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 West Bromwich East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tom Watson Labour 18,250 55.9 -1.3
David McFarlane Conservative 8,487 26.0 +1.6
Ian Garrett Liberal Democrat 4,507 13.8 -1.1
Steven Gray UK Independence 835 2.6  
Satbir Johal Socialist Labour 585 1.8  
Majority 9,763 29.9
Turnout 32,664 53.4 -12.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is a more residential seat than West Bromwich West. Housing varies from council-rented to Victorian terraced, to that found on private estates in the plusher suburbs of Charlemont, Great Barr and Newton. Council housing accounts for almost 40% of the total, and Labour has usually achieved big majorities on estates like Friar Park.

A new PFI-funded hospital of adult psychiatry recently opened in this seat, which will provide services for the whole West Midlands area. Elsewhere, the town centre is undergoing a £300m regeneration, the Lyng Estate is being regenerated as part of a £50m investment and Health and Education Action Zones mean plenty of government money will be spent on deprived areas in the constituency.

At general elections, it has been left to the Conservatives to challenge Labour. That they have done since the seatís creation in 1974 - in 1983 the majority here shrunk as low as 298 votes - but Labour managed a majority of 13,854 votes in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 West Bromwich East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Snape Labour 23,710 57.2
Brian Matsell Conservative 10,126 24.4
Martyn Smith Liberal Democrat 6,179 14.9
Graham Mulley Referendum 1,472 3.5
Majority 13,584 32.7
Turnout 41,487 65.4
 
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