for the House of Commons
|Electorate||66,082 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Darlaston and |
|Member of Parliament||Valerie Vaz (Labour Party (UK))|
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Bruce George||Labour|
The constituency is in the heart of an area traditionally focussed on manufacturing, see Walsall, which retains many mechanical and engineering jobs in its economy and this seat has accessible links to the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8% and regional average of 4.7%, at 7.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall wards of Bentley and Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Paddock, Palfrey, Pheasey Park Farm, Pleck, and St Matthew's.
1983–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall wards of Bentley and Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Paddock, Palfrey, Pheasey, Pleck, and St Matthew's.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Walsall wards of Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Hatherton, Paddock, Palfrey, Pleck, and St Matthew's.
1955–1974: The County Borough of Walsall wards of Bridge, Caldmore, Paddock, Palfrey, and Pleck, and the Urban District of Aldridge.
Bruce George of the Labour Party won the seat when the Major-General stood down in the February 1974 general election, he too was a prominent supporter of the armed services and led Britain's NATO delegation to its Parliament, subsequently becoming its vice-president. While never a prominent frontbencher, George held Walsall South until his retirement at the 2010 general election, when he was succeeded by Valerie Vaz (also of the Labour Party).
- Synopsis of results
The Conservative holding of the seat through the First Wilson Ministry reveals that in these early elections the seat was not a bellwether. On the 1974 transfer in power to Wilson again, here the result proved to be a watershed election. Labour's majorities since this, only in fairly good years for the Conservatives, such as during the Thatcher ministry as well as in 1992 and 2010 and 2019 general elections have been marginal.[n 3] In terms of length of a party's representation, Labour has represented this area continuously for a total of 45 years as of 2019.
Further to the completion of the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the seat will be abolished for the next general election, with its contents distributed three ways:
- Approximately half the electorate, including Walsall town centre, combined with the majority of Walsall North (also to be abolished) to form the new seat of Walsall and Bloxwich
- Pheasey Park Farm and part of the Paddock ward transferred to Aldridge-Brownhills
- Darlaston and Bentley transferred to Wolverhampton South East
Elections in the 2010s
|Brexit Party||Gary Hughes||1,660||3.9||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Harris||1,602||3.8||+2.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Anna Purvis||587||1.3||–0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Joel Kenrick||676||1.6||–12.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Murli Sinha||5,880||14.4||+4.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Mohamed Asmal||3,240||9.2||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Bill Tomlinson||2,365||6.8||+0.6|
|Socialist Alliance||Peter Smith||343||1.0||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Harry Harris||2,698||6.2||–2.1|
|Natural Law||Linda Meads||149||0.4||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||GE Williams||4,132||8.3||–4.1|
|Natural Law||JD Oldbury||167||0.3||New|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||V Parker||795||1.80||-1.0|
|National Front||JC Parker||1,226||2.8||New|
|More Prosperous Britain||Tom Keen||150||0.34||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Labour||Graham S Rea||24,196||40.5||-6.1|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||R Geoffrey Drake||26,280||46.6||+3.7|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||John AF Ennals||21,689||41.6||-5.8|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- 6.3% and 4.3% of the vote respectively in the specific election years given.
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