"The Blue Leaves of the Stratford Centre" by Matt Buck is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Parliamentary constituency of West Ham sits in the western half of the London Borough of Newham, and includes the communities of Canning Town, Forest Gate, Maryland, Plaistow, Stratford, Upton Park, and West Ham.
West Ham is by far the largest constituency in the country in terms of population, with more than 174,534 residents, according to the most recent estimates from the Office for National Statistics. We have more young people than almost anywhere else in the country, and only 6.5% of our residents are aged over 65, compared to the national average of 16.5%.
Our community is incredibly diverse. White ethnicities account for 34.5% of our residents, while 33.7% are Asian or British Asian and 23.1% are Black, Caribbean, African or Black British. A wide range of religious faiths is also represented in the constituency, with 46.2% of residents identifying as Christians, 26.8% as Muslims, 12% as of no religion, 5.2% as Hindus, and smaller numbers of Sikh, Buddhist, Jewish, and other faith groups.
Far too many of Newham’s residents have to live on low pay, with more than a third of people in work earning less than the London Living Wage. We also have a serious problem of child poverty, that is aggravated by London’s high living costs. After the cost of housing is included, 13 out of every 20 of our children live in poverty. Low pay and child poverty are two of my long-term priorities.