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 Greater London
CountyGreater London
Electorate91,531 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsEast Ham, Beckton
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentStephen Timms (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromNewham North East, Newham South

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

History[edit]

Predecessor seats and constituent wards

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

East Ham's wards have long been Labour strongholds. Ron Leighton (Lab) was MP for the old Newham North East from 1979 until his death in 1994.

Summary of results

Stephen Timms (Lab) has represented the seat since its creation in 1997. At the 2010 general election, Timms received the most votes of any MP (35,471) and largest majority (27,826) of any MP. The seat has the second-highest numerical majority and fourth-highest percentage of majority in the country, behind other staunch Labour "safe seats" in Merseyside.[2] Every component ward has only Labour councillors (resulting from local elections) and the party's general election candidate has achieved an absolute majority in the five elections since creation, against a wide assortment of political parties.

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]

Constituency profile[edit]

Just north of the River Thames is the seat of East Ham. The constituency contains the King George V and the Royal Albert Docks, and London City Airport.

The area benefits from the Thames Gateway regeneration of the London Riverside area. The Silvertown Quays redevelopment will create an innovative quarter and an estimated 21,000 jobs.

Three quarters of the population are non-white; over a third are Muslim and more than half are Asian - the fourth highest proportion of any constituency in England and Wales, according to ONS 2011 Census figures. There is also a large black population.

Unemployment is significantly higher than the national average of 3.5%. In the constituency 9.9% of people are unemployed.

At the 2018, 2014 and 2010 council elections, Labour won all of the seats in the constituency. One of the safest Labour seats in the country, Stephen Timms has been MP since 1994.

Boundaries[edit]

Map of present boundaries

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.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Stephen Timms Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: East Ham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 41,703 76.3 -6.9
Conservative Scott Pattenden 8,527 15.6 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Fox 2,158 4.0 +2.8
Brexit Party Alka Sehgal-Cuthbert 1,107 2.0 New
Green Michael Spracklin 883 1.6 +0.8
Communities United Kamran Malik 250 0.5 New
Majority 33,176 60.7 -9.7
Turnout 54,628 61.9 -5.6
Registered electors 88,316
Labour hold Swing -4.8
General election 2017: East Ham[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 47,124 83.2 +5.6
Conservative Kirsty Finlayson 7,241 12.8 +0.7
UKIP Daniel Oxley 697 1.2 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Glanville Williams 656 1.2 -0.4
Green Chidi Oti-Obihara 474 0.8 -1.7
Friends Party Choudhry Afzal 311 0.5 New
Independent Mirza Rahman 130 0.2 New
Majority 39,883 70.4 +4.9
Turnout 56,633 67.5 +7.7
Registered electors 83,928
Labour hold Swing +2.5
General election 2015: East Ham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 40,563 77.6 +7.2
Conservative Samir Jassal 6,311 12.1 −3.1
UKIP Daniel Oxley 2,622 5.0 New
Green Tamsin Omond[8] 1,299 2.5 +1.3
Liberal Democrats David Thorpe 856 1.6 −10.0
Communities United Mohammed Aslam 409 0.8 New
TUSC Lois Austin[9] 230 0.4 New
Majority 34,252 65.5 +10.3
Turnout 52,290 59.8 +4.2
Registered electors 87,382
Labour hold Swing +5.1
General election 2010: East Ham[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 35,471 70.4 +16.8
Conservative Paul Shea 7,645 15.2 +1.4
Liberal Democrats Chris Brice 5,849 11.6 +0.8
English Democrat Barry O'Connor 822 1.6 New
Green Judy Maciejowska 586 1.2 New
Majority 27,826 55.2 +22.0
Turnout 50,373 55.6 +8.0
Registered electors 90,674
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 Mian 8,171 20.7 New
Conservative Sarah L. Macken 5,196 13.1 −3.6
Liberal Democrats Ann M. Haigh 4,296 10.9 +3.9
CPA David J. Bamber 580 1.5 New
Majority 13,155 33.2 −23.2
Turnout 39.569 50.7 −1.6
Registered electors 78,110
Labour hold Swing −20.0
General election 2001: East Ham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 27,241 73.1 +8.5
Conservative Peter Campbell 6,209 16.7 +0.6
Liberal Democrats Bridget C. Fox 2,600 7.0 +0.5
Socialist Labour Roderick Finlayson 783 2.1 −4.7
UKIP Johinda Pandhal 444 1.2 New
Majority 21,032 56.4 +7.9
Turnout 37,277 52.3 -8.0
Registered electors 71,255
Labour hold Swing +4.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: East Ham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 25,779 64.6
Conservative Angela Bray 6,421 16.1
Socialist Labour Imran Khan 2,697 6.8
Liberal Democrats Mike J. Sole 2,599 6.5
BNP Colin Smith 1,258 3.2
Referendum Joy E. McCann 845 2.1
National Democrats Graham G. Hardy 290 0.7
Majority 19,358 48.5
Turnout 39,889 60.3
Registered electors 66,111
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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-Respect)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Labour Members of Parliament 2015". UK Political.info. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
  4. ^ https://www.newham.gov.uk/Documents/Council%20and%20Democracy/StatementOfPersonsNominatedAndNoticeOfPollEastHam.pdf[dead link]
  5. ^ "East Ham parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Commons Briefing Paper 7979. General Election 2017: results and analysis" (PDF) (Second ed.). House of Commons Library. 29 January 2019 [7 April 2018]. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Natalie Bennett's Green Party Candidates You'll Want To Be Mates With". The Debrief. 19 January 2015. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  9. ^ "TUSC parliamentary candidates in May 2015" (PDF). Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. 4 February 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 February 2015.
  10. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Newham Council

External links[edit]

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