Tooting (UK Parliament constituency)

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Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Tooting in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 72,707 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of parliament Sadiq Khan (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Battersea South
Wandsworth Central
European Parliament constituency London

Tooting is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Sadiq Khan, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


Tooting is the southern third of the London Borough of Wandsworth. As well as Tooting itself, it also includes the districts of Earlsfield, Furzedown and Streatham Park and part of Balham.[n 3] The constituency includes all of Wandsworth Common, a rectangular open space that lends its name to one of the seven wards.

Tooting is bordered by the following constituencies:

Boundary review[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which time it has had the following electoral wards:


The constituency was created for the February 1974 election from the seats of Battersea South, Streatham and Wandsworth Central.

Political history[edit]

As in the other two seats in the Borough of Wandsworth, voters have in part supported the Conservatives at the local level, however this southern area has strong Labour support to have consistently returned at least seven Labour councillors since 1992.

Prominent frontbenchers[edit]

Sadiq Khan was from 2008 until 2010 change of government the Minister of State for Transport and Minister of State for Communities, before progressing in opposition to become the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, as a prominent solicitor by profession.

Constituency profile[edit]

The modern Tooting seat is a simplified name, as it contains much of Balham, Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield, yet the southernmost parts of the area that self-identifies as Tooting are actually in the London Borough of Merton and so in the Mitcham and Morden seat.

The area around Tooting itself has a large Asian population - only Southall and the Brick Lane area have a higher concentration of Asian voters in London.[citation needed]

Transport links to central London are good, and the population has expanded steadily due to the area's popularity with commuters looking for somewhere affordable to live.

Labour-held since its creation, Tooting was a hope for the Conservatives in the 2010 general election after the party made gains in local elections, however Sadiq Khan was able to hold on to the seat with a relatively marginal majority. The Conservatives do best in the northern half of the seat (Bedford, Earlsfield, Nightingale, Wandsworth Common), whereas Labour are strongest in the southern half, which covers Tooting ward itself, Graveney and Furzedown.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, in November 2012 were lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.2% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

In Fiction[edit]

In episode 6 (titled "The Hostage", aired 1977) of the first series of tv sitcom Citizen Smith, Wolfie Smith contests a by-election for the fictional "Tooting North" constituency under the label of Tooting Popular Front, but only gains six votes, losing to the incoming Conservative MP, David West, whom he later unsuccessfully attempts to kidnap.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
Feb 1974 Tom Cox Labour
2005 Sadiq Khan Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Tooting[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sadiq Khan
Liberal Democrat Philip Ling[6]
Green Esther Obiri-Darko
UKIP Przemek Skwirczyński
Conservative Dan Watkins
General Election 2010: Tooting[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sadiq Khan 22,038 43.5 +0.8
Conservative Mark Clarke 19,514 38.5 +8.0
Liberal Democrat Nasser Butt 7,509 14.8 -4.8
UKIP Strachan McDonald 624 1.2 +0.2
Green Roy Vickery 609 1.2 -2.9
Independent Susan John-Richards 190 0.4 +0.4
Christian Shereen Paul 171 0.3 +0.3
Majority 2,524 5.0 -7.9
Turnout 50,655 68.6 +9.3
Labour hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sadiq Khan 17,914 43.1 -11.0
Conservative James Bethell 12,533 30.2 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Stephanie Dearden 8,110 19.5 +4.6
Green Siobhan Vitelli 1,695 4.1 +0.5
Respect Ali Zaidi 700 1.7 N/A
UKIP Strachan McDonald 424 1.0 N/A
Independent Ian Perkin 192 0.5 N/A
Majority 5,381 12.9 -14.8
Turnout 41,568 59.0 +4.1
Labour hold Swing -7.4
General Election 2001: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 20,332 54.1 -5.6
Conservative Alexander Nicoll 9,932 26.4 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Simon James 5,583 14.9 +5.5
Green Matthew Ledbury 1,744 4.6 +3.5
Majority 10,400 27.7 -4.9
Turnout 37,591 54.9 -14.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 27,516 59.7 +11.5
Conservative James Hutchings 12,505 27.1 -13.0
Liberal Democrat Simon James 4,320 9.4 +2.0
Referendum Party Angela Husband 829 1.8
Green Matthew Ledbury 527 1.1
Independent Peter Boddington 161 0.3
Independent Jan Koene 94 0.2
Rainbow Dream Ticket Daniel Baily-Bond 83 0.2
Natural Law Peter Miller 70 0.2
Majority 15,011 32.6
Turnout 46,105 69.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 24,601 48.15
Conservative Martin A.S. Winters 20,494 40.12
Liberal Democrat Robert J. Bunce 3,776 7.39
Liberal Ms. Carmel Martin 1,340 2.62
Green Paul J. Owens 694 1.36
Natural Law Farrakh Anklesalria 119 0.23
Christian Democrat Michael Whitelaw 64 0.13
Majority 4,107 8.04
Turnout 74.79
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 21,457 44.23
Conservative M.A. Winter 20,016 41.26
Social Democratic J.N. Ambache 6,423 13.24
Green Monica Vickery 621 1.28
Majority 1,441 2.97
Turnout 71.23
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 19,640 42.74
Conservative Robin Harris 16,981 36.96
Social Democratic Julia Neuberger 8,317 18.10
National Front Peter Berbridge 355 0.77
Ecology Elizabeth M. Shaw 255 0.55
Communist Robert E. Lewis 181 0.39
Ethnic Minority H. Patel 146 0.32
Workers Revolutionary Corin Redgrave 72 0.16
Majority 2,659 5.79
Turnout 67.49
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 18,642 51.90
Conservative Richard Ritchie 13,442 37.43
Liberal Richard Fife 2,917 8.12
National Front Peter Berbridge 682 1.90
Communist L. Lewis 233 0.65
Majority 5,200 14.48
Turnout 70.48
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 18,530 54.3
Conservative A.C. Elliot 10,675 31.3
Liberal R.F.J. Heron 4,644 13.6
Communist R.E. Lewis 268 0.8
Majority 7,855 23.0
Turnout 63.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Cox 18,795 48.3 N/A
Conservative A.C. Elliot 12,687 32.6 N/A
Liberal R.F.J. Heron 7,108 18.3 N/A
Communist R.E. Lewis 337 0.9 N/A
Majority 6,108 15.7 N/A
Turnout 72.84 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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. ^ Balham broadly west of its railway line, but also including the streets around Nightingale Square at its centre

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Coordinates: 51°26′17″N 0°09′54″W / 51.438°N 0.165°W / 51.438; -0.165