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Regent's Park & Kensington North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Apparently a seat almost drawn for Labour, crossing the borough boundaries between Westminster and Kensington to include the more working class and mixed ethnicity areas of Queen's Park and Harrow Road in the former and North Kensington (sometimes rather incompletely and misleadingly called Notting Hill - it is the section of the carnival, not the feature film, which is included here) in the latter. It is scarcely surprising that Karen Buck won this constituency by over 14,500 when it was first fought in 1997, but it must in the long term be vulnerable to major boundary changes as the borough of Westminster, for example, is provisionally recommended to be paired with Brent in the next review.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Karen Buck, a Labour Party staffer for 10 years before winning this seat in 1997, and one of a clutch of new Labour MPs who as Westminster councillors publicised the alleged "homes for votes" affair under the Conservative leadership of Dame Shirley Porter, has made less of a mark in the Commons than might have been expected, and certainly less than fellow former Westminster councillors, Andrew Dismore and Peter Bradley. She was born in 1958 and educated at Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the LSE. Her career appeared to peak before 1997 in another respect: she was the last woman to be picked from an all-women shortlist, her selection being the cause of a complaint which led in 1996 to the suspension of the practice.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.02
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.20% 2.49% 88.43
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.05% 4.43% 1.13
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.16% 7.27% 2.26
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.21% 2.56% 164.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 10.67% 2.04% 522.85
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 44.97% 3.94% 1,140.25
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.04% 13.04% 0.30
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.00% 12.70% 0.00
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.30% 4.02% 57.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.18% 11.31% 10.45
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 13.71% 3.06% 447.79
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.27% 2.52% 10.73
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 20.13% 2.10% 958.65
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.10% 0.06% 167.76
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.45% 9.41% 79.18
5-10K 12.27% 16.63% 73.76
10-15K 12.95% 16.58% 78.09
15-20K 11.61% 13.58% 85.46
20-25K 9.79% 10.39% 94.19
25-30K 8.06% 7.77% 103.62
30-35K 6.57% 5.79% 113.38
35-40K 5.34% 4.33% 123.25
40-45K 4.35% 3.27% 133.10
45-50K 3.55% 2.48% 142.84
50-55K 2.90% 1.90% 152.40
55-60K 2.38% 1.47% 161.75
60-65K 1.97% 1.15% 170.86
65-70K 1.63% 0.91% 179.71
70-75K 1.35% 0.72% 188.30
75-80K 1.13% 0.57% 196.63
80-85K 0.95% 0.46% 204.70
85-90K 0.80% 0.37% 212.50
90-95K 0.67% 0.31% 220.05
95-100K 0.57% 0.25% 227.35
100K + 3.63% 1.34% 269.92

Local Map of the constituency
Regent's Park & Kensington North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Regent's Park & Kensington North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.62%) Liberal Democrat (0.64%)
Conservative (- 12.14%)
Liberal Democrat (4.07%)
Conservative (-  2.02%) Labour (-  5.27%)
Con - 12.14%
Lab 11.62%
LD 0.64%
Con - 2.02%
Lab - 5.27%
LD 4.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Karen Buck
Labour hold
Con Conservative (26.94%) 9,981 26.94%
Lab Labour (54.64%) 20,247 54.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.60%) 4,669 12.60%
Oth Other (5.82%) 2,155 5.82%
Maj Majority (27.71%) 10,266 27.71%
Turn Turnout (48.83%) 37,052 48.83%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Karen Buck
Labour hold
LD David Boyle 4,669 12.60%
L Karen Buck 20,247 54.64%
UK Alan Crisp 354 0.96%
SA China Mieville 459 1.24%
G Paul Miller 1,268 3.42%
I Charlotte Regan 74 0.20%
C Peter Wilson 9,981 26.94%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Karen Buck
Labour
Con Conservative (28.96%) 13,710 28.96%
Lab Labour (59.92%) 28,367 59.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.54%) 4,041 8.54%
Ref Referendum (1.83%) 867 1.83%
Oth Other (0.76%) 359 0.76%
Maj Majority (30.96%) 14,657 30.96%
Turn Turnout (64.19%) 47,344 64.19%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.10%) 21,503 41.10%
Lab Labour (48.30%) 25,317 48.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.90%) 4,163 7.90%
Oth Other (2.60%) 1,385 2.60%
Maj Majority (7.30%) 3,814 7.30%
Turn Turnout (74.86%) 52,368 74.86%

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