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 West Ham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Banks Labour 20,449 69.9 -3.0
Syed Kamall Conservative 4,804 16.4 +1.4
Paul Fox Liberal Democrat 2,166 7.4 0.0
Jackie Chandler-Oatts Green 1,197 4.1  
Gerard Batten UK Independence 657 2.2  
Majority 15,645 53.4
Turnout 29,273 48.9 -9.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Famous for the football club that shares it name, this constituency is held by Tony Banks, former Minister for Sport.

The current seat was formed from Mr Banksís old Newham North West seat, which was deemed to have too few voters in the 1995 boundary review, 46,000 compared with the English average of 69,000. Three wards were added to the old Newham North west seat; Bemeryside, Hudsons and Plaistow. These wards were previously part of the old Newham South seat.

As with many east London seats, there is a growing ethnic minority population. In the 1991 census just over 43% of residents were non-white. Over a fifth of the population here is Afro-Caribbean, and over a fifth Asian.

Labourís hegemony in the area is summed up by its performance on Newham Council, where they hold all but one seat on the council - a total of 59 seats.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 West Ham
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tony Banks Labour 24,531 72.9
Mark MacGregor Conservative 5,037 15.0
Samantha McDonough Liberal Democrat 2,479 7.4
Kenneth Francis BNP 1,198 3.6
Toby Jug Loony 300 0.9
Jonathan Rainbow Rainbow 116 0.3
Majority 19,494 57.9
Turnout 33,661 58.5
 
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