Dudley North (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Dudley North in the West Midlands.
Location of the West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||61,714 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Ian Austin (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Dudley East
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
Dudley North is one of four constituencies presently covering the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, encompassing the northern part of the borough, including the town centre. The constituency is made up of the electoral wards of Castle and Priory, Gornal, St. James's, St. Thomas's, Sedgley, and Upper Gornal and Woodsetton.
Before the 1997 election, Dudley was divided into East and West constituencies, rather than the current North and Dudley South. Dudley North covers much of the area previously covered by Dudley East, which included Netherton but excluded the western part of Sedgley, which was part of Dudley West.
The earlier Dudley constituency, consisting of central Dudley, Netherton, and Stourbridge, was more prominent before 1974. Colonel George Wigg (later Lord Wigg), Prime Minister Harold Wilson's adviser on security matters and later a Minister of State, held the seat for many years until elevated to the peerage in 1968. At the Dudley by-election in March of that year, Donald Williams, the Conservative candidate, gained the seat with a swing of 20%. In 1970, however, the seat was regained by Labour with the election of Dr John Gilbert, who subsequently represented Dudley East from February 1974 until its abolition at the 1997 general election. Gilbert served as a Minister of State under both James Callaghan and (as a peer) Tony Blair. Dudley West meanwhile was represented, until his death in 1994, by Conservative MP Dr John Blackburn. At the subsequent Dudley West by election the seat was a Labour gain with Ian Pearson elected. After boundary changes, Pearson became the MP for the newly created Dudley South seat at the 1997 election
Ross Cranston (Labour) was the first MP for the new Dudley North seat after winning it at the 1997 election;n he remained the constituencies MP until the 2005 general election, when it was retained by his successor Ian Austin.
In 2010, Austin held onto his seat with 38.7% of the vote, a narrow 1.7% ahead of Conservative candidate Graeme Brown, at the first general election in 36 years which resulted in a hung parliament.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Dudley North |
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Collins||478||1.3||-9.3|
|General Election 2010: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Beckett||4,066||10.5||0.0|
|National Front||Kevin Inman||173||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Gerry Lewis||4,257||10.3||+1.6|
|General Election 2001: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Burt||3,352||8.7||+0.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Dudley North|
|Liberal Democrat||Gerry Lewis||3,939||8.2||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Mark Atherton||2,155||4.5||N/A|
|Referendum Party||S. Bavester||1,201||4.7||N/A|
|National Front||George Cartwright||559||1.2||N/A|
|National Democrats||Simon Darby||469||1.0||N/A|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands (county)
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Dudley
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007" (PDF). The Stationery Office. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Tory candidate suspended over vote-winning allegations". 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- Dudley North UKPolling