Birmingham Small Heath (UK Parliament constituency)
|Birmingham Small Heath|
|Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Birmingham Sparkbrook & Small Heath and Birmingham Ladywood|
|Created from||Birmingham Duddeston and Birmingham Yardley|
Birmingham Small Heath was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Small Heath area of Birmingham. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election, when it was partly replaced by the new Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency.
Throughout its existence the constituency (as can be inferred from its name) included Small Heath ward, but that district was linked with various adjoining parts of the inner-city area of Birmingham. In its first three incarnations the constituency was to the south east of the city centre. Its boundaries moved more to the east of the city centre in the 1983 redistribution.
1950-1955: The County Borough of Birmingham wards of Duddeston, Saltley, and Small Heath. Before 1950 Duddeston ward had been part of Birmingham Duddeston and the other two wards had been part of Birmingham Yardley.
1955-1974: The County Borough of Birmingham wards of Deritend, Saltley, and Small Heath. Deritend ward was formerly part of Birmingham Sparkbrook. Duddeston ward was transferred to Birmingham Ladywood.
1974-1983: The County Borough of Birmingham wards of Duddeston, Newtown, Saltley, and Small Heath. Duddeston ward had formerly been in Birmingham Ladywood. Deritend ward was transferred to Birmingham Edgbaston.
1983-1997: The City of Birmingham wards of Aston, Nechells, and Small Heath. 72.7% of the new constituency came from the old one, 11.9% from Birmingham Handsworth (Aston ward) and smaller amounts from Birmingham Sparkbrook (6.1%), Birmingham Erdington (4.9%), Birmingham Yardley (2.6%) and Birmingham Ladywood (1.7%).
In the 1997 redistribution, this constituency disappeared. Small Heath ward joined a new seat of Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath, while Aston and Nechells wards became part of the redrawn Birmingham Ladywood.
Members of Parliament
|1950||Fred Longden||Labour||Died October 1952|
|1952 by-election||William Wheeldon||Labour||Died October 1960|
|1961 by-election||Denis Howell||Labour||Previously MP for Birmingham All Saints 1955-59; Minister for Sport 1964-70 & 1974-79|
|1992||Roger Godsiff||Labour||Subsequently MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath|
|1997||constituency abolished: see Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour Co-op||Fred Longden||31,985||62.8||n/a|
|Labour win (new seat)|
|Labour Co-op||Fred Longden||31,079||63.4||+0.6|
|Conservative||Francis Charles Irwin||15,156||30.9||+0.3|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||0.5|
|Labour Co-op||William Wheeldon||19,491||67.0||+3.6|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−2.9|
|Labour Co-op||William Wheeldon||22,444||60.8||−2.6|
|Conservative||John William Bissell||14,484||39.2||+8.3|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−6.2|
|Labour Co-op||William Wheeldon||19,213||57.4||−3.4|
|Conservative||Bernard Charles Owens||14,282||42.6||+3.4|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−3.4|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Bernard Charles Owens||5,923||28.8||−13.8|
|Conservative||Anthony J Prescott||10,233||36.3||-6.3|
|Conservative||Francis Henry Gerard Heron Goodhart||7,471||28.7||−7.6|
Elections in the 1970s
|Liberal||Gordon H. Herringshaw||1,754||7.8||n/a|
|British Commonwealth Party||Saeeduz Zafar||117||0.5||n/a|
|National Front||M. Caffery||490||1.7||n/a|
|Socialist Unity||C.C. Adamson||349||1.2||n/a|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||A.M. Bostock||5,722||16.0||+0.8|
|Liberal||John Alexander Melvin Hemming||3,600||10.5||−5.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Haydn A. Thomas||2,515||7.2||−3.2|
|Green||Hazel M. Clawley||824||2.4||+0.7|
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
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- British Parliamentary Election Results 1974-1983, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1984)
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- Britain Votes 5, compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (Parliamentary Research Services - Dartmouth Publishing 1993)
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