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 Hendon
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Dismore Labour 21,432 52.5 +3.2
Richard Evans Conservative 14,015 34.3 -2.7
Wayne Casey Liberal Democrat 4,724 11.6 +0.8
Jonathan Crosbie UK Independence 409 1.0 +0.5
Stella Taylor Workers Rev 164 0.4 +0.1
Michael Stewart Prog Dem 107 0.3  
Majority 7,417 18.2
Turnout 40,851 52.2 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.9% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The battle to retain the Accident and Emergency department at Edgware Hospital, based in Hendon, badly damaged the Conservatives in this constituency when, in 1997, they lost it to Labour for the first time since 1945.

Hendon is perhaps best-known for its police training college, though it also contains the National Newspaper Library and RAF museum.

The Mill Hill suburb is a well-disposed area, home to aspiring non-manual workers, many of whom come from the seat's sizeable Asian community. With its expensive houses and rural ambience, Mill Hill flanks the vast council estate of Burnt Oak - or Watling - to the south and mimics the Conservative/Labour split in the constituency. Twenty-two percent of the population are non-white and this, combined with a similar proportion of council-rented accommodation, gives Labour the basis for much of its support.

Hendonís MP Andrew Dismore is a solicitor who was elected to Westminster City Council in 1992. He led the attack on Dame Shirley Porterís Ďhomes for votesí scandal when, as leader of the council, she was accused of selling council houses to boost Tory support in key wards.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hendon
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Dismore Labour 24,683 49.3
John Gorst Conservative 18,528 37.0
Wayne Casey Liberal Democrat 5,427 10.8
Stanley Rabbow Referendum 978 2.0
B P Wright UK Independence 267 0.5
Stella Taylor Workers Rev 153 0.3
Majority 6,155 12.3
Turnout 50,036 65.6
 
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