Enfield Southgate (UK Parliament constituency)

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Enfield Southgate
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Enfield Southgate in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 64,932 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament David Burrowes (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Enfield Southgate is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by David Burrowes, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Before the February 1974 general election, this constituency was known as Southgate.[n 3] Its best-known representative was Michael Portillo, a television documentary and travel presenter who also appears on This Week facing Alan Johnson[n 4] and served the area 1984-1997.

The seat gained national attention in the 1997 general election when Michael Portillo, Secretary of State for Defence was unexpectedly defeated on a massive swing. Portillo had been widely expected to contest the Conservative leadership and his defeat the media took to epitomise the Labour landslide victory. The victorious candidate, Stephen Twigg, increased his majority at the following election.

In the 2005 general election Twigg's majority was the largest overturned, with a swing of 8.7% to the Conservative candidate David Burrowes.

Constituency profile[edit]

This is the affluent, leafy western part of the London Borough of Enfield. It is more cosmopolitan than the Conservative suburbs of south-east London - there are sizeable Jewish, Muslim and Cypriot communities.[n 5] The Bowes Park area to the south of the constituency has to date had a solid Labour preference, but overall Southgate has tended to give majorities to Conservatives and elects Conservative local councillors.[2] To the north the seat becomes semi-rural as it takes in Trent Park and the campus of Middlesex University, the Cockfosters terminus to the Piccadilly line and stretches into the markedly expensive Hadley Wood area.http://www.mouseprice.com/area-guide/en4 Small output areas (smaller than wards) have middle rankings when placed in a complete list of wards (such as the 2000 Index of Multiple Deprivation) found in the southwest of the constituency however all other output areas lack any significant deprivation.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Enfield wards of Arnos, Bowes, Cockfosters, Grange, Highfield, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Southgate Green, West, and Winchmore Hill.

1983-2010: The London Borough of Enfield wards of Arnos, Bowes, Grange, Grovelands, Highfield, Merryhills, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Southgate Green, Trent, and Winchmore Hill.

2010-present: The London Borough of Enfield wards of Bowes, Cockfosters, Grange, Palmers Green, Southgate, Southgate Green, and Winchmore Hill.

Boundary review[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England made some changes to Enfield, Southgate. Part of Highlands ward was transferred to the constituency of Enfield North, and part of Grange ward was transferred from Enfield North to Enfield, Southgate. Parts of Grange ward, Bowes ward and Palmers Green ward were transferred to Enfield, Southgate from Edmonton. Part of Bush Hill Park ward, and a tiny part of Upper Edmonton were transferred to Edmonton.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Sir Beverley Baxter Conservative
1964 Sir Anthony Berry Conservative
1984 by-election Michael Portillo Conservative
1997 Stephen Twigg Labour
2005 David Burrowes Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Enfield, Southgate[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Burrowes
Labour Bambos Charalambous
Green Jean Robertson-Molly
General Election 2010: Enfield, Southgate[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Burrowes 21,928 49.4 +5.7
Labour Bambos Charalambous 14,302 32.2 -8.8
Liberal Democrat Johar Khan 6,124 13.8 +2.7
Green Peter Krakowiak 632 1.4 -1.4
UKIP Bob Brock 505 1.1 -0.1
Independent Asit Mukhopadhyay 391 0.9 +0.9
Respect Samad Billoo 174 0.4 +0.4
English Democrats Ben Weald 173 0.4 +0.4
Independent Mal the Warrior Malakounides 88 0.2 +0.2
Better Britain Party Jeremy Sturgess 35 0.1 +0.1
Majority 7,626 17.2
Turnout 44,352 69.2 +5.7
Conservative hold Swing +7.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Burrowes 18,830 44.6 +6.0
Labour Stephen Twigg 17,083 40.5 −11.3
Liberal Democrat Ziz Kakoulakis 4,724 11.2 +4.2
Green Trevor Doughty 1,083 2.6 +1.0
UKIP Brian Hall 490 1.2 +0.5
Majority 1,747 4.1
Turnout 42,210 66.4 +2.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.7
General Election 2001: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Twigg 21,727 51.8 +7.6
Conservative John Flack 16,181 38.6 -2.5
Liberal Democrat Wayne Hoban 2,935 7.0 -3.7
Green Elaine Amanda Graham-Leigh 662 1.6 N/A
UKIP Roy Andrew Freshwater 298 0.7 N/A
Independent Andrew Malakouna 105 0.3 -0.2
Majority 5,546 13.2
Turnout 41,908 63.5 -7.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Twigg 20,570 44.2 +18.0
Conservative Michael Portillo 19,137 41.1 -16.8
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne 4,966 10.7 -3.8
Referendum Party Nicholas Luard 1,342 2.9 N/A
Christian Democrat Alan Storkey 289 0.6 N/A
Mal - Voice of the People Andrew Malakouna 229 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,433 3.1
Turnout 70.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +17.4
General Election 1992: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Portillo 28,422 58.0 -0.8
Labour Karen Livney 12.859 26.2 +7.3
Liberal Democrat Kevin Keane 7,080 11.2 -6.5
Green Mrs. Marghanita C.P.H. Hollands 696 1.4 0.0
Majority 15,563 31.8 -6.1
Turnout 49,057 76.3 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing -4.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Portillo 28,445 58.8 +9.2
Liberal Nick Harvey 10,100 20.9 -14.7
Labour R. Course 9,114 18.9 +7
Green S. Rooney 696 1.4 N/A
Majority 18,345 37.9
Turnout 48,355 72.6
Conservative hold Swing
1984 by-election: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Portillo 16,684 49.6 -8.5
Liberal Timothy Slack 11,973 35.6 +12.2
Labour Peter Hamid 4,000 11.9 -6
Turkish Troops Out of Cyprus Andreas Polydrou 687 2 N/A
Nationalist Party James Kershaw 80 0.2 N/A
English National Raymond Shenton 78 0.2 N/A
Abolish Greater London, Restore Middlesex Iain Burgess 50 0.2 N/A
Captain Rainbow's Universal Party George Weiss 48 0.2 N/A
Death off Roads: Freight on Rail Helen Anscomb 45 0.1 N/A
Majority 4,711
Turnout 33,645
Conservative hold Swing -1.27
General Election 1983: Enfield, Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 26,451 58.09 -3.55
Liberal D Morgan 10,632 23.35 +9.29
Labour Mary Honeyball 8,132 17.86 -4.69
BNP M Braithwaite 318 0.7 N/A
Majority 15,819 34.74
Turnout 69.58
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 31,663 61.64 +7.74
Labour I S Wilson 11,584 22.55 -0.28
Liberal A Baker 7,223 14.06 -6.6
National Front R Pert 895 1.74 -0.87
Majority 20,079 39.09
Turnout 76.26
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 25,888 53.9 +1.76
Labour J P Sheppard 10,966 22.83 +2.64
Liberal G J Bridge 9,922 20.66 -4.81
National Front B W Pell 1,255 2.61 +0.41
Majority 14,922 31.07
Turnout 67.71
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 28,620 52.14 -
Liberal G Bridge 13,806 25.47 -
Labour F Sealey 10,945 20.19 -
National Front B W Pell 1,192 2.2 -
Majority 14,454 26.67
Turnout 77.02
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 22,963 60.74
Labour R.B. Bastin 9,389 24.84
Liberal G.J. Bridge 5,451 14.42
Majority 13,574 35.91
Turnout 67.61
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 21,171 53.47
Labour P.S. Gourgey 9,743 24.61
Liberal G.J. Bridge 8,679 21.92
Majority 11,428 28.86
Turnout 75.12
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Berry 22,251 54.75
Liberal G.J. Bridge 9,600 23.62
Labour S.J. Chapman 8,787 21.62
Majority 12,651 31.13
Turnout 76.39
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Beverley Baxter 25,704 60.79
Liberal George J Bridge 8,968 21.21
Labour S.J. Chapman 7,613 18.00
Majority 16,736 39.58
Turnout 77.07
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Beverley Baxter 26,794 62.32
Labour G.L. Caunt 8,584 19.97
Liberal George J Bridge 7,614 17.71
Majority 18,210 42.36
Turnout 77.12
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Beverley Baxter 30,044 62.16
Labour V. Dart 10,889 22.53
Liberal Edwin Thomas Malindine 7,402 15.31
Majority 19,155 39.63
Turnout 84.12
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Southgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Beverley Baxter 30,302 61.1 n/a
Labour Miss Vera Dart 11,023 22.2 n/a
Liberal Gershon Ellenbogen 8,286 16.7 n/a
Majority 19,279 38.9 n/a
Turnout 86.4 n/a
Conservative win

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
  3. ^ Strictly a London Borough prefix to the constituency name (in this case Enfield) was introduced in 1974
  4. ^ Previously facing Diane Abbott
  5. ^ see 2011 census data release: Ethnicity
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Enfield — Councillors
  3. ^ 2001 Census
  4. ^ ukpollingreport
  5. ^ General Election Results from the Electoral Commission

Coordinates: 51°38′49″N 0°07′19″W / 51.647°N 0.122°W / 51.647; -0.122