Tooting (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Tooting in Greater London.
|Electorate||72,707 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Sadiq Khan (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Battersea South
|European Parliament constituency||London|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 In Fiction
- 5 Members of Parliament
- 6 Elections
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
Tooting is the southern third of the London Borough of Wandsworth. As well as Tooting itself, it also includes the districts of Earlsfield, Furzedown and Streatham Park and part of Balham.[n 3] The constituency includes all of Wandsworth Common, a rectangular open space that lends its name to one of the seven wards.
Tooting is bordered by the following constituencies:
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which time it has had the following electoral wards:
- Bedford, Earlsfield, Furzedown, Graveney, Nightingale, Tooting, and Wandsworth Common in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
As in the other two seats in the Borough of Wandsworth, voters have in part supported the Conservatives at the local level, however this southern area has strong Labour support to have consistently returned at least seven Labour councillors since 1992.
Sadiq Khan was from 2008 until 2010 change of government the Minister of State for Transport and Minister of State for Communities, before progressing in opposition to become the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, as a prominent solicitor by profession.
The modern Tooting seat 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 somewhere affordable to live.
Labour-held since its creation, Tooting was a hope for the Conservatives in the 2010 general election after the party made gains in local elections, however Sadiq Khan was able to hold on to the seat with a relatively marginal majority. The Conservatives do 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.
In episode 6 (titled "The Hostage", aired 1977) of the first series of BBC TV sitcom Citizen Smith, Wolfie Smith contests a by-election for the fictional "Tooting North" constituency under the label of Tooting Popular Front, but only gains six votes, losing to the incoming Conservative MP, David West, whom he later unsuccessfully attempts to kidnap.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Tom Cox||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Tooting|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Ling||2,107||3.9||-10.9|
|General Election 2010: Tooting|
|Liberal Democrat||Nasser Butt||7,509||14.8||-4.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Tooting|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephanie Dearden||8,110||19.5||+4.6|
|General Election 2001: Tooting|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon James||5,583||14.9||+5.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Tooting|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon James||4,320||9.4||+2.0|
|Referendum Party||Angela Husband||829||1.8|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Daniel Baily-Bond||83||0.2|
|Natural Law||Peter Miller||70||0.2|
|General Election 1992: Tooting|
|Conservative||Martin A.S. Winters||20,494||40.12|
|Liberal Democrat||Robert J. Bunce||3,776||7.39|
|Liberal||Ms. Carmel Martin||1,340||2.62|
|Green||Paul J. Owens||694||1.36|
|Natural Law||Farrakh Anklesalria||119||0.23|
|Christian Democrat||Michael Whitelaw||64||0.13|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Tooting|
|Social Democratic||J.N. Ambache||6,423||13.24|
|General Election 1983: Tooting|
|Social Democratic||Julia Neuberger||8,317||18.10|
|National Front||Peter Berbridge||355||0.77|
|Ecology||Elizabeth M. Shaw||255||0.55|
|Communist||Robert E. Lewis||181||0.39|
|Ethnic Minority||H. Patel||146||0.32|
|Workers Revolutionary||Corin Redgrave||72||0.16|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Tooting|
|National Front||Peter Berbridge||682||1.90|
|General Election October 1974: Tooting|
|General Election February 1974: Tooting|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Balham broadly west of its railway line, but also including the streets around Nightingale Square at its centre
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election 2010". BBC News.
- Sadiq Khan MP official site
- Labour Party in Wandsworth
- Conservative Party in Wandsworth
- Liberal Democrats in Wandsworth