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East Ham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 7645 (15.18%)
Labour: 35471 (70.42%)
Liberal Democrat: 5849 (11.61%)
Green: 586 (1.16%)
English Democrat: 822 (1.63%)
Majority: 27826 (55.24%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 22257 (53.8%)
Respect: 8346 (20.2%)
Conservative: 5551 (13.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4538 (11%)
Other: 702 (1.7%)
Majority: 13911 (33.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 5196 (13.1%)
Labour: 21326 (53.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 4296 (10.9%)
Other: 8751 (22.1%)
Majority: 13155 (33.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 6209 (16.7%)
Labour: 27241 (73.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 2600 (7%)
UKIP: 444 (1.2%)
Other: 783 (2.1%)
Majority: 21032 (56.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 6421 (16.1%)
Labour: 25779 (64.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 2599 (6.5%)
Referendum: 845 (2.1%)
Other: 4245 (10.6%)
Majority: 19358 (48.5%)

Boundary changes: Gains the western half of Royal Docks wards from Poplar and Canning Town and part of Boleyn from West Ham, loses part of Custom House to West Ham.

Profile: this is the eastern part of Newham, covering East Ham, Beckton, Little Ilford, Manor park, Silvertown and North Woolwich. It is a hightly multicultural area, around two-thirds of the population are non-white, over 40% of residents are immigrants to the UK. 29% of the population gave their religion as muslim in the 2001 census, and this is reflected in the high vote for Respect: they managed one of their strongest performances here in 2005, taking second place in the seat. The seat is safely Labour, who currently hold every council seat in the constituency.

Most of East Ham is deprived, densely packed inner city terraced housing. Beckton towards the south of the seat was once the site of the gasworks that served London before the switch to North Sea gas and is still home to the largest sewage works in the country, the destination of London`s victorian sewerage system. Further south on the riverfront the seat covers two of the three huge royal docks built before the war to service large ships that couldn`t be handled by the docks upsteam. The docks closed in 1981, and the whole of the south of this seat has become a major site of redevelopment.

Beckton was largely redeveloped in the 1980s, more recently the Royal Docks have seen major development. London`s City Airport is situated here, and with the ExCeL exhibition centre just outside the constituency hotels and office space are rapidly springing up the docks alongside deluxe apartment complexes like Eastern Quay (completed 2003). There is further large scale development planned at Silvertown Quays, including a national aquarium.

This is the successor seat to Newham North East, giving it an interesting political history. The MP here until 1979 was Labour cabinet minister Reg Prentice, who defected to the Conservative party after being de-selected by left-wingers in his constituency association, despite an attempt by Julian Lewis, now Conservative MP for New Forest East, to infiltrate and take over the association in order to protect Prentice.

portraitCurrent MP: Stephen Timms(Labour) born 1955, Oldham. Educated at Farnborough Grammar and Cambridge University. Prior to his election he worked in telecommunications. Newham councillor 1984-1994, leader of the council 1990-1994. First elected as MP for Newham North-East in the 1994 by-election. MP for East Ham since 1997. Junior social security minister 1998-1999, rapidly rising to Minister of State level in 1999. Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1999-2001, Minister of State for Education 2001-2002, Minister of State in the DTI 2002-2004, Finanical Secretary 2004-2005, Minister of State for Pensions 2005-2006. Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2006-2007, he was dropped from the cabinet by Gordon Brown and appointed Minister of State for Competitiveness in 2007. Minister of State for Work and Pensions since 2008 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitPaul Shea (Conservative) Partner in a fund management firm.
portraitStephen Timms(Labour) born 1955, Oldham. Educated at Farnborough Grammar and Cambridge University. Prior to his election he worked in telecommunications. Newham councillor 1984-1994, leader of the council 1990-1994. First elected as MP for Newham North-East in the 1994 by-election. MP for East Ham since 1997. Junior social security minister 1998-1999, rapidly rising to Minister of State level in 1999. Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1999-2001, Minister of State for Education 2001-2002, Minister of State in the DTI 2002-2004, Finanical Secretary 2004-2005, Minister of State for Pensions 2005-2006. Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2006-2007, he was dropped from the cabinet by Gordon Brown and appointed Minister of State for Competitiveness in 2007. Minister of State for Work and Pensions since 2008 (more information at They work for you)
portraitChris Brice (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Cambridge University. Church of England minister.
portraitJudy Maciejowska (Green)
portraitBarry O`Connor (English Democrat)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 119171
Male: 49.7%
Female: 50.3%
Under 18: 30.4%
Over 60: 11.8%
Born outside UK: 41.2%
White: 34.5%
Black: 18%
Asian: 42%
Mixed: 3%
Other: 2.5%
Christian: 40.8%
Hindu: 10%
Muslim: 29%
Sikh: 4%
Full time students: 9.2%
Graduates 16-74: 20.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 33.1%
Owner-Occupied: 48.6%
Social Housing: 29.9% (Council: 20.2%, Housing Ass.: 9.7%)
Privately Rented: 18.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 10%

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