Aldridge-Brownhills (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Aldridge-Brownhills in West Midlands for the 2007 general election.
Location of West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||59,506 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Richard Shepherd (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
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.
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, which was moved into Walsall South to account for population expansion in this constituency.
Under the Boundary Commission's 2012 proposed changes to the boundaries which besides reducing malapportionment also had the aim of reducing the number of MPs nationally Aldridge - Brownhills would disappear. Five wards would join with Bloxwich and Blakenall to become an enlarged Walsall North constituency and Streetly would have been linked to various wards to become an enlarged Walsall South. It is possible that the changes could be adopted as government's legislation after the 2015 general election.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Geoffrey Edge||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Jenkins||6,833||17.7||+5.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|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|
|General Election 2001: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|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|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs. Celia M. Downie||5,184||11.2||−1.2|
|General Election 1992: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Labour||Neil E. Fawcett||17,407||33.3||+4.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Stewart Reynolds||6,503||12.4||−5.9|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Social Democrat||G.J. Betteridge||9,084||18.3||−6.1|
|General Election 1983: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Social Democrat||P.G. Gunn||11,599||24.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.8|
|General Election October 1974: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|More Prosperous Britain||Tom Keen||210||0.4||N/A|
|General Election February 1974: Aldridge-Brownhills|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Boundary Commission search by constituency
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Aldridge-Brownhills, UKPollingReport
- "1992 general election results". Election 1992. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 December 2010.