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Enfield, Southgate is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.The current MP is David Burrowes (Conservative), and its best-known representative was Michael Portillo (1984-1997).


The seat covers seven of the 21 council wards in the Borough of Enfield.

Bowes ward is marginally Labour and Palmers Green is split between Labour and Conservative (in general the regions to the South-East of the constituency). The wards of Grange, Winchmore Hill, Cockfosters, Southgate Green and Southgate have very healthy Conservative majorities. There are minor boundary changes and Enfield Southgate is predicted to have a notional 1,300 Conservative Majority after the next General Election.


Prior to the February 1974 general election, this constituency was known as Southgate. Strictly a London Borough prefix to the constituency name (in this case Enfield) was introduced in 1974.

It gained notariety in the 1997 general election when the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Portillo was unexpectedly defeated on a massive swing. Portillo had been widely expected to contest the Conservative leadership and his defeat was taken by many to epitomise the Labour party landslide victory. The victorious candidate, Stephen Twigg, increased his majority at the following election.

In the 2005 general election Twigg's majority was the largest overturned, with a swing of 8.7% to the Conservative candidate David Burrowes.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1950 Sir Beverley Baxter Conservative
1964 Sir Anthony Berry Conservative
1984 by-election Michael Portillo Conservative
1997 Stephen Twigg Labour
2005 David Burrowes Conservative

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Elections in the 1990s

Elections in the 1980s

Elections in the 1970s

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