Leicester East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 11034 (23%)
Labour: 29386 (61.1%)
Lib Dem: 1233 (2.6%)
Green: 1468 (3.1%)
UKIP: 4290 (8.9%)
TUSC: 540 (1.1%)
Independent: 117 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 18352 (38.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: East Midlands, Leicestershire. Part of the Leicester council area.

Main population centres: Leicester.

Profile: An urban seat in the commercial and engineering centre of Leicester. Leicester East has one of the highest Asian populations of any British constituency. In the 2001 census two-thirds of the population were non-white and 58% of people described themselves as Asian. Almost a third of the population here are Hindu, although there are also significant Muslim and Sikh minorities.

Politics: Leicester East is generally a safe Labour seat. It was briefly and narrowly held by the trenchant Conservative MP turned lay Canon Peter Bruinvels at the height of the Tory party`s popularity in 1983 but was regained by Labour in 1987 and has become increasingly safe since then. Given the Conservative party`s difficulties in attracting votes from ethnic minority voters, this looks like a seat they would be hard pressed to challenge for in the near future.


Current MP
KEITH VAZ (Labour) Born 1956, Aden. Educated at Latymer Upper School and Cambridge University. Former solicitor. Contested Richmond and Barnes 1983. First elected as MP for Leicester East in 1987. PPS to John Morris 1997-1999, PPS to Lord Falconer 1997-1998, PPS to Ross Cranston 1998-1999, Junior minister in Lord Chancellors Dept 1999, Minister of State for Europe 1999-2001. Left office, ostensibly for health results, while under investigation for the Hinduja affair. Vaz was later cleared of impropriety, but criticised for having concealed legitimate payments from the Hindujas to his wife. Suspended from the House of Commons in 2002 for making false accusations about a former police officer. He is the sister of Valerie Vaz, MP for Walsall South.
Past Results
2010
Con: 11722 (24%)
Lab: 25804 (54%)
LDem: 6817 (14%)
BNP: 1700 (4%)
Oth: 1952 (4%)
MAJ: 14082 (29%)
2005*
Con: 8139 (20%)
Lab: 24015 (58%)
LDem: 7052 (17%)
Oth: 2100 (5%)
MAJ: 15876 (38%)
2001
Con: 9960 (24%)
Lab: 23402 (58%)
LDem: 4989 (12%)
BNP: 772 (2%)
Oth: 1538 (4%)
MAJ: 13442 (33%)
1997
Con: 10661 (24%)
Lab: 29083 (65%)
LDem: 3105 (7%)
Oth: 538 (1%)
MAJ: 18422 (41%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
KISHAN DEVANI (Conservative)
KEITH VAZ (Labour) See above.
DAVE RAVEL (Liberal Democrat)
SUSANNA STEPTOE (UKIP)
NIMIT JETHWA (Green)
MICHAEL BARKER (TUSC)
TOM DARWOOD (no description)
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Comments - 119 Responses on “Leicester East”
  1. I would have preferred to see him suspended then Recalled and lose the by-election, but at least it’s something.

    Coincidentally an old HIGNFY last week showed a montage of MPs dancing in various music videos. They included Cyril Smith (I think it was Banarama) and then Vaz bhangra dancing. Didn’t Kinnock do one as well?

  2. Nominations close on Thursday. Going to be an almighty scramble to find his successor, and an ideal opportunity for Labour HQ to impose one of their close allies under the guise that there isn’t time for a full selection process.

  3. “Thank goodness for that. So Vaz, O’Mara and Ross Thomson all out this election…good to hear. Nadine Dorries will win her seat of course but you can’t have everything.”

    Thomson’s (alleged) groping targets have been odd indeed – perhaps it is slightly to his credit that he targeted a fellow MP rather than a lowly young staffer or waiter who can’t answer back. But a very strange business all the same.

    “Coincidentally an old HIGNFY last week showed a montage of MPs dancing in various music videos. They included Cyril Smith (I think it was Banarama) and then Vaz bhangra dancing. Didn’t Kinnock do one as well?”

    I think Kinnock did quite a few jazz dances, similar to Boris Yeltsin drunkenly conducting that band.

    “Going to be an almighty scramble to find his successor, and an ideal opportunity for Labour HQ to impose one of their close allies under the guise that there isn’t time for a full selection process.”

    Word is that he’s trying to get his daughter the candidacy. Will be a true rotten borough if he is successful.

  4. ‘Thomson’s (alleged) groping targets have been odd indeed’.
    The Lab MP he targeted wasn’t bad to be fair…one of the better looking male MPs. I realise that is saying absolutely nothing, but it’s all relative. I feel a bit sorry for that Lab MP…he’ll be turfed out after just 2 years and his main claim to fame will be having his arse groped.

  5. Can I just urge people to be careful. As i understand it, half heartedly adding the word “alleged” is not a defence against litigation.

  6. A fair point.

    Barely one man and his dog comes here these days, perhaps that is making us a bit too lax.

  7. Shaun is right. Thomson has denied all allegations and no charges were brought. The Lab MP in question didn’t press charges but decided instead to dredge the allegations back up at the start of the election campaign. A cynical move even by the standards of 2019 politics.

  8. Yes that is a fair point also. All parties have been heavily mired in sex scandals over recent years so it’s hard to see how this could have done much more damage).

  9. Very similar situation here as there is in Dover.

  10. “Very similar situation here as there is in Dover.”

    From what I know that seems very harsh on Charlie Elphicke, if you compare the facts and allegations of each case plus how much has been proven and how much each has lied to obstruct justice.

  11. From what I know that seems very harsh on Charlie Elphicke

    But Charlie Elphicke has been charged and whilst I know nothing of his specific case, for charges to be brought against an MP of the governing party one can only assume that the evidence must be pretty strong

    I would have thought the strongest similarity to the Ross Thompson case is that involving yet another Tory MP, Nigel Evans ho ended up cleared on all charges despite admitting to the type of behaviour that parliamentarians into disrepute

  12. Interestingly, when first elected in 1987, Vaz was one of a handful of far-left MPs like Dave Nellist and Terry Fields who promised only to collect the average manual worker’s wage and donate the rest of his salary to socialist causes (Skinner still does this). Not sure therefore how Vaz acquired his multi-millionaire status.

    But Tim is right….there’s been a 30 year stench of sleaze about Vaz but nothing criminal is being pursued, whereas Elphicke has been charged and could therefore in theory go to jail. If that happens it puts his wife in a very difficult position indeed – a very strange decision by the Tories to select her.

  13. “I would have thought the strongest similarity to the Ross Thompson case is that involving yet another Tory MP, Nigel Evans…”

    Well if Polltroll was referring to Thomson not Vaz when he made that comparison with Elphicke, that’s somewhat more understandable – my response thought he was talking about Vaz as we’re on ‘his’ thread.

  14. BT Says

    Elphicke has been charged with criminal offences and, despite eing a sleazeball, Vaz hasn’t. So I can’t see how Elphicke’s comparison to Vaz is harsh.

  15. Labour candidate is Islington Cllr and NEC member Claudia Webbe

    Amen. They finally managed to put her somewhere. She was born in Leicester

  16. HH – I meant Kinnock appeared in a pop video. Tracey Ullman’s maybe?

    But you’re right, he drunkenly sang a Latin American socialist anthem on tv too.

    Tim J – the strongest similarity is the Bath bottom pincher, of course!

    The Indian group in the Labour Party are already complaining about Claudia Webbe’s imposition here.

  17. At least 2 Indian origin candidates here furious about Webbe getting PPC. Will add to the “Labour are anti India” narrative that is growing

  18. What has happened to Vaz is in many ways a political tragedy and one which besets too many aspiring politicians from humble backgrounds

    He came into politics with all the right intentions – although as a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, I’d question his means of going about it – but I imagine on getting elected his new found power went to his head as he realised he could use this to become as rich and influential as many of his new colleagues

    I feel sorry for his sister – one MP ho seems in it for the right reasons

  19. That reasoning could be applied to the jailed expenses troughing MPs such as Elliot Morley (simple cos of their background).

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