Hornsey and Wood Green (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hornsey and Wood Green
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hornsey and Wood Green in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 79,878 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Created from Hornsey and Wood Green
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Hornsey and Wood Green is a constituency[n 1] in the London Borough of Haringey represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Lynne Featherstone, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The London Borough of Haringey wards of Alexandra, Archway, Bowes Park, Crouch End, Fortis Green, Highgate, Hornsey Central, Hornsey Vale, Muswell Hill, Noel Park, South Hornsey, and Woodside.

2010-present: The London Borough of Haringey wards of Alexandra, Bounds Green, Crouch End, Fortis Green, Highgate, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Noel Park, Stroud Green, and Woodside.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency takes in the western part of the London Borough of Haringey, stretching from leafy and little-deprived Highgate in the south west of the seat, through the mainly affluent Muswell Hill, through Crouch End and on to the more deprived Wood Green in the north east corner of the seat.

This is a fashionable and trendy area, though there are also concentrated pockets of former and current council housing and unemployment overall, leading to more social housing reliance than the London average.[2]

The area has long had a diverse population, ethnically, including Jewish, Cypriot, Muslim and Afro-Caribbean communities and the constituency includes Alexandra Palace.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 from abolished Hornsey and Wood Green. In those boundary changes the Wood Green seat was broadly divided into two, with half being merged with Hornsey and the rest being transferred to the neighbouring constituency of Tottenham, to the east — a very small part of the Hornsey seat was also transferred to Tottenham at the same time.

Since its creation the seat has been successively represented by Members of Parliament from all three main British political parties in general elections. This was a Conservative Party seat until 1992 but by 1997 swung so heavily it suggested a Labour Party safe seat — Barbara Roche enjoyed a majority of over 20,000. The Liberal Democrats, however, have supplanted those parties in the area, both at Parliamentary level where they won the seat in 2005 and have held it since on an increased majority; and in local terms.[n 3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Hugh Rossi Conservative
1992 Barbara Roche Labour
2005 Lynne Featherstone Liberal Democrat

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Hornsey and Wood Green [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone[5]
Green Gordon Peters
Conservative Suhail Rahuja
Labour Catherine West[6]
General Election 2010: Hornsey and Wood Green[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone 25,595 46.5 +3.2
Labour Karen Jennings 18,720 34.0 −4.3
Conservative Richard Merrin 9,174 16.7 +4.0
Green Pete McAskie 1,261 2.3 −2.7
Independent Stephane de Roche 201 0.4 N/A
Independent Rohen Kapur 91 0.2 N/A
Majority 6,875 12.5
Turnout 55,042 68.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing 3.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hornsey and Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone 20,512 43.3 +17.5
Labour Barbara Roche 18,117 38.3 −11.6
Conservative Peter J. Forrest 6,014 12.7 −3.0
Green Miss Jayne E. Forbes 2,377 5.0 −0.1
UKIP Roy A. Freshwater 310 0.7 N/A
Majority 2,395 5.1
Turnout 47,330 61.8 +3.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing 14.6
General Election 2001: Hornsey and Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Roche 21,967 49.9 −11.9
Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone 11,353 25.8 +14.5
Conservative Jason D. Hollands 6,921 15.7 −6.2
Green Miss Jayne E. Forbes 2,228 5.1 +2.7
Socialist Alliance Miss Louise H. Christian 1,106 2.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Mrs. Ella J. Rule 294 0.7 −0.5
Reform 2000 Erdil Ataman 194 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,614 24.1
Turnout 44,063 58.0 −11.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hornsey and Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Roche 31,792 61.7 +13.3
Conservative Mrs. Helena D. Hart 11,293 21.9 −17.2
Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone 5,794 11.3 +1.3
Green Mrs. Hilary J. Jago 1,214 2.4 N/A
Referendum Party Mrs. Rachel Miller 808 1.6 N/A
Socialist Labour Pat W. Sikorski 586 1.1 N/A
Majority 20,499 39.8
Turnout 51,487 69.1
Labour hold Swing 13.2
General Election 1992: Hornsey and Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Roche 27,020 48.5 +8.5
Conservative Andrew Boff 21,843 39.2 −3.8
Liberal Democrat Peter G.Dunphy 5,547 9.9 −5.2
Green Miss E.M. Crosby 1,051 1.9 0.0
Natural Law P.R.G. Davies 197 0.35 N/A
Revolutionary Communist William Massey 89 0.16 N/A
Majority 5,177 9.3
Turnout 75.7 +2.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hornsey and Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Hugh Rossi 25,397 43.0 +0.5
Labour Barbara Roche 23,681 40.0 +5.0
Social Democratic Douglas Eden 8,928 15.1 −5.8
Green Miss E.M. Crosby 1,154 1.9 +0.3
Majority 1,779 3.0 −4.5
Turnout 73.3 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hornsey and Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Hugh Rossi 22,323 42.5 N/A
Labour Mrs. Valerie A. Veness 18,424 35.0 N/A
Social Democratic Michael I. Burrell 10,995 20.9 N/A
Green P.S.I. Lang 854 1.6 N/A
Majority 3,899 7.5 N/A
Turnout 52,596 71.2 N/A
Conservative 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.
  3. ^ At local level the London Borough of Haringey's Council is split almost straight down the middle in political terms – the western part that forms this seat in recent results has been solidly Liberal Democrat, while the eastern part that forms Tottenham has been solidly Labour.
References

Coordinates: 51°35′24″N 0°07′59″W / 51.590°N 0.133°W / 51.590; -0.133