Poplar and Limehouse (UK Parliament constituency)

Poplar and Limehouse is a constituency[n 1] created in 2010, currently represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Apsana Begum. It was previously held by Jim Fitzpatrick, a member of the Labour Party, from the creation of the seat until his retirement at the 2019 general election.[n 2]

Poplar and Limehouse
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Poplar and Limehouse in Greater London
CountyGreater London
Electorate74,919 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsLimehouse, Canary Wharf
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentApsana Begum (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromPoplar & Canning Town, Bethnal Green & Bow

HistoryEdit

Political history

The predecessors to this constituency (area electing MPs to the House of Commons) (see history of boundaries) since 1992 have elected Labour Party representatives. In 2010, Jim Fitzpatrick had a majority of 12.9% over the runner-up Conservative Party candidate.

The 2015 re-election of Fitzpatrick made the seat the 66th safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2]

In 2019, Apsana Begum beat the runner-up Conservative Party candidate by 28,904 votes.[3] This was more than Jim Fitzpatrick’s 27,712 vote majority[4] in the 2017 general election meaning that the Labour Party held the seat with an increased majority.

BoundariesEdit

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which proposed the seat's creation for the 2010 general election, since when it has consisted of the following electoral wards:

History of boundariesEdit

Nomenclature

Alternative names, including "Tower Hamlets South" and "Poplar and Millwall" were rejected following public consultation.

Constituency profileEdit

The constituency and its predecessor seats covering the Isle of Dogs have consistently been won by the Labour Party since the 1920s. The district has changed vastly over this time, and great wealth and considerable poverty now co-exist side by side.

Once home to shipping and heavy industry, the Docklands area was derelict for many years, before redevelopment began in the late 1980s. Now the area around Canary Wharf is one of the country's largest financial districts and has several landmark skyscrapers, such as One Canada Square.

The redevelopment of the Docklands has led to the construction of luxury housing in the constituency, which has somewhat altered the demographics. However, in parts of the Isle of Dogs and in the areas north, east and west of Poplar, there are still areas of high deprivation.

At the end of 2012, 6% of the population of the constituency were unemployment benefit claimants, ranking sixth among London seats (the highest percentage was Tottenham at 7.9%), and above the London-wide average of 3.9%.[6]

In the 2016 EU referendum, the constituency voted 65.79% for Remain.[7]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[8] Party
2010 Jim Fitzpatrick Labour
2019 Apsana Begum Labour

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2019: Poplar and Limehouse[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Apsana Begum 38,660 63.1 -4.2
Conservative Sheun Oke 9,756 15.9 -4.2
Liberal Democrats Andrew Cregan 8,832 14.4 +7.7
Green Neil Jameson 2,159 3.5 +1.8
Brexit Party Catherine Cui 1,493 2.4 N/A
Independent Andy Erlam 376 0.6 N/A
Majority 28,904 47.2 +0.1
Turnout 61,276 66.7 -0.6
Registered electors 91,836
Labour hold Swing 0
General election 2017: Poplar and Limehouse[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Fitzpatrick 39,558 67.3 +8.7
Conservative Chris Wilford 11,846 20.1 -5.3
Liberal Democrats Elaine Bagshaw 3,959 6.7 +2.5
Independent Oliur Rahman 1,477 2.5 N/A
Green Bethan Lant 989 1.7 -3.1
UKIP Nicholas McQueen 849 1.4 -4.7
Independent David Barker 136 0.2 N/A
Majority 27,712 47.1 +14.0
Turnout 58,814 67.3 +5.2
Registered electors 87,331
Labour hold Swing +7.0
General election 2015: Poplar and Limehouse[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Fitzpatrick 29,886 58.5 +18.6
Conservative Chris Wilford 12,962 25.4 -1.7
UKIP Nicholas McQueen 3,128 6.1 +4.9
Green Maureen Childs 2,463 4.8 +3.9
Liberal Democrats Elaine Bagshaw 2,149 4.2 -6.9
TUSC Hugo Pierre 367 0.7 N/A
Red Flag Anti-Corruption Rene Claudel Mugenzi 89 0.2 N/A
Majority 16,924 33.2 +20.2
Turnout 51,044 62.2 -0.1
Registered electors 82,081
Labour hold Swing +10.1
General election 2010: Poplar and Limehouse[15][16][17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Fitzpatrick* 18,679 40.0 N/A
Conservative Tim Archer 12,649 27.1 N/A
Respect George Galloway* 8,160 17.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Fryer 5,209 11.2 N/A
UKIP Wayne Lochner 565 1.2 N/A
English Democrat Andrew Osborne 470 1.0 N/A
Green Chris Smith 449 1.0 N/A
Independent Kabir Mahmud 293 0.6 N/A
Independent Mohammed Hoque 167 0.4 N/A
Independent Jim Thornton 59 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,030 12.9 N/A
Turnout 46,700 62.3 N/A
Registered electors 74,955
Labour win (new seat)
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ "Poplar & Limehouse parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  4. ^ "Poplar and Limehouse - 2017 Election Results - General Elections Online". electionresults.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  5. ^ "Electoral Calculus". www.electoralcalculus.co.uk.
  6. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  7. ^ "Poplar and Limehouse, UK Parliament Constituency". 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
  9. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF). Tower Hamlets council. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll" (PDF). Tower Hamlets council. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Poplar & Limehouse parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  12. ^ http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7979/CBP-7979.pdf
  13. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election results for Poplar & Limehouse, 7 May 2015". 7 May 2015.
  15. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Archived 2010-05-02 at the Wayback Machine, Tower Hamlets Council
  16. ^ Poplar and Limehouse, UKPollingReport
  17. ^ "ED Candidate list".
  18. ^ BBC News (2010-05-07). Election 2010 | Constituency | Poplar & Limehouse. Retrieved 2010-05-07.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°30′N 0°01′W / 51.50°N 0.02°W / 51.50; -0.02