Ilford South

ilfordsouth.gifThe Ilford South constituency covers most of Ilford and the whole of Redbridge south of the A12, Eastern Avenue.

The London Borough of Redbridge is the white area on the map of London. Ilford South - as its name suggests - covers the southern half of the borough. The rest of Redbridge is in the Ilford North constituency and parts of the Leyton and Wanstead and Chingford and Woodford Green constituencies.

Ilford South is a very diverse community. Most of the housing in the constituency is owner-occupied (less than 10% of housing in Redbridge is social-housing). Large areas consist of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century terraced housing, especially in the south of the borough. Some areas, such as the Bungalow Estate (Mayfield Ward) have their own unique character.

Many residents commute to work in Central London and a only a small percentage of the population at work are classified as ‘manual workers’. The council is one of the major local employers. The Town Hall and most administrative offices are located in the centre of Ilford South.

The constituency is also home to The Mall shopping centre, Ilford Police station and King George Hospital.

Ilford South is a diverse and harmonious. It is estimated that up to 100 mother tongue languages are spoken by children in local schools.

Ilford South includes the following council wards:

•Chadwell
•Clementswood
•Cranbrook
•Goodmayes
•Loxford
•Mayfield
•Newbury
•Seven Kings
•Valentines

Details of Councillors representing each ward can be found here.

The political history of Ilford South

The Ilford South constituency has a long history as a marginal seat and has usually voted for the Government. It had a Labour MP, Jim Ranger, from 1945 to 1950, a Conservative MP (Albert Cooper) from 1950 to 1966 and 1970 to February 1974. Labour’s Arnold Shaw was the MP from 1966 to 1970 and from February 1974 to 1979. The Conservative Neil Thorne was the MP from 1979 to 1992. In the General Election in April that year Mike Gapes was elected with a 402 majority - the result of one of the best swings (5.9%) to Labour nationally. Mike was the first Labour MP to represent Ilford South under a Tory government.

In the 1997 election, despite adverse boundary changes, this slender majority was boosted to 14,200, when Mike Gapes received a further swing of 16.6% from the Conservatives. The full results of the 1997 election were:

 

votes cast

% of votes

Mike Gapes (Labour)

29,273

58.5

Conservatives

15,073

30.1

Liberal Democrats

3,152

6.3

Referendum Party

1,073

2.1

Socialist Labour Party

868

1.7

British National Party

580

1.2

The result of the 2001 General Election was a further 2.6% swing to Labour from the Conservatives and a majority of 13,997 on a reduced turn-out. The full results were:

 

votes cast

% of votes

Mike Gapes (Labour)

29,273

59.6

Conservatives

10,622

25.7

Liberal Democrats

4,647

11.3

UK Independence Party

1,407

3.4

The 2005 election saw a reduction in Mike’s majority to just under 50% of those voting. The full results were:

 

votes cast

% of votes

Mike Gapes (Labour)

20,856

48.9

Conservatives

11,628

27.2

Liberal Democrats

8,761

20.5

British Public Party

763

1.8

UK Independence Party

685

1.6

 

The 2010 election saw an increase in Labour share of the vote in the parliamentary elections and the gain of 14 council seats to give Labour 26  Councillors. The parliamentary election results were:

 

votes cast

% of votes

Mike Gapes (Labour)

25,301

49.1

Conservatives

14,014

27.4

Liberal Democrats

8,679

17.0

All other parties

3,197

8.2

     

 

The turnout was 58.3% with the total electorate being 87765.

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