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West Ham is a parliamentary constituency in the London Borough of Newhammarker, represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It was formed in 1997 when the constituency of Newham North West was merged with part of Newham South.


The constituency covers the western half of Newhammarker, including the areas of West Hammarker, Forest Gatemarker, Plaistowmarker, Stratfordmarker, Marylandmarker and Upton Parkmarker.

Boundary changes taking effect from the next election expand the constituency by adding Canning Townmarker from the Poplar and Canning Town constituencymarker. The boundary with the East Ham constituencymarker will be modified to align with local government ward boundaries.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1997 Tony Banks Labour
2005 Lyn Brown Labour

Election results

Politics and history of the constituency

The area is generally considered a safe Labour seat; West Ham South had in 1892 sent Keir Hardie to the Commons. Labour's Tony Banks was MP for first Newham North West and then West Ham from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. He held the seat at the 2001 general election with nearly 70% of the vote.

The constituency is one of the few in the country where white people are in the minority; there is a significant Asian population, many of whom are Muslims. As a result the RESPECT Coalition targeted it for the 2005 election, hoping to benefit from opposition to the Iraq war; in the end it was not enough to unseat Labour's replacement for Banks, Lyn Brown, but they managed to take nearly 20% of the vote away from Labour.


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