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Birmingham, Perry Barr
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Though still not yet 60 years of age, Jeff Rooker, Labour's respected Perry Barr MP, has announced that he is standing down from the Commons, if not from politics, at the forthcoming election. He bequeaths a safe seat. This could not always be said of the north west Birmingham division named Perry Barr, but boundary changes have radically changed its nature. Back in the 1960s and 1970s Perry Barr changed hands several times, the Conservatives gaining it in 1964 and 1970. Then, however, it was an almost all white suburban seat on the edge of the city. In 1983 the Handsworth ward was added as the seat of that name was abolished. This was situated much closer to the city centre, and contained a high proportion of the non-white population which has come to make Birmingham so cosmopolitan. At the 1997 election further boundary changes strengthened this element as Sandwell ward arrived too, and the Perry Barr seat is now over a third non-white and has distinct inner city characteristics. It is a microcosm of the social changes that have been so influential in Birmingham as a whole.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
After a long-delayed process, Labour have replaced retiring Jeff Rooker with Birmingham City Councillor Khalid Mahmood, despite allegations of ballot-rigging which the proximity of the election and the sensitivity of intra-Asian community rivalries made it impossible to challenge. Mahmood, who beat a London-based Indian aspirant, will become only the third Asian Labour MP in a seat with a high Asian population, and only the second (after Glasgow's Mohammed Sarwar) Muslim MP.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
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 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.88% 7.27% 12.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.13% 2.56% 4.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.41% 3.94% 111.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.55% 13.04% 73.21
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 26.31% 12.70% 207.11
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.43% 8.14% 66.73
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 13.20% 4.02% 328.32
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.22% 3.19% 69.84
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.29% 11.31% 117.53
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.06% 3.06% 34.58
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.29% 2.52% 11.37
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 23.23% 2.10% 1,106.13
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.49% 9.41% 122.02
5-10K 19.97% 16.63% 120.05
10-15K 19.10% 16.58% 115.19
15-20K 14.71% 13.58% 108.29
20-25K 10.45% 10.39% 100.52
25-30K 7.21% 7.77% 92.72
30-35K 4.94% 5.79% 85.33
35-40K 3.40% 4.33% 78.57
40-45K 2.37% 3.27% 72.49
45-50K 1.67% 2.48% 67.09
50-55K 1.19% 1.90% 62.30
55-60K 0.86% 1.47% 58.07
60-65K 0.63% 1.15% 54.34
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 51.02
70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 48.08
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.46
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.12
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 41.02
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.13
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.41
100K + 0.40% 1.34% 29.87

Local Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Perry Barr - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Perry Barr - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.13%)
Conservative (- 15.69%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.94%)
Conservative (1.44%) Liberal Democrat (13.04%)
Labour (- 16.48%)
Con - 15.69%
Lab 11.13%
LD - 0.94%
Con 1.44%
Lab - 16.48%
LD 13.04%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Khalid Mahmood
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.15%) 8,662 23.15%
Lab Labour (46.54%) 17,415 46.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.89%) 8,566 22.89%
Oth Other (7.41%) 2,774 7.41%
Maj Majority (23.39%) 8,753 23.39%
Turn Turnout (52.61%) 37,417 52.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Khalid Mahmood
Labour hold
C David Binns 8,662 23.15%
Muslim Robert Davidson 192 0.51%
LD Jon Hunt 8,566 22.89%
SA Caroline Johnson 465 1.24%
L Khalid Mahmood 17,415 46.54%
UK Natalya Nattrass 352 0.94%
Marx Michael Roche 221 0.59%
SL Avtar Singh Jouhl 1,544 4.13%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jeff Rooker
Labour
Con Conservative (21.71%) 9,964 21.71%
Lab Labour (63.03%) 28,921 63.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.86%) 4,523 9.86%
Ref Referendum (1.84%) 843 1.84%
Oth Other (3.57%) 1,636 3.57%
Maj Majority (41.31%) 18,957 41.31%
Turn Turnout (64.60%) 45,887 64.60%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (37.40%) 19,867 37.40%
Lab Labour (51.90%) 27,596 51.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.80%) 5,720 10.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.50%) 7,729 14.50%
Turn Turnout (73.40%) 53,183 73.40%

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