Aldridge-Brownhills (UK Parliament constituency)

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Aldridge-Brownhills
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aldridge-Brownhills in West Midlands for the 2005 general election
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England
CountyWest Midlands
Population76,974 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate60,251 (December 2015)[2]
Current constituency
CreatedFebruary 1974
Member of ParliamentWendy Morton (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromWalsall North and Walsall South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyWest Midlands

Aldridge-Brownhills /ˈɔːldrɪ brnhɪlz/ is a constituency[n 1] in the West Midlands, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Wendy Morton of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Wendy Morton was elected for the seat in 2015.

Constituency profile[edit]

Geoff Edge of the Labour Party served the constituency from its formation in February 1974 until 1979, when it was gained by Richard Shepherd of the Conservative Party; who was to represent the constituency for thirty-six years, even withstanding the 1997 Labour landslide on a below average Conservative-to-Labour swing. In 2014 Sir Richard Shepherd announced he would not stand for re-election at the 2015 general election. Wendy Morton, was selected to replace him as the Conservative candidate, and secured the seat with a safe majority of 11,723 votes.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The Urban District of Aldridge-Brownhills.

1983-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall wards of Aldridge Central and South, Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, Brownhills, Hatherton Rushall, Pelsall, and Streetly.

2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall wards of Aldridge Central and South, Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, Brownhills, Pelsall, Rushall-Shelfield, and Streetly.

Aldridge-Brownhills constituency was created in 1974 from parts of the seats of Walsall North and Walsall South. It is one of three constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall. It covers the north-east and east of the borough. When held by the Labour Party, the constituency included most of Pheasey, a ward of the same name, then a stronger area for Labour than much of the rest,[citation needed] which was moved into Walsall South to account for population expansion in the seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
Feb 1974 Geoff Edge Labour
1979 Sir Richard Shepherd RichardShepherdMP.jpg Conservative
2015 Wendy Morton 1 Wendy Morton MP.png Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.

United Kingdom general election, 2019: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Monster Raving Loony Mark Beech[4]
Liberal Democrat Ian Garrett[5]
Labour David Morgan[6]
Conservative Wendy Morton
General election 2017: Aldridge-Brownhills[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wendy Morton 26,317 65.4 Increase13.4
Labour John Fisher 12,010 29.8 Increase7.5
Liberal Democrat Ian Garrett 1,343 3.3 Decrease0.1
Monster Raving Loony Mark Beech 565 1.4 Increase0.9
Majority 14,307 35.6 Increase5.9
Turnout 40,235 67.5 Increase1.7
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.96
General election 2015: Aldridge-Brownhills[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wendy Morton 20,558 52.0 −7.3
Labour John Fisher 8,835 22.4 +2.6
UKIP Anthony Thompson 7,751 19.6 +19.6
Liberal Democrat Ian Garrett 1,330 3.4 −14.3
Green Martyn Curzey 826 2.1 −0.1
Monster Raving Loony Mark Beech 197 0.5 +0.5
Majority 11,723 29.7 Decrease 9.8
Turnout 39,497 65.8 Increase 0.7
Conservative hold Swing -4.9%
General election 2010: Aldridge-Brownhills[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 22,913 59.3 +11.1
Labour Ashiq Hussain 7,647 19.8 −12.9
Liberal Democrat Ian Jenkins 6,833 17.7 +5.8
Green Karl Macnaughton 847 2.2 +2.2
Christian Sue Gray 394 1.0 +1.0
Majority 15,256 39.5 Increase 25.6
Turnout 38,644 65.1 Increase 1.6
Conservative hold Swing +12.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Aldridge-Brownhills[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 18,744 47.4 −2.8
Labour John D. Phillips 13,237 33.5 −6.7
Liberal Democrat Roy M. Sheward 4,862 12.3 +3.7
BNP William R. Vaughan 1,620 4.1 N/A
UKIP Graham Eardley 1,093 2.8 N/A
Majority 5,507 13.9 Increase 3.9
Turnout 39,556 64.0 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General election 2001: Aldridge-Brownhills[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 18,974 50.2 +3.0
Labour Ian D. Geary 15,206 40.2 −1.5
Liberal Democrat Monica Howes 3,251 8.6 −2.6
Socialist Alliance John D. Rothery 379 1.0 N/A
Majority 3,768 10.0 Increase 4.6
Turnout 37,810 60.6 −13.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.25

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Aldridge-Brownhills[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 21,856 47.1 −7.2
Labour Janos Toth 19,330 41.7 +8.4
Liberal Democrat Celia M. Downie 5,184 11.2 −1.2
Majority 2,526 5.4 Decrease 15.7
Turnout 46,370 74.3 -8.3
Conservative hold Swing +7.8
General election 1992: Aldridge-Brownhills[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 28,431 54.3 +1.0
Labour Neil E. Fawcett 17,407 33.3 +4.9
Liberal Democrat Stewart Reynolds 6,503 12.4 −5.9
Majority 11,024 21.1 −4.0
Turnout 52,341 82.6 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Aldridge-Brownhills[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 26,434 53.4 +2.7
Labour Clive Duncan 14,038 28.3 +3.4
Social Democratic Glynn Betteridge 9,084 18.3 −6.1
Majority 12,936 25.1 -0.7
Turnout 49,556 79.8 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing −0.4
General election 1983: Aldridge-Brownhills[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 24,148 50.7 +0.4
Labour R.T. Burford 11,864 24.9 −14.5
Social Democratic P.G. Gunn 11,599 24.4 N/A
Majority 12,284 25.8 +15.0
Turnout 47,611 78.3 −4.2
Conservative hold Swing + 7.45

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1979: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Shepherd 26,289 50.3 +11.9
Labour Geoff Edge 20,621 39.4 −4.1
Liberal John Aldridge 5,398 10.3 −7.4
Majority 5,668 10.8
Turnout 52,308 82.5 +2.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.8
General election October 1974: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoff Edge 21,403 43.5 +4.8
Conservative A.J.M. Teacher 18,884 38.4 +0.5
Liberal J.A. Crofton 8,693 17.7 −5.7
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 210 0.4 N/A
Majority 2,519 5.1
Turnout 49,190 79.7 −3.5
Labour hold Swing +3.9
General election February 1974: Aldridge-Brownhills
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoff Edge 19,642 38.7 N/A
Conservative Patricia Hornsby-Smith 19,276 37.9 N/A
Liberal J.A. Crofton 11,883 23.4 N/A
Majority 366 0.7 N/A
Turnout 50,801 83.2 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

External links[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. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)
  4. ^ https://candidates.democracyclub.org.uk/elections/parl.aldridge-brownhills.2019-12-12/
  5. ^ https://candidates.democracyclub.org.uk/elections/parl.aldridge-brownhills.2019-12-12/
  6. ^ https://candidates.democracyclub.org.uk/elections/parl.aldridge-brownhills.2019-12-12/
  7. ^ "Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll" (DOC). Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 5 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "1992 general election results". Election 1992. Politics Resources. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

Coordinates: 52°37′N 1°56′W / 52.61°N 1.93°W / 52.61; -1.93