Dudley North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Dudley North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Dudley North in the West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of the West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 61,714 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Dudley
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Ian Austin (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Dudley East
Dudley West
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Dudley North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Ian Austin of the Labour Party.[n 2]


1997-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Castle and Priory, Coseley East, Coseley West, Gornal, St James's, St Thomas’s, and Sedgley.

2010-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Castle and Priory, Gornal, St James’s, St Thomas’s, Sedgley, and Upper Gornal and Woodsetton.

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.


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; 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[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Ross Cranston Labour
2005 Ian Austin Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Dudley North [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Austin[4] 15,885 41.8 +3.2
Conservative Les Jones[5] 11,704 30.8 -6.2
UKIP Bill Etheridge[6] 9,113 24.0 +15.5
Green Will Duckworth[7] 517 1.4 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Mike Collins[8] 478 1.3 -9.3
Apni Rehan Afzal 156 0.4 +0.4
TUSC David Pitt[9] 139 0.4 +0.4
Majority 4,181 11.0 +9.3
Turnout 37,992 62.6 -0.9
Labour hold Swing +4.66

The original Conservative candidate Afzal Amin was suspended after allegations he persuaded the English Defence League to announce a march against a mosque in the constituency.[10]

General Election 2010: Dudley North[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Austin 14,923 38.7 -3.9
Conservative Graeme Brown 14,274 37.0 +5.6
Liberal Democrat Mike Beckett 4,066 10.5 0.0
UKIP Malcolm Davies 3,267 8.5 +3.9
BNP Ken Griffiths 1,899 4.9 -4.8
National Front Kevin Inman 173 0.4 N/A
Majority 649 1.7
Turnout 38,602 63.5 +2.2
Labour hold Swing -4.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Austin 18,306 44.2 −7.9
Conservative Ian Hillas 12,874 31.1 −3.4
Liberal Democrat Gerry Lewis 4,257 10.3 +1.6
BNP Simon Darby 4,022 9.7 +5.0
UKIP Malcolm Davis 1,949 4.7 N/A
Majority 5,432 13.1
Turnout 41,408 60.2 +4.3
Labour hold Swing −2.2
General Election 2001: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ross Cranston 20,095 52.1 +0.9
Conservative Andrew Griffiths 13,295 34.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Richard Burt 3,352 8.7 +0.5
BNP Simon Darby 1,822 4.7 N/A
Majority 6,800 17.6
Turnout 38,564 55.9 -13.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Dudley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ross Cranston 24,471 51.2 N/A
Conservative Charles MacNamara 15,014 31.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Gerry Lewis 3,939 8.2 N/A
Socialist Labour Mark Atherton 2,155 4.5 N/A
Referendum Stuart 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
Majority 9,457 N/A
Turnout 47,808 69.5 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.

Coordinates: 52°31′N 2°07′W / 52.52°N 2.11°W / 52.52; -2.11