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Established July 05, 1945
Disbanded May 01, 2010
Last ModifiedRBH November 29, 2019 07:28pm
DescriptionDagenham lies to the east of London and is part of the borough of Barking and Dagenham. Its name was formerly synonymous with Ford motors. It was here, just after the establishment of Britain's largest-ever council estate in the 1920s, that in 1931, Henry Ford sited the country's first production line. Ford's major British manufacturing plant was based here for more than 70 years until global overcapacity prompted the closure of the car assembly business in February 2001, with the loss of approximately 1,900 jobs. Ford retains a presence here, however, as the factory has now become its primary centre for the manufacture of diesel engines. Labour MP John Parker represented the area for almost 50 years until his retirement in 1983 - he was Father of the House for the last four years of his tenure. His replacement proved to have a rather less longstanding relationship with the House of Commons. Bryan Gould was a Euro-sceptic at a time of Euro-enthusiasm in the party. Having been defeated by John Smith for the Labour leadership in 1992, he resigned his seat two years later and returned to his native New Zealand. The 1994 by-election was won by Judith Church but she stood down in 2001. The new MP, Jon Cruddas, a former political adviser to the Labour Party and at the Downing Street Policy Unit, won the seat with a numerical majority approximately half of his predecessor's - a far cry from the 31,735 majority enjoyed by John Parker in 1950. The British National Party has shown a recent resurgence in this area. It gained a seat on the local council at the expense of Labour in September 2004. At the 2001 General Election there was a substantial increase in support for the party, which saved its deposit.

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Date Type Results
May 05, 2005 General Election
 Jon Cruddas(I)
15,446
50.08%
 Michael White
7,841
25.42%
 James Kempton
3,106
10.07%
 Lawrence Rustem
2,870
9.31%
 Gerard Batten
1,578
5.12%
Jun 07, 2001 General Election
 Jon Cruddas
15,784
57.23%
 Michael White
7,091
25.71%
 Adrian Gee-Turner
2,820
10.22%
 David Hill
1,378
5.00%
 Bill Hamilton
262
0.95%
 Robert Siggins
245
0.89%
May 01, 1997 General Election
 Judith Church(I)
23,759
65.69%
 James Fairrie
6,709
18.55%
 Thomas Dobrashian
2,704
7.48%
 Steven Kraft
1,411
3.90%
 William Binding
900
2.49%
 Richard H. Dawson
349
0.96%
 Michael B. Hipperson
183
0.51%
  Kathleen A. Goble
152
0.42%
Jun 09, 1994 By-election
 Judith Church
15,474
72.00%
 James Fairrie
2,130
9.91%
 Peter Dunphy
1,804
8.39%
 John Tyndall
1,511
7.03%
 Peter Compobassi
457
2.13%
 Mark Leighton
116
0.54%
Apr 09, 1992 General Election
 Bryan Gould(I)
22,027
52.26%
 Don Rossiter
15,294
36.29%
 Charles Marquand
4,824
11.45%
Jun 11, 1987 General Election
 Bryan Gould(I)
18,454
44.44%
 Robert Neill
15,985
38.49%
 John Carter
7,088
17.07%
Jun 09, 1983 General Election
 Bryan Gould
15,665
39.34%
 Robert Neill
12,688
31.86%
 J. Horne
10,679
26.82%
 Joseph Pearce
645
1.62%
 D. Walshe
141
0.35%
May 03, 1979 General Election
 John Parker(I)
24,707
52.57%
 G. Hyams
14,600
31.07%
 M. Long
5,583
11.88%
 John Roberts
1,553
3.30%
 D. Connor
553
1.18%
Oct 10, 1974 General Election
 John Parker(I)
29,678
65.23%
 Archibald Hamilton
7,684
16.89%
 G. Poole
7,564
16.63%
 George C. Wake
569
1.25%
Feb 28, 1974 General Election
 John Parker(I)
35,765
72.68%
 Archibald Hamilton
12,275
24.94%
 George C. Wake
1,169
2.38%
Jun 18, 1970 General Election
 John Parker(I)
31,335
70.74%
 Hugh McClancy
11,976
27.04%
 George C. Wake
982
2.22%
Mar 31, 1966 General Election
 John Parker(I)
35,055
74.65%
 Giles E. Currie
10,530
22.42%
 George C. Wake
1,373
2.92%
Oct 15, 1964 General Election
 John Parker(I)
32,851
64.82%
 Giles E. Currie
9,461
18.67%
 Patrick T. Humphrey
7,301
14.41%
 Kevin Halpin
1,070
2.11%
Oct 08, 1959 General Election
 John Parker(I)
37,009
69.00%
 Andrew Felix Waley
16,626
31.00%
May 26, 1955 General Election
 John Parker(I)
38,811
73.88%
 Roger Ibbotson Gray
13,718
26.12%
Oct 25, 1951 General Election
 John Parker(I)
44,908
76.09%
 Norman St. John-Stevas
14,112
23.91%
Feb 23, 1950 General Election
 John Parker(I)
43,300
72.50%
 D. Cook
11,565
19.37%
 Ivy Thurston
3,973
6.65%
 George Bridges
883
1.48%
Jul 05, 1945 General Election
 John Parker(I)
36,686
83.69%
 Albert Cooper
7,147
16.31%

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