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 Dagenham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jon Cruddas Labour 15,784 57.2 -8.5
Michael White Conservative 7,091 25.7 +7.2
Adrian Gee-Turner Liberal Democrat 2,820 10.2 +2.7
David Hill BNP 1,378 5.0 +2.5
Bill Hamilton Socialist Alliance 262 0.9  
Robert Siggins Socialist Labour 245 0.9  
Majority 8,693 31.5
Turnout 27,580 46.5 -15.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The name Dagenham has become synonomous with Ford, whose major British manufacturing plant has been based here since the 1930s. Indeed it was just after the establishment of Britain’s largest-ever council estate here in the 1920s that Henry Ford sited the country’s first production line in the area.

The seat's history is almost as synonomous with Labour. It was home to John Parker, who in the 1980s had represented the seat for 50 years and sat as the Father of the House.

His replacement proved to have a less longstanding relationship with the House of Commons. Bryan Gould, a Euro-sceptic in an age of Euro-enthusiasm, having been defeated by John Smith for the leadership of the party, resigned his seat in 1994 and returned to his native New Zealand.

Besides Ford, there are several other large companies based in the seat - Rhone Poulence is the biggest of a number of chemical and pharmaceutical firms, and the GPT telephone cables business has its headquarters here.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Dagenham
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Judith Church Labour 23,759 65.7
James Fairrie Conservative 6,705 18.5
Thomas Dobrashian Liberal Democrat 2,704 7.5
Steven Kraft Referendum 1,411 3.9
William Binding BNP 900 2.5
Richard Dawson Independent 349 1.0
Michael Hipperson Nat Democrat 183 0.5
Kathleen Goble ProLife Alliance 152 0.4
Majority 17,054 47.2
Turnout 36,163 62.1
 
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