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 Leyton & Wanstead
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Harry Cohen Labour 19,558 58.0 -2.8
Edward Heckels Conservative 6,654 19.7 -2.5
Alexander Wilcock Liberal Democrat 5,389 16.0 +0.9
Ashley Gunstock Green 1,030 3.1  
Sally Labern Socialist Alliance 709 2.1  
Michael Skaife D'Ingurthorpe UK Independence 378 1.1  
Majority 12,904 38.3
Turnout 33,718 54.8 -8.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is very much a constituency of two halves. Leyton gives the visitor something of a feel of the inner-city in an outer London borough, with overcrowded accommodation, a lot of which is council-rented. It also has a substantial ethnic minority population - the ward of Cathall is over 40 per cent non-white. Wanstead, on the other hand, is far more suburban and owner-occupied and sits rather ill at ease with its new partner.

This seat has an interesting electoral history. Several of its wards - in Wanstead - were once part of Winston Churchillís final seat in Parliament. In 1965, after Foreign Secretary Patrick Gordon Walkerís defeat in the allegedly racist election campaign in Smethwick the year before, he was defeated for the second time in a year in Leyton, having been parachuted in to contest a by-election.

Labour currently dominate at a local level here, and in the 1998 London Borough elections the party swept the Conservatives and the Lib Dems out of a ward each, in the process winning 18 of the 24 council seats represented in this constituency.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Leyton & Wanstead
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Harry Cohen Labour 23,922 60.8
Robert Vaudry Conservative 8,736 22.2
Charles Anglin Liberal Democrat 5,920 15.1
Sean Duffy ProLife Alliance 488 1.2
Abdul Mian Independent 256 0.7
Majority 15,186 38.6
Turnout 39,322 63.2
 
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