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Brent North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of Labour's many surprise gains in outer North London in 1997, Brent North superficially looks a prime candidate for a Tory recapture next time, with 40pc of its heads of household in professional and managerial occupations, 70pc middle class, and over 75pc of houses owner occupied. However, it might not be so easy as all that. The Conservatives did poll 10pc more votes than Labour in the wards which make up the seat in the borough elections of May 1998, but Labour still gained Fryent, Queensbury and Roe Green; and in June 1999 even on a low turnout and an unfavourable issue, Labour pipped the Tories within the seat in the European election voting. The large Asian vote in this seat has been seen as one reason for a trend to Labour, especially since the Muslim community has grown in recent years while the generally more affluent Gujaratis have tended to move away, but this should be seen in the context of a possible split in the Muslim vote due partly to the defending member Barry Gardiner's membership of Labour Friends of Israel. It is all very complex in a varied and fascinating marginal.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Barry Gardiner, MP here since 1997, is one of Labour's most ponderous orators, to whom a bored parliamentary colleague mockingly sought to set fire during one of his laboriously-delivered Commons speeches. Somewhat over-educated at Glasgow High School, Haileybury, St Andrews University, Harvard, and Corpus Christi College Cambridge, he was Scots-born in 1957, is a shipping arbitrator by trade, and in 1997 contributed to the PLP's pool of 43 beards. A contributor to The Philosophical Quarterly, he has more prosaically campaigned for local leaseholders against landlords, and backed attempts to license dangerous mini cab drivers.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.61% 14.99% 97.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.09% 2.49% 43.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.71% 2.56% 183.67
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 5.50% 2.04% 269.53
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.54% 3.94% 38.97
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.50% 13.04% 34.50
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.30% 12.70% 2.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.55% 8.14% 6.74
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 61.35% 4.02% 1,525.62
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.25% 3.19% 39.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.22% 11.31% 1.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.99% 3.06% 97.54
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.40% 2.10% 66.85
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.36% 9.41% 46.37
5-10K 9.75% 16.63% 58.62
10-15K 12.17% 16.58% 73.42
15-20K 12.06% 13.58% 88.78
20-25K 10.78% 10.39% 103.71
25-30K 9.16% 7.77% 117.76
30-35K 7.57% 5.79% 130.74
35-40K 6.18% 4.33% 142.59
40-45K 5.01% 3.27% 153.32
45-50K 4.05% 2.48% 162.99
50-55K 3.27% 1.90% 171.68
55-60K 2.65% 1.47% 179.48
60-65K 2.15% 1.15% 186.45
65-70K 1.75% 0.91% 192.68
70-75K 1.43% 0.72% 198.25
75-80K 1.17% 0.57% 203.23
80-85K 0.96% 0.46% 207.66
85-90K 0.79% 0.37% 211.61
90-95K 0.66% 0.31% 215.13
95-100K 0.55% 0.25% 218.25
100K + 3.07% 1.34% 228.76

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Brent North - Local Map of the constituency

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Brent North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (20.37%)
Conservative (- 17.26%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.47%)
Labour (8.70%) Liberal Democrat (3.20%)
Conservative (- 10.84%)
Con - 17.26%
Lab 20.37%
LD - 2.47%
Con - 10.84%
Lab 8.70%
LD 3.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Barry Gardiner
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.30%) 9,944 29.30%
Lab Labour (59.37%) 20,149 59.37%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.33%) 3,846 11.33%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (30.07%) 10,205 30.07%
Turn Turnout (57.73%) 33,939 57.73%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Barry Gardiner
Labour hold
C Philip Allott 9,944 29.30%
L Barry Gardiner 20,149 59.37%
LD Paul Lorber 3,846 11.33%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Barry Gardiner
Labour gain
Con Conservative (40.14%) 15,324 40.14%
Lab Labour (50.67%) 19,343 50.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.13%) 3,104 8.13%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.06%) 403 1.06%
Maj Majority (10.53%) 4,019 10.53%
Turn Turnout (70.50%) 38,174 70.50%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.40%) 21,660 57.40%
Lab Labour (30.30%) 11,430 30.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.60%) 3,999 10.60%
Oth Other (1.70%) 624 1.70%
Maj Majority (27.10%) 10,230 27.10%
Turn Turnout (68.03%) 37,713 68.03%

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