Brent Central (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Brent Central in Greater London.
|Electorate||73,385 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Sarah Teather (Liberal Democrats)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Brent East, Brent South, Brent North|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
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.
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 are instead in favour of the two other largest parties in the country, 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
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. 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%.
Brent Central is made up of nine electoral wards from the London Borough of Brent:
- Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Mapesbury, Stonebridge, Tokyngton, Welsh Harp, Willesden Green
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
|2010||Sarah Teather||Liberal Democrat|
|General Election 2010: Brent Central|
|Liberal Democrat||Sarah Teather*||20,026||44.2||+13.1***|
|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
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Office for National Statistics — 2011 census
- 2011 Census rented sector size collated by the charity Shelter
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- BBC - Election 2010 - Brent Central