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
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 its creation in 1997 by Stephen Timms of the Labour Party.[n 2]


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 the seat's creation, 1997. At the 2010 general election Stephen 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 ExCel centre is the impetuous behind the construction of a number of international hotels.

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 2014 and 2010 council elections, Labour won all of the seats. The only time there has been any opposition councillors was when three Christian Peoples Alliance councillors were elected in 2006, with Alan Craig being the opposition leader. There has since been strong showing of support for UKIP in the wards where the Christian Peoples Alliance once held seats.

One of the safest Labour seats in the country, Stephen Timms has been MP since 1994.


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 has the second-largest electorate of any in the UK, behind only the Isle of Wight.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Stephen Timms Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]


General Election 2017: East Ham [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stephen Timms
Liberal Democrat Glanville Williams[5]
[[|N/A]] gain from {{{loser}}} Swing
General Election 2015: East Ham[6]
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 N/A
Green Tamsin Omond[7] 1,299 2.5 +1.3
Liberal Democrat David Thorpe 856 1.6 −10.0
Communities United Mohammed Aslam 409 0.8 N/A
TUSC Lois Austin [8] 230 0.4 N/A
Majority 34,252 65.5 +10.3
Turnout 52,290 59.8 +4.2
Labour hold Swing +5.1
General Election 2010: East Ham[9]
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 Democrat Barry O'Connor 822 1.6 N/A
Green Judy Maciejowska 586 1.2 N/A
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 Mian 8,171 20.7 N/A
Conservative Sarah L. Macken 5,196 13.1 −3.6
Liberal Democrat Ann M. Haigh 4,296 10.9 +3.9
Christian Peoples David J. Bamber 580 1.5 N/A
Majority 13,155 33.2 −23.2
Turnout 39.569 50.7 −1.6
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 Democrat Bridget C. Fox 2,600 7.0 +0.5
Socialist Labour Roderick Finlayson 783 2.1 −4.7
UKIP Johinda Pandhal 444 1.2 N/A
Majority 21,032 56.4
Turnout 37,277 52.3
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 N/A
Conservative Angela Bray 6,421 16.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Imran Khan 2,697 6.8 N/A
Liberal Democrat Mike J. Sole 2,599 6.5 N/A
BNP Colin Smith 1,258 3.2 N/A
Referendum Joy E. McCann 845 2.1 N/A
National Democrats Graham G. Hardy 290 0.7 N/A
Majority 19,358 48.5 N/A
Turnout 39,889 60.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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)

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