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Solihull
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although Solihull no longer reports Conservative majorities of 32,000 as it did in 1979, it is still one of the safest Tory seats in the country. Like Sutton Coldfield, it is a middle-class, almost all white, bloc on the eastern edge of Birmingham, although unlike Sutton it has its own Metropolitan Borough (which also includes Meriden constituency) named after it, rather than being subsumed into the mother city. It is the home of many white collar managerial types in Birmingham's immense variety of industry and commerce, diversified enough to withstand slumps and benefit from booms such as that of the past few years, and it has shown no serious inclination at any point in local or general elections to turn its favours even as a protest to the Liberal Democrats or Labour. Even the car factory here was that of Rover which (hard though it may be to remember such a day) considered itself a cut above its West Midlands rivals.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John (Mark) Taylor, a Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman, has been MP here since 1983. An affable pudgy-faced solicitor, born 1941 and educated at Bromsgrove School and a law college, he has risen without trace through a series of posts since first entering the Government Whips Office in 1988. With a reputation as a Groucho Marx impersonator, he is also numbered amongst the Tory minority that votes to ban fox hunting.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.64% 14.99% 224.38
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.62% 2.49% 105.33
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.08% 4.43% 160.05
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.33% 7.27% 100.76
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.18% 2.56% 46.17
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.33% 2.04% 16.10
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 34.70% 13.04% 266.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.37% 12.70% 18.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.16% 8.14% 75.61
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.84% 3.19% 89.27
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.25% 11.31% 11.04
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.50% 3.06% 16.40
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 6.24% 9.41% 66.32
5-10K 12.33% 16.63% 74.11
10-15K 14.01% 16.58% 84.52
15-20K 12.88% 13.58% 94.83
20-25K 10.85% 10.39% 104.36
25-30K 8.78% 7.77% 112.95
30-35K 6.99% 5.79% 120.62
35-40K 5.52% 4.33% 127.40
40-45K 4.36% 3.27% 133.39
45-50K 3.44% 2.48% 138.66
50-55K 2.73% 1.90% 143.28
55-60K 2.17% 1.47% 147.32
60-65K 1.74% 1.15% 150.84
65-70K 1.40% 0.91% 153.91
70-75K 1.13% 0.72% 156.56
75-80K 0.91% 0.57% 158.85
80-85K 0.74% 0.46% 160.81
85-90K 0.61% 0.37% 162.48
90-95K 0.50% 0.31% 163.89
95-100K 0.41% 0.25% 165.08
100K + 2.25% 1.34% 167.11

Local Map of the constituency
Solihull - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Solihull - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.63%) Liberal Democrat (4.30%)
Conservative (- 16.15%)
Conservative (0.80%) Labour (1.30%) Liberal Democrat (0.66%)
Con - 16.15%
Lab 7.63%
LD 4.30%
Con 0.80%
Lab 1.30%
LD 0.66%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Taylor
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.44%) 21,935 45.44%
Lab Labour (25.63%) 12,373 25.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.95%) 12,528 25.95%
Oth Other (2.97%) 1,435 2.97%
Maj Majority (19.49%) 9,407 19.49%
Turn Turnout (62.61%) 48,271 62.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Taylor
Conservative hold
LD Jo Byron 12,528 25.95%
UK Andy Moore 1,061 2.20%
L Brendan O'Brien 12,373 25.63%
P Stephanie Pyne 374 0.77%
C John Taylor 21,935 45.44%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Taylor
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.65%) 26,299 44.65%
Lab Labour (24.33%) 14,334 24.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.30%) 14,902 25.30%
Ref Referendum (4.67%) 2,748 4.67%
Oth Other (1.06%) 623 1.06%
Maj Majority (19.35%) 11,397 19.35%
Turn Turnout (74.66%) 58,906 74.66%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.80%) 38,277 60.80%
Lab Labour (16.70%) 10,512 16.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.00%) 13,202 21.00%
Oth Other (1.50%) 925 1.50%
Maj Majority (39.90%) 25,075 39.90%
Turn Turnout (80.49%) 62,916 80.49%

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