Brent East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Brent East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Brent East in Greater London for the 2005 general election.
County Greater London
1974 (1974)2010
Number of members One
Replaced by Brent Central, Hampstead and Kilburn

Brent East was a parliamentary constituency in northwest London; it was replaced by Brent Central for the 2010 general election. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was one of three covering the London Borough of Brent in north-west London. It covered the south-east of the borough, including the areas of Brondesbury, Dollis Hill, Kilburn and Neasden, as well as parts of Willesden and Cricklewood.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Brent wards of Brentwater, Brondesbury Park, Carlton, Church End, Cricklewood, Gladstone, Kilburn, Mapesbury, Queen's Park, and Willesden Green.

1983-1997:

1997-2010:

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1974 and first contested in the February general election of that year. An ethnically diverse area, it was previously one of the Labour Party's safest seats in London. It was held by Reg Freeson from 1974 until 1987, then by Ken Livingstone (following the abolition of the Greater London Council, of which he was leader, in 1986).

After Livingstone was expelled from the Labour Party for standing as an independent candidate for Mayor of London in 2000, he represented the constituency as an independent until standing down as MP in 2001 to concentrate on his position as Mayor. Labour retained the seat at the 2001 general election, with Paul Daisley holding the seat until his death two years later.

The resulting Brent East by-election was held on 18 September 2003, with the 2003 Invasion of Iraq as a background. Labour lost the seat to Sarah Teather of the Liberal Democrats, with a considerable 29% swing, having come from a distant third place in 2001.[1] Teather held the seat at the 2005 general election, with an increased majority of 8.7%

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [2] Party
Feb 1974 Reg Freeson Labour
1987 Ken Livingstone Labour
  2000 Independent
2001 Paul Daisley Labour
2003 by-election Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat
2010 constituency abolished: see Brent Central & Hampstead and Kilburn

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Brent East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather 14,764 47.5 +36.9
Labour Yasmin Qureshi 12,052 38.8 −24.4
Conservative Kwasi Kwarteng 3,193 10.3 –7.9
Green Shahrar Ali 905 2.9 –1.8
Independent Mrs. Michelle A. Weininger 115 0.4 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Rainbow George Weiss 39 0.1 N/A
Majority 2,712 8.7
Turnout 31,068 55.3 +3.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +29.0
By-election 2003: Brent East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather 8,158 39.1 +28.5
Labour Robert Evans 7,040 33.8 −29.4
Conservative Mrs. Uma M. Fernandes 3,368 16.2 −2.0
Green Noel Lynch 638 3.1 −1.6
Socialist Alliance Brian Butterworth 361 1.7 N/A
Public Services Not War Fawzi Ibrahim 219 1.1 N/A
Independent Winston T. McKenzie 197 0.9 N/A
Independent Miss Kelly McBride 189 0.9 N/A
Independent Harold L. Immanuel 188 0.9 N/A
UKIP Brian J. Hall 140 0.7 +0.1
Socialist Labour Mrs Iris M.J. Cremer 111 0.5 −0.8
Independent Neil F. Walsh 101 0.5 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 59 0.3 N/A
No label Aaron Barschak 37 0.2 N/A
No label Jitendra J.N. Bardwaj 35 0.2 N/A
www.xat.org Rainbow George Weiss 11 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,118 5.4
Turnout 20,752 36.2 −15.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +29.0
General Election 2001: Brent East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Daisley 18,325 63.2 −4.1
Conservative David Gauke 5,278 18.2 −4.1
Liberal Democrat Miss Norsheen M. Bhatti 3,065 10.6 +2.8
Green Miss Simone F. Aspis 1,361 4.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Miss Sarah Macken 392 1.4 +0.7
Socialist Labour Mrs Iris M.J. Cremer 383 1.3 N/A
UKIP Ashwin Tanna 188 0.6 N/A
Majority 13,047 45.0 0
Turnout 28,992 51.9 −14.0
Labour hold Swing 0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Brent East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ken Livingstone 23,748 67.3 +14.5
Conservative Mark Francois 7,866 22.3 −14.3
Liberal Democrat Ian M.C. Hunter 2,751 7.8 −1.1
Socialist Labour Stan E. Keable 466 1.3 N/A
ProLife Alliance Andrew J. Shanks 218 0.6 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Miss Claire M. Warrilow 120 0.3 N/A
Natural Law Dean Jenkins 103 0.3 N/A
Majority 15,882 45.0
Turnout 35,272 65.9 −2.9
Labour hold Swing +14.4
General Election 1992: Brent East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ken Livingstone 19,387 52.8 +10.2
Conservative Damian Green 13,416 36.6 −1.8
Liberal Democrat Mark Cummins 3,249 8.9 −5.6
Green Miss Theresa M. Deen 548 1.5 N/A
Communist Mrs. Anne G. Murphy 96 0.3 N/A
Majority 5,971 16.3
Turnout 36,696 68.8 +4.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Brent East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ken Livingstone 16,772 42.6 −4.4
Conservative Miss Harriet S. Crawley 15,119 38.4 +3.8
Social Democrat Daniel Finkelstein 5,710 14.5 −2.4
Independent Labour R.Q. Dooley 1,035 2.6 N/A
Green Miles Litvnoff 716 1.8 N/A
Majority 1,653 4.2 −8.2
Turnout 39,352 64.5 +0.9
Labour hold Swing −4.1
General Election 1983: Brent East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Reginald Freeson 18,363 47.0 −6.3
Conservative R.M. Lacey 13,529 34.6 −2.1
Social Democrat Michael Rosen 6,598 16.9 N/A
Independent G.J. O' Leary 289 0.7 N/A
Workers Revolutionary G. Downing 222 0.6 −0.2
Independent K. Radclyffe 88 0.2 N/A
Majority 4,834 12.4
Turnout 39,088 63.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Brent East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Reginald Freeson 20,351 53.3 −0.7
Conservative J. Howes 14,008 36.7 +6.2
Liberal C Wilding 2,799 7.3 −4.3
National Front J. Davies 706 1.9 −1.0
Workers Revolutionary G. Downing 290 0.8 N/A
Majority 6,343 16.6
Turnout 38,155 66.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Brent East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Reginald Freeson 20,481 54.0 +4.7
Conservative M. Knowles 11,554 30.5 −1.0
Liberal P. O'Brien 4,416 11.6 −7.6
National Front N. Lyons 1,096 2.9 N/A
Irish Civil Rights J. Curran 382 1.0 N/A
Majority 8,927 23.5
Turnout 37,929 60.0 −8.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Brent East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Reginald Freeson 21,063 49.3 N/A
Conservative G.K. Young 13,441 31.5 N/A
Liberal W. Perry 8,204 19.2 N/A
Majority 7,622 17.9 N/A
Turnout 42,708 68.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Coordinates: 51°33′N 0°14′W / 51.55°N 0.23°W / 51.55; -0.23