Poplar and Limehouse (UK Parliament constituency)

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Poplar and Limehouse
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Poplar and Limehouse in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 74,919 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010 (2010)
Member of Parliament Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Poplar & Canning Town, Bethnal Green & Bow
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Poplar and Limehouse is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Jim Fitzpatrick, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

A number of alternative names, including "Tower Hamlets South" and "Poplar and Millwall" were rejected following public consultation. The predecessors to this constituency (see history of boundaries) since 1992 have elected Labour party representatives.

Boundaries[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which proposed the seat's creation for General Election 2010 since which it has electoral wards:

History of boundaries
  • Before 2010 this constituency covered an area almost a mirror of the old Poplar and Canning Town constituency, with new additions being the western end of Shadwell Ward and in the west the whole of St Katharine's & Wapping Ward which used to be part of Bethnal Green and Bow.
  • The areas of the old constituency that were in the London Borough of Newham were removed and transferred to East Ham (5.1% of Poplar and Canning Town) and West Ham (24.9%).[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

While the constituency and its predecessor seats covering the Isle of Dogs have always been won by Labour since the 1920s, The landscape of the constituency has changed vastly over this time and is now a seat where great wealth and considerable poverty coexist side by side.

Once home to shipping and heavy industry, the Docklands area became derelict for many years, before rejuvenation began in the late 1980s. Now the area around Canary Wharf is one of the country's largest financial districts and has several landmark skyscrapers, such as One Canada Square.

The redevelopment of the Docklands has led to the creation of luxury housing in the seat, which has altered the demographics somewhat. However, to the south of the Isle of Dogs and in the areas North, East and West of Poplar there are still areas of high deprivation.

The constituency at the end of 2012 had 6% of the population being unemployment claimants, below five London seats including, with the highest figure, Tottenham at 7.9%, however ahead of the London-wide average of 3.9%.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Jim Fitzpatrick Labour

Election results[edit]

This constituency was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.

General Election 2010: Poplar and Limehouse[5][6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Fitzpatrick* 18,679 40.0 +4.7
Conservative Tim Archer 12,649 27.1 +2.6
Respect George Galloway* 8,460 17.5 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Fryer 5,209 11.2 -2.8
UKIP Wayne Lochner 565 1.2 +1.2
English Democrats Andrew Osborne 470 1.0 +1.0
Green Chris Smith 449 1.0 -1.7
Independent Kabir Mahmud 293 0.6 +0.6
Independent Mohammed Hoque 167 0.4 +0.4
Independent Jim Thornton 59 0.1 +0.1
Majority 6,030 12.9
Turnout 46,700 62.3 +12.2
Labour win (new seat)
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

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°30′N 0°01′W / 51.50°N 0.02°W / 51.50; -0.02