For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.
What? Liberal Democrat-Labour marginal.
Where? North-west London. Brent was the setting of Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth.
Why? The seat’s boundaries include various former constituencies, including Brent East, which Lib Dem Sarah Teather won spectacularly in a 2003 by-election on a 29% swing from Labour on the back of opposition to the Iraq war. Ms Teather is retiring from Parliament which provides a big opportunity for Labour to increase their haul.
The 2010 result
|Sarah Teather||Liberal Democrat||20, 026||44.2%|
|Dawn Butler||Labour||18, 681||41.2%|
|Sachin Rajput||Conservative||5, 068||11.2%|
This seat was created in 2010. Data via the Guardian.
Liberal Democrat majority: 1, 345
The MP in the last Parliament – Sarah Teather
Sarah Teather (Lib Dem) was MP for the former seat of Brent East from 2003 to 2010, becoming MP for the new constituency of Brent Central in 2010. Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, Teather is standing down at this election after becoming disillusioned with her party’s actions in power, as she announced in the Observer in 2013. Full biography on Teather’s website.
Formerly a trade unionist, Dawn Butler (Lab) was MP for the former seat of Brent South from 2005 to 2010, during which time she served as Minister for Youth Engagement. Now a training consultant and a trustee for Willesden Citizens Advice Bureau in Brent, Butler returns to contest Brent Central for a second time. Full biography on Butler’s website.
Lauren Keith (Lib Dem) graduated with a history degree from St Andrews University and has since worked for Southport MP John Pugh and London MEP Sarah Ludford in communications and casework roles. More information on the Liberal Democrat website.
Dr Alan Mendoza (Con), executive director of the think-tank the Henry Jackson Society, is also a former councillor in Brent. He has lived in Wembley, which lies within the constituency, for twenty-five years. More details in the Kilburn Times.
Deputy leader of the Green Party Dr Shahrar Ali is standing as the Green candidate for Brent Central. He has a PhD from UCL on the morality of lying and deception. More details on Ali’s website.
Former fundraiser and boxer Ibrahim Taguri replaced Sarah Teather as the Lib Dem candidate for Brent Central. He resigned from the Liberal Democrats pending an investigation into claims that he bypassed funding rules and accepted a ‘potentially illegal donation’. He denies any wrongdoing and has decided to stand as an independent candidate for Brent Central. We spoke to him about his campaign in October.
Stephen Priestley is the UKIP candidate for Brent Central. More information on the UKIP Brent and Camden Facebook page.
John Boyle is the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Brent Central. He is a community activist. More information on the TUSC website.