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Labour reveals constituencies in election hit list

Harriet Harman. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour has revealed the twelve London constituencies at the top of its general election hit list. Deputy leader Harriet Harman told party activists in Manchester the seats were the key to a Labour victory in 2015. They include key marginals like Hendon, where the Conservative MP Matthew Offord has a majority of just 106.

Labour has set its sights on nine Tory seats and three constituencies held by the Liberal Democrats. The party hopes to unseat two Liberal Democrat government ministers; Lynne Featherstone in Hornsey & Wood Green and Simon Hughes in Bermondsey & Old Southwark.

Labour’s 12 target constituencies are likely to see some of the fiercest campaigning in next year’s election. However, the party also faces a defensive battle in Hampstead & Kilburn, the most marginal seat in England.

Retiring MP Glenda Jackson had a majority of 42 at the last election. Labour's target seats are:

  • Hendon (Con)
  • Brent Central (Lib Dem)
  • Enfield North (Con)
  • Brentford & Isleworth (Con)
  • Croydon Central (Con)
  • Harrow East (Con)
  • Ealing Central & Acton (Con)
  • Ilford North (Con)
  • Finchley & Golders Green (Con)
  • Battersea (Con)
  • Hornsey & Wood Green (Lib Dem)
  • Bermondsey & Old Southwark (Lib Dem)?