Tottenham (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Tottenham in Greater London.
|Electorate||79,172 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Rt Hon David Lammy (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Tottenham North and Tottenham South|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||Tottenham North and Tottenham South|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
1885-1918: The parish of Tottenham, and the area included in the Parliamentary Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Hackney, Shoreditch, and Tower Hamlets.
1950-1974: The Municipal Borough of Tottenham wards of Bruce Grove and Stoneleigh, Chestnuts, Green Lanes, Stamford Hill, Town Hall, and West Green.
1974-1983: The London Borough of Haringey wards of Bruce Grove, Green Lanes, High Cross, Seven Sisters, South Tottenham, Tottenham Central, and West Green.
1983-2010: The London Borough of Haringey wards of Bruce Grove, Coleraine, Green Lanes, Harringay, High Cross, Park, Seven Sisters, South Tottenham, Tottenham Central, West Green, and White Hart Lane.
2010-present: The London Borough of Haringey wards of Bruce Grove, Harringay, Northumberland Park, St Ann’s, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Green, Tottenham Hale, West Green, and White Hart Lane.
From 2018 (proposed): The London Borough of Haringey wards of Bruce Grove, Harringay, Northumberland Park, St Ann’s, Stroud Green, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Green, Tottenham Hale, West Green, and White Hart Lane.
The constituency is in the London Borough of Haringey in north London, covering the borough's central and eastern area.
This constituency was recreated to allow for a narrower, more focussed seat on the largest town or London District itself, of Tottenham. Parts of two wards were in the former Borough of Hornsey which had a seat, abolished in 1983 to make way for Hornsey and Wood Green.
- Political history
During this modern period of existence, Tottenham has been a safe Labour seat, however one member in the early 1960s, Alan Brown, defected to become independent in opposition and then, crossing the floor, a Conservative but failed by a wide margin to win re-election in 1964 under this new party status. The closest result in the whole period was in 1987 when the Labour candidate won by 8.2% of the vote ahead of the Conservative runner-up.
- Prominent frontbenchers
A cosmopolitan, inner-city seat in the London Borough of Haringey, Tottenham has a large ethnic minority population - around a fifth of the residents are black, and there is a large Muslim population. Excluding the South of the Constituency, The percentage of white residents understates the ethnic variety of this constituency, similar to the borough as a whole which includes major Cypriot, Irish, Eastern European, Jewish and Russian communities. The seat has a large central shopping area and the major London football club, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. ('Spurs').
The seat covers Tottenham a large town in north London. To the east is the River Lea with its valley trail and the Tottenham marshes, while to the south the seat takes in Finsbury Park. The constituency includes the Broadwater Farm estate, notorious for the 1985 riots, following which the estate underwent a massive facelift and is no longer a crime blackspot, but other areas of the seat like Northumberland Park continue to be blighted by social problems, including overcrowding.
The proportion of people workless and registered as jobseekers was in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 8.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. Though this is not the case in the southern side of the constituency. At that time the London average was similar to the national average, at 4.0%.
Members of Parliament
|1918||constituency abolished: see Tottenham North and Tottenham South|
|1950||Frederick Messer||Labour Co-op|
|1959||Alan Grahame Brown||Labour|
|2000 by-election||Rt Hon David Lammy||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Turhan Ozen||1,756||4.1||−13.6|
|Liberal Democrat||David Schmitz||7,197||17.7||+0.9|
|Independent People Together||Neville Watson||265||0.7||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Wayne Hoban||5,309||16.8||+7.3|
|Conservative||William F. MacDougall||4,278||13.5||−0.4|
|Respect||Miss Janet Alder||2,014||6.4||N/A|
|Green||Pete H. McAskie||1,457||4.6||0.0|
|Socialist Labour||Jaamit Durrani||263||0.8||N/A|
|Conservative||Mrs. Uma N. Fernandes||4,401||13.9||−1.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs. Meher Khan||3,008||9.5||−1.3|
|Socialist Alliance||Weyman Bennett||1,162||3.7||N/A|
|Reform 2000||Unver T. Shefki||270||0.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Duncan Hames||3,139||19.1||+7.3|
|Socialist Alliance||Weyman Bennett||885||5.4||N/A|
|Reform 2000||Erol Basarik||177||1.1||N/A|
|Independent Conservative||Dorian L.D. de Braâm||55||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Andrew R. Scantlebury||5,921||15.7||−14.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Hughes||4,064||10.8||−0.6|
|ProLife Alliance||Mrs. Leelan L.E. Tay||210||0.5||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||Christopher F. Anglin||181||0.5||N/A|
|Socialist Equality||Mrs. Tania Kent||148||0.4||N/A|
|Conservative||Andrew L. Charalambous||13,341||29.8||−5.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Alex S.G. l'Estrange||5,120||11.4||−6.4|
|Natural Law||Mrs. Margaret Obomanu||150||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Peter Laurence Murphy||17,780||35.4||+5.2|
|Liberal||Stuart James Etherington||8,983||17.8||+1.6|
|Green||Darren John Nicholls||744||1.5||N/A|
|Gaitskell Labour||Peter Joseph Nealon||638||1.3||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||Miss Claire Louise Dixon||205||0.4||N/A|
|Conservative||Peter L. Murphy||13,027||30.2||−1.8|
|Liberal||Alex S.G. l'Estrange||6,990||16.2||+8.6|
|Independent Conservative||W.G. Hurry||652||1.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Matthew Hadrian Marshall Carrington||9,166||32.0||+7.7|
|National Front||C.S. Mates||833||2.9||−5.4|
|Workers Revolutionary||Eric D.J. Gutteridge||94||0.3||N/A|
|Fellowship||Geoffrey A. Rolph||71||0.3||N/A|
|National Front||Roy Painter||2,211||8.3||+4.2|
|National Independence||P. Coney||1,373||4.2||N/A|
|National Front||Roy Painter||1,270||4.1||N/A|
|Social Democrat||J. Martin||763||2.5||N/A|
|Independent Conservative||K. Squire||274||0.9||N/A|
|Conservative||Leo T Simmonds||10,975||38.7||+4.0|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Hugh John Maxwell Dykes||11,222||34.7||+2.1|
|Conservative||Alan Grahame Brown||11,577||32.6||−3.9|
|Liberal||Laurence G Lepley||4,526||12.7||+1.0|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Alan Grahame Brown||22,325||51.9||−8.1|
|Conservative||David James George Hennessy||15,688||36.5||−3.5|
|Liberal||Laurence G Lepley||5,030||11.7||N/A|
|Labour Co-op||Frederick Messer||26,363||60.0||−2.4|
|Conservative||Ian Montagu Fraser||17,753||40.0||+2.4|
|Labour Co-op||Frederick Messer||33,312||62.4||+5.5|
|Conservative||Patrick J Faulkner||20,061||37.6||+6.5|
|Labour Co-op||Frederick Messer||30,901||56.9||N/A|
|Conservative||Patrick J Faulkner||16,862||31.1||N/A|
|Liberal||Richard De Courcy Allen||5,665||10.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1910s
|Conservative||Edward Vyse Sturdy||10,945||47.6||-1.3|
|Conservative||Edward Vyse Sturdy||11,787||48.9||+7.6|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||Horace Whitehead Chatterton||7,009||41.3||-21.3|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+21.3|
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||4,009||37.4|
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.
- Most often since 1950 the Labour party candidate has achieved an absolute majority.
- During the Conservative Government 1957-1964
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