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 Tooting
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tom Cox Labour 20,332 54.1 -5.6
Alexander Nicoll Conservative 9,932 26.4 -0.7
Simon James Liberal Democrat 5,583 14.9 +5.5
Matthew Ledbury Green 1,744 4.6 +3.5
Majority 10,400 27.7
Turnout 37,591 54.9 -14.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Tooting in some respects is a fairly average constituency: it has around average unemployment and has seen an increase in owner occupiers over the past decade in line with the national average rather than the rapid increases seen in the other Wandsworth constituencies.

What is less than average and marks Tooting out from Battersea and Putney is the size of its mostly South Asian, ethnic minority population. At the time of the 1991 census 26.3% of the population was non-white.

Since the May 1998 local council election all wards but Graveney, Tooting and Furzedown have been represented by Conservatives on Wandsworth Council.

Tooting has been something of the black sheep of Wandsworth, the flagship Tory Council, beneficiary of the so-called ‘Wandsworth gap’ in council tax but a devoted returner of Labour MPs unlike the two other Wandsworth constituencies of Battersea and Putney. Both of these were taken by Labour in their landslide of 1997 but had previously been held by the Conservatives, whereas the sitting MP in Tooting, Tom Cox, has represented the seat since 1974.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tooting
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tom Cox Labour 27,516 59.7
James Hutchings Conservative 12,505 27.1
Simon James Liberal Democrat 4,320 9.4
Angela Husband Referendum 829 1.8
John Rattray Green 527 1.1
Peter Boddington Independent 161 0.3
Jan Koene Independent 94 0.2
Daniel Bailey-Bond Rainbow 83 0.2
Peter Miller Natural Law 70 0.2
Majority 15,011 32.6
Turnout 46,105 69.3
 
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