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 Walthamstow
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Neil Gerrard Labour 21,402 62.2 -0.9
Nicholas Boys Smith Conservative 6,221 18.1 -2.2
Peter Dunphy Liberal Democrat 5,024 14.6 +0.9
Simon Donovan Socialist Alt 806 2.3  
William Phillips BNP 389 1.1  
Gerda Mayer UK Independence 298 0.9  
Barbara Duffy ProLife Alliance 289 0.8  
Majority 15,181 44.1
Turnout 34,429 53.5 -9.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Walthamstow was won by Labour from the Conservatives in 1992 with a majority of 3,000 votes and was held by Neil Gerrard in 1997 with one of 17,000 votes.

Past Conservative success here came when the seat was divided into two seats - West and East. In two by-elections caused by the deaths of both Labour members during Harold Wilsonís 1966-70 government, Walthamstow West, the seat of the late Labour Party leader and post war Prime Minister Clement Attlee, was lost to the Tories in 1967, and Walthamstow East in 1969. Eric Deakins regained West for Labour in the 1970 General Election, and then following the amalgamation of the two seats in 1974 brought the entire area back into the Labour fold.

Walthamstow boasts the longest daily street market in Europe, and a popular greyhound racing track. William Morris, famous for his designs, poetry and politics, was born here in 1834. The British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was educated locally and the film director Ken Russell attended college in Walthamstow.

More recently, the postcode for the district became famous thanks to the pop group East 17 who hailed from here.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Walthamstow
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Neil Gerrard Labour 25,287 63.1
Jill Andrew Conservative 8,138 20.3
Jane Jackson Liberal Democrat 5,491 13.7
George Hargreaves Referendum 1,139 2.8
Majority 17,149 42.8
Turnout 40,055 62.8
 
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