Tooting (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Tooting in Greater London.
|Electorate||72,707 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
1974-1983: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of Bedford, Furzedown, Graveney, Springfield, and Tooting.
1983-2010: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of Bedford, Earlsfield, Furzedown, Graveney, Nightingale, Springfield, and Tooting.
2010-present: The London Borough of Wandsworth wards of Bedford, Earlsfield, Furzedown, Graveney, Nightingale, Tooting, and 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. The constituency includes all of Wandsworth Common, a rectangular open space that lends its name to one of the seven wards.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Tom Cox||Labour|
|2005||Sadiq Khan||Labour||Resigned 2016 on election as Mayor of London|
|2016 by-election||Rosena Allin-Khan||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Glassbrook||820||2.6||−1.3|
|Christian Peoples||Des Coke||164||0.5||+0.5|
|Monster Raving Loony||Alan "Howling Laud" Hope||54||0.2||+0.2|
|One Love||Ankit Love||32||0.1||+0.1|
|Immigrants Political Party||Akbar Ali Malik||44||0.1||+0.1|
|English Democrat||Graham Moore||50||0.2||+0.2|
|Give Me Back Elmo||Bobby Smith||9||0.0||+0.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Ling||2,107||3.9||−10.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Nasser Butt||7,509||14.8||−4.8|
|UKIP||Strachan D. McDonald||624||1.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Conservative||James Nicholas 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|
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||20,332||54.1||−5.6|
|Conservative||Alexander John McDiarmid Nicoll||9,932||26.4||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Alexander James||5,583||14.9||+5.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||27,516||59.7||+11.5|
|Conservative||James B.B. Hutchings||12,505||27.1||−13.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Alexander James||4,320||9.4||+2.0|
|Referendum||Angela M. Husband||829||1.8||N/A|
|Independent||Peter J. Boddington||161||0.3||N/A|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Daniel J. Baily-Bond||83||0.2||N/A|
|Natural Law||Peter J. Miller||70||0.2||+0.0|
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||24,601||48.2||+4.0|
|Conservative||Martin Andrew Spencer Winter||20,494||40.1||−1.2|
|Liberal Democrat||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||N/A|
|Christian Democrat||Michael N. Whitelaw||64||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||21,457||44.2||+1.5|
|Conservative||Martin Andrew Spencer Winter||20,016||41.3||+4.3|
|Social Democratic||Jeremy Noel Ambache||6,423||13.2||−4.9|
|Green||Monica Evelyn Vickery||621||1.3||+0.8|
|Labour||Thomas Michael 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|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||18,642||51.9||−2.4|
|National Front||Peter Berbridge||682||1.9||N/A|
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||18,530||54.3||+6.0|
|Communist||Robert E. Lewis||268||0.8||−0.1|
|Labour||Thomas Michael Cox||18,795||48.3||N/A|
|Communist||Robert E. Lewis||337||0.9||N/A|
|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
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Sadiq Khan resigns as MP for Tooting". UK Parliament. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200327/election_results/1991/parliamentary_election_results_may_2015/3 30Jul15
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Sadiq Khan MP official site
- Labour Party in Wandsworth
- Conservative Party in Wandsworth
- Liberal Democrats in Wandsworth