Tooting (UK Parliament constituency)

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Tooting
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Tooting2007Constituency.svg
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 membersOne
Created from Wandsworth Central
Battersea South (reduced in 1974, abolished 1983)
Streatham (small parts of, with regular interchanges since)

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

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Boundaries

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.

Tooting since 2010 is bordered to the west by Putney and Wimbledon; to the other three compass points by Mitcham and Morden, Streatham and Battersea.

History

The constituency was created for the February 1974 election from areas which, prior to that election, were within Battersea South, Streatham and Wandsworth Central.

Political history

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. [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]

In the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, the constituency voted remain by 74.7%. [3]

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.

Prominent frontbenchers

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. [4]

Constituency profile

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 . [5]

Members of Parliament

ElectionMemberPartyNotes
February 1974 Tom Cox Labour
2005 Sadiq Khan Labour Elected Mayor of London, May 2016
2016 by-election Rosena Allin-Khan Labour

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Tooting [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rosena Allin-Khan 30,811 52.7 -6.9
Conservative Kerry Briscoe16,50428.2-4.9
Liberal Democrats Olly Glover8,30514.2+8.9
Green Glyn Goodwin2,3144.0+2.5
Brexit Party Adam Shakir4620.8New
SDP Roz Hubley770.1New
Majority14,30724.5-2.0
Turnout 58,47376.0+1.3
Registered electors 76,933
Labour hold Swing -1.1
General election 2017: Tooting [7] [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rosena Allin-Khan 34,694 59.6 +12.5
Conservative Dan Watkins19,23633.1-8.8
Liberal Democrats Alex Glassbrook3,0575.3+1.4
Green Esther Obiri-Darko8451.5-2.6
UKIP Ryan Coshall3390.6-2.3
Majority15,45826.5+21.2
Turnout 58,17174.7+5.0
Registered electors 77,971
Labour hold Swing +10.6
Tooting by-election 2016 [9] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rosena Allin-Khan 17,894 55.9 +8.7
Conservative Dan Watkins11,53736.1-5.8
Green Esther Obiri-Darko8302.6-1.5
Liberal Democrats Alex Glassbrook8202.6-1.3
UKIP Elizabeth Jones5071.6-1.3
CPA Des Coke1640.5New
Monster Raving Loony Alan "Howling Laud" Hope 540.2New
English Democrat Graham Moore500.2New
Immigrants Political PartyAkbar Ali Malik440.1New
One Love Ankit Love320.1New
Independent Zirwa Javaid300.1New
Independent Zia Samadani230.1New
Give Me Back Elmo Bobby Smith 90.0New
Independent Smiley Smillie50.0New
Majority6,35719.8+14.5
Turnout 32,04842.5-27.2
Registered electors 74,701
Labour hold Swing +7.3
General election 2015: Tooting [11] [12] [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Sadiq Khan 25,263 47.2 +3.7
Conservative Dan Watkins22,42141.9+3.4
Green Esther Obiri-Darko2,2014.1+2.9
Liberal Democrats Philip Ling [14] 2,1073.9−10.9
UKIP Przemek Skwirczyński1,5372.9+1.7
Majority2,8425.3+0.3
Turnout 53,52969.7+1.1
Registered electors 76,782
Labour hold Swing +0.1
General election 2010: Tooting [15] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Sadiq Khan 22,038 43.5 +0.8
Conservative Mark Clarke 19,51438.5+8.0
Liberal Democrats Nasser Butt7,50914.8−4.8
UKIP Strachan D. McDonald6241.2+0.2
Green Roy Vickery6091.2−2.9
Independent Susan John-Richards1900.4New
Christian Shereen Paul1710.3New
Majority2,5245.0-7.9
Turnout 50,65568.6+9.3
Registered electors 73,840
Labour hold Swing −3.6

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Tooting [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Sadiq Khan 17,914 43.1 −11.0
Conservative James Bethell 12,53330.2+3.8
Liberal Democrats Stephanie M. Dearden8,11019.5+4.6
Green Siobhan M. Vitelli1,6954.1-0.5
Respect Ali J. Zaidi7001.7New
UKIP Strachan D. McDonald4241.0New
Independent Ian K. Perkin1920.5New
Majority5,38112.9−14.8
Turnout 41,56859.0+4.1
Registered electors 70,510
Labour hold Swing −7.4
General election 2001: Tooting [18]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 20,332 54.1 −5.6
Conservative Alexander Nicoll9,93226.4−0.7
Liberal Democrats Simon James5,58314.9+5.5
Green Matthew Ledbury1,7444.6+3.5
Majority10,40027.7−4.9
Turnout 37,59154.9−14.5
Registered electors 68,447
Labour hold Swing -2.5

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Tooting [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 27,516 59.7 +11.5
Conservative James B.B. Hutchings12,50527.1−13.0
Liberal Democrats Simon James4,3209.4+2.0
Referendum Angela M. Husband8291.8New
Green John Rattray5271.1−0.3
Independent Peter Boddington1610.3New
Independent Jan Koene940.2New
Rainbow Dream Ticket Daniel Bailey-Bond830.2New
Natural Law Peter Miller700.20.0
Majority15,01132.6+24.5
Turnout 46,10569.4-5.4
Registered electors 66,536
Labour hold Swing +12.30
General election 1992: Tooting [20]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 24,601 48.2 +4.0
Conservative Martin Winter20,49440.1−1.2
Liberal Democrats Robert J. Bunce3,7767.4−5.8
Liberal Carmel Martin1,3402.6New
Green Paul J. Owens6941.4+0.1
Natural Law Farrakh Anklesalria1190.2New
Christian DemocratMichael N. Whitelaw640.1New
Majority4,1078.1+5.2
Turnout 51,08874.8+3.6
Registered electors 68,306
Labour hold Swing +2.6

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Tooting [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 21,457 44.2 +1.5
Conservative Martin Winter20,01641.3+4.3
SDP Jeremy Ambache6,42313.2−4.9
Green Monica Vickery6211.3+0.8
Majority1,4412.9-2.8
Turnout 48,51771.2+3.7
Registered electors 68,116
Labour hold Swing +2.9
General election 1983: Tooting [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 19,640 42.7 −6.7
Conservative Robin D.R. Harris16,98137.0−1.8
SDP Julia Neuberger 8,31718.1+8.7
National Front Peter Berbridge3550.8−1.1
Ecology Elizabeth M. Shaw2550.5New
Communist Robert E. Lewis1810.4−0.3
Ethnic MinorityH. Patel1460.3New
Workers Revolutionary Corin Redgrave 720.2New
Majority2,6595.7-8.8
Turnout 45,94767.5−3.0
Registered electors 68,083
Labour hold Swing -4.2

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Tooting
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 18,642 51.9 −2.4
Conservative Richard Ritchie13,44237.4+6.1
Liberal Richard Fife2,9178.1−5.5
National Front Peter Berbridge6821.9New
Communist Robert Lewis2330.7−0.1
Majority5,20014.5-8.5
Turnout 35,91670.5+7.1
Registered electors 50,962
Labour hold Swing +4.2
General election October 1974: Tooting
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 18,530 54.3 +6.0
Conservative A.C. Elliot10,67531.3−1.3
Liberal R.F.J. Heron4,64413.6−4.7
Communist Robert E. Lewis2680.8−0.1
Majority7,85523.0+7.3
Turnout 34,11763.4−9.4
Registered electors 53,793
Labour hold Swing +3.6
General election February 1974: Tooting
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Tom Cox 18,795 48.3
Conservative A.C. Elliot12,68732.6
Liberal R.F.J. Heron7,10818.3
Communist Robert E. Lewis3370.9
Majority6,10815.7
Turnout 38,92772.8
Registered electors 53,443
Labour win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

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
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  2. 1 2 List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. "Revised estimates of leave vote in Westminster constituencies" . Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. "Sadiq Khan resigns as MP for Tooting". UK Parliament. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  6. "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF).
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  8. http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7979/CBP-7979.pdf
  9. Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting by-election candidate list published - News - Wandsworth Council". www.Wandsworth.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  10. 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.
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  12. Council, Wandsworth. "Tooting Constituency - Parliamentary election results May 2015 - Wandsworth Council". www.wandsworth.gov.uk.
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  14. http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#London
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  19. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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Coordinates: 51°26′17″N0°09′54″W / 51.438°N 0.165°W / 51.438; -0.165

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