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 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. Confusingly, West Ham United FC's ground is (just) within the East Ham seat.
Around two thirds of constituents are non-white, and more than 40% of the population are immigrants to the UK.
It comprises ten wards: Beckton, Boleyn, East Ham Central, East Ham North, East Ham South, Green Street East, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Royal Docks and Wall End.
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.