Stourbridge (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||70,225 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Amblecote, Cradley, Lye, Quarry Bank, Stourbridge|
|Member of Parliament||Suzanne Webb (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Halesowen & Stourbridge|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||Oldbury and Halesowen and Dudley|
|Created from||North Worcestershire|
Stourbridge is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Suzanne Webb, a Conservative Party politician. The seat was previously held by Margot James, a Conservative who lost the whip during September and October 2019.[n 2]
Members of Parliament
|1918||John William Wilson||Liberal|
|1927 by-election||Wilfred Wellock||Labour|
MPs since 1997
Much of the town consists of suburban streets, interspersed with green spaces, with the other settlements being contiguous. Stourbridge borders on green belt land, and is close to unspoiled countryside with rural Shropshire close by to the west. The Clent Hills, Kinver Edge and large areas of farmland lie to the south and west.
Stourbridge is one of four constituencies in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, covering the south-west of the borough.
2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Amblecote, Cradley and Foxcote, Lye and Wollescote, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood, and Wollaston and Stourbridge Town.
1997–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Amblecote, Lye and Wollescote, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Quarry Bank and Cradley, and Wollaston and Stourbridge West.
1918–1950: The Municipal Borough of Stourbridge, the Urban Districts of Lye and Wollescote, and Oldbury, and the Rural District of Halesowen.
Stourbridge was one of just seventeen constituencies to have a woman candidate, Mary Macarthur, to contest the 1918 general election, the first occasion some women could vote and stand in Parliamentary elections. She stood as the Labour Party candidate. Macarthur was a trades union leader and well known in the area. However the returning officer insisted she should be listed under her married name, Mrs W. C. Anderson.
During this period no ministerial roles happened to have been awarded to any of the members. Prominent members in social history include: Wilfred Wellock, who wrote 13 publications, and was an early Gandhian as well as a promoter of increased localism. At the end of this period, Lord Moyle (as he became) went on to serve Oldbury and Halesowen until 1964 and in the ballot for private member's bills achieved three to legislate in respect of:
- Humane Slaughter of Horses
- Air Pollution
- Children of the divorced (custody etc.) as recommended by the Royal Commission
The constituency was abolished in 1950, with the Stourbridge West and Stourbridge East wards being incorporated into the Dudley constituency. An Eastern section of the old constituency was included in the new Oldbury and Halesowen seat.
Before recreation, in 1997, the seat's forerunner, Halesowen and Stourbridge, created in 1974, was held by a Conservative and both of its replacements, including this seat, were taken by Labour in 1997. The smaller remainder of the Eastern part of the predecessor forms part of Halesowen and Rowley Regis. To compensate from the loss of these areas, The Amblecote ward was brought in from the Dudley West constituency, while the Quarry Bank & Cradley ward was brought in from Dudley East.
Labour retained the seat by just above a marginal majority at the general election in 2001, and retained it again in 2005, with a new candidate, Lynda Waltho, with a marginal majority of 1% of the vote.
The Tories regained the seat at the 2010 election, via their candidate winning, Margot James.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||2,523||5.5||3.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||1,083||2.3||1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||1,538||3.3||13.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||7,733||16.4||0.4|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||6.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||6,850||16.4||4.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||4,833||12.1||2.2|
|Socialist Labour||Mick Atherton||494||1.2||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bramall||7,123||14.3||2.5|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1940s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;
Elections in the 1930s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||6.5|
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing|
|Liberal||John William Wilson||16,949||48.2||9.7|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1910s
|C||National Democratic||Victor Fisher||6,690||28.8|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Notes and references
- "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.
- [https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2019/11/03/stourbridge-mp-margot-james-announces-she-will-not-stand-at-general-election/ resignation letter to the Prime Minister, printed in Express and Star
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Hallam, David J. A. Taking on the Men: the first women parliamentary candidates 1918, Studley 2018, chapter 3 "Mary Macarthur in Stourbridge".
- "Meet the only candidate in the election with his own election song AND his very own beer". The Independent. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
- "Stourbridge Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- Bev Holder (10 May 2017). "UKIP confirms General Election candidates for Stourbridge and Dudley South". Stourbridge News. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
- "Stourbridge results". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- The Liberal Magazine, 1939
- Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
- British parliamentary election results 1918–1949, Craig, F.W.S.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 503. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.