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 Bethnal Green & Bow
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Oona King Labour 19,380 50.5 +4.2
Faruk Bakth Conservative 9,323 24.3 +3.2
Janet Ludlow Liberal Democrat 5,946 15.5 +3.5
Anna Bragga Green 1,666 4.3 +2.5
Michael Davidson BNP 1,211 3.2 -4.3
Dennis Delderfield New Britain 888 2.3  
Majority 10,057 26.2
Turnout 38,414 48.5 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Despite winning her east London seat in 1997 with a majority of 11,000 votes, Oona King actually experienced a fall in Labourís vote of over 7% - the partyís second worst result in Britain.

The constituency is home to the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London and Victoria Park, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, and Royal London Hospital.

Since the 16th century, Tower Hamlets has been home to a succession of immigrants, from the Huguenots to the Irish, Jews, Africans, Chinese, Somalis, West Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

The Bangladeshi community here in the 1991 census stood at just under 37,000, the biggest minority group in the area by a long way. The non-white population amounts to just under 40%.

Poverty, unemployment, and racial tension in some sense encapsulate the nature of the constituency. This was one of the three constituencies in 1997 where the BNP saved its deposit, receiving 7.5% of the vote.

In the eight years up to May 1994 the Lib Dems controlled Tower Hamlets Council, but since then Labour has been in control.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bethnal Green & Bow
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Oona King Labour 20,697 46.3
Kabir Choudhury Conservative 9,412 21.1
Syed Nurul Islam Liberal Democrat 5,361 12.0
David King BNP 3,350 7.5
Terry Milson Liberal Party 2,963 6.6
Sheref Osman Independent 1,117 2.5
Stephen Petter Green 812 1.8
Muhammed Abdullah Referendum 557 1.2
Abdul Hamid Socialist Labour 413 0.9
Majority 11,285 25.3
Turnout 44,682 60.3
 
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