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Leyton & Wanstead
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Wanstead and Woodford was until 1997 always Conservative; indeed this was the successor to Winston Churchill's last constituency, Woodford, which he held until his retirement at the age of 90 as Father of the House of Commons in 1964, just a few months before his death. However, the Wanstead part, noted for its rather scrubby open land known as the Flats was always less Tory than Woodford further out, and both its Redbridge Borough wards, Snaresbrook and Wanstead, were won by Labour in May 1998 as the government's unusually passionate and warm honeymoon continued. Meanwhile the majority of the seat is in Waltham Forest Borough. Leyton has a different electoral history. Certainly it famously rejected Labour once, when a rather crude attempt was made to smuggle Patrick Gordon Walker into the Commons in a by-election contrived in 1965 after the Foreign Secretary designate was beaten in a racist campaign in Smethwick; but since 1966 it has always been safe, as will be this new combined cross-border division.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Harry Cohen, elected here in 1983 in the wake of Bryan Magee’s defection to the SDP, is a de-bearded, toned-down version of his formerly high-decibelled, but still Cockney-accented self, and lacking - it has been suggested - the sourness of his hard left colleagues. A pro-Palestinian Jew who opposed the Gulf War and criticises Israel, he rebelled 36 times against the Whips in the 1992-97 Parliament. Born 1949, son of a cab driver, he attended secondary modern schools and East Ham Technical College, before training as an accountant. A short and chirpy Cockney sparrow with the style of a market trader, despite his retained Campaign Group membership, his rebellions against the Blair government have been modest: on freedom of information, military action against Iraq, and curbs on jury trials, with his settling instead for specialist scrutiny on the Defence Select Committee. The hard left Socialist Alliance has threatened to run against him over his non-rebellious record.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.88% 14.99% 19.18
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.01% 2.49% 120.97
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 8.69% 2.56% 338.83
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 18.47% 2.04% 904.70
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 8.58% 3.94% 217.54
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.00% 13.04% 7.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.00% 12.70% 0.00
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 41.63% 4.02% 1,035.12
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.51% 11.31% 4.52
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.48% 3.06% 146.28
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 10.75% 2.10% 511.72
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 18.68
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 6.99% 9.41% 74.26
£5-10K 12.86% 16.63% 77.34
£10-15K 14.14% 16.58% 85.31
£15-20K 12.78% 13.58% 94.06
£20-25K 10.65% 10.39% 102.50
£25-30K 8.57% 7.77% 110.27
£30-35K 6.79% 5.79% 117.27
£35-40K 5.35% 4.33% 123.50
£40-45K 4.21% 3.27% 129.03
£45-50K 3.32% 2.48% 133.91
£50-55K 2.63% 1.90% 138.23
£55-60K 2.09% 1.47% 142.04
£60-65K 1.67% 1.15% 145.41
£65-70K 1.34% 0.91% 148.38
£70-75K 1.09% 0.72% 151.01
£75-80K 0.88% 0.57% 153.33
£80-85K 0.72% 0.46% 155.39
£85-90K 0.59% 0.37% 157.21
£90-95K 0.48% 0.31% 158.81
£95-100K 0.40% 0.25% 160.22
£100K + 2.21% 1.34% 164.54

Local Map of the constituency
Leyton & Wanstead - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leyton & Wanstead - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.04%)
Conservative (-  8.68%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.44%)
Liberal Democrat (0.93%)
Conservative (-  2.48%) Labour (-  2.83%)
Con - 8.68%
Lab 15.04%
LD - 5.44%
Con - 2.48%
Lab - 2.83%
LD 0.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Harry Cohen
Labour hold
Con Conservative (19.73%) 6,654 19.73%
Lab Labour (58.00%) 19,558 58.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.98%) 5,389 15.98%
Oth Other (6.28%) 2,117 6.28%
Maj Majority (38.27%) 12,904 38.27%
Turn Turnout (54.78%) 33,718 54.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Harry Cohen
Labour hold
L Harry Cohen 19,558 58.00%
UK Michael D'Ingerthorp 378 1.12%
G Ashley Gunstock 1,030 3.05%
C Edward Heckels 6,654 19.73%
SA Sally Labern 709 2.10%
LD Alex Wilcock 5,389 15.98%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Harry Cohen
Labour
Con Conservative (22.22%) 8,736 22.22%
Lab Labour (60.84%) 23,922 60.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.06%) 5,920 15.06%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.89%) 744 1.89%
Maj Majority (38.62%) 15,186 38.62%
Turn Turnout (63.24%) 39,322 63.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (30.90%) 14,006 30.90%
Lab Labour (45.80%) 20,775 45.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.50%) 9,300 20.50%
Oth Other (2.80%) 1,275 2.80%
Maj Majority (14.90%) 6,769 14.90%
Turn Turnout (68.92%) 45,356 68.92%

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