These are the hot London constituencies to look out for at the General Election

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If you’re planning to watch the votes come in from around London on TV tonight, here’s our snapshot guide to which constituencies are the most interesting.

Firstly, here’s a list of expected declaration times, so you can see when your home constituency will be announced.


Sadiq Khan, who could be a Labour mayoral candidate, is standing in Tooting – a seat he held on to in the 2010 election, despite what pollsters thought.

Read our interview with Khan here: Sadiq Khan MP is hotly tipped to become Labour’s mayoral candidate. He tells us his plan

Ilford North

It’s a tough fight for Labour, but if they are able to get more seats than the Tories (Paddy Power has that outcome on 4:1 at the moment) they’re likely to scoop Ilford North.

Holborn and St Pancras

The north London seat of Holborn and St Pancras was held by Labour’s Frank Dobson for years. However, this election will be an interesting battle between Labour’s Keir Starmer, former Director of Public Prosecutions, and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.

Read our interview with Bennett here: Natalie Bennett - “Anti-immigration rhetoric empowers people to abuse immigrants”

Bermondsey and Old Southwark

If Lib Dems are to lose up to half of their seats, as some polls predict, this is one to watch. Bermondsay and Old Southwark is a Lib Dem seat at the moment and is predicted to stay that way, but incumbent Simon Hughes could be ousted by Labour as it’s one of the party’s targets in London.

Hornsey and Wood Green

The Haringey constituency is another Lib Dem fight, but it looks like Labour will take this one if Ashcroft polling is correct.

Hampstead and Kilburn

Is it a safe Labour seat? Both the Tories and Labour have been campaigning heavily there, so perhaps not…

Sutton and Cheam

It’s been a Lib Dem seat since 1997, but could be about to become a Tory one, as recent polling shows the parties are neck and neck. The middle-class suburban area has never been a Labour seat, and it looks like the party doesn’t stand a chance here, going by the polls.

Uxbridge and Ruislip South

This is where Boris Johnson is standing and, of course, it is a safe Tory seat. If you can stay up to (or get up at) 6am, you’ll be no doubt be treated to a snapshot of Boris’s speech by the TV networks.

And also look out for…

Thanet South – while not in London, it’s UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s target seat. Polls had him as almost a dead cert in the constituency six months ago, but there is a chance he could lose it to the Conservative candidate (who used to be a UKIP member).

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