With the Brexit petition almost at five million signatures at the time of writing (12:30pm) and Teresa May’s days in office looking numbered (again) I thought it’d be interesting to see what variation there is when it comes to people signing in each constituency.
News reports have highlighted some of the areas with the highest number of people signing, but what about in South East London?
Firstly, there is huge variation across London in the numbers signing let alone this area. Islington and Hackney are near 18% of voters. Whilst in Erith and Thamesmead it’s 3.8%.
Woolwich and Greenwich next door is near 14%. Lewisham and Deptford is at 17.4%. Leave voting constituencies across Bexley and Dartford are around 5%. Eltham is 9%.
Some of the difference across London, let alone the country are vast. Of course you’d expect areas that voted leave to have less participants – but to this extent at six times the difference?
Outer west London has low levels of participation around 3-4% compared to south west areas such as Richmond at above 19%.
You can see variation by constituency by clicking here. I’m sure there’s a million reasons given for the variation which I don’t really want to go through as we’d be here all day, though wealth and socio-economic background appears to be playing a role. Stating the obvious perhaps, but participation rates seven times higher in one part of the same city to another is worthy of note.
The divisions that brought on Brexit, and appear to still be felt very strongly in places are not going to disappear whether the country now leaves or remains.
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