The Labour Party swept to victory in both Barking and Dagenham constituencies in the 2015 General Election.
In Barking, Labour's Margaret Hodge, who has been the MP for Barking since 1994, retained her seat with 55.7% of the vote. The party's Jon Cruddas, who has been an MP since 2001, held onto the Dagenham and Rainham constituency with 41.4% of the vote.
Labour increased its number of seats in London by seven – from 38 in 2010 to 45 in 2015 – despite the Conservatives winning the election nationally.
Turnout was similar in both constituencies. In Barking, 43,176 votes were cast – a turn out of 58.36%, whereas in Dagenham and Rainham 43,158 people turned out to vote – 62.43% of the constituency electorate.
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