Walsall South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Walsall South in West Midlands.
Location of West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||66,082 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Darlaston and
|Member of parliament||Valerie Vaz (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
1955-1974: The County Borough of Walsall wards of Bridge, Caldmore, Paddock, Palfrey, and Pleck, and the Urban District of Aldridge (the civil parishes of Aldridge, Great Barr, Pelsall, and Rushall).
1974-1983: The County Borough of Walsall wards of Darlaston North, Darlaston South, Hatherton, Paddock, Palfrey, 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.
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.
Bruce George of the Labour Party won the seat when the Major-General stood down in the February 1974 general election, he too was an 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 General Election 2010 have been marginal [n 3]. In terms of length of a party's representation, Labour will have represented this area for a total of 40 years in February 2014.
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 good 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.
Members of Parliament
|1955||Sir Henry d'Avigdor-Goldsmid||Conservative|
|Feb 1974||Bruce George||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Walsall South |
|Liberal Democrat||Joel Kenrick||676||1.6||-12.8|
|General Election 2010: Walsall South|
|Liberal Democrat||Murli Sinha||5,880||14.4||+4.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Walsall South|
|Liberal Democrat||Mohamed Hanif Asmal||3,240||9.2||+2.4|
|General Election 2001: Walsall South|
|Liberal Democrat||Bill Tomlinson||2,365||6.8||+0.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Peter Smith||343||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Walsall South|
|Liberal Democrat||H Harris||2,698||6.24|
|Natural Law||L Meads||149||0.35|
|General Election 1992: Walsall South|
|Liberal Democrat||GE Williams||4,132||8.3||−4.1|
|Natural Law||JD Oldbury||167||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Walsall South|
|General Election 1983: Walsall South|
|Conservative||David John Nicholson||21,033||42.08|
|Social Democratic||B Silver||6,586||13.18|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Walsall South|
|National Front||V Parker||795||1.80|
|General Election October 1974: Walsall South|
|National Front||JC Parker||1,226||2.81|
|More Prosperous Britain||T Keen||150||0.34|
|General Election February 1974: Walsall South|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1970: Walsall South|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Walsall South|
|General Election 1964: Walsall South|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Walsall South|
|General Election 1955: Walsall South|
Notes and references
- 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.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Walsall South". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.