East Ham (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Ham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Ham in GreaterLondon.
County Greater London
Electorate 91,531 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Stephen Timms (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Newham North East, Newham South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

East Ham is a constituency[n 1] in the London Borough of Newham represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Stephen Timms of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat was formed in 1997 when Newham North East was replaced by the seat and by part of Newham South.

East Ham's wards have long been Labour strongholds: Ron Leighton was MP for the old Newham North East from 1979 until his death in 1994, Stephen Timms has represented the seat since. The RESPECT Coalition stood a candidate once, hoping to benefit from opposition to the Iraq war in the 2005 general election which saw elsewhere their first MP, and took second place.[n 3] At the 2010 general election, Stephen Timms received the most individual votes of any MP (35,471) and largest majority (27,826) of any MP.

Constituency profile[edit]

Comprising the eastern part of the London Borough of Newham, East Ham is, as at 2010, the safest Labour seat in London and sixth safest in the country. Every component ward has only Labour councillors (resulting from local elections), and their general election candidates have achieved an absolute majority on all four elections against a wide assortment of political parties at each election.

The constituency has the largest proportion of non-white people in the UK; Greater London's highest proportion of British Asian, many of whom are Muslims live in the seat. In the London Borough of Newham 43.5% of people are British Asian in 2011.[n 4]

The constituency takes in several run-down, deprived, lower working class areas with low incomes and high unemployment that in 2000 ranked high in the Index of Multiple Deprivation[2] including Beckton, Silvertown and East Ham itself. London City Airport is in the seat, as are the former Royal Docks where modern luxury housing is springing up.

Around two thirds of constituents are non-white, and more than 40% of the population are immigrants to the UK.

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The London Borough of Newham wards of Castle, Central, Greatfield, Kensington, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Monega, St Stephen's, South, and Wall End.

2010-present: The London Borough of Newham wards of Beckton, Boleyn, East Ham Central, East Ham North, East Ham South, Green Street East, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Royal Docks, and Wall End.

The constituency covers the eastern half of Newham, including East Ham, Beckton, Little Ilford and Manor Park.

Based on the 2010 list of eligible electors compiled by local authorities, this seat will, on the division of the Isle of Wight, the only boundary revision enacted in 2011 for the 2015 election, be the largest seat by population. This will make the seat at an extreme of malapportionment - based on the figures compiled in 2010, it will have more than four times the electorate of the smallest constituency.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Stephen Timms Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: East Ham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms[5]
General Election 2010: East Ham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 35,471 70.4 +16.8
Conservative Paul Shea 7,645 15.2 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Brice 5,849 11.6 +0.8
English Democrats Barry O'Connor 822 1.6 +1.6
Green Judy Maciejowska 586 1.2 +1.2
Majority 27,826 55.2 +22
Turnout 50,373 55.6 +8.0
Labour hold Swing +7.7

This was the largest numerical majority of any seat in the 2010 general election.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: East Ham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 21,326 53.9 -19.2
Respect Abdul Khaliq Mian 8,171 20.7 N/A
Conservative Sarah Macken 5,196 13.1 -3.6
Liberal Democrat Ann Haigh 4,296 10.9 +3.9
Christian Peoples David Bamber 580 1.5 N/A
Majority 13,155 33.2 -23.2
Turnout 39.569 50.7 -1.6
Labour hold Swing -19.95%
General Election 2001: East Ham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 27,241 73.1
Conservative Peter Campbell 6,209 16.7
Liberal Democrat Bridget Fox 2,600 7.0
Socialist Labour Roderick Finlayson 783 2.1
UKIP Johinda Pandhal 444 1.2
Majority 21,032 56.4
Turnout 52.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: East Ham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 25,779 64.6 N/A
Conservative Angela Bray 6,421 16.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Imran Khan 2,697 6.8 N/A
Liberal Democrat Mike Sole 2,599 6.5 N/A
BNP Colin Smith 1,258 3.2 N/A
Referendum Party J. McCann 845 2.1 N/A
National Democrats Graham Hardy 290 0.7 N/A
Majority 19,358 N/A
Turnout 60.8 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ On a 19.95% swing (Lab-Res)
  4. ^ see 2011 census data release: Ethnicity
References

Coordinates: 51°31′37″N 0°03′32″E / 51.527°N 0.059°E / 51.527; 0.059