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Viva Docklands!

In London, redistricting on October 6, 2011 by dadge

I ought to have known it would end in tears… I agreed that a Docklands seat would probably be a better idea than my Stratford and Bow seat. Trouble is, when you start to have a closer look at “good ideas” like this you tend to come up against the harsh realities of the electoral maths.

In this case, because the Royal Docks ward is smaller than the other Newham wards, if you choose to put it in a cross-border seat with Poplar, you have to swap it with a bigger ward, making the average seat size on the Essex side of the Lea a little bit (but a significant bit) bigger. What that means is you end up with a seat somewhere that’s too big, in this case Walthamstow and Wanstead.

So now there are three options: 1. Snip a bit of Snaresbrook ward (a few streets around Bressey Grove) and give it to Woodford; 2. Fiddle around with the wards until you find an arrangement that works (I have found one, but it creates a seat that stretches from Walthamstow Marshes up through Chingford and round to the M11 in Woodford, and I can’t really recoommend it); 3. Go back to the orginal counterproposal.

(Apart from the Docklands seat, there are some other good things about this counterproposal: Ilford gets its centre back; discrete East and West Ham seats…)

HARINGEY SOUTH AND STAMFORD HILL 73,109
Brownswood 6,875
Lordship 7,117
New River 6,402
Cazenove 7,468
Springfield 6,365
Harringay 7,565
St Ann’s 7,654
Tottenham Green 8,135
West Green 7,553
Seven Sisters 7,975

HACKNEY WEST 75,267
Dalston 8,729
Hackney Central 8,056
Hackney Downs 7,878
Clissold 7,882
Stoke Newington Central 7,990
De Beauvoir 8,746
Haggerston 8,183
Hoxton 9,173
Queensbridge 8,630

HACKNEY EAST AND BOW 74,116
Bow East 9,784
Bow West 8,516
Bromley-by-Bow 8,678
Mile End East 8,074
Victoria 8,671
Chatham 7,904
King’s Park 7,015
Leabridge 8,074
Wick 7,400

STEPNEY 78,718
St Dunstan’s and Stepney Green 10,452
St Katherine’s and Wapping 8,204
Shadwell 9,233
Whitechapel 9,296
Bethnal Green North 8,696
Bethnal Green South 8,786
Mile End and Globe Town 9,365
Spitalfields and Banglatown 6,541
Weavers 8,145

DOCKLANDS 79,230
Blackwall and Cubitt Town 10,434
East India and Lansbury 8,906
Limehouse 9,350
Millwall 12,040
Custom House 7,305
Royal Docks 6,082
Canning Town North 8,094
Canning Town South 8,243
Beckton 8,776

EAST HAM 76,673
East Ham North 9,640
East Ham South 9,025
Wall End 9,396
East Ham Central 9,906
Little Ilford 9,469
Manor Park 9,602
Green Street East 10,328
Boleyn 9,307

WEST HAM 77,151
Plaistow North 8,725
Stratford and New Town 9,206
West Ham 8,431
Green Street West 9,724
Forest Gate North 8,883
Forest Gate South 9,497
Plaistow South 8,292
Cann Hall 7,347
Cathall 7,046

WALTHAMSTOW AND WANSTEAD 80,390
Forest 7,650
Grove Green 7,678
Hoe Street 7,923
Lea Bridge 9,004
Leyton 8,068
Leytonstone 7,884
Markhouse 7,760
Wood Street 8,275
Snaresbrook 8,771
Wanstead 8,577
minus part of Snaresbrook -1,200

CHINGFORD 79,815
Chingford Green 7,848
Endlebury 8,139
Hatch Lane 8,131
Higham Hill 7,644
Larkswood 8,200
Valley 8,094
High Street 8,017
William Morris 7,719
Chapel End 8,140
Hale End and Highams Park 7,883

WOODFORD 80,433
Fairlop 9,013
Fullwell 9,175
Hainault 8,844
Roding 8,261
Bridge 8,377
Clayhall 9,883
Barkingside 9,205
Monkhams 8,215
Church End 8,260
plus part of Snaresbrook 1,200

ILFORD 77,966
Aldborough 9,944
Chadwell 9,683
Cranbrook 9,015
Newbury 10,927
Seven Kings 9,882
Valentines 9,203
Clementswood 9,241
Loxford 10,071

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