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Barking
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is the older half of the East End Thames-side London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and in many ways remains the true beating heart of the Cockney east end, with its working class terraces, scrap metal merchants, and the headquarters of Coral bookmakers. Less than one tenth of the population is made up of the descendants of non-white immigrants of relatively recent date. A minority is middle class by the definition of non-manual work, which is very rare in London now - even East Ham and Bethnal Green and Bow have less than 50pc in manual occupations. Apart from one Lib Dem councillor in Eastbury ward, Labour monopolised the London Borough council representation in Barking in May 1998, and polled more than twice as many votes as the next party in the Euro elections the next year. This is one of the safest Labour seats in London, held by Margaret Hodge.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Margaret Hodge, an MP since 1994 and a junior Education and Employment minister since 1998, was a modishly leftwing Islington Council leader for ten years , before emerging as a £50,000 consultant with Price Waterhouse and a Blairite moderniser. Small and animated, with a doll-like appearance belying her 56 years, she is the daughter of the late German Jewish steel trader Hans Alfried Oppenheimer, was educated at Bromley High School for Girls, Oxford High School and the LSE, and worked as a market researcher until become a fulltime politician. To Quentin Letts (late of the Daily Telegraph) she ‘personifies privileged north London Labour'; to others, her bossy abrasiveness earns her the nickname ‘Enver', after the late Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha (pronounced ‘Hodga').
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.20% 14.99% 1.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
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 1.74% 2.56% 67.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.07% 3.94% 1.81
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.50% 13.04% 26.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.03% 12.70% 102.59
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.13% 8.14% 26.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.60% 4.02% 188.94
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.62% 3.19% 239.21
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 45.30% 11.31% 400.46
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.15% 3.06% 200.92
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.50% 2.52% 337.61
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 4.17% 2.10% 198.44
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.22% 9.41% 119.24
£5-10K 18.03% 16.63% 108.43
£10-15K 17.21% 16.58% 103.83
£15-20K 13.68% 13.58% 100.73
£20-25K 10.19% 10.39% 98.08
£25-30K 7.43% 7.77% 95.57
£30-35K 5.39% 5.79% 93.11
£35-40K 3.93% 4.33% 90.71
£40-45K 2.88% 3.27% 88.35
£45-50K 2.14% 2.48% 86.07
£50-55K 1.60% 1.90% 83.87
£55-60K 1.21% 1.47% 81.75
£60-65K 0.92% 1.15% 79.73
£65-70K 0.71% 0.91% 77.80
£70-75K 0.55% 0.72% 75.96
£75-80K 0.43% 0.57% 74.20
£80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 72.53
£85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 70.95
£90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 69.43
£95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 67.99
£100K + 0.81% 1.34% 60.13

Local Map of the constituency
Barking - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Barking - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.62%)
Conservative (- 16.30%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.41%)
Conservative (5.36%) Liberal Democrat (0.26%)
Labour (-  4.92%)
Con - 16.30%
Lab 13.62%
LD - 4.41%
Con 5.36%
Lab - 4.92%
LD 0.26%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Margaret Hodge
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.96%) 5,768 22.96%
Lab Labour (60.90%) 15,302 60.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.75%) 2,450 9.75%
Oth Other (6.39%) 1,606 6.39%
Maj Majority (37.94%) 9,534 37.94%
Turn Turnout (45.49%) 25,126 45.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Margaret Hodge
Labour hold
L Margaret Hodge 15,302 60.90%
LD Anura Keppetipola 2,450 9.75%
BNP Mark Toleman 1,606 6.39%
C Mike Wetherley 5,768 22.96%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Margaret Hodge
Labour
Con Conservative (17.60%) 5,802 17.60%
Lab Labour (65.82%) 21,698 65.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.49%) 3,128 9.49%
Ref Referendum (3.89%) 1,283 3.89%
Oth Other (3.19%) 1,053 3.19%
Maj Majority (48.22%) 15,896 48.22%
Turn Turnout (61.41%) 32,964 61.41%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.90%) 13,229 33.90%
Lab Labour (52.20%) 20,409 52.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.90%) 5,436 13.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (18.40%) 7,180 18.40%
Turn Turnout (69.07%) 39,074 69.07%

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