|Camberwell and Peckham|
for the House of Commons
|Population||125,226 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||78,605 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Harriet Harman (Labour)|
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.
Under the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the constituency will be subject to major boundary changes, including the loss of the Camberwell Green ward to Vauxhall. Accordingly, its name will revert to Peckham, to be first contested at the next general election.
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 for 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.
At least two conservation area groupings exist containing pockets of upmarket housing stock, principally Camberwell Grove and Camberwell Green. 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.
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.
Camberwell and Peckham
|Racial makeup (2021)|
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.
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
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Julia Ogiehor||5,087||9.0||+3.1|
|Brexit Party||Claude Cass-Horne||1,041||1.8||New|
|Workers Revolutionary||Joshua Ogunleye||127||0.2||0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Bukola||3,413||5.9||+0.9|
|Workers Revolutionary||Sellu Aminata||131||0.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Yahaya Kiyingi||2,580||5.0||–17.4|
|All People's Party||Prem Goyal||829||1.6||New|
|Workers Revolutionary||Joshua Ogunleye||107||0.2||–0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Columba Blango||10,432||22.4||+1.9|
|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|
|No description||Patricia Knox||82||0.2||New|
|Alliance for Workers' Liberty||Jill Mountford||75||0.2||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Richard J. Porter||5,450||18.8||+5.5|
|Green||Paul M. Ingram||1,172||4.0||+0.8|
|Socialist Labour||Margaret M. Sharkey||132||0.5||–0.2|
|Workers Revolutionary||Sanjay M. Kulkarni||113||0.4||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Donnachadh McCarthy||3,350||13.3||+2.1|
|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|
Elections in the 1990s
|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|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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