Bethnal Green and Stepney (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bethnal Green and Stepney
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Bethnal Green and Bow
Created from Bethnal Green & Bow and Stepney & Poplar

Bethnal Green and Stepney was a parliamentary constituency in east London, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until it was abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

The constituency was only ever represented by the former cabinet minister Peter Shore, who held the seat for the Labour Party from its creation in 1983 to its abolition in 1997.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was made up of nine electoral wards of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets: Holy Trinity, Redcoat, St Dunstan’s, St James’, St Katharine’s, St Mary’s, St Peter’s, Spitalfields, and Weavers. It was abolished in 1997, and largely replaced by the larger Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, in line with the Boundary Commission's recommendation that one seat should be lost in the paired boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham. 297 electors moved to the new Cities of London and Westminster constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Peter Shore Labour
1997 constituency abolished: see Bethnal Green and Bow

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Bethnal Green and Stepney[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Shore 20,350 55.8 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Jeremy A. Shaw 8,120 22.3 −9.5
Conservative Miss Jane E. Emmerson 6,507 17.9 −1.4
BNP Richard Edmonds 1,310 3.6 +3.6
Communist Stanley E. Kelsey 156 0.4 −0.3
Majority 12,230 33.6 +17.1
Turnout 36,443 65.5 +7.9
Labour hold Swing +8.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bethnal Green and Stepney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Shore 15,490 48.3 −2.7
Liberal Jeremy Shaw 10,206 31.8 +1.4
Conservative Olga Maitland 6,176 19.2 +5.2
Communist S. L. Gasquoine 232 0.7 −0.1
Majority 5,284 16.5
Turnout 32,104 57.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bethnal Green and Stepney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Shore 15,740 51.0 N/A
Liberal S. Charters 9,382 30.4 N/A
Conservative Demitri Argyropulo 4,323 14.0 N/A
National Front Victor Clark 800 2.6 N/A
Communist J. Rees 243 0.8 N/A
Independent B. N. Chaudhuri 214 0.7 N/A
Independent P. J. Mahoney 136 0.4 N/A
Majority 6,358 20.6 N/A
Turnout 30,838 55.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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