Named after the first Labour MP to represent East Ham (South), Alfred John Barnes (1887 – November 26, 1974). He was disabled in childhood, after he lost a leg on a fairground ride. At the 1922 general election he beat the Liberal candidates who had won the newly formed constituency in 1918. Barnes was a local man, having been born in North Woolwich. He held the seat from 1922 to 1931 and again from 1935 to 1955. With the exception of 1931, when a Conservative captured it, East Ham (South) has been held by Labour at every general election. He stood down in 1955.
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