Hackney North and Stoke Newington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hackney North and Stoke Newington in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 74,780 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Diane Abbott (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Hackney North; Stoke Newington constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Hackney North and Stoke Newington is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom since 1987 by Diane Abbott of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has always elected Labour MPs since its creation in 1950. While immensely well connected to Central London, including the City of London, the seat generally has moderate incomes rather than high, and a narrow majority of wards had a relatively high ranking when placed in the Index of Multiple Deprivation, compiled in 2000.[2] In line with most of Greater London since 2000 many parts, especially Stamford Hill, Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton[3] have become marginal in terms of local councillors and these districts, with to a lesser extent the eponymous Hackney and Stoke Newington, are in the process of becoming re-gentrified with ongoing increases in land value, proximity to the London 2012 venues and a council that successfully reduced the level of crime by about 30 per cent within a four year period.[4] Demographically, almost 60 per cent of households are singletons and households have a higher than average level of unemployment.[4] Through all this change, under incumbent Diane Abbott, the seat has become a safe seat for Labour. Abbott is the politician who for many years preceded Alan Milburn as Labour's latest events commentator opposite Michael Portillo on the current light-hearted political round-up of events series This Week.

History[edit]

The seat was created in 1950 and has gone through many changes: in January 2006 the boundary moved again, this time to correspond with the local government ward boundaries.

Following major electoral reform at the Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885, part of the Third Reform Act, the seat of Hackney was divided into two and Hackney North was formed, this time to return only one Member of Parliament, commencing with the 1885 general election.

The Stoke Newington constituency was created at the 1918 general election by the division of the Hackney North constituency by the Representation of the People Act, 1918, known generally as Fourth Reform Act; an Act most importantly remembered for the first time extending suffrage to women. The constituency was identical in area to the Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington.

Following a decrease in the population the two constituencies were merged by the Representation of the People Act, 1948, retaining David Weitzman as MP and becoming the current constituency in the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Stoke Newington and Hackney North in the Parliamentary County of London, showing boundaries used from 1950 to 1955.
Stoke Newington and Hackney North in the Parliamentary County of London, showing boundaries used from 1955 to 1974.

The constituency covers the northern part of the London Borough of Hackney. It is made up of ten electoral wards from the borough:

The constituency borders four others. Islington North to the west, Tottenham to the north, Walthamstow to the east and Hackney South & Shoreditch to the south.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1950 David Weitzman Labour
1979 Ernie Roberts Labour
1987 Diane Abbott Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Amy Gray
General Election 2010: Hackney North and Stoke Newington[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diane Abbott 25,553 55.0 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Keith Angus 11,092 23.9 +0.8
Conservative Darren Caplan 6,759 14.5 +0.1
Green Matt Sellwood 2,133 4.6 −5.1
Christian Maxine Hargreaves 299 0.6 N/A
Independent Suzanne Moore 258 0.6 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Knigel Knapp 182 0.4 −0.4
Independent Paul Shaer 96 0.2 N/A
Independent Alessandra Williams 61 0.1 N/A
Magna Carta Party Jack Pope-de-Locksley 26 0.1 N/A
Majority 14,461 31.1 +5.8
Turnout 46,459 62.9 +13.5
Labour hold Swing +2.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diane Abbott 14,268 48.6 −12.4
Liberal Democrat James Blanchard 6,841 23.3 +9.2
Conservative Ertan Hurer 4,218 14.4 −0.6
Green Mischa Borris 2,907 9.9 +2.5
Independent David Vail 602 2.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Nusrat Sen 296 1.0 −1.6
Monster Raving Loony Nigel Barrow 248 0.8 N/A
Majority 7,427 25.3 −20.7
Turnout 29,380 49.6 +0.6
Labour hold Swing −10.8
General Election 2001: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diane Abbott 18,081 61.0 −4.1
Conservative Molly Dye 4,430 15.0 −2.0
Liberal Democrat Meral Ece 4,170 14.1 +3.9
Green Chit Chong 2,184 7.4 +3.1
Socialist Labour Sukant Chandan 756 2.6 N/A
Majority 13,651 46.0 −2.3
Turnout 29,621 49.0 −3.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diane Abbott 21,110 65.2 +7.4
Conservative Michael Lavender 5,483 16.9 −10
Liberal Democrat Douglas Taylor 3,306 10.2 −1.3
Green Yen Chit Chong 1,395 4.3 1.1
Referendum Party Brian Maxwell 544 1.7 N/A
Independent Dickon Tolson 368 1.1 N/A
Independent Lisa Lovebucket 176 0.5 N/A
Majority 15,627 48.3 +17.4
Turnout 32,382 52.0 −11.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diane Abbott 20,083 57.8 +9.1
Conservative Cole Manson 9,356 26.9 −2
Liberal Democrat K Fitchett 3,996 11.5 −7.7
Green Heather M Hunt 1,111 3.2 +0.6
Natural Law J Windsor 178 0.5 N/A
Majority 10,727 30.9 +11.1
Turnout 34,724 63.5 +5.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Diane Abbott 18,912 48.7 −3.3
Conservative Oliver Letwin 11,234 28.9 +0.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance S H Taylor 7,446 19.2 +3.4
Green David J FitzPatrick 997 2.6 +1.2
Red Front Yasmin T Anwar 228 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,678 19.8 −3.6
Turnout 38,817 58.1 +3.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Roberts 18,989 52.0
Conservative Vernon Edwin Hartley-Booth 10,444 28.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance D Ash 5,746 15.8
Ecology David J FitzPatrick 492 1.4
Communist Monty Goldman 426 1.2
National Front J Field 396 1.1
Majority 8,545 23.4
Turnout 36,493 54.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Roberts 14,688 51.6
Conservative T Miller 9,467 33.2
Liberal T Gates 3,033 10.6
National Front S May 860 3.0
Communist Monty Goldman 440 1.5
Majority 5,221 18.3
Turnout 28,488 60.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 16,525 59.20
Conservative Anthony John Wylson 5,972 21.39
Liberal Simon J. Lyons 3,796 13.60
National Front Henry Charles Lord 1,044 3.74
Communist Monty Goldman 418 1.50
Workers Revolutionary Michael Van der Poorten 159 0.57
Majority 10,553 37.81
Turnout 52.80
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 17,160 52.52
Conservative Anthony John Wylson 7,826 23.95
Liberal Simon J. Lyons 5,932 18.15
National Front Henry Charles Lord 1,226 3.75
Communist Monty Goldman 532 1.63
Majority 9,334 28.57
Turnout 62.13
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 20,446 62.84
Conservative John R. Boast 11,298 34.72
Communist Monty Goldman 793 2.44
Majority 9,148 28.12
Turnout 50.07
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 24,221 67.41
Conservative John R. Boast 10,221 28.44
Communist Monty Goldman 1,491 4.15
Majority 14,000 38.96
Turnout 55.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 21,777 57.39
Conservative Roger L. White 10,843 28.58
Liberal Jack Bright 5,324 14.03
Majority 10,934 28.82
Turnout 58.20
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 22,950 52.71
Conservative Roger L. White 14,515 33.34
Liberal Philip Phillips 6,076 13.95
Majority 8,435 19.37
Turnout 67.72
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 25,253 56.96
Conservative Leonard Defries-Porter 15,165 34.21
Liberal Benjamin Ashkenazi 2,388 5.39
Communist Aubrey Morris 1,525 3.44
Majority 10,088 22.76
Turnout 67.91
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 37,406 59.09
Conservative Trevor Herbert Harry Skeet 21,369 33.76
Liberal Joan Allison 4,524 7.15
Majority 16,037 25.34
Turnout 78.91
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Weitzman 33,783 54.9 N/A
Conservative W.H. Bishop 19,469 31.6 N/A
Liberal Philip Phillips 7,740 12.6 N/A
Social Credit John Hargrave 551 0.9 N/A
Majority 14,314 23.3 N/A
Turnout N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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.
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Coordinates: 51°34′N 0°04′W / 51.56°N 0.07°W / 51.56; -0.07