Camberwell and Peckham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Camberwell and Peckham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Camberwell and Peckham in Greater London
CountyGreater London
Population125,226 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate78,605 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentHarriet Harman (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromPeckham

Camberwell and Peckham is a constituency[n 1][n 2] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Harriet Harman of the Labour Party. Harman had served for the previous constituency of Peckham since 1982. She is a former cabinet minister and the "Mother of the House of Commons", having the longest record of continuous service of any female MP.

Constituency profile[edit]

Peckham

The constituency is very ethnically diverse, and has the highest proportion of black, African, and Afro-Caribbean residents of all constituencies in England and Wales, according to Office of National Statistics 2011 Census figures, at 37.4%. This includes 22.4% being African (highest), 9.3% being Caribbean and 5.7% being of any other black background (highest). More than two-fifths (40.8%) of residents were born outside of the UK.

With 50.6% of all residential properties being social housing, it also has the highest proportion of social housing of any parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom. More than three in 10 residents are single parents.

The area is also socially diverse with fine Georgian houses in parts of Camberwell, while Nunhead to the east has experienced considerable regeneration in recent years.

At least two conservation area groupings exist containing pockets of upmarket housing stock, principally Camberwell Grove and Camberwell Green.[3] The housing stock has expanded in the early-21st century due to major increases in Central London property prices, which has led to new private sector-funded housing initiatives. As such, rents across the private rented sector have multiplied, affecting its long-term communities who have entrenched high reliance overall on the rented sector, pushing residents away by eviction or further away from owning their own homes near to their communities.[4]

King's College Hospital, one of London's largest teaching hospitals, and the Maudsley Hospital are major employers in the constituency. One in seven residents are employed in human health and social work.

Boundaries[edit]

Map of present boundaries

1997–2010: The London Borough of Southwark wards of Barset, Brunswick, Consort, Faraday, Friary, Liddle, St Giles, The Lane, and Waverley.

2010–present: The London Borough of Southwark wards of Brunswick Park, Camberwell Green, Faraday, Livesey, Nunhead, Peckham, Peckham Rye, South Camberwell, and The Lane.

The constituency incorporates the areas of Camberwell, Peckham and Nunhead in the London Borough of Southwark, together with parts of its other districts of Walworth, East Dulwich, South Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

Political history[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997. All results since 1997 have been strong Labour Party majorities of 36.8% of the vote or greater. As the predecessor seats were Labour (in this instance the length of party tenure can be dated to 1936) and council wards tend to have strong majorities for the party, the seat has the three main hallmarks of a safe seat.

Its only MP to date is Harriet Harman, a former Cabinet minister and former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, twice its acting leader during leadership elections in 2010 and 2015, and former Shadow Culture Secretary. She had been the MP for the preceding constituency of Peckham since a by-election in 1982.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Harriet Harman, Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham
Election Member[5] Party
1997 Harriet Harman Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Camberwell and Peckham[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 40,258 71.3 –6.5
Conservative Peter Quentin 6,478 11.5 –1.3
Liberal Democrats Julia Ogiehor 5,087 9.0 +3.1
Green Claire Sheppard 3,501 6.2 +3.4
Brexit Party Claude Cass-Horne 1,041 1.8 New
Workers Revolutionary Joshua Ogunleye 127 0.2 0.0
Majority 33,780 59.8 –5.2
Turnout 56,492 63.4 –3.7
Registered electors 89,042
Labour hold Swing –2.6
General election 2017: Camberwell and Peckham[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 44,665 77.8 +14.5
Conservative Ben Spencer 7,349 12.8 –0.4
Liberal Democrats Michael Bukola 3,413 5.9 +0.9
Green Eleanor Margolies 1,627 2.8 –7.3
CPA Ray Towey 227 0.4 New
Workers Revolutionary Sellu Aminata 131 0.2 New
Majority 37,316 65.0 +14.9
Turnout 57,412 67.1 +4.8
Registered electors 85,613
Labour hold Swing +7.5
General election 2015: Camberwell and Peckham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 32,614 63.3 +4.1
Conservative Naomi Newstead 6,790 13.2 +0.2
Green Amelia Womack 5,187 10.1 +7.2
Liberal Democrats Yahaya Kiyingi 2,580 5.0 –17.4
UKIP David Kurten 2,413 4.7 New
All People's Party Prem Goyal 829 1.6 New
National Health Action Rebecca Fox 466 0.9 New
TUSC Nick Wrack 292 0.6 New
CISTA Alex Robertson 197 0.4 New
Workers Revolutionary Joshua Ogunleye 107 0.2 –0.3
Whig Felicity Anscomb 86 0.2 New
Majority 25,824 50.1 +11.3
Turnout 51,561 62.3 +3.0
Registered electors 82,746
Labour hold Swing +2.0
General election 2010: Camberwell and Peckham[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 27,619 59.2 –4.1
Liberal Democrats Columba Blango 10,432 22.4 +1.9
Conservative Andrew Stranack 6,080 13.0 +4.2
Green Jenny Jones 1,361 2.9 –1.7
English Democrat Yohara Munilla 435 0.9 New
Workers Revolutionary Joshua Ogunleye 211 0.5 +0.2
Socialist Labour Margaret M. Sharkey 184 0.4 –0.1
Independent Decima Francis 93 0.2 New
Independent Steven Robbins 87 0.2 New
No description Patricia Knox 82 0.2 New
Alliance for Workers' Liberty Jill Mountford 75 0.2 New
Majority 17,187 36.8 –9.7
Turnout 46,659 59.3 +7.3
Registered electors 78,627
Labour hold Swing –3.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Camberwell and Peckham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 18,933 65.3 –4.3
Liberal Democrats Richard J. Porter 5,450 18.8 +5.5
Conservative Jessica Lee 2,841 9.8 –1.1
Green Paul M. Ingram 1,172 4.0 +0.8
UKIP Derek Penhallow 350 1.2 New
Socialist Labour Margaret M. Sharkey 132 0.5 –0.2
Workers Revolutionary Sanjay M. Kulkarni 113 0.4 +0.1
Majority 13,483 46.5 –9.8
Turnout 28,991 52.0 +5.2
Registered electors 57,079
Labour hold Swing –4.9
General election 2001: Camberwell and Peckham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 17,473 69.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Donnachadh McCarthy 3,350 13.3 +2.1
Conservative Jonathan Morgan 2,740 10.9 –0.7
Green Störm Poorun 805 3.2 New
Socialist Alliance John Mulrenan 478 1.9 New
Socialist Labour Robert Adams 188 0.7 –1.7
Workers Revolutionary Frank Sweeney 70 0.3 –0.1
Majority 14,123 56.3 –1.6
Turnout 25,104 46.8 –8.5
Registered electors 53,687
Labour hold Swing –1.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Camberwell and Peckham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 19,734 69.5
Conservative Kim Humphreys 3,283 11.6
Liberal Democrats Nigel P. Williams 3,198 11.2
Referendum Nicholas A. China 692 2.4
Socialist Labour Angela M. Ruddock 685 2.4
Liberal Gerry A. Williams 443 1.6
Socialist Alternative Joan Barker 233 0.8
Workers Revolutionary Christopher Eames 106 0.4
Majority 16,451 57.9
Turnout 28,374 55.3
Registered electors 51,313
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Camberwell and Peckham: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ Conservation Area Appraisals Archived 2017-02-02 at the Wayback Machine Southwark Council. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  4. ^ Poverty and wealth across Britain 1968 to 2005 Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 16 July 2007.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  6. ^ "UK Parliamentary General Election 2019". Southwark Council. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Camberwell & Peckham Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Commons Briefing Paper 8749. General Election 2019: results and analysis" (PDF). London: House of Commons Library. 28 January 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 November 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Camberwell & Peckham parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Camberwell & Peckham general election results 2017". BBC News. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Commons Briefing Paper 7979. General Election 2017: results and analysis" (PDF) (Second ed.). House of Commons Library. 29 January 2019 [7 April 2018]. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ Election of a Member of Parliament - Camberwell and Peckham Constituency Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine London Borough of Southwark, 20 April 2010

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
11 May – 25 September 2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
8 May – 12 September 2015
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 51°28′30″N 0°04′12″W / 51.475°N 0.070°W / 51.475; -0.070