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 Edmonton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andy Love Labour 20,481 58.9 -1.4
David Burrowes Conservative 10,709 30.8 +0.6
Douglas Taylor Liberal Democrat 2,438 7.0 +0.7
Gwyneth Rolph UK Independence 406 1.2 +0.6
Erol Basarik Reform 2000 344 1.0  
Howard Medwell Socialist Alliance 296 0.9  
Ram Saxena Independent 100 0.3  
Majority 9,772 28.1
Turnout 34,774 55.8 -14.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Edmonton was a surprise win for Labour in May 1997, though the seat had been Labour before.

The seat is located in the borough of Enfield - bordering Hertfordshire - but is more characteristic of an inner London seat, despite its outer London location. The strip of wards on the west bank of the River Lea between Tottenham to the south and working class Ponders End (where Norman Tebbitt grew up) is more ethnically diverse than the area north of the Lea, which is more middle class and Conservative.

Overall the constituency boasts a 20% non-white population according to the 1991 census. The largest local ethnic minority is the Cypriot community - Greek and Turkish - many of whom settled here following the invasion and division of the island in 1974.

Much of the industry for which Edmonton was famous - furniture, electrical goods and electronics - has moved out of the area. The replacement jobs have often been low skilled with low wages - the 1991 census showed that 55% are in non-manual work. Unemployment at 5.4% is above average for the country.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Edmonton
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Andy Love Labour 27,029 60.3
Ian Twinn Conservative 13,557 30.2
Andrew Wiseman Liberal Democrat 2,847 6.3
James Wright Referendum 708 1.6
Bruce Cowd BNP 437 1.0
Penelope Weald UK Independence 260 0.6
Majority 13,472 30.0
Turnout 44,838 70.3
 
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