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 Feltham & Heston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Keen Labour 21,406 59.2 -0.5
Liz Mammatt Conservative 8,749 24.2 -2.7
Andy Darley Liberal Democrat 4,998 13.8 +4.7
Surinder Cheema Socialist Labour 651 1.8  
William Prachar Independent 204 0.6  
Asa Khaira Independent 169 0.5  
Majority 12,657 35.0
Turnout 36,177 49.4 -15.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This is one of two seats in the London borough of Hounslow, and it spans the western half, stretching west towards Heathrow airport. The airport, actually in the neighbouring Hayes and Harlington constituency, provides a great number of jobs for residents here.

This seat has been Labour since 1992, and the current occupant is Alan Keen, whose wife Ann Keen represents the neighbouring Brentford and Isleworth seat.

Several wards here have a 50% non-white population: Cranford, Hounslow Heath and the three Heston wards. Unemployment here is relatively low for London, but youth unemployment is a bigger local problem, and has risen in recent years.

Feltham is also home to a large Young Offenders Institute, which often makes the headlines. In September 2000, the Deputy Governor of Feltham YOI, Ian Thomas resigned his post at Feltham in protest at conditions in the jail.

In Heston, Fairey Engineering, one of the premier high-tech companies, has now closed and left a highly skilled work force searching for jobs. Over 50% of workers here are in non-manual professions, and a quarter in professional or managerial roles.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Feltham & Heston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Keen Labour 27,836 59.7
Patrick Ground Conservative 12,563 26.9
Colin Penning Liberal Democrat 4,264 9.1
Rupert Stubbs Referendum 1,099 2.4
Robert Church BNP 682 1.5
David Fawcett Natural Law 177 0.4
Majority 15,273 32.8
Turnout 46,621 64.9
 
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