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Bethnal Green & Bow
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat in the heart of the east end of London looks like a Labour stronghold, but it produced one of the oddest - though little noticed - results in 1997 when there was actually a swing to the Conservatives of more than 5pc. How did this happen? The main issue concerned Labour's choice for this apparently plum redrawn seat. Oona King, a 29-year-old woman with a mixed ethnic background - her father a black American, her mother Jewish - did not appeal to many traditional Labour voters. The Conservative Dr Kabir Choudury, on the other hand, was the founder director-general of the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and had a strong local power base to work from. However, Ms King pulled through with an 11,000 majority and her high media profile may well ensure a smoother run this time around.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Oona King - one of Labour's ten non-white MPs, brings to the Commons a café-au-lait complexion and sexual chemistry born of the multi-cultural union between her African-American civil rights emigre father Professor Preston King, and her Jewish-Geordie mother, Hazel Stern - a melange at variance with the Bengali origins of most of her non-white constituents. With a singular extemporaneous oratorical style, accompanied by gentle swaying, she was born in 1967, educated at Haverstock School, Hampstead and York University, before working for Labour MEPs, including Glenys Kinnock. A backer of PR, and dubbed Labour's answer to Whoopi Goldberg, she is tenacious, talented, sharp and tough, as well as exuding immense charm, and must be counted the sexiest woman in the House of Commons.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.06% 2.49% 2.27
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 2.73% 2.56% 106.63
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.46% 2.04% 169.44
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 10.56% 3.94% 267.89
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.29% 13.04% 2.23
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 7.74% 4.02% 192.34
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.60% 11.31% 31.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 26.64% 3.06% 869.88
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.29% 2.52% 11.47
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 44.61% 2.10% 2,124.34
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 42.40
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.95% 9.41% 84.40
5-10K 13.48% 16.63% 81.07
10-15K 14.22% 16.58% 85.79
15-20K 12.53% 13.58% 92.23
20-25K 10.27% 10.39% 98.82
25-30K 8.17% 7.77% 105.05
30-35K 6.42% 5.79% 110.76
35-40K 5.02% 4.33% 115.90
40-45K 3.93% 3.27% 120.51
45-50K 3.09% 2.48% 124.62
50-55K 2.44% 1.90% 128.30
55-60K 1.94% 1.47% 131.59
60-65K 1.55% 1.15% 134.55
65-70K 1.24% 0.91% 137.20
70-75K 1.00% 0.72% 139.60
75-80K 0.81% 0.57% 141.76
80-85K 0.66% 0.46% 143.72
85-90K 0.55% 0.37% 145.51
90-95K 0.45% 0.31% 147.13
95-100K 0.37% 0.25% 148.61
100K + 2.08% 1.34% 155.03

Local Map of the constituency
Bethnal Green & Bow - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bethnal Green & Bow - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Conservative (4.66%)
Labour (-  7.18%) Liberal Democrat (- 13.80%)
Conservative (3.17%) Labour (4.06%) Liberal Democrat (3.46%)
Con 4.66%
Lab - 7.18%
LD - 13.80%
Con 3.17%
Lab 4.06%
LD 3.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Oona King
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.23%) 9,323 24.23%
Lab Labour (50.38%) 19,380 50.38%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.46%) 5,946 15.46%
Oth Other (9.93%) 3,821 9.93%
Maj Majority (26.14%) 10,057 26.14%
Turn Turnout (48.58%) 38,470 48.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Oona King
Labour hold
G Anna Bragga 1,666 4.33%
BNP Michael Davidson 1,267 3.29%
NBP Dennis Delderfield 888 2.31%
C Shahagir Faruk 9,323 24.23%
L Oona King 19,380 50.38%
LD Janet Ludlow 5,946 15.46%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Oona King
Labour
Con Conservative (21.06%) 9,412 21.06%
Lab Labour (46.32%) 20,697 46.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.00%) 5,361 12.00%
Ref Referendum (1.25%) 557 1.25%
Oth Other (19.37%) 8,655 19.37%
Maj Majority (25.26%) 11,285 25.26%
Turn Turnout (61.20%) 44,682 61.20%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (16.40%) 7,316 16.40%
Lab Labour (53.50%) 23,863 53.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.80%) 11,498 25.80%
Oth Other (4.30%) 1,918 4.30%
Maj Majority (27.70%) 12,365 27.70%
Turn Turnout (68.10%) 44,595 68.10%

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