Warley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Warley
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Warley in West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 63,024 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Smethwick, Brandhall, Langley Green
Current constituency
Created 1997 (1997)
Member of Parliament John Spellar (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Warley East, Warley West
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Warley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by John Spellar, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Warley is one of four constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, covering the south and south-east of the borough. It covers much of the former County Borough of Warley, namely the towns of Oldbury and Smethwick as well as Brandhall and Langley Green.

There are seven wards in the seat: Abbey, Bristnall, Langley, Old Warley, St Paul's, Smethwick, and Soho & Victoria.[2]

History[edit]

The constituency was formed in 1997, and is for the most part the former Warley East constituency. John Spellar of the Labour Party has represented Warley since 1997, having previously represented Warley West. Both Warley East and Warley West had been held by Labour since their creation in 1974. All four elections have so far seen the Labour share of the vote exceed 50%, presenting a safe seat.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has a wide range of housing on the gently hilly West Midlands terrain, with fast transport links to Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 7.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian however female unemployment, reflecting a central West Midlands pattern, perhaps with more women homemakers, unusually exceeded male unemployment at 10.1%.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 John Spellar Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Warley[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Spellar 20,240 52.9 -2.0
Conservative Jas Parmer 9,484 24.8 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Edward Keating[6] 5,929 15.5 +2.3
UKIP Nigel Harvey 2,617 6.8 +4.7
Majority 10,756 28.1
Turnout 38,270 60.6 +3.4
Labour hold Swing -1.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Warley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Spellar 17,462 54.4 −6.1
Conservative Karen Bissell 7,315 22.8 0.0
Liberal Democrat Tony Ferguson 4,277 13.3 +2.7
BNP Simon Smith 1,761 5.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Malcolm Connigale 637 2.0 −4.2
UKIP David Matthews 635 2.0 N/A
Majority 10,147 31.6
Turnout 32,087 57.1 +3.0
Labour hold Swing −3.0
General Election 2001: Warley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Spellar 19,007 60.5 -3.3
Conservative Mark Pritchard 7,157 22.8 -1.3
Liberal Democrat Ron Cockings 3,315 10.6 +0.8
Socialist Labour Harbhajan Dardi 1,936 6.2 N/A
Majority 11,850 37.7
Turnout 31,415 54.1 -10.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Warley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Spellar 24,813 63.8 N/A
Conservative Christopher Pincher 9,362 24.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Pursehouse 3,777 9.7 N/A
Referendum Party K. Gamre 941 2.4 N/A
Majority 15,451 N/A
Turnout 65.1 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°29′N 1°59′W / 52.48°N 1.99°W / 52.48; -1.99