Tooting (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||72,707 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Rosena Allin-Khan|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Wandsworth Central|
Battersea South (reduced in 1974, abolished 1983)
Streatham (small parts of, with regular interchanges since)
1974–1983: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of Bedford, Furzedown, Graveney, Springfield, and Tooting.
1983–2010: As above plus Earlsfield, and Nightingale
2010–present: As above minus Springfield, plus Wandsworth Common.
Tooting is the south-eastern third of the London Borough of Wandsworth. In addition to Tooting, it includes the districts of Earlsfield, Furzedown and Streatham Park and part of Balham.[n 2] The constituency includes all of Wandsworth Common, a rectangular open space that lends its name to one of the seven wards.
Held by Labour since its creation, Tooting was a target seat for the Conservatives at the 2010 general election after the party made gains in local elections. However, Sadiq Khan was able to retain the seat for Labour. The Conservatives have generally performed 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.
The 2015 general election result gave the seat the twenty-fourth-most marginal majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority. Had the majority obtained by Allin-Khan at her 2016 by-election win been part of the 2015 results, the seat would have been the 136th safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.
- Local government indications
As in the other two constituencies located in the London Borough of Wandsworth, voters have in part supported the Conservatives at local level; however, the southern area has strong enough Labour support to have consistently returned at least seven Labour councillors since 1992.
Sadiq Khan, a solicitor by profession, was the Minister of State for Transport and Minister of State for Communities in the government of Gordon Brown. In opposition after 2010, he became the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. He was the Labour Party's candidate in the 2016 London mayoral election, and was subsequently elected as Mayor of London. Following his election, Khan announced his intention to resign as MP for Tooting, and on 9 May 2016 he was appointed to the ancient office of Crown Steward and Bailiff of The Three Chiltern Hundreds, triggering a by-election.
The modern Tooting constituency 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.
Transport links to Central London are good, and the population has expanded steadily due to the area's popularity with commuters looking for affordable property.
Unemployment benefit claimants and 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.
Members of Parliament
|February 1974||Tom Cox||Labour|
|2005||Sadiq Khan||Labour||Elected Mayor of London, May 2016|
|2016 by-election||Rosena Allin-Khan||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Olly Glover||8,305||14.2||+8.9|
|Brexit Party||Adam Shakir||462||0.8||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Glassbrook||3,057||5.3||+1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Glassbrook||820||2.6||-1.4|
|Monster Raving Loony||Alan "Howling Laud" Hope||54||0.2||New|
|English Democrat||Graham Moore||50||0.2||New|
|Immigrants Political Party||Akbar Ali Malik||44||0.1||New|
|One Love||Ankit Love||32||0.1||New|
|Give Me Back Elmo||Bobby Smith||9||0.0||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Philip Ling||2,107||3.9||−10.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Nasser Butt||7,509||14.8||−4.8|
|UKIP||Strachan D. McDonald||624||1.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Stephanie M. Dearden||8,110||19.5||+4.6|
|Green||Siobhan M. Vitelli||1,695||4.1||-0.5|
|Respect||Ali J. Zaidi||700||1.7||New|
|UKIP||Strachan D. McDonald||424||1.0||New|
|Independent||Ian K. Perkin||192||0.5||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon James||5,583||14.9||+5.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||James B.B. Hutchings||12,505||27.1||−13.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon James||4,320||9.4||+2.0|
|Referendum||Angela M. Husband||829||1.8||New|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Daniel Bailey-Bond||83||0.2||New|
|Natural Law||Peter Miller||70||0.2||0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Robert J. Bunce||3,776||7.4||−5.8|
|Green||Paul J. Owens||694||1.4||+0.1|
|Natural Law||Farrakh Anklesalria||119||0.2||New|
|Christian Democrat||Michael N. Whitelaw||64||0.1||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Robin D.R. Harris||16,981||37.0||−1.8|
|National Front||Peter Berbridge||355||0.8||−1.1|
|Ecology||Elizabeth M. Shaw||255||0.5||New|
|Communist||Robert E. Lewis||181||0.4||−0.3|
|Ethnic Minority||H. Patel||146||0.3||New|
|Workers Revolutionary||Corin Redgrave||72||0.2||New|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||Peter Berbridge||682||1.9||New|
|Communist||Robert E. Lewis||268||0.8||−0.1|
|Communist||Robert E. Lewis||337||0.9|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- Balham broadly west of its railway line, but also including the streets around Nightingale Square at its centre
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- List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- "Revised estimates of leave vote in Westminster constituencies". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
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- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF).
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- Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting by-election candidate list published - News - Wandsworth Council". www.Wandsworth.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting Constituency by-election result June 2016 - Tooting Constituency by-election result June 2016 - Wandsworth Council". www.Wandsworth.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting Constituency - Parliamentary election results May 2015 - Wandsworth Council". www.wandsworth.gov.uk.
- "Tooting parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". Retrieved 8 May 2017 – via www.BBC.co.uk.
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- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)
- Sadiq Khan MP official site
- Labour Party in Wandsworth
- Conservative Party in Wandsworth
- Liberal Democrats in Wandsworth