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West Ham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6888 (14.67%)
Labour: 29422 (62.67%)
Liberal Democrat: 5392 (11.48%)
UKIP: 766 (1.63%)
Green: 645 (1.37%)
Independent: 1422 (3.03%)
Others: 2416 (5.15%)
Majority: 22534 (48%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20426 (52.9%)
Respect: 6549 (17.0%)
Conservative: 4807 (12.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3955 (10.3%)
Other: 2846 (7.4%)
Majority: 13877 (36%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 3618 (11.7%)
Labour: 15840 (51.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3364 (10.9%)
Green: 894 (2.9%)
UKIP: 409 (1.3%)
Other: 6841 (22.1%)
Majority: 9801 (31.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 4804 (16.4%)
Labour: 20449 (69.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 2166 (7.4%)
UKIP: 657 (2.2%)
Green: 1197 (4.1%)
Majority: 15645 (53.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5037 (15%)
Labour: 24531 (72.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 2479 (7.4%)
Other: 1614 (4.8%)
Majority: 19494 (57.9%)

Boundary changes: the Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets are no longer considered together in the lastest boundary review, and as such West Ham gains the Canning Town and Custom House wards that were previously in Poplar & Canning Town.

Profile: West Ham is deeply deprived seat in the London Borough of Newham. It has one of the highest proportions of ethnic minorities of any seat in the country, and is one of the few where white people form a minority – in the 2001 census only 44% gave their ethnicity as white. Around a fifth of the population are Muslim.

The seat covers the areas of Forest Gate, Upton Park, Plaistow, West Ham, Canning Town and Stratford. The area is currently undergoing unprecedented revelopment, especially Stratford where the a huge Stratford City project will include large scale residential and commerical development, a new international railway station on the channel tunnel rail link and, most significantly, the Olympic Village and Stadium for the 2012 Olympics. The planned Abbey Mills Islamic Centre next to the Olympic Village, funded by Tablighi Jamaat, will include the largest Mosque in Europe, large enoug hto accommodate 10,000 worshippers.

Politically Newham is normally a one party state, until 2006 all but one councillor in Newham was from the Labour party. The large Muslims population has allowed Respect to gain some support in the area, particularly in Green Street West ward which is almost 50% Muslim, and they secured second place in the 2005 general election, albeit a long way from victory. At the last local elections the Christian People`s Alliance also took three council seats in Canning Town.

portraitCurrent MP: Lyn Brown(Labour) born 1960. Educated at Whitelands College, Putney. Newham Councillor since 1988. Contested Wanstead and Woodford in 1992. First elected as MP for Newham in 2005, replacing former Sports minister Tony Banks (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitVirginia Morris (Conservative) Richmond councillor. Contested Oxford East 2005.
portraitLyn Brown(Labour) born 1960. Educated at Whitelands College, Putney. Newham Councillor since 1988. Contested Wanstead and Woodford in 1992. First elected as MP for Newham in 2005, replacing former Sports minister Tony Banks (more information at They work for you)
portraitMartin Pierce (Liberal Democrat)
portraitJane Lithgow (Green)
portraitKim Gandy (UKIP)
portraitStan Gain (CPA) Born 1947. Educated at Roan Boys Grammar School. Pastor and missionary. Contested Greenwich and Woolwich 2001, 2005 for UKIP
portraitMichael Davidson (National Front)
portraitGrace Agbogun-Toko (Independent)
portraitKamran Malik (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 124720
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 28.6%
Over 60: 12.7%
Born outside UK: 35.3%
White: 44.1%
Black: 25.1%
Asian: 23.4%
Mixed: 3.7%
Other: 3.7%
Christian: 52.6%
Hindu: 4%
Muslim: 19.8%
Sikh: 1.7%
Full time students: 8.7%
Graduates 16-74: 22.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 34%
Owner-Occupied: 39.3%
Social Housing: 42.2% (Council: 30%, Housing Ass.: 12.2%)
Privately Rented: 15.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.5%

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