Dudley North (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Dudley North in the West Midlands.
Location of the West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||61,714 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Ian Austin (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Dudley East
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
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.
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
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Dudley North|
|General Election 2010: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Beckett||4,066||10.5||0.0|
|National Front||Kevin Inman||173||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Gerry Lewis||4,257||10.3||+1.6|
|General Election 2001: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Burt||3,352||8.7||+0.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Dudley North|
|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|
An opinion poll of the constituency was carried out by Survation (funded by UKIP donor Alan Bown) during 22-24 October 2013 with 526 respondents. They found on support as follows: Labour 43%, Conservative 23%, UKIP 23%, Liberal Democrat 7% and other parties 5%.
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands (county)
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Dudley
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". The Stationery Office. 13th June 2007. Retrieved 16th November 2012.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Dudley North UKPolling