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 Erith & Thamesmead
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Austin Labour 19,769 59.3 -2.8
Mark Brooks Conservative 8,602 25.8 +5.6
James Kempton Liberal Democrat 3,800 11.4 -0.6
Hardev Dhillon Socialist Labour 1,180 3.5  
Majority 11,167 33.5
Turnout 33,351 50.2 -15.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat crosses the borders of the London boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich. It was created in the 1995 boundary review out of two previous seats - Erith and Crayford, and Thamesmead, formerly Woolwich.

The Woolwich seat had an interesting history. Its Labour MP John Cartwright defected to the SDP, but won the seat in 1983 and held on as an Independent SDP MP through to 1992.

Thamesmead is a large housing community built on the edge of the Thames marshes. Unemployment is fairly high at 5.8% (in January 2001).

More encouragingly there have been a spate of new housing developments springing up here recently, which are expensive and attractive to professionals working in the City.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Erith & Thamesmead
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
John Austin-Walker Labour 25,812 62.1
Nadhim Zahawi Conservative 8,388 20.2
Alexander Grigg Liberal Democrat 5,001 12.0
John Flunder Referendum 1,394 3.4
Victor Dooley BNP 718 1.7
M Jackson UK Independence 274 0.7
Majority 17,424 41.9
Turnout 41,587 65.6
 
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