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 Ilford South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mike Gapes Labour 24,619 59.6 +1.1
Suresh Kumar Conservative 10,622 25.7 -4.4
Ralph Scott Liberal Democrat 4,647 11.3 +5.0
Harun Khan UK Independence 1,407 3.4  
Majority 13,997 33.9
Turnout 41,295 54.3 -15.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Ilford is split in two for the purposes of general elections, and in 1992 the split was political as well as geographical. In that election, Labour took South from Neil Thorne, who had been the Tory MP since 1979. However, extensive boundary changes in 1995 meant the Conservatives nominally held the seat again. Nonetheless Labourís Mike Gapes secured a 16% swing in the election and held onto his seat in Parliament.

This half of Ilford contains all of the town centre, and though there are marginally more owner-occupiers here, the standard of housing is poor. Service and light industries are found in the seat, which has more manual workers than North as well as higher unemployment and a much higher ethnic minority population. The seat also has a significant Jewish population.

Twenty-three percent of residents are Asian, and this community has tended to vote Labour rather than Conservative. The town of Ilford is a shopping and commercial centre for much of north east London, but is unassuming and seldom attracts the casual visitor.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ilford South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Mike Gapes Labour 29,273 58.5
Neil Thorne Conservative 15,073 30.1
Aina Khan Liberal Democrat 3,152 6.3
David Hodges Referendum 1,073 2.1
Bruce Ramsey Socialist Labour 868 1.7
Aron Owens BNP 580 1.2
Majority 14,200 28.4
Turnout 50,019 70.2
 
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