Poplar and Limehouse (UK Parliament constituency)
|Poplar and Limehouse|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Poplar and Limehouse in Greater London.
|Electorate||74,919 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Poplar & Canning Town, Bethnal Green & Bow|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
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.
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:
- Blackwall and Cubitt Town, Bromley-by-Bow, East India and Lansbury, Limehouse, Mile End East, Millwall, St Katharine’s and Wapping; and Shadwell within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
- 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%).
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%.
Members of Parliament
This constituency was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.
|General Election 2010: Poplar and Limehouse|
|Liberal Democrat||Jonathan Fryer||5,209||11.2||-2.8|
|English Democrats||Andrew Osborne||470||1.0||+1.0|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- * Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Statement of Persons Nominated, Tower Hamlets Council
- Poplar and Limehouse, UKPollingReport
- ED Candidate list
- BBC News (2010-05-07). Election 2010 | Constituency | Poplar & Limehouse. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- Tim Archer
- Jim Fitzpatrick
- Jonathan Fryer
- George Galloway
- Andrew Osborne
- Jim Thornton
- Kabir Mahmud
- Documentary on the 2010 election by Catch21