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Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This 1997 merger of the seats in inner south east Birmingham which used to be associated with two right-wing Labour stalwarts, Denis Howell of Small Heath, who could apparently be relied on to deal with any natural disaster afflicting the country in Harold Wilson's day, and Roy Hattersley of Sparkbrook, still huffing and puffing away on a great many topics. The combined seat, now held by Roger Godsiff, should be safely Labour, but there has been much controversy in recent years over whether a division, which was already majority non-white in 1991, should be represented by a Muslim. This has spilled over into a confused pattern in Birmingham City elections. The most recent in May 2000 saw Labour candidates struggle, losing Small Heath to a Justice for Kashmiris candidate, nearly losing to the Liberal Democrats in Sparkhill, and only just scraping victory in Sparkbrook. Now speculation centres on how well a former Labour activist Qassim Afzal may do standing for Parliament as a Liberal Democrat: ceratinly that party's vote should be monitored for a rise from a low base. Godsiff must hope to come through all this mayhem unscathed at least one more time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Roger Godsiff, MP here since 1992, is the last Birmingham Labour MP to emerge from the school for rightwing fixers. A very low profile ex-union official who inherited the Small Heath seat in 1992 in disputed circumstances, he eventually prevailed over self-cancelling rivals from the majority Asian community. A Londoner, born in 1946, he attended Catford Comprehensive School, but sends his own children to private schools. Tall, moon-faced, bushy eye-browed and bland, he cuts an elusive figure, balancing rare Commons appearances with intensive ward-heeling in his constituency, where his tenure requires continuing division within the non-white population.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.21% 14.99% 1.39
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 0.09% 4.43% 2.14
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.02% 7.27% 0.25
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.74% 2.56% 28.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.11% 2.04% 5.63
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.05% 3.94% 127.99
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.76% 13.04% 5.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.78% 12.70% 37.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.20% 8.14% 27.02
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.39% 4.02% 34.46
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.72% 3.19% 22.56
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 28.44% 11.31% 251.42
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.72% 3.06% 121.36
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.12% 2.52% 123.96
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 48.66% 2.10% 2,317.18
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 17.37% 9.41% 184.48
5-10K 23.71% 16.63% 142.52
10-15K 19.31% 16.58% 116.46
15-20K 13.27% 13.58% 97.70
20-25K 8.68% 10.39% 83.49
25-30K 5.63% 7.77% 72.40
30-35K 3.68% 5.79% 63.57
35-40K 2.45% 4.33% 56.44
40-45K 1.65% 3.27% 50.60
45-50K 1.14% 2.48% 45.77
50-55K 0.79% 1.90% 41.73
55-60K 0.57% 1.47% 38.32
60-65K 0.41% 1.15% 35.43
65-70K 0.30% 0.91% 32.95
70-75K 0.22% 0.72% 30.81
75-80K 0.17% 0.57% 28.95
80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 27.32
85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 25.89
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 24.63
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 23.50
100K + 0.25% 1.34% 18.93

Local Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.17%) Liberal Democrat (1.31%)
Conservative (-  8.09%)
Liberal Democrat (3.90%)
Conservative (-  6.74%) Labour (-  6.73%)
Con - 8.09%
Lab 1.17%
LD 1.31%
Con - 6.74%
Lab - 6.73%
LD 3.90%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Godsiff
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.77%) 3,948 10.77%
Lab Labour (57.54%) 21,087 57.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.21%) 4,841 13.21%
Oth Other (18.48%) 6,771 18.48%
Maj Majority (44.33%) 16,246 44.33%
Turn Turnout (49.28%) 36,647 49.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Godsiff
Labour hold
LD Qassim Afzal 4,841 13.21%
Muslim Abdul Aziz 401 1.09%
L Roger Godsiff 21,087 57.54%
C Iftkhar Hussain 3,948 10.77%
PJP Shafaq Hussain 4,770 13.02%
SA Salman Mirza 304 0.83%
I Gul Mohammed 662 1.81%
UK Wayne Vincent 634 1.73%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Roger Godsiff
Labour
Con Conservative (17.51%) 7,315 17.51%
Lab Labour (64.27%) 26,841 64.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.31%) 3,889 9.31%
Ref Referendum (1.76%) 737 1.76%
Oth Other (7.14%) 2,983 7.14%
Maj Majority (46.75%) 19,526 46.75%
Turn Turnout (57.11%) 41,765 57.11%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (25.60%) 12,604 25.60%
Lab Labour (63.10%) 31,052 63.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.00%) 3,916 8.00%
Oth Other (3.40%) 1,657 3.40%
Maj Majority (37.50%) 18,448 37.50%
Turn Turnout (67.67%) 49,229 67.67%

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