Stourbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stourbridge
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stourbridge in West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 70,225 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Amblecote, Cradley, Lye, Quarry Bank, Stourbridge
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Margot James (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Halesowen & Stourbridge
19181950
Number of members One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Replaced by Oldbury and Halesowen and part-incorporated into Dudley.
Created from North Worcestershire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Stourbridge is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Margot James, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Amblecote, Lye and Wollescote, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Quarry Bank and Cradley, and Wollaston and Stourbridge West.

2010-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Amblecote, Cradley and Foxcote, Lye and Wollescote, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood, and Wollaston and Stourbridge Town.

Stourbridge is one of four constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, covering the south-west of the borough.

History[edit]

1918-1950

During this period no ministerial roles happened to have been awarded to any of the members. Prominent members in social history include: Wilfred Wellock, who wrote 13 publications, and was an early Gandhian as well as a promoter of increased localism. At the end of this period, Lord Moyle (as he became) went on to serve Oldbury and Halesowen until 1964 and in the ballot for Private member's bills achieved three to legislate in respect of:

  • Humane Slaughter of Horses
  • Air Pollution
  • Children of the divorced (custody etc.) as recommended by the Royal Commission

The constituency was abolished in 1950, with the Stourbridge West and Stourbridge East wards being incorporated into the Dudley constituency. An Eastern section of the old constituency was included in the new Oldbury and Halesowen seat.

1997-date

Before recreation, in 1997, the seat's forerunner, Halesowen and Stourbridge, created in 1974, was held by a Conservative and both of its replacements, including this seat, were taken by Labour in 1997. The smaller remainder of the predecessor forms part of Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

Labour retained the seat by just above a marginal majority at the general election in 2001, and retained it again in 2005, with a new candidate, Lynda Waltho, with a marginal majority of 1% of the vote.

The Tories regained the seat at the 2010 election, via their candidate winning, Margot James.

Constituency profile[edit]

Much of the town consists of suburban streets, interspersed with green spaces, with the other settlements being contiguous. Stourbridge borders on green belt land, and is close to unspoiled countryside with rural Shropshire close by to the west. The Clent Hills, Kinver Edge and large areas of farmland lie to the south and west.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1918 John William Wilson Liberal
1922 Douglas Percival Pielou Conservative
1927 by-election Wilfred Wellock Labour
1931 Robert Harry Morgan Conservative
1945 Arthur Moyle Labour
1950 constituency abolished

MPs since 1997[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Debra Shipley Labour
2005 Lynda Waltho Labour
2010 Margot James Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Stourbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margot James 20,153 42.7 +3.4
Labour Lynda Waltho 14,989 31.7 -10.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Bramall 7,733 16.4 +0.4
UKIP Maddy Westrop 2,103 4.5 +1.8
BNP Robert Weale 1,696 3.6 +3.6
Green Will Duckworth 394 0.8 +0.8
Independent Alun Nicholas 166 0.4 +0.4
Majority 5,164 10.9
Turnout 47,234 67.8 +3.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stourbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynda Waltho 17,089 41.0 −6.1
Conservative Diana Coad 16,682 40.0 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Bramall 6,850 16.4 +4.3
UKIP Daniel Pui Chai Mau 1,087 2.6 +0.7
Majority 407 1.0
Turnout 41,708 64.7 +2.9
Labour hold Swing −4.3
General Election 2001: Stourbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Debra Shipley 18,823 47.1 -0.1
Conservative Stephen Eyre 15,011 37.6 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Chris Bramall 4,833 12.1 -2.2
UKIP John Knotts 763 1.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Mick Atherton 494 1.2 N/A
Majority 3,812 9.5
Turnout 39,924 61.8 -14.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stourbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Debra Shipley 23,452 47.2 +8.9
Conservative Warren Hawksley 17,807 35.8 -13.0
Liberal Democrat Chris Bramall 7,123 14.3 +2.5
Referendum Party P. Quick 1,319 2.7 N/A
Majority 5,645 11.4 N/A
Turnout 76.5 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing N/A

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Stourbridge[4]

Electorate 97,095

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Moyle 34,912 48.5 +14.2
Conservative Robert Harry Morgan 18,979 26.3 -17.2
Liberal Col. Ralph Kilner Brown 18,159 25.2 +3.0
Majority 15,933 22.1
Turnout 74.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Stourbridge[7]

Electorate 80,598

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Harry Morgan 24,898 43.5 +4.2
Labour Wilfred Wellock 19,597 34.3 +1.5
Liberal Donald Leslie Finnemore 12,864 22.2 -5.8
Majority 5,301 9.3 +2.8
Turnout 57,179 70.9 -11.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Stourbridge[8]

Electorate 70,324

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Harry Morgan 22,652 39.3 +7.5
Labour Wilfred Wellock 18,910 32.8 -5.6
Liberal Donald Leslie Finnemore 16,121 28.0 -1.8
Majority 3,742 6.5 13.1
Turnout 57,683 82.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.5

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election, 30 May 1929: Stourbridge[9]

Electorate: 66,145

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilfred Wellock 21,343 38.4 -3.5
Unionist Sir Herbert Stanley Reed 17,675 31.8 -2.2
Liberal Donald Leslie Finnemore 16,537 29.8 +5.7
Majority 3,668
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Stourbridge by-election, 1927[10]

Electorate: 49,587

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilfred Wellock 16,561 41.9 +7.1
Unionist Henry Cairn Hogbin 13,462 34.0 -5.5
Liberal Aneurin John Glyn Edwards 9,535 24.1 -1.6
Majority 3,099
Turnout
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election, 29 October 1924: Stourbridge[11]

Electorate: 48,466

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Douglas Percival Pielou 16,023 39.5
Labour Wilfred Wellock 14,113 34.8
Liberal Geoffrey Le Measurer Mander 10,418 25.7
Majority 1,910
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Stourbridge[12]

Electorate 47,241

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Douglas Percival Pielou 14,764
Liberal Harry Evers Palfrey 13,269
Labour Wilfred Wellock 9,050
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1922 : Stourbridge[13]

Electorate 46,346

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Douglas Percival Pielou 18,200
Liberal John William Wilson 16,949
Majority
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Stourbridge[14]

Electorate 42,205

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. John William Wilson 8,920 38.5
Labour Mary Reid Anderson 7,587
National Democratic
  • F. Victor Fisher
6,690
Majority
Turnout
Liberal win (new seat)
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

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
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  5. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  6. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  7. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  8. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  12. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  13. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  14. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

Sources[edit]

  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 503. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

Coordinates: 52°27′N 2°08′W / 52.45°N 2.13°W / 52.45; -2.13