Warley West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Warley West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County West Midlands
Major settlements Oldbury, Rowley Regis and Cradley Heath
1974 (1974)1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Warley
Halesowen & Rowley Regis
Created from Oldbury and Halesowen

Warley West was a parliamentary constituency in the borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands of England. It was initially centred on the towns of Rowley Regis and Cradley Heath, and from 1983 also incorporated parts of Oldbury.

It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1974 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

The bulk of Warley West, namely the area around Oldbury, became part of the new Warley constituency, while the area around Rowley Regis and Cradley Heath was absorbed into the new Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency, which is split between two local authorities (Dudley and Sandwell). Meanwhile, the Tividale section of the constituency (previously split between Dudley and Rowley Regis and Tipton), was incorporated into West Bromwich West.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The County Borough of Warley wards of Cradley Heath, Langley, Old Hill and Blackheath, Rounds Green, Rowley, St Paul's, and Tividale.

1983-1997: The Borough of Sandwell wards of Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, Langley, Oldbury, Rowley, and Tividale.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
Feb 1974 Peter Archer Labour
1992 John Spellar Labour
1997 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election February 1974: Warley West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Archer 28,891 66.94
Conservative A. Soskin 14,267 33.06
Majority 14,624 33.88
Turnout 71.03
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Warley West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Archer 24,761 60.35
Conservative Roger Evans 9,904 24.14
Liberal D. Owen 6,363 15.51
Majority 14,857 36.21
Turnout 66.96
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Warley West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Archer 25,175 58.39
Conservative Roger Evans 15,074 34.96
Liberal F. M. Fisher 2,864 6.64
Majority 10,101 23.43
Turnout 70.75
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Warley West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Archer 18,272 47.14
Conservative A. McIntyre 13,004 33.55
SDP–Liberal Alliance A.G. Baines 7,485 19.31
Majority 5,268 13.59
Turnout 67.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1987: Warley West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Archer 19,825 49.21
Conservative Wallace Williams 14,432 35.83
SDP–Liberal Alliance Elaine Todd 6,027 14.96
Majority 5,393 13.39
Turnout 70.03
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Warley West[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Spellar 21,386 50.6 Increase1.4
Conservative SA Whitehouse 15,914 37.7 Increase1.8
Liberal Democrat E Todd 4,945 11.7 Decrease3.3
Majority 5,472 13.0 Decrease0.4
Turnout 42,245 73.9 Increase3.9
Labour hold Swing Decrease0.2

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)
  2. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.