Aldridge-Brownhills (UK Parliament constituency)

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Aldridge-Brownhills
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aldridge-Brownhills in West Midlands for the 2007 general election.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 59,506 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created February 1974
Member of Parliament Richard Shepherd (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Aldridge-Brownhills /ˈɔːldrɪ brnhɪlz/ is a constituency[n 1] in the West Midlands, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1979 by Richard Shepherd of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

A Labour Party MP served the constituency from its formation in February 1974 until 1979, when it was won by the Conservative who has served it ever since. Richard Shepherd kept his seat at his party's landslide defeat of 1997 which saw Labour claim many of the Conservative safe seats.

Boundaries[edit]

Aldridge-Brownhills constituency was created in 1974 from parts of the seats of Walsall North and Walsall South. It is one of three constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall. It covers the north-east and east of the borough, and consists of 6 wards - Aldridge Central and South, Aldridge North & Walsall Wood, Brownhills, Rushall / Shelfield, Streetly and Pelsall. When held by the Labour Party the Constituency included most of Pheasey, a ward of the same name, then a stronger area for Labour than much of the rest,[citation needed] which was moved into Walsall South to account for population expansion in this constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
Feb 1974 Geoffrey Edge Labour
1979 Richard Shepherd Conservative

Elections[edit]

Richard Shepherd has held the seat since 1979

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Aldridge-Brownhills [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Fisher
Conservative Richard Shepherd
UKIP Paul White


General Election 2010: Aldridge-Brownhills[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 22,913 59.3 +11.1
Labour Ashiq Hussain 7,647 19.8 −12.9
Liberal Democrat Ian Jenkins 6,833 17.7 +5.8
Green Karl Macnaughton 847 2.2 +2.2
Christian Sue Gray 394 1.0 +1.0
Majority 15,256 39.5
Turnout 38,644 65.1 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing +12.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 18,744 47.4 −2.8
Labour John D. Phillips 13,237 33.5 −6.7
Liberal Democrat Roy M. Sheward 4,862 12.3 +3.7
BNP William R. Vaughan 1,620 4.1 N/A
UKIP Graham Eardley 1,093 2.8 N/A
Majority 5,507 13.9
Turnout 39,556 64.0 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General Election 2001: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 18,974 50.2 +3.0
Labour Ian D. Geary 15,206 40.2 −1.5
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Monica Howes 3,251 8.6 −2.6
Socialist Alliance John D. Rothery 379 1.0 N/A
Majority 3,768 10.0
Turnout 37,810 60.6 −13.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 21,856 47.1 −7.2
Labour Janos Toth 19,330 41.7 +8.4
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Celia M. Downie 5,184 11.2 −1.2
Majority 2,526 5.4
Turnout 46,370 74.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Aldridge-Brownhills[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 28,431 54.3 +1.0
Labour Neil E. Fawcett 17,407 33.3 +4.9
Liberal Democrat Stewart Reynolds 6,503 12.4 −5.9
Majority 11,024 21.1 −4.0
Turnout 52,341 82.6 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 26,434 53.4 +2.7
Labour C.P. Duncan 14,038 28.3 +3.4
Social Democratic G.J. Betteridge 9,084 18.3 −6.1
Majority 12,936 25.1
Turnout 49,556 79.8
Conservative hold Swing −0.4
General Election 1983: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 24,148 50.7 +0.4
Labour R.T. Burford 11,864 24.9 −14.5
Social Democratic P.G. Gunn 11,599 24.4 N/A
Majority 12,284 25.8
Turnout 47,611 78.3 −4.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Shepherd 26,289 50.3 +15.4
Labour Geoffrey Edge 20,621 39.4 −4.1
Liberal J. Aldridge 5,398 10.3 −7.4
Majority 5,668 10.8
Turnout 52,308 82.5 +2.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.8
General Election October 1974: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey Edge 21,403 43.5 +4.8
Conservative A.J.M. Teacher 18,884 34.9 −3.0
Liberal J.A. Crofton 8,693 17.7 −5.7
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 210 0.4 N/A
Majority 2,519 13.3
Turnout 49,190 79.7 −3.5
Labour hold Swing +3.9
General Election February 1974: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey Edge 19,642 38.7 N/A
Conservative Patricia Hornsby-Smith 19,276 37.9 N/A
Liberal J.A. Crofton 11,883 23.4 N/A
Majority 366 0.7 N/A
Turnout 50,801 83.2 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
References

Coordinates: 52°37′N 1°56′W / 52.61°N 1.93°W / 52.61; -1.93