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NameChuka Umunna
Votes26,474 (53.02%)
Margin13,934 (+27.91%)
Term05/08/2015 - 05/08/2020

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Parents > United Kingdom > England > London > London  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 13, 2005 10:24pm
DescriptionIn 1992, Keith Hill ousted Sir William Shelton - who had represented this constituency for the Conservatives for more than 22 years - to become Streatham's first Labour MP since the seat's creation in 1918. He increased his majority in 1997 to more than 18,000. In 2001 this was 14,630 on a lower turn-out. The A23 London to Brighton road runs through the constituency which extends beyond Streatham (the name means hamlet on the street) to take in parts of Clapham, Balham and Brixton. It includes Lambeth's Town Hall in Acre Lane. This is a mainly suburban seat but increasingly inner-city in nature and in a state of some demographic flux, perhaps more so than other comparably-sited halfway city seats. Streatham Hill and Streatham High Road were once major shopping streets - known as the West End of south London. The departure of the John Lewis store in 1990 marked a rapid decline though the area is beginning to pick up with a number of new bars and restaurants in addition to the long-standing Streatham Ice Rink, cinemas and bowling alley, once visited by none other than the princes William and Harry. The constituency's age profile is young - only a quarter of the population is over 45. Almost two-thirds are from ethnic minority communities - 22.5% are African-Caribbean in origin. Flats account for two-thirds of dwellings; only 21% are local authority renters. Brixton's reputation as a whole is on the rise. It is increasingly cosmopolitan, fashionable and buzzing with nightlife and is the home to young professionals, artists and those in the media.




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