At the 2005 election, George Galloway, for Respect The Unity Coalition, won by 823 votes on a 26.2% swing from Labour.
At this election, parts of wards have been lost to Poplar and Limehouse. To find out what might have happened had this boundary change been in force at the last election, see a notional - or estimated - result below.
At the heart of the East End, the constituency contains the multi-cultural areas of Whitechapel and Spitalfields in the west and the more traditional areas of Bethnal Green and Bow in the east.
The constituency's ethnic diversity has lent it cultural vibrancy. Spitalfields and Whitechapel are famous for their Asian culture and cuisine, alongside bars and contemporary art galleries.
The Royal London Hospital and the London Chest Hospital are both in the constituency.
Major infrastructure projects include the extension of the East London Tube Line, due to open in 2010, the creation of an international rail link through Stratford, and Crossrail, due to open in 2017.
|Ajmal Masroor||Liberal Democrat|
|Abjol Miah||Respect-Unity Coalition|
|Alexander van Terheyden||Pirate Party UK|
This is Labour target seat number 18View All
Based on a notional - or estimated - result if boundary changes have affected this seat. For real result, see Election 2005.
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