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Walsall South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The South division has a distinctly different tone from Walsall North. Although decidedly more middle class and owner occupied, and even with a very attractive leafy residential area in Paddock ward to the south east, it is just as strongly Labour. There are more non-white residents, about half of Indian origin and a quarter of Pakistani, concentrated in the centre of Walsall in Palfrey, Pleck and St Matthew's wards. There is also the more self-contained Black Country industrial town of Darlaston. Labour has underperformed for some years in Walsall Borough elections, and in May 2000 the Tories were well ahead in the wards which make up South - but this pattern has been seen before, and the parliamentary seat has been in the hands of Labour and Bruce George since February 1974.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bruce George, a large, bald, pot-bellied and, in his own words, "anglicised Welshman", won this seat in 1974, and has enjoyed a parliamentary career of mind-numbing repetitiveness as a backbench defence specialist, finally heading the appropriate select committee, claiming never to have been offered, nor sought, a front bench job. A policeman's son, born 1942, he attended Mountain Ash Grammar School and Swansea and Warwick Universities and was a polytechnic or open University lecturer. In trouble locally over his pro-Nato stance when the Labour Party was in thrall to left-wing activists, the later sanitising of the party has allowed him to emerge as a sage exponent of the current orthodoxies. Of rather lone disposition, and a sider with the Turks rather than the Greeks on Cyprus, he voted against homosexual sex at 16.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.08% 14.99% 73.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.34% 2.49% 13.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.40% 4.43% 54.32
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.51% 7.27% 48.24
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.07% 2.04% 3.19
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.81% 3.94% 20.50
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.71% 13.04% 43.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.14% 12.70% 95.56
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.66% 8.14% 155.45
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.64% 4.02% 90.40
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.77% 3.19% 86.88
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 27.66% 11.31% 244.58
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.73% 3.06% 121.71
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.79% 2.52% 229.76
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 7.71% 2.10% 367.37
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.97% 9.41% 148.40
5-10K 20.99% 16.63% 126.22
10-15K 18.33% 16.58% 110.59
15-20K 13.46% 13.58% 99.09
20-25K 9.39% 10.39% 90.35
25-30K 6.49% 7.77% 83.52
30-35K 4.52% 5.79% 78.07
35-40K 3.19% 4.33% 73.64
40-45K 2.28% 3.27% 69.98
45-50K 1.66% 2.48% 66.91
50-55K 1.22% 1.90% 64.30
55-60K 0.91% 1.47% 62.06
60-65K 0.69% 1.15% 60.10
65-70K 0.53% 0.91% 58.39
70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 56.86
75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 55.50
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 54.27
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 53.15
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.12
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 51.18
100K + 0.63% 1.34% 46.53

Local Map of the constituency
Walsall South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Walsall South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.67%)
Conservative (- 10.19%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.06%)
Labour (1.08%) Liberal Democrat (0.54%)
Conservative (-  1.21%)
Con - 10.19%
Lab 9.67%
LD - 2.06%
Con - 1.21%
Lab 1.08%
LD 0.54%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bruce George
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.50%) 10,643 30.50%
Lab Labour (58.95%) 20,574 58.95%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.78%) 2,365 6.78%
Oth Other (3.77%) 1,317 3.77%
Maj Majority (28.46%) 9,931 28.46%
Turn Turnout (55.70%) 34,899 55.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bruce George
Labour hold
UK Derek Bennett 974 2.79%
C Mike Bird 10,643 30.50%
L Bruce George 20,574 58.95%
SA Peter Smith 343 0.98%
LD Bill Tomlinson 2,365 6.78%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bruce George
Labour
Con Conservative (31.71%) 13,712 31.71%
Lab Labour (57.87%) 25,024 57.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.24%) 2,698 6.24%
Ref Referendum (3.84%) 1,662 3.84%
Oth Other (0.33%) 144 0.33%
Maj Majority (26.16%) 11,312 26.16%
Turn Turnout (67.33%) 43,240 67.33%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.90%) 20,955 41.90%
Lab Labour (48.20%) 24,133 48.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.30%) 4,132 8.30%
Oth Other (1.70%) 840 1.70%
Maj Majority (6.30%) 3,178 6.30%
Turn Turnout (75.46%) 50,060 75.46%

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