Warley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Warley
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Warley in West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 63,024 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Smethwick, Brandhall, Langley Green
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament John Spellar (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Warley East, Warley West
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Warley is a constituency[n 1] in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. The constituency was established in 1997, and has been represented since that date by John Spellar, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 John Spellar Labour

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has a wide range of housing on the gently hilly West Midlands terrain, with fast transport links to Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 7.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian however female unemployment, reflecting a central West Midlands pattern, perhaps with more women homemakers, unusually exceeded male unemployment at 10.1%.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

Warley is one of four constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, covering the south and south-east of the borough. It covers much of the former County Borough of Warley, including the town of Smethwick as well as Brandhall and Langley Green. The Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell wards of Abbey, Bristnall, Langley, Old Warley, St Paul's, Smethwick, and Soho and Victoria.

History[edit]

Creation and forerunners

The constituency was formed in 1997, and is for the most part the former Warley East constituency. John Spellar of the Labour Party has represented Warley since 1997, having previously represented Warley West. Warley East and Warley West had been held by Labour since their creation in 1974. Minor parts of the seat around Oldbury had been in the quite marginal Labour-Conservative seat of Oldbury and Halesowen before 1974.

Results of winning party

The 2015 result made the seat the 34th-safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[4] The elections have to date resulted in the Labour incumbent, Spellar, gaining more than 50% of votes cast.

Opposition parties

The candidates fielded by the Conservative Party have taken the runner-up position since the seat's creation. Third place has varied between two parties to date in the seat's history.

Turnout

Turnout has ranged from 54.1% in 2001 to 65.1% in 1997.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Warley[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 27,004 67.2 Increase 9.0
Conservative Anthony Mangnall 10,521 26.2 Increase 6.8
UKIP Darryl Magher 1,349 3.4 Decrease 13.1
Liberal Democrat Bryan Manley-Green 777 1.9 Decrease 0.2
Green Mark Redding 555 1.4 Decrease 2.5
Majority 16,483 41.0
Turnout 40,206 63.1
Registered electors
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2015: Warley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 22,012 58.2 Increase 5.3
Conservative Tom Williams 7,310 19.3 Decrease 5.5
UKIP Pete Durnell 6,237 16.5 Increase 9.6
Green Robert Buckman 1,465 3.9 Increase 3.9
Liberal Democrat Catherine Smith 805 2.1 Decrease 13.4
Majority 14,702 38.9
Turnout 37,829 59.3
Labour hold Swing Increase 5.4
General Election 2010: Warley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 20,240 52.9 Decrease 2.0
Conservative Jas Parmer 9,484 24.8 Increase 1.9
Liberal Democrat Edward Keating[9] 5,929 15.5 Increase 2.3
UKIP Nigel Harvey 2,617 6.8 Increase 4.7
Majority 10,756 28.1
Turnout 38,270 60.6 Increase 3.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease 1.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Warley[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 17,462 54.4 Decrease 6.1
Conservative Karen Bissell 7,315 22.8 Steady
Liberal Democrat Tony Ferguson 4,277 13.3 Increase 2.7
BNP Simon Smith 1,761 5.5 Steady
Socialist Labour Malcolm Connigale 637 2.0 Decrease 4.2
UKIP David Matthews 635 2.0 Steady
Majority 10,147 31.6
Turnout 32,087 57.1 Increase 3.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease 3.0
General Election 2001: Warley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 19,007 60.5 Decrease 3.3
Conservative Mark Pritchard 7,157 22.8 Decrease 1.3
Liberal Democrat Ron Cockings 3,315 10.6 Increase 0.8
Socialist Labour Harbhajan Dardi 1,936 6.2 Steady
Majority 11,850 37.7
Turnout 31,415 54.1 Decrease 10.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Warley[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 24,813 63.8 Steady
Conservative Christopher Pincher 9,362 24.1 Steady
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Pursehouse 3,777 9.7 Steady
Referendum Krishna Gamre 941 2.4 Steady
Majority 15,451 39.7 Steady
Turnout 38,893 65.0 Steady
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  5. ^ "Statement of persons nominated - Warley". Sandwell Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Warley results". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/people_detail.aspx?name=Edward_Keating&pPK=ccb5560a-22a3-4102-82ad-f4938901de91
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 52°29′N 1°59′W / 52.48°N 1.99°W / 52.48; -1.99