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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4562
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1999-2001
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.18 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Enfield Southgate Constituency Labour Party


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Enfield Southgate Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is an organisation of members of the British Labour Party who live in the constituency of Enfield Southgate.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party. It was created in 1900 as a result of many years of campaigning by working people, trade unionists and socialists for representation in Parliament. By the 1920s, it surpassed the Liberal Party as the main opposition to the Conservatives.

Enfield Southgate is a borough constituency which elects one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons. Prior to 1974, the constituency was known as Southgate. It covers the eastern and southeastern part of the London Borough of Enfield. It is made up of seven electoral wards: Bowes, Cockfosters, Grange, Palmers Green, Southgate, Southgate Green, Winchmore Hill.

It is a traditionally Conservative seat. However, the 1997 General Election saw the Labour candidate Stephen Twigg defeat the Conservative MP and then Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Portillo. This has been seen by many as the defining moment of the Labour Party's victory in the 1997 election.

The Enfield Southgate CLP is involved with campaigning. It sends representatives to the Labour Party Conference and national Party structures. It is active in getting Labour councillors elected and then overseeing their work. The CLP also selects the local Labour Party candidate for the General Election.


Scope and content/abstract:

The Enfield Southgate Constituency Labour Party collection consists of papers and correspondence of the co-ordinating group, papers and correspondence relating to the structure review, and campaign papers and video.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as follows:
LMA/4562/A: Administration:
LMA/4562/A/01: Co-ordinating Group;
LMA/4562/A/02: Structure Review.
LMA/4562/B: Campaigns:
LMA/4562/B/01: General Elections;
LMA/4562/B/01/01: Papers and Correspondence;
LMA/4562/B/01/02: Audio visual.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records donated to the archives in 2006.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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