Halesowen and Rowley Regis (UK Parliament constituency)

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Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Halesowen and Rowley Regis in West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 67,656 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Halesowen
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament James Morris (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Halesowen & Stourbridge, Warley West
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Halesowen and Rowley Regis is a constituency[n 1] in the West Midlands represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by James Morris, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Belle Vale and Hasbury, Halesowen North, Halesowen South, and Hayley Green; and the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell wards of Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and Rowley.

2010-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Belle Vale, Halesowen North, Halesowen South, and Hayley Green and Cradley South; and the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell wards of Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and Rowley.

Halesowen and Rowley Regis straddles the borders of Dudley and Sandwell.[n 3] It covers the south-east part of the Dudley borough.

History[edit]

The constituency was formed for the 1997 general election, taking in the eastern part of the former Halesowen and Stourbridge constituency[n 4] and the western part of the former Warley West seat. Halesowen and Stourbridge had been held by a Conservative but Labour candidates took its two replacements in 1997.[n 5]

The area formerly in the Halesowen and Stourbridge constituency is in the Dudley borough, while the area formerly in Warley West is within the Sandwell borough (which in turn had formed part of the boroughs of Warley and originally Rowley Regis).

From 1997 until she stood down before the 2010 general election, the seat's MP was Sylvia Heal of the Labour Party. Heal held Mid Staffordshire from a 1990 by-election until she was defeated by the Conservatives in 1992. On becoming the MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, she gained more than half of the votes in 1997 and 2001, before her popularity dipped slightly in 2005, still managing to hold onto the constituency.

James Morris of the Conservative Party was elected for the seat in the 2010 general election. With approximately half of the constituency situated within the Sandwell borough, it is the first time that any part of that borough has ever been represented by a Conservative MP since its creation.[2]

Morris was voted by the local party as Conservative candidate for the seat after previous candidate Nigel Hastilow stepped down in November 2007 following a public outcry over his claims that Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech had been proven correct.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Sylvia Heal Labour
2010 James Morris Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Halesowen and Rowley Regis[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Morris 18,115 41.2 +4.6
Labour Sue Hayman 16,092 36.6 -9.7
Liberal Democrat Philip Tibbetts 6,515 14.8 +2.3
UKIP Derek Baddeley 2,824 6.4 +1.7
Independent Derek Thompson 433 1.0 +1.0
Majority 2,023 4.6
Turnout 43,979 69.0 +5.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sylvia Heal 19,243 46.6 -6.4
Conservative Leslie Jones 14,906 36.1 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Martin Turner 5,204 12.6 +2.2
UKIP Nikki Sinclaire 1,974 4.8 +2.4
Majority 4,337 10.5
Turnout 41,327 62.9 +3.1
Labour hold Swing -4.2
Source BBC (2005)
General Election 2001: Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sylvia Heal 20,804 53.0 -1.1
Conservative Leslie Jones 13,445 34.2 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Patrick Harley 4,089 10.4 +1.9
UKIP Alan Sheath 936 2.4 N/A
Majority 7,359 18.8
Turnout 39,274 59.8 -13.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sylvia Heal 26,366 54.1 N/A
Conservative John Kennedy 16,029 32.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Elaine Todd 4,169 8.5 N/A
Referendum Party Alan Sheath 1,244 2.6 N/A
National Democrats K. Meads 592 1.2 N/A
Green Tim Weller 361 0.7 N/A
Majority 10,337 N/A
Turnout 73.6 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.
  3. ^ Adding to the three seats in each of the two boroughs
  4. ^ The western part recreated the Stourbridge seat
  5. ^ Warley West in 1997 remained held by Labour Party
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Historic Tory win in Halesowen and Rowley Regis". Halesowen News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Watson, Nick (7 November 2007). "Enoch Powell's ghost". BBC News. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ Halesowen and Rowley Regis, UKPollingReport

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 52°27′N 2°03′W / 52.45°N 2.05°W / 52.45; -2.05