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Birmingham, Selly Oak
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Though gained from the Tories as recently as 1992, Selly Oak now looks like a safe long-term Labour prospect; yet another example of the drift away from the Conservatives in Britain's urban areas in the last three decades. This southern Birmingham seat includes a mixture of residential areas such as the formerly very middle class Moseley, its large houses in leafy streets now largely multi-occupied, and the Cadbury model village of Bournville. The seat had been Conservative from 1955 to February 1974, during which time it survived three Labour General election wins including one landslide, then alternated between the major parties until the Nineties. Now Lynne Jones has a 14,000 majority and it seems to have passed the way of so many former Tory urban prospects.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Lynne Jones, MP here since 1992, has replaced Clare Short as Birmingham's most leftwing Labour MP. A Campaign Group member, she has been active in all the main revolts against the Blair government from lone parent benefit cuts in 1997, to air traffic control privatisation in 2000. A winsomely attractive 49 year-old former Birmingham City Councillor, she was educated at Bartley Green Girls Grammar School and Birmingham University, acquiring a doctorate in biochemistry. Her deceptively mild-looking appearance belies the tough idealism of a red-hot radical.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.82% 14.99% 72.19
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.54% 2.49% 62.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.05% 4.43% 1.14
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.62% 7.27% 49.73
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.71% 2.56% 261.68
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.28% 2.04% 160.82
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 13.40% 3.94% 339.86
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.14% 13.04% 70.07
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.23% 12.70% 96.30
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.97% 8.14% 73.34
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 9.08% 4.02% 225.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.70% 3.19% 116.24
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.18% 11.31% 81.19
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.23% 3.06% 72.87
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.82% 2.52% 230.97
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.19% 2.10% 151.80
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 43.65
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.96% 9.41% 116.47
5-10K 17.36% 16.63% 104.40
10-15K 16.73% 16.58% 100.90
15-20K 13.52% 13.58% 99.51
20-25K 10.25% 10.39% 98.63
25-30K 7.60% 7.77% 97.78
30-35K 5.61% 5.79% 96.84
35-40K 4.15% 4.33% 95.80
40-45K 3.09% 3.27% 94.69
45-50K 2.32% 2.48% 93.55
50-55K 1.76% 1.90% 92.41
55-60K 1.35% 1.47% 91.28
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.19
65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 89.14
70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 88.14
75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 87.19
80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 86.30
85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 85.46
90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 84.67
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 83.93
100K + 1.08% 1.34% 80.32

Local Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Selly Oak - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Selly Oak - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.63%) Liberal Democrat (1.81%)
Conservative (- 14.54%)
Liberal Democrat (4.18%)
Conservative (-  1.14%) Labour (-  3.22%)
Con - 14.54%
Lab 9.63%
LD 1.81%
Con - 1.14%
Lab - 3.22%
LD 4.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Lynne Jones
Labour hold
Con Conservative (26.62%) 10,676 26.62%
Lab Labour (52.41%) 21,015 52.41%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.29%) 6,532 16.29%
Oth Other (4.68%) 1,877 4.68%
Maj Majority (25.78%) 10,339 25.78%
Turn Turnout (56.29%) 40,100 56.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Lynne Jones
Labour hold
C Ken Hardeman 10,676 26.62%
L Lynne Jones 21,015 52.41%
LD David Osbourne 6,532 16.29%
G Barney Smith 1,309 3.26%
UK Beryl Williams 568 1.42%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Lynne Jones
Labour
Con Conservative (27.76%) 14,033 27.76%
Lab Labour (55.63%) 28,121 55.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.11%) 6,121 12.11%
Ref Referendum (3.01%) 1,520 3.01%
Oth Other (1.49%) 755 1.49%
Maj Majority (27.87%) 14,088 27.87%
Turn Turnout (70.16%) 50,550 70.16%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.30%) 23,370 42.30%
Lab Labour (46.00%) 25,430 46.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.30%) 5,679 10.30%
Oth Other (1.40%) 797 1.40%
Maj Majority (3.70%) 2,060 3.70%
Turn Turnout (75.82%) 55,276 75.82%

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