Labour will target Brent Central as a key seat in next General Election
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Data released yesterday shows constituency is on party’s hit list
The battle for a hotly contested parliamentary seat in the borough has officially been launched by the Labour Party. Despite a date yet to be set, Labour will target Brent Central as a key seat in the next General Election.
The seat is currently held by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather who beat Labour rival Dawn Butler by overturning a nominal majority of around 7,000 with an 11 per cent swing.
Ms Teather, a former children’s Minister, had previously held the Brent East seat and Ms Butler had held the Labour-stronghold seat of Brent South.
But boundary changes brought in for the 2010 General Election resulted in the new constituency of Brent Central being formed from a large section of both Brent East and Brent South.
The remaining parts of Brent South were placed into Brent North, which is held by Labour’s Barry Gardiner, with a small part of Brent South moved to the Hampstead and Kilburn seat which is held by former Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson.
According to the Labour Party they need a swing of 1.5 to win the seat from Ms Teather.