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 Hackney South & Shoreditch
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Brian Sedgemore Labour 19,471 64.2 +4.8
Tony Vickers Liberal Democrat 4,422 14.6 -0.4
Paul White Conservative 4,180 13.8 +0.5
Cecilia Prosper Socialist Alliance 1,401 4.6  
Saim Koksal Reform 2000 471 1.6  
Ivan Beavis Communist Brit 259 0.9  
William Rogers Workers Rev 143 0.5 +0.1
Majority 15,049 49.6
Turnout 30,347 47.4 -7.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Liberal Democrat to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This has in the past been a safe Labour seat, though Hackney council, based in this constituency, is no longer controlled by Labour and had numerous column inches devoted to its cash-flow crisis in the latter half of 2000.

Statistically, it is the fourth most deprived borough in England, with unemployment running at 14% - over twice the London average. Its 5,000 acres boast a cultural richness derived from a series of communities speaking 40 languages, which belies the underlying poverty of many citizens and the financial chaos in the town hall.

Although dogged by financial troubles, the council has been implementing a regeneration programme and has demolished 15 tower blocks to replace them with more traditional homes.

In contrast with the rest of the seat is De Beauvoir town. On the border with Islington, it consists of town houses and villas in quiet squares and tree-lined streets. The Tories are quite competitive in this area where they won two local by-elections in the early 1990s.

There are hopes that transport links will be improved in the constituency, including an extension of the East London Line to link Hackney with the City and London Underground for the first time.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hackney South & Shoreditch
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Brian Sedgemore Labour 20,048 59.4
Martin Pantling Liberal Democrat 5,058 15.0
Christopher O'Leary Conservative 4,494 13.3
Terry Betts Independent 2,436 7.2
Richard Franklin Referendum 613 1.8
Gordon Callow BNP 531 1.6
Monty Goldman Independent 298 0.9
Michelle Goldberg Natural Law 145 0.4
Bill Rogers Workers Rev 139 0.4
Majority 14,990 44.4
Turnout 33,762 54.5
 
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