Dudley North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Dudley North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Dudley North in the West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of the West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 61,714 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Dudley
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Ian Austin (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Dudley East
Dudley West
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Dudley North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Ian Austin of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Dudley North is one of four constituencies presently covering the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, encompassing the northern part of the borough, including the town centre. The constituency is made up of the electoral wards of Castle and Priory, Gornal, St. James's, St. Thomas's, Sedgley, and Upper Gornal and Woodsetton.[2]

History[edit]

Before the 1997 election, Dudley was divided into East and West constituencies, rather than the current North and Dudley South. Dudley North covers a lot of the area previously covered by Dudley East, which included Netherton but excluded the western part of Sedgley, which was part of Dudley West.

The earlier Dudley constituency, consisting of central Dudley, Netherton, and Stourbridge, was more prominent before 1974. Colonel George Wigg (later Lord Wigg), Prime Minister Harold Wilson's adviser on security matters and later a Minister of State, held the seat for many years until elevated to the peerage in 1968. At a famous by-election in March of that year, Don Williams (Conservative) won the seat with a swing of 20%. In 1970, however, the seat reverted to Labour with the election of Dr John Gilbert, who subsequently represented Dudley East from February 1974 until its abolition 1997. Gilbert served as a Minister of State under both James Callaghan and (as a peer) Tony Blair. Dudley West meanwhile was represented up until his death in 1994 by Conservative MP Dr John Blackburn. At the subsequent By election it was won for Labour by Ian Pearson who went on to become the MP for the newly created Dudley South seat at the 1997 election

Ross Cranston was the first MP of the new Dudley North seat after winning it at the 1997 election, remaining at the helm until the 2005 general election, when it was retained by his successor Ian Austin.

In 2010, Austin held onto his seat with 38.7% of the vote, a narrow 1.7% ahead of Conservative candidate Graeme Brown, at the first general election in 36 years which resulted in a hung parliament.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Ross Cranston Labour
2005 Ian Austin Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Since the 2010 election there have been opinion polls conducted within the constituency, ahead of the next election.

General Election 2015: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Afzal Amin
UKIP Bill Etheridge[4]
General Election 2010: Dudley North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Austin 14,923 38.7 -3.9
Conservative Graeme Brown 14,274 37.0 +5.6
Liberal Democrat Mike Beckett 4,066 10.5 0.0
UKIP Malcolm Davies 3,267 8.5 +3.9
BNP Ken Griffiths 1,899 4.9 -4.8
National Front Kevin Inman 173 0.4 N/A
Majority 649 1.7
Turnout 38,602 63.5 +2.2
Labour hold Swing -4.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Austin 18,306 44.2 −7.9
Conservative Ian Hillas 12,874 31.1 −3.4
Liberal Democrat Gerry Lewis 4,257 10.3 +1.6
BNP Simon Darby 4,022 9.7 +5.0
UKIP Malcolm Davis 1,949 4.7 N/A
Majority 5,432 13.1
Turnout 41,408 60.2 +4.3
Labour hold Swing −2.2
General Election 2001: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ross Cranston 20,095 52.1 +0.9
Conservative Andrew Griffiths 13,295 34.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Richard Burt 3,352 8.7 +0.5
BNP Simon Darby 1,822 4.7 N/A
Majority 6,800 17.6
Turnout 38,564 55.9 -13.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ross Cranston 24,471 51.2 N/A
Conservative Charles MacNamara 15,014 31.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Gerry Lewis 3,939 8.2 N/A
Socialist Labour Mark Atherton 2,155 4.5 N/A
Referendum Party S. Bavester 1,201 4.7 N/A
National Front George Cartwright 559 1.2 N/A
National Democrats Simon Darby 469 1.0 N/A
Majority 9,457 N/A
Turnout 69.5 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

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.
References

Coordinates: 52°31′N 2°07′W / 52.52°N 2.11°W / 52.52; -2.11