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After 30 years of Simon Hughes, Labour names Bermondsey as target

As the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Bermondsey by-election approaches, the Labour Party has named the constituency as one of 106 seats it will target in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

At the end of February Simon Hughes will celebrate 30 years as the member of Parliament for Bermondsey.

The Liberal candidate sensationally beat Labour's Peter Tatchell in the controversial contest to replace Labour MP Bob Mellish.

This week the Labour Party signalled the launch of a renewed effort to oust the Liberal Democrat deputy leader from Parliament at the next election, expected in 2015.

Labour would need a 9.6 per cent swing to win the Bermondsey & Old Southwark seat. The party has yet to select a candidate.

Labour's deputy chair Tom Watson MP said: "Today the party published its list of battleground seats for the 2015 eeneral election. "Ed Miliband is determined we are going to be a one term opposition returned with a working majority at the next general election.

Although the Government officially remains committed to boundary changes which would see the creation of a new Bermondsey and South Bank constituency, most politicians expect the election to be fought on the current boundaries.

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