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 Ealing Southall
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Piara Khabra Labour 22,239 47.5 -12.5
Daniel Kawczynski Conservative 8,556 18.3 -2.5
Avtar Lit Independent 5,764 12.3  
Baldev Sharma Liberal Democrat 4,680 10.0 -0.4
Margaret Cook Green 2,119 4.5 +2.8
Salvinder Dhillon Independent 1,214 2.6  
Mushtaq Choudhry Independent 1,166 2.5  
Harpal Brar Socialist Labour 921 2.0 -1.9
Mohammed Bhutta Independent 169 0.4  
Majority 13,683 29.2
Turnout 46,828 56.8 -10.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Southall is an area rich in ethnic diversity. The non-white population stood at 47% in the 1991 census, mostly consisting of Asians. The main shopping area is informally known as ‘Little India’, a reflection of the many Indian stores and restaurants here.

The present incumbent Piara Khabra is Southall’s first Asian MP, and has served here since 1992. The local party deselected the sitting Labour MP Sydney Bidwell in favour of Khabra. Bidwell stood against Khabra in 1992 as a True Labour candidate, obtaining less than 10% of the vote.

The influx of Commonwealth immigrants to the area is said to have begun when an Indian ex-soldier came to Southall after the War to seek out his former British commanding officer. With his help, the soldier is believed to have secured a job in a local factory. He was soon joined by his friends and relatives to work in nearby plastics, rubber and food processing factories. Most of the early immigrants were adult Sikh men from Punjab. Others arrived from Pakistan and the Caribbean.

A major rail accident happened here in September 1997, at Southall Station, in which many were injured and seven people were killed.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ealing Southall
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Piara Khabra Labour 32,791 60.0
John Penrose Conservative 11,368 20.8
Nikki Thomson Liberal Democrat 5,687 10.4
Harpal Brar Socialist Labour 2,107 3.9
Nick Goodwin Green 934 1.7
Bruce Cherry Referendum 854 1.6
Kinga Klepacka ProLife Alliance 473 0.9
Richard Mead UK Independence 428 0.8
Majority 21,423 39.2
Turnout 54,642 66.9
 
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