Dagenham and Rainham (UK Parliament constituency)

Dagenham and Rainham (UK Parliament constituency)
Dagenham and Rainham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Dagenham and Rainham in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 70,187 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010 (2010)
Member of Parliament Jon Cruddas (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Dagenham, Hornchurch, Barking
European Parliament constituency London

Dagenham and Rainham is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was first contested in the 2010 general election.

Following their review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England created the constituency by merging the majority of the former constituencies of Dagenham and Hornchurch. Following a review of ward boundaries a small part of River ward was also transferred from Barking.



The cross-border constituency of Dagenham and Rainham is made up of six electoral wards from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and three from the London Borough of Havering.

  • From Barking and Dagenham: Chadwell Heath (not to be confused with the Chadwell ward in neighbouring Redbridge), Eastbrook, Heath, River, Village, Whalebone
  • From Havering: Elm Park, Rainham and Wennington, South Hornchurch


Before 1945 the Dagenham area was part of the Romford constituency. The MP for the latter seat since 1935, Labour's John Parker, continued to represent Dagenham until 1983. Parker was the last serving MP to have been elected before the Second World War, and with 48 years in Parliament, remains the longest-serving Labour MP in history.

In 2010 Labour's Jon Cruddas took the seat despite a strong swing against him towards the Conservatives. BNP candidate Michael Barnbrook came third with 11.2% of the vote, his party's second-best showing in the 2010 election.

Members of Parliament

Election Member [2] Party
2010 Jon Cruddas Labour

Election results

General Election 2010: Dagenham & Rainham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jon Cruddas* 17,813 40.3 n/a
Conservative Simon Jones 15,183 34.3 n/a
BNP Michael Barnbrook 4,952 11.2 n/a
Liberal Democrat Joseph Bourke 3,806 8.6 n/a
UKIP Craig Litwin 1,569 3.5 n/a
Independent Gordon Kennedy[3] 308 0.7 n/a
Christian Paula Watson[4] 305 0.7 n/a
Green Debbie Rosaman 296 0.7 n/a
Majority 2,630 5.9
Turnout 44,232 63.4 n/a
* Served as MP for Dagenham in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also

Notes and references

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°10′E / 51.53°N 0.17°E / 51.53; 0.17

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