Sutton Coldfield (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°34′N 1°49′W / 52.56°N 1.81°W / 52.56; -1.81

Sutton Coldfield
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Sutton Coldfield in City of Birmingham.
Outline map
Location of City of Birmingham within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 75,031 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of Parliament Andrew Mitchell (Conservative)
Created from North Warwickshire or the 'Tamworth' division of Warwickshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Sutton Coldfield is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Andrew Mitchell, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

This area contributed to the old seat of North Warwickshire or the 'Tamworth' division of Warwickshire, which remains in a much narrower form as the largely suburban town to the north has developed.[2][3]

Political history

All MPs elected since the constituency's creation in 1945 have been Conservative. Sutton Coldfield is, on the length of party representation measure combined with numerical majority, among the safest seats in the country for the party. The current MP was formerly for Gedling in Nottinghamshire

Prominent frontbench members

Geoffrey Lloyd (later created a life peer) was for four years the Minister of Fuel and Power then Minister of Education for two years mostly under the Third Churchill ministry then Macmillan Ministry.

Former Cabinet minister Sir Norman Fowler served the seat until retiring in 2001. Departments he led during the Thatcher ministry were transport, social services and then employment.

Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development then briefly Chief Whip to the Conservatives while in Coalition Government 2010-present, until standing down after swearing at police, while attempting to take his bicycle through the main gates of Downing Street, in 2012.

Boundaries[edit]

History of boundaries[edit]

In the 1955 redistribution, part of the constituency was split off to help create the new constituency of Meriden. The area was historically South Staffordshire

The constituency covers the northern part of the City of Birmingham. It corresponds to the former borough of Sutton Coldfield. Following the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which reported prior to the 2010 general election, Sutton Coldfield contained the electoral wards:

  • Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey, and Sutton New Hall.

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. At that date the regional average stood at 4.7%[4]

Locally, the Conservatives have 11 councillors in this seat, with Labour's one councillor in the Sutton Vesey ward.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
1945 Sir John Mellor Conservative
1955 Rt Hon Geoffrey Lloyd Minister of Fuel and Power 31 October 1951 – 20 December 1955
Minister of Education 17 September 1957 – 14 October 1959
Later Baron Geoffrey-Lloyd of Broomfield
Feb 1974 Rt Hon Sir Norman Fowler Minister of Transport 11 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Secretary of State for Transport 5 January 1981 – 14 September 1981
Secretary of State for Social Services 14 September 1981 – 13 June 1987
Secretary of State for Employment 13 June 1987 – 3 January 1990
Chairman of the Conservative Party 11 April 1992 – 15 July 1994
Later Baron Fowler of Sutton Coldfield
2001 Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell Secretary of State for International Development 12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Government Chief Whip 4 September-19 October 2012

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Sutton Coldfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Mitchell
UKIP Marcus John Brown[6]
General Election 2010: Sutton Coldfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Mitchell 27,303 54.0 +1.4
Labour Robert Pocock 10,298 20.4 −5.5
Liberal Democrat Richard Brighton 9,117 18.0 +1.4
BNP Robert Grierson 1,749 3.5 N/A
UKIP Edward Siddall-Jones 1,587 3.1 −1.8
Green Joe Rooney 535 1.1 N/A
Majority 17,005 33.6
Turnout 50,589 67.9 +5.2
Conservative hold Swing +3.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Sutton Coldfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Mitchell 24,308 52.5 +2.1
Labour Robert Pocock 12,025 26.0 −1.2
Liberal Democrat Craig Drury 7,710 16.6 −2.4
UKIP Stephen Shorrock 2,275 4.9 +2.2
Majority 12,283 26.5
Turnout 46,318 63.5 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.7
General Election 2001: Sutton Coldfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Mitchell 21,909 50.4 −1.8
Labour Robert Pocock 11,805 27.2 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Martin Turner 8,268 19.0 −0.3
UKIP Mike Nattrass 1,186 2.7 N/A
Independent Ian Robinson 284 0.7 N/A
Majority 10,104 23.2
Turnout 43,452 60.5 −12.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Sutton Coldfield[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Norman Fowler 27,373 52.2 −12.9
Labour Alan C. York 12,488 23.8 +8.9
Liberal Democrat James E. Whorwood 10,139 19.4 +0.0
Referendum Party Douglas Hope 2,401 4.6 N/A
Majority 14,885 28.4
Turnout 52,401 72.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.3
General Election 1992: Sutton Coldfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Norman Fowler 37,001 65.2 +1.2
Liberal Democrat James E. Whorwood 10,965 19.3 −5.4
Labour Mrs Jan M. Bott-Obi 8,490 15.0 +3.6
Natural Law Huw S. Meads 324 0.6 N/A
Majority 26,036 45.9 +6.5
Turnout 56,780 79.5 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Sutton Coldfield[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Norman Fowler 34,475 64.0
Liberal T Bick 13,292 24.67
Labour L Monk 6,104 11.33
Majority 21,183 39.32
Turnout 53,871 74.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Sutton Coldfield[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Norman Fowler 31,753 65.4
Liberal A Jones 12,769 26.3
Labour C Gibbons 4,066 8.4
Majority 18,984 39.1
Turnout 71.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Sutton Coldfield[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Fowler 34,096 68.9
Liberal CEA Hooper 7,989 16.1
Labour J Partridge 6,511 13.2
National Front R Wallace 466 0.9
Independent Conservative GC Hammond 459 0.9
Majority 26,107 52.7
Turnout 77.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Sutton Coldfield[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Fowler 25,729 57.1
Liberal A Watson 12,373 27.5
Labour G W Wells 6,955 15.4
Majority 13,356 29.7
Turnout 74.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Sutton Coldfield[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Fowler 28,355 57.5
Liberal A. Watson 14,929 30.3
Labour R.A. Little 6,028 12.2
Majority 13,426 29.7
Turnout 82.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Sutton Coldfield[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Lloyd 36,774 57.4
Labour P Tebbutt 18,134 28.3
Liberal L King 9,163 14.3
Majority 18,640 29.1
Turnout 69.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Sutton Coldfield[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Lloyd 30,350 52.5
Labour D Finnigan 14,257 24.7
Liberal M Whincup 13,237 22.9
Majority 16,093 27.8
Turnout 76.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Sutton Coldfield[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Lloyd 31,772 57.9
Liberal MH Whincup 14,745 25.5
Labour P E Tombs 11,399 19.7
Majority 17,027 29.4
Turnout 78.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Sutton Coldfield[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Lloyd 33,064 63.4
Labour R Hattersley 11,310 21.8
Liberal K Hovers 7,543 14.5
Majority 21,754 41.9
Turnout 41.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Sutton Coldfield[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Lloyd 31,552 69.9
Labour CB Norwood 13,565 30.1
Majority 17,987 39.9
Turnout 76.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Sutton Coldfield[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mellor 36,628 63.7
Labour DG Allen 20,893 36.3
Majority 15,735 27.4
Turnout 81.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Sutton Coldfield[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mellor 36,017 62.8
Labour A Wilson 21,364 37.2
Majority 14,653 25.5
Turnout 83.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Sutton Coldfield[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mellor 28,225 58.2 N/A
Labour F.W. Mulley 18,261 37.6 N/A
Common Wealth J. Purser 2,043 4.2 N/A
Majority 9,964 20.5 N/A
Turnout 74.5 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.gazetteer.co.uk Gazetteer of counties as in 1885 and before: Sutton Coldfield
  3. ^ See Redistribution of Seats Act 1885
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ http://vote-2012.proboards.com/thread/749?page=187
  7. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll 2010
  8. ^ "Election Demon". Election Results. David Boothroyd. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  11. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1979. Politics Resources. 28 May 1979. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  13. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1979. Politics Resources. 10 October 1974. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1979. Politics Resources. 28 February 1974. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1979. Politics Resources. 18 June 1970. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  16. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1966. Politics Resources. 31 March 1966. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1964. Politics Resources. 15 October 1964. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  18. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1959. Politics Resources. 8 October 1959. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  19. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1955. Politics Resources. 26 May 1955. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  20. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1951. Politics Resources. 25 October 1951. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  21. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1951. Politics Resources. 23 February 1950. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  22. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1945. Politics Resources. 5 July 1945. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

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