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 Islington South & Finsbury
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Chris Smith Labour 15,217 53.9 -8.6
Keith Sharp Liberal Democrat 7,937 28.1 +6.8
Nicky Morgan Conservative 3,860 13.7 +0.7
Janine Booth Socialist Alliance 817 2.9  
Thomas McCarthy Independent 267 0.9  
Charles Thomson Stuckist 108 0.4  
Majority 7,280 25.8
Turnout 28,206 47.4 -16.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.7% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Islington South and Finsbury is the seat of Culture Secretary Chris Smith.

This was not a comfortably safe Labour seat in the 1980s. In 1983, Labour won it with a 363 vote majority. This subsequently increased to 805 votes in 1987, while in 1992 the majority jumped to 10,652 votes. The reason for this poor showing in the 1980s can be attributed to the SDP. In 1982, the sitting Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, George Cunningham, defected to the SDP. His candidature here under SDP colours in 1983 and 1987 squeezed the Labour vote until the SDP subsequently collapsed.

Islington is said to have been yuppified over the last 20 years - parts of Canonbury and Barnsbury became fashionable residential areas, and trendy bars and shops opened on Upper Street and beyond. However, Islington is still in many parts very much a working class area. There are wards with a high proportion of council tenants, and over half of all housing here is local authority owned ( 55%). There is also a high non-white population here, 15%, which is mainly Afro-Caribbean.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Islington South & Finsbury
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Chris Smith Labour 22,079 62.5
Sarah Ludford Liberal Democrat 7,516 21.3
David Berens Conservative 4,587 13.0
Jane Bryett Referendum 741 2.1
Alan Laws Independent 171 0.5
Martin Creese Natural Law 121 0.3
Erol Basarik Independent 101 0.3
Majority 14,563 41.2
Turnout 35,316 63.7
 
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