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 Hackney North & Stoke Newington
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Diane Abbott Labour 18,081 61.0 -4.2
Molly Dye Conservative 4,430 15.0 -1.9
Meral Ece Liberal Democrat 4,170 14.1 +3.9
Chit Chong Green 2,184 7.4 +3.1
Sukant Chandan Socialist Labour 756 2.6  
Majority 13,651 46.1
Turnout 29,621 49.0 -3.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Every ward in the borough ranks within the poorest 10% nationally and it receives the fourth-highest central government grant in the country - 1,220 per head of population.

It was not always like this: though there has long been poverty here, it was once a thriving borough with big department stores and fine Georgian and Regency Squares now left isolated in the midst of dilapidated council estates.

Throughout its history, those with money who have soaked up its rich diverse culture have eventually moved out. In the Eighties, for example, a young married couple with promising careers as barristers lived in the Mapledene area of Hackney. In time they, too, decided to move to up-and-coming Islington and never looked back. They were Tony and Cherie Blair.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hackney North & Stoke Newington
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Diane Abbott Labour 21,110 65.2
Michael Lavender Conservative 5,483 16.9
Douglas Taylor Liberal Democrat 3,306 10.2
Yen Chit Chong Green 1,395 4.3
Brian Maxwell Referendum 544 1.7
Dickon Tolson Independent 368 1.1
Lisa Lovebucket Rainbow 176 0.5
Majority 15,627 48.3
Turnout 32,382 52.0
 
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