Enfield Southgate (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Enfield Southgate in Greater London
|Electorate||64,932 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Bambos Charalambous (Labour)|
|Created from||Enfield (western minority; on abolition) and Wood Green (bulk of; on abolition)|
From 1950 to the 1983 general election, this constituency was known as Southgate. The prefix of the seat's London Borough was added in 1974.
The seat gained national attention in the 1997 general election when Michael Portillo, Secretary of State for Defence was unexpectedly defeated on a massive swing - the 'Portillo moment'. Portillo had been widely expected to contest the Conservative leadership and his defeat the media took to epitomise the Labour landslide victory. The victorious candidate, Stephen Twigg, increased his majority at the following election. In the 2005 general election, Twigg's majority was the largest overturned, with a swing of 8.7% to the Conservative candidate David Burrowes.
The 2015 result gave the seat the 60th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority, with Labour gaining the seat in the 2017 general election on a substantial 9.7% swing. Enfield Southgate is one of five constituencies, the others being Croydon Central, Leeds North West, Peterborough and Reading East, which elected Labour MPs in 2017 having not done so since 2001. Bambos Charalambous in 2019 became the first Labour MP in Enfield Southgate to be re-elected with a reduced share of the vote.
The constituency is in the west of the London Borough of Enfield and generally more affluent than other parts of the borough. It is more cosmopolitan than many other London suburban constituencies which are or have been Conservative-held, including sizeable Jewish, Muslim and Cypriot communities.[n 1]
In recent years, the south-eastern and southern wards of the constituency including Bowes and Palmers Green always return Labour local councillors, with some councillors also in Southgate Green and Winchmore Hill. These wards tend to give the bulk of the Labour vote. However, the remaining wards generally elect Conservative councillors.
To the north, the seat becomes semi-rural as it takes in Trent Park and the former campus of Middlesex University, and the Cockfosters terminus of the Piccadilly line, stretching into the wealthy Hadley Wood area. Some areas (smaller than local government wards) in the south of the constituency have middle rankings of deprivation when placed in a complete list of wards (such as the 2000 Index of Multiple Deprivation), however all other output areas lack any significant deprivation.
1950–1974: The Municipal Borough of Southgate.
1974–1983: The London Borough of Enfield wards of Arnos, Bowes, Cockfosters, Grange, Highfield, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Southgate Green, West, and Winchmore Hill.
1983–2010: The London Borough of Enfield wards of Arnos, Bowes, Grange, Grovelands, Highfield, Merryhills, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Southgate Green, Trent, and Winchmore Hill.
2010–present: The London Borough of Enfield wards of Bowes, Cockfosters, Grange, Palmers Green, Southgate, Southgate Green, and Winchmore Hill.
5th Boundary review 2000–2007
Following its review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England made some changes to Enfield, Southgate. Part of Highlands ward was transferred to the constituency of Enfield North, and part of Grange ward was transferred from Enfield North to Enfield, Southgate. Parts of Grange ward, Bowes ward and Palmers Green ward were transferred to Enfield, Southgate from Edmonton. Part of Bush Hill Park ward and a tiny part of Upper Edmonton ward were transferred to Edmonton.
6th Boundary review 2015–2018
In the first draft proposal of the Review, the Constituency would be broken up, with Cockfosters Ward joining an enlarged Chipping Barnet, Grange Ward joining Enfield North (renamed to Enfield), Palmers Green returning to Edmonton, and the remainder joining parts of Finchley in a new Southgate and Finchley Constituency.
Members of Parliament
|1950||Sir Beverley Baxter||Conservative|
|1964||Sir Anthony Berry||Conservative||Assasinated by members of the Provisional IRA|
|1984 by-election||Michael Portillo||Conservative||Former Defence Secretary and Employment Secretary|
|1997||Stephen Twigg||Labour||Former Shadow Education Secretary and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons|
|2005||David Burrowes||Conservative||Former Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Paterson|
|2017||Bambos Charalambous||Labour||Shadow Minister for Justice|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Rob Wilson||4,344||9.2||+5.2|
|Brexit Party||Parag Shah||494||1.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Pippa Morgan||1,925||4.0||+0.7|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+9.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Smith||1,518||3.3||−10.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Johar Khan||6,124||13.8||+2.7|
|English Democrat||Ben Weald||173||0.4||N/A|
|Independent||Mal 'the Warrior' Malakounides||88||0.2||N/A|
|Better Britain Party||Jeremy Sturgess||35||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Ziz Kakoulakis||4,724||11.2||+4.2|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+8.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Wayne Hoban||2,935||7.0||−3.7|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Browne||4,966||10.7||−3.8|
|Christian Democrat||Alan Storkey||289||0.6||N/A|
|Mal – Voice of the People||Andrew Malakouna||229||0.5||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+17.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Kevin Keane||7,080||11.2||−6.5|
Elections in the 1980s
|Turkish Troops Out of Cyprus||Andreas Polydrou||687||2||N/A|
|Nationalist Party||James Kershaw||80||0.2||N/A|
|English National||Raymond Shenton||78||0.2||N/A|
|Abolish Greater London, Restore Middlesex||Iain Burgess||50||0.2||N/A|
|Captain Rainbow's Universal Party||George Weiss||48||0.2||N/A|
|Death off Roads: Freight on Rail||Helen Anscomb||45||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||I S Wilson||11,584||22.55||-0.28|
|National Front||R Pert||895||1.74||-0.87|
|Labour||J P Sheppard||10,966||22.83||+2.64|
|Liberal||George J Bridge||9,922||20.66||-4.81|
|National Front||B W Pell||1,255||2.61||+0.41|
|Liberal||George J Bridge||13,806||25.47||+11.05|
|National Front||B W Pell||1,192||2.2||N/A|
|Labour Co-op||Robert Brian Bastin||9,389||24.84||+0.23|
|Liberal||George J Bridge||5,451||14.42||-7.50|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Percy Sassoon Gourgey||9,743||24.61||+2.99|
|Liberal||George J Bridge||8,679||21.92||-1.70|
|Liberal||George J Bridge||9,600||23.62||+2.41|
|Labour||S. John Chapman||8,787||21.62||+3.62|
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||George J Bridge||8,968||21.21||+3.50|
|Labour||S. John Chapman||7,613||18.00||-1.97|
|Labour||George Louis Caunt||8,584||19.97||-2.56|
|Liberal||George J Bridge||7,614||17.71||+2.40|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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