Wolverhampton South West (UK Parliament constituency)
|Wolverhampton South West|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Wolverhampton South West in West Midlands.
Location of West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||59,846 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Paul Uppal (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
Wolverhampton South West is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Wolverhampton South West is one of three constituencies covering the city of Wolverhampton, covering the city centre (including the University and Civic Centre) as well as western and south-western parts of the city.
The boundaries run south from the city centre towards Penn and north-west towards Tettenhall. There are seven wards in the seat: Graiseley, Merry Hill, Park, Penn, St Peter's, Tettenhall Regis and Tettenhall Wightwick.
St Peter's, Graiseley and Park are relatively deprived inner city wards, with significant ethnic minority populations, mainly of Asian origin and are Labour voting-areas. Penn and Merry Hill are more mixed and suburban with mostly Conservative voters. Tettenhall Regis and Tettenhall Wightwick are affluent suburbs on the western fringe of the West Midlands conurbation and are the strongest Tory wards in the seat.
The constituency is heavily associated with the controversial Conservative politician Enoch Powell who was MP for the seat from 1950 until 1974, when he departed to the Ulster Unionist Party. It was during this time that he served in Ted Heath's shadow cabinet, from which he was dismissed in 1968 after his controversial Rivers of Blood speech in which he predicted severe civil unrest if mass immigration from the Commonwealth continued. This speech was reportedly the result of Powell's meeting with a woman in the constituency who was the last white person living in her street.
He was succeeded by fellow Conservative Nicholas Budgen, who held the seat until 1997. Budgen is best known as one of the Maastricht rebels of the mid 1990s. He was defeated in the 1997 election by Labour's Jenny Jones, the seat being one of many gained by Labour from the Conservatives in that election. As the next general election loomed, she announced that she would not be seeking re-election. From the 2001 general election, the constituency was represented by Rob Marris of the Labour Party for nine years, until he lost it in the 2010 general election to Paul Uppal of the Conservative Party, who interestingly, has exactly the same numerical majority (691) as Powell did in 1950.
Members of Parliament 
|Feb 1974||Nicholas Budgen||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s 
|General Election 2010: Wolverhampton South West|
|Liberal Democrat||Robin Lawrence||6,430||16.0||+2.5|
|Equal Parenting Alliance||Raymond Barry||246||0.6||+0.6|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.5|
Elections in the 2000s 
|General Election 2005: Wolverhampton South West|
|Liberal Democrat||Colin Ross||5,568||13.4||+5.0|
|General Election 2001: Wolverhampton South West|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Dixon||3,425||8.4||+0.2|
Elections in the 1990s 
|General Election 1997: Wolverhampton South West|
|Liberal Democrat||Matthew Green||4,012||8.2||−0.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Wolverhampton South West|
|Liberal Democrat||Mark Wiggin||4,470||8.5||−10.1|
Elections in the 1980s 
|General Election 1987: Wolverhampton South West|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat)||Beris Lamb||9,616||18.6||−2.9|
|General Election 1983: Wolverhampton South West|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat)||Edgar Harwood||10,724||21.5||+8.0|
|Anti-Common Market||John Deary||201||0.4|
Elections in the 1970s 
|General Election 1979: Wolverhampton South West|
|National Front||June Lees||912||1.8||−1.5|
|Anti-Common Market||John Deary||401||0.8|
|General Election October 1974: Wolverhampton South West|
|National Front||Garth Cooper||1,573||3.3||+0.3|
|General Election February 1974: Wolverhampton South West|
|National Front||Garth Cooper||1,523||3.0|
|General Election 1970: Wolverhampton South West|
Elections in the 1960s 
|General Election 1966: Wolverhampton South West|
|General Election 1964: Wolverhampton South West|
Elections in the 1950s 
|General Election 1959: Wolverhampton South West|
|General Election 1955: Wolverhampton South West|
|General Election 1951: Wolverhampton South West|
|General Election 1950: Wolverhampton South West|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
See also 
- List of Members of Parliament for Wolverhampton
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Wolverhampton
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands (county)
Notes and references 
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Wolverhampton South West, UKPollingReport
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Peter Evans. "Immigrant girl will vote in despair—Powellism" (News). The Times (London). Friday, 5 June 1970. Issue 57888, col C, p. 9.