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 Harrow West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gareth Thomas Labour 23,142 49.6 +8.1
Danny Finkelstein Conservative 16,986 36.4 -2.8
Chris Noyce Liberal Democrat 5,995 12.9 -2.6
Peter Kefford UK Independence 525 1.1  
Majority 6,156 13.2
Turnout 46,648 63.5 -9.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Harrow West is largely residential and based on a number of old villages, such as Harrow on the Hill, Pinner and Hatch End which were joined by housing developments during the inter-war years.

As befits John Betjeman's beloved "Metroland", levels of owner-occupation are high and the number of council houses correspondingly low. Apart from three small industrial areas there is very little industry and no large shopping areas.

There are some major offices along the Northolt Road but excellent transport links including rail, underground and buses encourage commuting into central London. More than half the population can be classed as professional or managerial. There is a large Asian population, making up 14.1% of all residents.

Harrow takes pride in its educational achievements - the famous public school is here and the state sector achieves high scores in exams at all levels.

Gareth Thomas, MP for this constituency, overturned a Conservative majority of 17,890 in 1997. An astonishing result considering that Labour had barely squeezed into second place five years before with 12,000 votes to the Tories 30,000.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Harrow West
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Gareth Thomas Labour 21,811 41.5
Bob Hughes Conservative 20,571 39.2
Pash Nandhra Liberal Democrat 8,127 15.5
Herbert Crossman Referendum 1,997 3.8
Majority 1,240 2.4
Turnout 52,506 72.8
 
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