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]

Comprising the eastern part of the London Borough of Newham, the housing of the seat is largely low-rise terraces of modest architecture, and functionalist mid-rise and high rise blocks including at the lower-end of its housing stock basically equipped 1960s high rise tower blocks. The land is near flat and features small recreational parks as its green spaces, large roads, one major overground railway line and underground and Docklands Light Railway lines above the surface. It briefly has a narrow residential border with the tidal Thames, almost alongside London City Airport, otherwise industrial and treatment works at the Beckton riverside.

The urban constituency has the largest proportion of non-white people in the UK; Greater London's highest proportion of British Asians, 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] Around two-thirds of constituents are non-white, and more than 40% of the population are immigrants to the UK.

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[3] including Beckton, Silvertown and East Ham itself. London City Airport is in the seat, as are the former Royal Docks.


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.

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[5]
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[6] 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 [7] 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[8]
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 hold Swing N/A

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)
  4. ^ see 2011 census data release: Ethnicity
  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. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "2001 Census". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Natalie Bennett's Green Party Candidates You'll Want To Be Mates With". The Debrief. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  7. ^ http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/320.pdf
  8. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated, Newham Council

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