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 Southwark North & Bermondsey
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Simon Hughes Liberal Democrat 20,991 56.9 +8.3
Kingsley Abrams Labour 11,359 30.8 -9.5
Ewan Wallace Conservative 2,800 7.6 +0.7
Ruth Jenkins Green 752 2.0  
Lianne Shore National Front 612 1.7  
Robert McWhirter UK Independence 271 0.7  
John Davies Independent 77 0.2  
Majority 9,632 26.1
Turnout 36,862 50.1 -10.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 8.9% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 5.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is one of London’s poorest inner-city constituencies, and includes the deprived and run down Elephant and Castle neighbourhoods and defunct Bermondsey docklands. However, the development of some of the docklands area into luxury flats is breathing some new economic life into the seat.

The main landmarks contained in the seat are Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge Station, Guy’s Hospital and the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

One of the most pressing local issues in the seat is secondary education. There are six secondary schools - three are local authority, two are Roman Catholic and one is a Church of England technology college. All the Church schools are oversubscribed and the local authority schools are much less popular. The sitting MP Simon Hughes is campaigning for a City Academy school to alleviate the problem - and give parents extra choice.

This seat has been held for the Liberal Democrats (the only true inner city seat held by the party) by Simon Hughes since a by-election in February 1983, which was caused the resignation of the Labour MP Bob Mellish.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Southwark North & Bermondsey
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Simon Hughes Liberal Democrat 19,831 48.6
Jeremy Fraser Labour 16,444 40.3
Grant Shapps Conservative 2,835 6.9
Michael Davidson BNP 713 1.7
Bill Newton Referendum 543 1.3
Ian Grant Communist GB 175 0.4
Jim Munday Liberal Party 157 0.4
Ingga Yngvisson Nat Democrat 95 0.2
Majority 3,387 8.3
Turnout 40,793 60.4
 
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