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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Southwark North & Bermondsey
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Simon Hughes has now won in this tough part of inner-city South London five times in all, including in the very particular circumstances of the "Peter Tatchell" byelection of 1982 when Labour was nationally and locally divided, and placed in a political position which seems unrecognisable now. It is to his credit that he has survived that transmutation to New Labour, and is now a familiar and popular figure, with enough local backing to expect a sixth term. It should also be noted that it is not just a matter of success at general elections. The Liberal Democrats dominate the local scene on Southwark Council too, obtaining nearly 56pc of the vote here in the most recent (1998) ward elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Simon Hughes, Liberal victor over another bachelor, Labour's openly homosexual Peter Tatchell, in the 1983 byelection, has skilfully retained this inner city working class seat for almost twenty years against Labour, without recourse to the crude populism of Cyril Smith in Rochdale. A barrister, born 1951 and educated at Christ's College, Brecon, Selwyn College Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law, clean cut and well-scrubbed, he is variously likened to a self-righteous prep school master, or to a vicar who'd let you beat him at table tennis. Himself beaten by Charles Kennedy for the Liberal Democrat leadership in 1999, he now leads on Home Affairs for his party.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.14% 4.43% 3.14
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.31% 2.56% 285.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.20% 2.04% 58.74
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 7.31% 3.94% 185.36
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.12% 13.04% 0.91
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.68% 12.70% 13.26
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.58% 4.02% 188.38
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.90% 11.31% 16.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 44.13% 3.06% 1,441.25
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 28.63% 2.10% 1,363.32
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.13% 9.41% 97.02
5-10K 14.83% 16.63% 89.17
10-15K 15.02% 16.58% 90.59
15-20K 12.75% 13.58% 93.89
20-25K 10.13% 10.39% 97.49
25-30K 7.84% 7.77% 100.89
30-35K 6.02% 5.79% 103.94
35-40K 4.62% 4.33% 106.59
40-45K 3.55% 3.27% 108.87
45-50K 2.75% 2.48% 110.80
50-55K 2.14% 1.90% 112.42
55-60K 1.68% 1.47% 113.77
60-65K 1.32% 1.15% 114.87
65-70K 1.05% 0.91% 115.75
70-75K 0.84% 0.72% 116.45
75-80K 0.67% 0.57% 116.98
80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 117.36
85-90K 0.44% 0.37% 117.62
90-95K 0.36% 0.31% 117.76
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 117.81
100K + 1.55% 1.34% 115.46

Local Map of the constituency
Southwark North & Bermondsey - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Southwark North & Bermondsey - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.81%)
Conservative (-  5.05%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.79%)
Conservative (0.65%) Liberal Democrat (8.33%)
Labour (-  9.49%)
Con - 5.05%
Lab 5.81%
LD - 2.79%
Con 0.65%
Lab - 9.49%
LD 8.33%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Simon Hughes
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (7.60%) 2,800 7.60%
Lab Labour (30.81%) 11,359 30.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (56.94%) 20,991 56.94%
Oth Other (4.64%) 1,712 4.64%
Maj Majority (26.13%) 9,632 26.13%
Turn Turnout (50.13%) 36,862 50.13%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Simon Hughes
Liberal Democrat hold
L Kingsley Abrams 11,359 30.81%
I John Davies 77 0.21%
LD Simon Hughes 20,991 56.94%
G Ruth Jenkins 752 2.04%
UK Rob McWhirter 271 0.74%
NF Lianne Shore 612 1.66%
C Ewan Wallace 2,800 7.60%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Simon Hughes
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (6.95%) 2,835 6.95%
Lab Labour (40.31%) 16,444 40.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.61%) 19,831 48.61%
Ref Referendum (1.34%) 545 1.34%
Oth Other (2.79%) 1,140 2.79%
Maj Majority (8.30%) 3,387 8.30%
Turn Turnout (62.19%) 40,795 62.19%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (12.00%) 5,170 12.00%
Lab Labour (34.50%) 14,889 34.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.40%) 22,158 51.40%
Oth Other (2.10%) 909 2.10%
Maj Majority (16.90%) 7,269 16.90%
Turn Turnout (62.49%) 43,126 62.49%

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