Walsall South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Walsall South in West Midlands.
Location of West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||66,082 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Darlaston and |
|Member of Parliament||Valerie Vaz (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
Members of ParliamentEdit
|Feb 1974||Bruce George||Labour|
The constituency is in the heart of an area traditionally focussed on manufacturing, see Walsall, which retains many mechanical and engineering jobs in its economy and this seat has good links to the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8% and regional average of 4.7%, at 7.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall wards of Bentley and Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Paddock, Palfrey, Pheasey Park Farm, Pleck, and St Matthew’s.
1983–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall wards of Bentley and Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Paddock, Palfrey, Pheasey, Pleck, and St Matthew's.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Walsall wards of Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Hatherton, Paddock, Palfrey, Pleck, and St Matthew's.
1955–1974: The County Borough of Walsall wards of Bridge, Caldmore, Paddock, Palfrey, and Pleck, and the Urban District of Aldridge.
Bruce George of the Labour Party won the seat when the Major-General stood down in the February 1974 general election, he too was a prominent supporter of the armed services and led Britain's NATO delegation to its Parliament, subsequently becoming its Vice-President. While never a prominent frontbencher, George held Walsall South until his retirement at the 2010 general election, when he was succeeded by Valerie Vaz (also of the Labour Party).
- Synopsis of results
The Conservative holding of the seat through the First Wilson Ministry reveals that in these early elections the seat was not a bellwether. On the 1974 transfer in power to Wilson again, here the result proved to be a watershed election. Labour's majorities since this, only in fairly good years for the Conservatives, such as during the Thatcher ministry as well as in 1992 and General Election 2010 have been marginal.[n 3] In terms of length of a party's representation, Labour has represented this area continuously for a total of 43 years as of June 2017.
Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Anna Purvis||587||1.3||0.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Joel Kenrick||676||1.6||12.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Murli Sinha||5,880||14.4||4.6|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Mohamed Asmal||3,240||9.2||2.4|
|Labour hold||Swing||- 3.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Bill Tomlinson||2,365||6.8||0.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Peter Smith||343||1.0|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Harry Harris||2,698||6.2||2.1|
|Natural Law||Linda Meads||149||0.4|
|Liberal Democrat||GE Williams||4,132||8.3||4.1|
|Natural Law||JD Oldbury||167||0.3|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Social Democratic||B Silver||6,586||13.2|
Elections in the 1970sEdit
|National Front||V Parker||795||1.80|
|National Front||JC Parker||1,226||2.8|
|More Prosperous Britain||Tom Keen||150||0.34|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Labour||Graham S Rea||24,196||40.5|
Elections in the 1960sEdit
|Labour||R Geoffrey Drake||26,280||46.6|
Elections in the 1950sEdit
|Labour||John AF Ennals||21,689||41.6|
Notes and referencesEdit
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
- 6.3% and 4.3% of the vote respectively in the specific election years given.
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Walsall South". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Vote 2001 Results & Constituencies Walsall South". BBC. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.