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 Poplar & Canning Town
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jim Fitzpatrick Labour 20,866 61.2 -2.0
Robert Marr Conservative 6,758 19.8 +4.8
Alexi Sugden Liberal Democrat 3,795 11.1 +0.7
Paul Borg BNP 1,733 5.1 -2.2
Kambiz Boomla Socialist Alliance 950 2.8  
Majority 14,108 41.4
Turnout 34,102 45.4 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency has a history of industrial and community activity which reads like a history of the Labour movement, stretching back beyond the great dock strike of 1889. Keir Hardie, George Lansbury, Elwyn Jones, Ian Mikardo and Clement Attlee have all represented this area. It was heavily bombed during the blitz, and more recently - following the closure of the docks in London - it saw the arrival of the London Docklands Development Corporation, which heralded a new era for the area.

The Millwall ward of the constituency elected the British National Party’s Derek Beackon in a 1993 by-election. The victory of the far-right party came in an area where the arrival of Bangladeshis had caused resentment, especially over the issue of housing allocation. Derek Beackon failed to get re-elected in the 1994 local elections but the BNP did well in other wards within the seat and remains active in the area.

It was, however, the Labour candidate - Jim Fitzpatrick - who won the new seat in 1997 with 63.2% of the vote.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Poplar & Canning Town
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jim Fitzpatrick Labour 24,807 63.2
Bene't Steinberg Conservative 5,892 15.0
Janet Ludlow Liberal Democrat 4,072 10.4
John Tyndall BNP 2,849 7.3
Ian Hare Referendum 1,091 2.8
Jacklyn Joseph Socialist Labour 557 1.4
Majority 18,915 48.2
Turnout 39,268 57.7
 
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