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 Camberwell & Peckham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Harriet Harman Labour 17,473 69.6 +0.1
Donnachadh McCarthy Liberal Democrat 3,350 13.3 +2.0
Jonathan Morgan Conservative 2,740 10.9 -0.7
Storm Poorun Green 805 3.2  
John Mulrenan Socialist Alliance 478 1.9  
Bob Adams Socialist Labour 188 0.7 -1.7
Frank Sweeney Workers Rev 70 0.3 -0.1
Majority 14,123 56.3
Turnout 25,104 46.8 -8.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This has been a Labour seat since 1945, and in 1997 provided the party’s biggest win in London, although it also had just a 55.3% turnout.

Peckham has been an “up and coming” area for some years, but mainly because its origins were so humble.

The area, and this constituency is still one of the most deprived in the country. It is an inner city south London seat with the largest black community of any constituency in England.

Peckham used to be famed as the home of the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses programme, and indeed there is a Nag’s Head pub just off Camberwell Green, but that image seems to have been superseded by violence horrendously illustrated by Damilola Taylor's murder.

Despite these problems, as the awful tower blocks of the North Peckham and four other estates are being destroyed and replaced by more visually-forgiving and socially acceptable low-rise accommodation, this area is improving.

A £280m scheme which began in 1995 is nearing completion, which has lowered the density of what was formerly one of the most overpopulated areas in Europe, and built almost 2,000 new homes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Camberwell & Peckham
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Harriet Harman Labour 19,734 69.5
Kim Humphreys Conservative 3,283 11.6
Nigel Williams Liberal Democrat 3,198 11.3
Nicholas China Referendum 692 2.4
Angela Ruddock Socialist Labour 685 2.4
Gerry Williams Liberal Party 443 1.6
Joan Barker Socialist Party 233 0.8
Christopher Eames Workers Rev 106 0.4
Majority 16,451 58.0
Turnout 28,374 55.3
 
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