The seat has a history of members switching parties. Ronald Brown, elected in 1974 as a representative of the Labour Party, joined the splinter Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981. He held the seat as an SDP member until 1983, when he was defeated by Labour Party candidate Brian Sedgemore. Sedgemore then remained a member of the Labour Party for most of his career, but defected to the Liberal Democrats, the successors to the SDP, shortly before the 2005 election, in which he did not stand. The Liberal Democrat candidate Hugh Bayliss was unable to hold the seat, which is again held by a Labour Party representative, the incumbent Meg Hillier.
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