Tooting (UK Parliament constituency)

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Tooting
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Tooting in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 72,707 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of parliament Rosena Allin-Khan
(Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Battersea South
Wandsworth Central
Streatham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Tooting is a constituency[n 1] created in 1974 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2016 by Rosena Allin-Khan, a member of the Labour Party.

Boundaries[edit]

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. As well as Tooting itself, it also 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.

Tooting is bordered by the constituencies of Battersea, Mitcham and Morden, Putney, Streatham and Wimbledon.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the February 1974 election from areas immediately before that election within Battersea South, Streatham and Wandsworth Central.

Political history[edit]

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 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.

The 2015 result gave the seat the twenty-fourth-most marginal majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2] 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.[2]

Local government indications

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.

Prominent frontbenchers[edit]

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 to elect the Mayor of London. Following his election as Mayor, 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.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

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.

Unemployment benefit claimants, 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.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
Feb 1974 Tom Cox Labour
2005 Sadiq Khan Labour Appointed Steward of the Manor of Northstead in 2016 on election as Mayor of London
2016 by-election Rosena Allin-Khan Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Tooting[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosena Allin-Khan 34,694 59.6 Increase3.7
Conservative Dan Watkins 19,236 33.1 Decrease3.0
Liberal Democrat Alex Glassbook 3,057 5.3 Increase2.7
Green Esther Obiri-Darko 845 1.5 Decrease1.1
UKIP Ryan Coshall 339 0.6 Decrease1.0
Majority 15,458 26.5 Increase6.7
Turnout 58,171 74.7 Increase5.0
Labour hold Swing Increase10.6
By-election 2016: Tooting[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosena Allin-Khan 17,894 55.9 +8.7
Conservative Dan Watkins 11,537 36.1 -5.8
Green Esther Obiri-Darko 830 2.6 -1.5
Liberal Democrat Alex Glassbrook 820 2.6 -1.4
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 507 1.6 -1.3
Christian Peoples Des Coke 164 0.5 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Alan "Howling Laud" Hope 54 0.2 N/A
English Democrat Graham Moore 50 0.2 N/A
Immigrants Political Party Akbar Ali Malik 44 0.1 N/A
One Love Ankit Love 32 0.1 N/A
Independent Zirwa Javaid 30 0.1 N/A
Independent Zia Samadani 23 0.1 N/A
Give Me Back Elmo Bobby Smith 9 0.0 N/A
Independent Smiley Smillie 5 0.0 N/A
Majority 6,357 19.8 +14.5
Turnout 32,048 42.5 -27.2
Labour hold Swing +7.3


General Election 2015: Tooting[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sadiq Khan 25,263 47.2 +3.7
Conservative Dan Watkins 22,421 41.9 +3.4
Green Esther Obiri-Darko 2,201 4.1 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Philip Ling[12] 2,107 3.9 −10.9
UKIP Przemek Skwirczyński 1,537 2.9 +1.6
Majority 2,842 5.3 +0.3
Turnout 53,529 69.7 +1.1
Labour hold Swing +0.1
General Election 2010: Tooting[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sadiq Khan 22,038 43.5 +0.8
Conservative Mark Clarke 19,514 38.5 +8.0
Liberal Democrat Nasser Butt 7,509 14.8 −4.8
UKIP Strachan D. McDonald 624 1.2 +0.2
Green Roy Vickery 609 1.2 −2.9
Independent Susan John-Richards 190 0.4 +0.4
Christian Shereen Paul 171 0.3 +0.3
Majority 2,524 5.0 -7.9
Turnout 50,655 68.6 +9.3
Labour hold Swing −3.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Tooting[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sadiq Khan 17,914 43.1 −11.0
Conservative James Bethell 12,533 30.2 +3.8
Liberal Democrat 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 N/A
UKIP Strachan D. McDonald 424 1.0 N/A
Independent Ian K. Perkin 192 0.5 N/A
Majority 5,381 12.9 −14.8
Turnout 41,568 59.0 +4.1
Labour hold Swing −7.4
General election 2001: Tooting[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 20,332 54.1 −5.6
Conservative Alexander Nicoll 9,932 26.4 −0.7
Liberal Democrat Simon James 5,583 14.9 +5.5
Green Matthew Ledbury 1,744 4.6 +3.5
Majority 10,400 27.7 −4.9
Turnout 37,591 54.9 −14.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Tooting[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 27,516 59.7 +11.5
Conservative James B.B. Hutchings 12,505 27.1 −13.0
Liberal Democrat Simon James 4,320 9.4 +2.0
Referendum Angela M. Husband 829 1.8 N/A
Green John Rattray 527 1.1 −0.3
Independent Peter J. Boddington 161 0.3 N/A
Independent Jan Koene 94 0.2 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Daniel J. Baily-Bond 83 0.2 N/A
Natural Law Peter J. Miller 70 0.2 +0.0
Majority 15,011 32.6
Turnout 46,105 69.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Tooting[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 24,601 48.2 +4.0
Conservative Martin Winter 20,494 40.1 −1.2
Liberal Democrat Robert J. Bunce 3,776 7.4 −5.8
Liberal Carmel Martin 1,340 2.6 N/A
Green Paul J. Owens 694 1.4 +0.1
Natural Law Farrakh Anklesalria 119 0.2 N/A
Christian Democrat Michael N. Whitelaw 64 0.1 N/A
Majority 4,107 8.04
Turnout 51,088 74.8 +3.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Tooting[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 21,457 44.2 +1.5
Conservative Martin Winter 20,016 41.3 +4.3
Social Democratic Jeremy Ambache 6,423 13.2 −4.9
Green Monica Vickery 621 1.3 +0.8
Majority 1,441 3.0
Turnout 48,517 71.2 +3.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Tooting[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 19,640 42.7 −6.7
Conservative Robin D.R. Harris 16,981 37.0 −1.8
Social Democratic Julia Neuberger 8,317 18.1 +8.7
National Front Peter Berbridge 355 0.8 −1.1
Ecology Elizabeth M. Shaw 255 0.5 N/A
Communist Robert E. Lewis 181 0.4 −0.3
Ethnic Minority H. Patel 146 0.3 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Corin Redgrave 72 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,659 5.8
Turnout 45,947 67.5 −3.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 18,642 51.9 −2.4
Conservative Richard Ritchie 13,442 37.4 +6.1
Liberal Richard Fife 2,917 8.1 −5.5
National Front Peter Berbridge 682 1.9 N/A
Communist Lou Lewis 233 0.7 −0.1
Majority 5,200 14.5
Turnout 35,916 70.5 +7.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 18,530 54.3 +6.0
Conservative A.C. Elliot 10,675 31.3 −1.3
Liberal R.F.J. Heron 4,644 13.6 −4.7
Communist Robert E. Lewis 268 0.8 −0.1
Majority 7,855 23.0
Turnout 34,117 63.4 −9.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Cox 18,795 48.3 N/A
Conservative A.C. Elliot 12,687 32.6 N/A
Liberal R.F.J. Heron 7,108 18.3 N/A
Communist Robert E. Lewis 337 0.9 N/A
Majority 6,108 15.7 N/A
Turnout 38,927 72.8 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ Balham broadly west of its railway line, but also including the streets around Nightingale Square at its centre
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ "Sadiq Khan resigns as MP for Tooting". UK Parliament. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Tooting parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 
  7. ^ Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting by-election candidate list published - News - Wandsworth Council". www.Wandsworth.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting Constituency - Parliamentary election results May 2015 - Wandsworth Council". www.wandsworth.gov.uk. 
  11. ^ "Tooting parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". Retrieved 8 May 2017 – via www.BBC.co.uk. 
  12. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#London
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election 2010". BBC News. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°26′17″N 0°09′54″W / 51.438°N 0.165°W / 51.438; -0.165