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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Halesowen & Rowley Regis
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
With a 21 per cent majority, that is requiring an 11 per cent swing for an overturn, it might look that Sylvia Heal, now a Deputy Speaker, should be safe at the next General Election. But the conventions concerning opposition to Speakers does not apply to their deputies, and in the high-swinging West Midlands Halesowen and Rowley Regis should still be regarded as a marginal; for example, in May 2000, a bad year for Labour in this region, the Conservative candidates in Dudley and Sandwell Borough wards within this seat clearly received more votes than their Labour counterparts. Admittedly these were Met Borough elections on a lower turnout than expected in a General Election, but the seat is worth watching.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sylvia Heal, MP here since 1997 and before that only briefly (1990-92) for Mid Staffordshire, has reached the Commons chair as a Deputy Speaker faster than anyone in living memory or beyond, as much on a gender-balancing ticket (with the departure for the Lords of Speaker Boothroyd) as any other. As part of a Commons pair of sisters (with Ann Keen), she was born 1942, daughter of a Shotton steel worker, and educated at a local secondary modern school. She worked as a hospital records clerk, then - via Coleg Harlech - went to Swansea University and became a social worker. Denying disloyalty over lone parent benefit cuts in 1997, she said as a PPS she was unable to protest.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.09% 14.99% 53.93
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.18% 2.49% 7.05
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.92% 4.43% 65.97
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.95% 7.27% 150.59
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.55% 13.04% 119.25
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 17.76% 12.70% 139.84
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 23.23% 8.14% 285.22
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.46% 3.19% 171.28
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 12.02% 11.31% 106.28
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.44% 3.06% 79.67
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.41% 2.52% 55.99
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.61% 9.41% 133.96
5-10K 19.24% 16.63% 115.68
10-15K 17.78% 16.58% 107.25
15-20K 13.78% 13.58% 101.45
20-25K 10.04% 10.39% 96.59
25-30K 7.16% 7.77% 92.16
30-35K 5.10% 5.79% 88.01
35-40K 3.64% 4.33% 84.11
40-45K 2.63% 3.27% 80.46
45-50K 1.91% 2.48% 77.05
50-55K 1.41% 1.90% 73.88
55-60K 1.05% 1.47% 70.93
60-65K 0.79% 1.15% 68.21
65-70K 0.60% 0.91% 65.68
70-75K 0.46% 0.72% 63.33
75-80K 0.35% 0.57% 61.16
80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 59.14
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 57.26
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 55.51
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 53.88
100K + 0.62% 1.34% 45.79

Local Map of the constituency
Halesowen & Rowley Regis - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Halesowen & Rowley Regis - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.57%)
Conservative (- 11.83%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.35%)
Conservative (1.36%) Liberal Democrat (1.86%)
Labour (-  1.10%)
Con - 11.83%
Lab 9.57%
LD - 1.35%
Con 1.36%
Lab - 1.10%
LD 1.86%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sylvia Heal
Labour hold
Con Conservative (34.23%) 13,445 34.23%
Lab Labour (52.97%) 20,804 52.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.41%) 4,089 10.41%
Oth Other (2.38%) 936 2.38%
Maj Majority (18.74%) 7,359 18.74%
Turn Turnout (59.79%) 39,274 59.79%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sylvia Heal
Labour hold
LD Patrick Harley 4,089 10.41%
L Sylvia Heal 20,804 52.97%
C Les Jones 13,445 34.23%
UK Alan Sheath 936 2.38%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Sylvia Heal
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.87%) 16,029 32.87%
Lab Labour (54.07%) 26,366 54.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.55%) 4,169 8.55%
Ref Referendum (2.55%) 1,244 2.55%
Oth Other (1.95%) 953 1.95%
Maj Majority (21.20%) 10,337 21.20%
Turn Turnout (73.61%) 48,761 73.61%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.70%) 24,306 44.70%
Lab Labour (44.50%) 24,181 44.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.90%) 5,384 9.90%
Oth Other (0.80%) 452 0.80%
Maj Majority (0.20%) 125 0.20%
Turn Turnout (79.40%) 54,323 79.40%

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