Birmingham Selly Oak (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°26′N 1°56′W / 52.43°N 1.94°W / 52.43; -1.94

Birmingham, Selly Oak
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Birmingham, Selly Oak in Birmingham.
Outline map
Location of Birmingham within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 75,668 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1955
Member of Parliament Steve McCabe (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Birmingham, Selly Oak is a constituency[n 1] of part of the city of Birmingham represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Steve McCabe of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1955-1974: The county borough of Birmingham wards of Balsall Heath, Moseley and King's Heath, and Selly Oak.

1974-1983: The county borough of Birmingham wards of King's Norton, Moseley, and Selly Oak.

1983-2010: The City of Birmingham wards of Bournville, King's Norton, Moseley, and Selly Oak.

2010-present: The City of Birmingham wards of Billesley, Bournville, Brandwood, and Selly Oak.

The seat includes many students and staff from the nearby University of Birmingham. Half of the University's Selly Oak campus is located within the constituency. The Cadbury factory and Cadbury World are also within its boundaries.

History[edit]

Since its creation in 1955 the seat has switched hands three times between Labour and the Conservatives. The seat has progressively swung towards Labour from being a safe Conservative seat, this has been attributed to housing redevelopments that took place in the 1960s and 1970.[citation needed] More recently it has acquired a reputation for electing outspoken MPs, first with the victory of Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark in 1979 and then with his defeat by Labour's Lynne Jones in 1992.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1955 Harold Gurden Conservative
Oct 1974 Tom Litterick Labour
1979 Anthony Beaumont-Dark Conservative
1992 Dr Lynne Jones Labour
2010 Steve McCabe Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Birmingham, Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alex Avern [3]
Liberal Democrat Colin Green [4]
General Election 2010: Birmingham, Selly Oak[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve McCabe 17,950 38.5 −7.6
Conservative Nigel Dawkins 14,468 31.1 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Dave Radcliffe 10,371 22.3 −0.7
BNP Lynette Orton 1,820 3.9 N/A
UKIP Jeffrey Burgess 1,131 2.4 +0.1
Green James Burn 664 1.4 −2.4
Christian Samuel Leeds 159 0.3 N/A
Majority 3,482 7.5
Turnout 46,563 62.2 +1.9
Labour hold Swing −4.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynne Jones 19,226 46.1 −6.3
Conservative Joe Tildesley 10,375 24.9 −1.7
Liberal Democrat Richard Brighton 9,591 23.0 +6.7
Green Barney Smith 1,581 3.8 +0.5
UKIP Ronan Burnett 967 2.3 +0.9
Majority 8,851 21.2
Turnout 41,740 59.5 +3.2
Labour hold Swing −2.3
General Election 2001: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynne Jones 21,015 52.4 -3.2
Conservative Kenneth George Hardeman 10,676 26.6 −1.2
Liberal Democrat David Osborne 6,532 16.3 +4.2
Green Barney Smith 1,309 3.3 N/A
UKIP Sheila Williams 568 1.4 N/A
Majority 10,339 25.8 N/A
Turnout 40,100 56.3 -13.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynne Jones 28,121 55.6 +9.6
Conservative Graham Greene 14,033 27.8 −14.5
Liberal Democrat David Osborne 6,121 12.1 +1.8
Referendum Party Laurence T. Marshall 1,520 3.0 N/A
ProLife Alliance Dr. Greg T. Gardner 417 0.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Peter Sheriff-Knowles 253 0.5 N/A
Natural Law Huw S. Meads 85 0.5 −0.2
Majority 14,088 27.9 +24.1
Turnout 50,550 70.1
Labour hold Swing +12.1
General Election 1992: Birmingham, Selly Oak[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynne Jones 25,430 46.0 +6.7
Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark 23,370 42.3 −1.9
Liberal Democrat David Osborne 5,679 10.3 N/A
Green Paul G. Slatter 535 1.0 −0.2
Natural Law Christopher Barwood 178 0.3 N/A
Revolutionary Communist Kenan Malik 84 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,060 3.7 −1.2
Turnout 55,276 76.6 +3.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark 23,305 44.2 −0.7
Labour Albert Bore 20,721 39.3 +4.9
Liberal Charlotte Cane 8,128 15.4 N/A
Green Winifred Mary Hackett 611 1.1 N/A
Majority 2,584 4.9
Turnout 52,765 73.1
Conservative hold Swing −2.8
General Election 1983: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark 23,008 44.9 −3.8
Labour J. Turner 17,612 34.4 −4.3
Social Democratic K.W. Wheldall 10,613 20.7 N/A
Majority 5,396 10.5
Turnout 51,233 71.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark 23,175 48.7 +8.4
Labour Tom Litterick 18,400 38.6 −2.4
Liberal P. Clifford 5,452 11.4 −7.2
National Front G. Bassett 401 0.8 N/A
Child and Family Protection Group P.J. Crome 190 0.4 N/A
Majority 4,775 3.7 −1.2
Turnout 47,618 73.7 +3.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 4.3
General Election October 1974: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Litterick 17,320 41.1 +4.7
Conservative Harold Gurden 16,994 40.3 −2.3
Liberal R.A. Grant 7,850 18.6 −2.4
Majority 326 0.8 −1.2
Turnout 42,164 67.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.0
General Election February 1974: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Gurden 19,705 42.6 −9.6
Labour Tom Litterick 16,823 36.4 −11.5
Liberal R.A. Grant 9,718 21.0 N/A
Majority 2,882 6.2
Turnout 46,246 74.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1970: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Gurden 18,281 52.2 +7.0
Labour Michael John Hartley-Brewer 16,758 47.8 +4.8
Majority 1,523 4.4
Turnout 35,039 64.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Gurden 16,533 45.1 −11.8
Labour J. Garwell 15,756 43.0 −0.1
Liberal Roy Lewthwaite 4,333 11.8 N/A
Majority 777 2.1
Turnout 36,622 66.4
Conservative hold Swing −6.0
General Election 1964: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Gurden 21,443 56.9 −3.1
Labour J. Garwell 16,232 43.1 +3.1
Majority 5,211 13.8 -6.3
Turnout 37,675 66.3
Conservative hold Swing −3.1

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Gurden 24,950 60.1 +2.6
Labour J. Rhydderch 16,594 39.9 −2.6
Majority 8,356 20.1 +5.1
Turnout 41,544 71.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.6
General Election 1955: Birmingham Selly Oak
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Gurden 25,774 57.5 N/A
Labour Harry Watton 19,054 42.5 N/A
Majority 6,720 15.0 N/A
Turnout 44,828 74.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

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.
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