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 Brent North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Barry Gardiner Labour 20,149 59.4 +8.7
Philip Allott Conservative 9,944 29.3 -10.8
Paul Lorber Liberal Democrat 3,846 11.3 +3.2
Majority 10,205 30.1
Turnout 33,939 57.7 -12.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 9.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Once a safe Tory seat, Conservative veteran MP Rhodes Boyson fell victim to Labourís huge swings in seats in outer London in 1997.

The 18.8% swing to Labour candidate Barry Gardiner was a great shock to Conservatives in London.

The seat has long been something of a curiosity - bucking usual trends, and returning a Tory MP despite a population which was over 40% non-white.

The explanation for this is the fact that most of this constituency comprises owner occupied residential suburbs - with whites and non-whites in the middle classes.

The area has been known as an area for upwardly mobile Asians.

Brent North has much less council housing than the other Brent seats. It also has a low rate of unemployment and has a higher proportion of young adults in education.

The 40% non-white population were not key to delivering this seat to Labour, since the swing was comparable to those in neighbouring seats with smaller non-white populations.

Some of the swing may be attributable to the threatened closure of Edgware Hospital, which Labour candidate Barry Gardiner campaigned to save although was subsequently unable to prevent.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Brent North
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Barry Gardiner Labour 19,343 50.7
Rhodes Boyson Conservative 15,324 40.1
Paul Lorber Liberal Democrat 3,104 8.1
Tony Davids Natural Law 204 0.5
George Clark Rainbow 199 0.5
Majority 4,019 10.5
Turnout 38,174 70.5
 
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