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 Hornchurch
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Cryer Labour 16,514 46.4 -3.8
Robin Squire Conservative 15,032 42.3 +5.0
Sarah Lea Liberal Democrat 2,928 8.2 +0.4
Lawrence Webb UK Independence 893 2.5  
David Durant Third Way 190 0.5  
Majority 1,482 4.2
Turnout 35,557 58.3 -14.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Hornchurch constituency is largely residential in character with industry confined mainly to the Rainham district. The seat is situated just to the east of Dagenham, and many workers at its Ford motor plant live here. 22% of the economically active population are skilled manual workers, but much traditional Tory support comes from the skilled non-manual workforce.

An owner-occupancy rate of 82.1% also distinguishes the seat from those Essex marginals like Basildon and Harlow that took until 1983 to turn from Labour to Conservative seats. Hornchurch was dominated by the Conservatives between Labourís victories in 1966 and 1997.

John Cryer won the seat for Labour in 1997, making him the first person to follow both his parents - the late Bob Cryer and Ann Cryer, MP for Keighley - into the Commons.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hornchurch
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
John Cryer Labour 22,066 50.2
Robin Squire Conservative 16,386 37.3
Rabi Martins Liberal Democrat 3,446 7.8
Rory Khilkoff-Boulding Referendum 1,595 3.6
Jenny Trueman Independent 259 0.6
Joseph Sowerby ProLife Alliance 189 0.4
Majority 5,680 12.9
Turnout 43,941 72.8
 
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