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West Ham
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The football club with the same name has been a symbol for eastenders, the narrow terraces of its ground Upton Park reflecting the tight-knit local housing neighbourhoods, and the international nature of the players reflecting the move to a more cosmopolitan and mixed race culture. This has remained a safe Labour area through its changes of recent decades, and Alf Garnett's Conservatism is not typical of West Ham supporters. This is a very safe constituency for Tony Banks, who one can imagine blowing bubbles, even though he is not originally from the East End and is reputed to follow Chelsea FC.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tony Banks, one of the Campaign Group's three ministers in 1997, worked for two years as Sports Minister before heading the campaign for the UK's bid to host the football World Cup in 2006. A loquacious, rent-a-quote, cheeky chappy elected in 1983, his surprising appointment to the government had reflected his transition from the role of left-wing factionalist in Livingstone's 1980s GLC, to self-deprecating jester in the Blairite 1990s. Born in 1943 and educated at Archbishop Tennison's Grammar School, Kennington, and York University, he worked successfully for two unions (AUEW and the Association of Broadcasting Staffs), and has been dubbed (by Ian Aitken) "the left's most effective comedian". A stickler for animal welfare, he has opposed Livingstone's expulsion of the pigeon-feeders from Trafalgar Square, and for even more enhanced street cred, been mugged by black youths in his constituency.
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 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.01% 7.27% 0.21
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.80% 2.56% 31.34
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.02% 2.04% 1.20
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 8.58% 3.94% 217.48
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.00% 13.04% 0.00
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.99% 12.70% 7.82
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 43.55% 4.02% 1,082.98
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.46% 3.19% 14.44
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.72% 11.31% 24.07
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 10.84% 3.06% 354.11
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 31.99% 2.10% 1,523.47
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 23.97
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.96% 9.41% 95.16
5-10K 15.65% 16.63% 94.10
10-15K 16.11% 16.58% 97.19
15-20K 13.64% 13.58% 100.40
20-25K 10.70% 10.39% 102.93
25-30K 8.14% 7.77% 104.68
30-35K 6.13% 5.79% 105.77
35-40K 4.61% 4.33% 106.33
40-45K 3.48% 3.27% 106.49
45-50K 2.64% 2.48% 106.36
50-55K 2.02% 1.90% 106.02
55-60K 1.56% 1.47% 105.55
60-65K 1.21% 1.15% 104.97
65-70K 0.95% 0.91% 104.35
70-75K 0.75% 0.72% 103.68
75-80K 0.59% 0.57% 103.01
80-85K 0.47% 0.46% 102.34
85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 101.68
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 101.03
95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 100.41
100K + 1.31% 1.34% 97.22

Local Map of the constituency
West Ham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
West Ham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.98%)
Conservative (- 15.04%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.24%)
Labour (0.43%) Liberal Democrat (0.40%)
Conservative (-  0.32%)
Con - 15.04%
Lab 14.98%
LD - 2.24%
Con - 0.32%
Lab 0.43%
LD 0.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Banks
Labour hold
Con Conservative (14.64%) 4,084 14.64%
Lab Labour (73.30%) 20,449 73.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.76%) 2,166 7.76%
Oth Other (4.29%) 1,197 4.29%
Maj Majority (58.66%) 16,365 58.66%
Turn Turnout (46.63%) 27,896 46.63%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Banks
Labour hold
L Tony Banks 20,449 73.30%
G Jackie Chandler-Oatts 1,197 4.29%
LD Paul Fox 2,166 7.76%
C Syed Kamall 4,084 14.64%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tony Banks
Labour
Con Conservative (14.96%) 5,037 14.96%
Lab Labour (72.88%) 24,531 72.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.36%) 2,479 7.36%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (4.79%) 1,614 4.79%
Maj Majority (57.91%) 19,494 57.91%
Turn Turnout (58.99%) 33,661 58.99%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (30.00%) 11,229 30.00%
Lab Labour (57.90%) 21,717 57.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.60%) 3,602 9.60%
Oth Other (2.50%) 939 2.50%
Maj Majority (28.00%) 10,488 28.00%
Turn Turnout (58.35%) 37,487 58.35%

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