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and Horses programme, and indeed there is a Nag’s Head pub just off Camberwell Green, but that image seems to have been superseded by violence horrendously illustrated by Damilola Taylor's murder.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.