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 Harrow East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony McNulty Labour 26,590 55.3 +2.8
Peter Wilding Conservative 15,466 32.2 -3.2
George Kershaw Liberal Democrat 6,021 12.5 +4.3
Majority 11,124 23.1
Turnout 48,077 58.9 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The total population of Harrow is just over 200,000, and covers an area of 20 square miles. Harrow East is largely residential in character. 77% of households are owner-occupied and despite a large non-white population of around 30%, these are in the main affluent Asian middle-class families that have supported the Tory party in past general elections.

Most of the working inhabitants are commuters engaged in non-manual trades, with retailing being the main industry in the seat itself. This seat is not home to Harrow public school, but as a result of its proximity has strong links with it.

The threatened closure of Edgware hospital (in the neighbouring constituency of Hendon) and other local issues reinforced the large swing to Labour typical of outer London boroughs and Harrow East fell to Labour in 1997, when its candidate achieved an 18% swing.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Harrow East
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Tony McNulty Labour 29,923 52.5
Hugh Dykes Conservative 20,189 35.4
Baldev Sharma Liberal Democrat 4,697 8.2
Bernard Casey Referendum 1,537 2.7
A J Scholefield UK Independence 464 0.8
Andrew Planton Natural Law 171 0.3
Majority 9,734 17.1
Turnout 56,981 71.2
 
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