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Ealing Southall
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Piara Khabra, born in 1924, or possibly 1922 according to report, will be the oldest member in the next House of Commons. His constituency almost certainly has the highest proportion of Asian voters in London, a near majority. Southall has come to be seen as a Little India in west London, with street markets, restaurants, sari and sweet shops, and banks all reflecting the varied cultures of the sub-continent. Northcote and Glebe wards are the most heavily non-white in Greater London at the time of the 1991 Census, the latest taken, at 90pc and 81pc respectively. Mount Pleasant and Dormers Wells are also well over half Asian. As might be expected given the current loyalty of the Asian vote to Labour (surely with Asian family and business values the Tories should do better, but very unfortunately, or perhaps foolishly, they have come to be associated with racial discriminatory views) Khabra's vote piles up, reaching nearly 33,000 in 1997. This is a much larger than average seat, but the turnout is only typical for London. Although some voters will eventually be lost in boundary changes, these are not due until well after the next General Election, and in any case will be unlikely to break up this large and influential bloc of ethnic voters, here by then a majority rather than a minority.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Slight, balding and ungregarious Piara Khabra, Labour's oldest MP (born 1922 in the Punjab) came to Britain in 1959 to work at the local rubber factory which was at the centre of the "Asianisation" of Southall at that time. A hot-tempered if mild-looking secular Sikh, he qualified as a teacher at Whitelands College, Putney, and taught for 14 years before concentrating on ward heeling among the Southall Indian community as a community worker, and eventually securing the deselection of the veteran Labour MP Syd Bidwell. Elected in 1992, he is a rare Commons performer. A campaigner on euthanasia, he also focuses on immigration issues concerning his Asian voters.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.85% 14.99% 12.34
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.24% 2.49% 9.60
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.03% 2.56% 274.02
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 22.57% 2.04% 1,105.82
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 8.42% 3.94% 213.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.04% 13.04% 0.29
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.21% 12.70% 9.54
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.03% 8.14% 0.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 16.93% 4.02% 420.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.34% 11.31% 20.73
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.85% 3.06% 125.68
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.55% 2.52% 21.74
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 34.93% 2.10% 1,663.39
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 27.81
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.18% 9.41% 55.01
5-10K 10.76% 16.63% 64.67
10-15K 12.85% 16.58% 77.49
15-20K 12.33% 13.58% 90.79
20-25K 10.77% 10.39% 103.62
25-30K 8.99% 7.77% 115.59
30-35K 7.33% 5.79% 126.59
35-40K 5.92% 4.33% 136.61
40-45K 4.76% 3.27% 145.70
45-50K 3.82% 2.48% 153.92
50-55K 3.07% 1.90% 161.36
55-60K 2.48% 1.47% 168.10
60-65K 2.01% 1.15% 174.22
65-70K 1.63% 0.91% 179.78
70-75K 1.33% 0.72% 184.83
75-80K 1.09% 0.57% 189.44
80-85K 0.90% 0.46% 193.66
85-90K 0.74% 0.37% 197.51
90-95K 0.61% 0.31% 201.05
95-100K 0.51% 0.25% 204.29
100K + 2.94% 1.34% 218.46

Local Map of the constituency
Ealing Southall - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ealing Southall - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.71%) Liberal Democrat (2.21%)
Conservative (- 15.50%)
Conservative (-  2.53%) Labour (- 12.52%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.41%)
Con - 15.50%
Lab 14.71%
LD 2.21%
Con - 2.53%
Lab - 12.52%
LD - 0.41%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Piara S Khabra
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.27%) 8,556 18.27%
Lab Labour (47.49%) 22,239 47.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.99%) 4,680 9.99%
Oth Other (24.24%) 11,353 24.24%
Maj Majority (29.22%) 13,683 29.22%
Turn Turnout (56.85%) 46,828 56.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Piara S Khabra
Labour hold
Qari Mohammed Bhutta 169 0.36%
SL Harpal Brar 921 1.97%
I Mushtaq Choudhry 1,166 2.49%
G Jane Cook 2,119 4.53%
Com Salvinder Dhillon 1,214 2.59%
C Daniel Kawczynski 8,556 18.27%
L Piara S Khabra 22,239 47.49%
Sunrise Avtar Lit 5,764 12.31%
LD Baldev Sharma 4,680 9.99%
Candidates representing 9 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Piara Khambra
Labour
Con Conservative (20.80%) 11,368 20.80%
Lab Labour (60.01%) 32,791 60.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.41%) 5,687 10.41%
Ref Referendum (1.56%) 854 1.56%
Oth Other (7.21%) 3,942 7.21%
Maj Majority (39.21%) 21,423 39.21%
Turn Turnout (66.88%) 54,642 66.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.30%) 20,340 36.30%
Lab Labour (45.30%) 25,371 45.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.20%) 4,567 8.20%
Oth Other (10.30%) 5,753 10.30%
Maj Majority (9.00%) 5,031 9.00%
Turn Turnout (74.27%) 56,031 74.27%

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