East Ham (UK Parliament constituency)

East Ham (UK Parliament Constituency)

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East Ham (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Ham is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, in the London Borough of Newham. It was formed in 1997 when Newham North East was merged with part of Newham South.

Constituency Profile

Comprising the eastern part of the London Borough of Newham, East Ham is, as at 2010, the safest Labour seat in London and 6th safest in the country overall. Every component ward elects Labour councillors at local elections and has done more or less continually since the 1970s, and the only significant opposition in recent years has come from far-left fringe parties.

The constituency takes in several run-down working class areas, including Beckton, Silvertown and East Ham itself. London City Airport is within the seat, as are the former Royal Docks where modern luxury housing is springing up, though not yet sufficiently to change the overall character of the seat. Confusingly, West Ham United FC's ground is also located (just) within the East Ham seat.

Around two thirds of the seat are non-white, and more than 40% of the population are immigrants to the UK.

Boundaries

The constituency covers the eastern half of Newham, including East Ham, Beckton, Little Ilford and Manor Park.

It comprises ten wards: Beckton, Boleyn, East Ham Central, East Ham North, East Ham South, Green Street East, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Royal Docks and Wall End.

History

East Ham is generally considered a safe Labour seat; Labour's Ron Leighton was...
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