[n 2]

History[edit]

From parts of three predecessor seats (Brent East, Brent South, Brent North, the first two of which no longer exist) the seat was compiled in the London review of seats of the Boundary Commission before the 2010 general election.

Sarah Teather has announced she will stand down at the next election. Dawn Butler will recontest the seat for Labour.

Constituency profile[edit]

Brent Central constituency forms the central portion of the London Borough of Brent. Since the early 1990s the Conservative party have been without wards in the constituency. In other words, a plurality of the voters in each ward have been in favour of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats. It is mostly in the postal district of NW10, but also partly falls under NW2, NW9 and HA9.

Districts and ethnicity[edit]

Kensal Green lies at the southeast of the seat, neighbouring Stonebridge and Harlesden, which have a high concentration of black residents and severe deprivation. The southwest corner is dominated by the Park Royal industrial estate, the largest in Europe. To the west is the new Wembley Stadium, while the north reaches to the small sublocality of Welsh Harp and rest of Dollis Hill. Other than Harlesden and Stonebridge areas with prominence in the Index of Multiple Deprivation are in smallest areas (Output Areas of censuses) within Willesden Green and Neasden, which has Britain's largest Hindu temple. Although there is a mixed income established Asian minority, the proportion of the borough's residents who describe themselves as of Asian ethnicity is only the fourth highest in London, the highest proportion of Asian backgrounds is in the London Borough of Newham.[3] The proportion of social housing and rented housing is close to the average of Greater London; this increased by 66% in the ten years to 2011 to 30%.[4]

Boundaries[edit]

Brent Central is made up of nine electoral wards from the London Borough of Brent:

Boundary review[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England reduced Brent and Camden's constituencies from five to four. To create the new Brent Central constituency, Dollis Hill ward, Dudden Hill ward, Mapesbury ward, and parts of Welsh Harp ward, Willesden Green ward, Kensal Green ward, and Stonebridge ward were taken from the former Brent East constituency; Harlesden ward, and parts of Stonebridge ward, Willesden Green ward, Kensal Green ward, Tokyngton ward, and Welsh Harp ward were taken from the former Brent South constituency; and part of Welsh Harp ward was taken from the reconstituted Brent North constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Brent Central [6][7][8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Shahrar Ali
TUSC John Boyle
Labour Dawn Butler
Conservative Alan Mendoza
UKIP Stephen Priestley
Liberal Democrat Lauren Keith

Ibrahim Taguri was selected by the Liberal Democrats, but stood down as the party's candidate after revelations emerged that he had solicited a potentially illegal financial donation. He announced his intention to stand as an independent, and the party announced a new candidate would be selected.[11] Taguri later announced that he would not stand.[12]

Going into the 2015 general election, this is the 51st most marginal constituency in Great Britain, Labour requiring a swing from the Liberal Democrats of 1.5% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).[13]

General Election 2010: Brent Central[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather* 20,026 44.2 +13.1***
Labour Dawn Butler** 18,681 41.2 −8.9
Conservative Sachin Rajput 5,068 11.2 −1.9
Green Shahrar Ali 668 1.5 −2.2
Christian Errol Williams 488 1.1 N/A
Respect Abdi Duale 230 0.5 N/A
Independent Dean McCastree 163 0.4 N/A
Majority 1,345 3.0 +22.0
Turnout 45,324 61.2 +5.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +11.0
* Served as MP for Brent East in the 2005–2010 Parliament
** Served as MP for Brent South in the 2005–2010 Parliament
*** Nominal Swing — new seat created

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brent Central: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 Census - ONS". ons.gov.uk. 
  4. ^ "Census". shelter.org.uk. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk. 
  7. ^ "BLOG - Shahrar Ali: The Politics of Imagination". shahrarali.net. 
  8. ^ "UK ELECTION RESULTS". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk. 
  9. ^ "Dr Alan Mendoza". Dr Alan Mendoza. 
  10. ^ Lorraine King. "Willesden campaigner selected as Lib Dem candidate for Brent Central". Kilburn Times. 
  11. ^ "Lib Dem Ibrahim Taguri quits party amid donation claims". BBC News. 
  12. ^ King, Lorraine (30 March 2015). "Ibrahim Taguri bows out of battle to become Brent Central MP". Brent & Kilburn times. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Ransome Mpini; Charlotte Thornton; John Walton; Marcelo Zanni (24 February 2014). "Election 2015: The political battleground". BBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Brent Central". bbc.co.uk. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°33′N 0°15′W / 51.55°N 0.25°W / 51.55; -0.25