Poplar and Limehouse (UK Parliament constituency)

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Poplar and Limehouse
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Poplar and Limehouse in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 74,919 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Poplar & Canning Town, Bethnal Green & Bow
European Parliament constituency London

Poplar and Limehouse is a constituency[n 1] created in 2010 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Jim Fitzpatrick, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


Political history

The predecessors to this constituency (area electing MPs to the House of Commons) (see history of boundaries) since 1992 have elected Labour Party representatives. The 2010 majority of Jim Fitzpatrick was 12.9% over the runner up Conservative Party candidate.

The 2015 re-election of Fitzpatrick made the seat the 66th safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2]


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:

History of boundaries[edit]


Alternative names, including "Tower Hamlets South" and "Poplar and Millwall" were rejected following public consultation.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency and its predecessor seats covering the Isle of Dogs have consistently been won by Labour since the 1920s. The district has changed vastly over this time, and great wealth and considerable poverty now coexist side by side.

Once home to shipping and heavy industry, the Docklands area was 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 constituency, which has altered the demographics somewhat. However, in parts of the Isle of Dogs and in the areas north, east and west of Poplar there are still areas of high deprivation.

At the end of 2012, 6% of the population of the constituency were unemployment claimants, ranking sixth among London seats (the highest percentage was Tottenham at 7.9%), and above the London-wide average of 3.9%.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 Jim Fitzpatrick Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Poplar and Limehouse[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Fitzpatrick[8] 29,886 58.5 +18.6
Conservative Chris Wilford[8] 12,962 25.4 -1.7
UKIP Nicholas McQueen[8] 3,128 6.1 +4.9
Green Maureen Childs[8] 2,463 4.8 +3.9
Liberal Democrat Elaine Bagshaw[9] 2,149 4.2 -6.9
TUSC Hugo Pierre[8] 367 0.7 +0.7
Red Flag Anti-Corruption Rene Claudel Mugenzi[8] 89 0.2 +0.2
Majority 16,924 33.1 +20.2
Turnout 51,044 62.2 -0.1
Labour hold Swing +10.1

This constituency was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.

General Election 2010: Poplar and Limehouse[10][11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Fitzpatrick* 18,679 40.0 +4.7
Conservative Tim Archer 12,649 27.1 +2.6
Respect George Galloway* 8,460 17.5 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Fryer 5,209 11.2 -2.8
UKIP Wayne Lochner 565 1.2 +1.2
English Democrat Andrew Osborne 470 1.0 +1.0
Green Chris Smith 449 1.0 -1.7
Independent Kabir Mahmud 293 0.6 +0.6
Independent Mohammed Hoque 167 0.4 +0.4
Independent Jim Thornton 59 0.1 +0.1
Majority 6,030 12.9
Turnout 46,700 62.3 +12.2
Labour win (new seat)
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′N 0°01′W / 51.50°N 0.02°W / 51.50; -0.02