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Dudley South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Dudley Metropolitan borough in the West Midlands saw an unusually large swing to the Conservatives in the most recent local elections in May 2000, and the Tories polled the most votes in the wards making up the North constituency, although not in Dudley South, but this may represent a rare midterm slump result for Labour; it should also be remembered that the turnout across the borough was just 26pc, compared with over 70pc at the last General Election in 1997, and that this was lower in Labour wards than in Tory areas (14.7pc in Brockmoor and Pensnett in South, 15.9pc in Castle and Priory in North). Ian Pearson is favoured to retain his local seat for a third time (including his initial byelection victory).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ian Pearson, the monochrome victor in one of Labour's most thumping pre-1997 by-election successes, came in on a 60 year record 29 per cent swing. Locally born in 1959, he attended Brierley Hill Grammar School, Balliol College, Oxford, and Warwick University (where he gained a doctorate in industrial relations). A tall, hunch-shouldered suit, who urges West Midlands regionalism from his experience as a regional enterprise board executive, he was PPS to Geoffrey Robinson until the latter's fall from grace.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.54% 14.99% 56.95
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.98% 4.43% 67.45
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 18.70% 7.27% 257.07
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.05% 2.56% 1.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.55% 3.94% 13.84
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.16% 13.04% 77.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 16.01% 12.70% 126.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 21.24% 8.14% 260.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.05% 4.02% 1.27
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.00% 3.19% 94.28
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.49% 11.31% 136.92
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.27% 3.06% 74.24
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.93% 2.52% 36.96
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 42.66
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.85% 9.41% 115.29
5-10K 19.02% 16.63% 114.35
10-15K 18.41% 16.58% 111.02
15-20K 14.46% 13.58% 106.46
20-25K 10.52% 10.39% 101.27
25-30K 7.45% 7.77% 95.86
30-35K 5.24% 5.79% 90.54
35-40K 3.70% 4.33% 85.47
40-45K 2.64% 3.27% 80.74
45-50K 1.90% 2.48% 76.39
50-55K 1.38% 1.90% 72.42
55-60K 1.01% 1.47% 68.81
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 65.52
65-70K 0.57% 0.91% 62.54
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.82
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 57.35
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 55.09
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 53.01
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 51.11
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 49.35
100K + 0.55% 1.34% 40.86

Local Map of the constituency
Dudley South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dudley South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.62%)
Conservative (- 12.47%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.22%)
Conservative (1.64%) Liberal Democrat (4.03%)
Labour (-  6.80%)
Con - 12.47%
Lab 9.62%
LD - 0.22%
Con 1.64%
Lab - 6.80%
LD 4.03%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Pearson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (31.07%) 11,292 31.07%
Lab Labour (49.83%) 18,109 49.83%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.92%) 5,421 14.92%
Oth Other (4.19%) 1,522 4.19%
Maj Majority (18.76%) 6,817 18.76%
Turn Turnout (55.42%) 36,344 55.42%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Pearson
Labour hold
LD Lorely Burt 5,421 14.92%
L Ian Pearson 18,109 49.83%
C Jason Sugarman 11,292 31.07%
SA Angela Thompson 663 1.82%
UK John Westwood 859 2.36%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ian Pearson
Labour
Con Conservative (29.43%) 14,097 29.43%
Lab Labour (56.62%) 27,124 56.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.88%) 5,214 10.88%
Ref Referendum (3.06%) 1,467 3.06%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (27.20%) 13,027 27.20%
Turn Turnout (71.78%) 47,902 71.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.90%) 22,296 41.90%
Lab Labour (47.00%) 25,025 47.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.10%) 5,886 11.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (5.10%) 2,729 5.10%
Turn Turnout (79.50%) 53,207 79.50%

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