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Warley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Just west of the Birmingham boundary in the West Midlands Borough of Sandwell is Warley, an unfamiliar name to non-locals but which includes territory rather similar to that adjacent within the big city. Smethwick is mixed race, and inner city in tone like the neighbouring Birmingham Ladywood, Old Warley and Warley Abbey white and middle class, like Quinton in the Edgbaston seat. The politics follow these lines: Labour in the northern half, more Conservative further south, and the predecessors to the seat have been close on occasions; as Smethwick it was infamously won by the Conservatives in an overtly racist campaign in 1964. After 1997, though, the Labour element is well on top, and that is the way it looks like remaining.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Spellar, Minister of State for Defence, was elected for the precursor seat of Warley West in 1992 having briefly held Birmingham Northfield in 1982/83. Born 1947, he had a public-school (Dulwich) and Oxford (St Edmund Hall) education but is scarcely typical of the genre, being a short, London-brogued, ginger-bearded, pugnacious former EETPU rightwing apparatchik and fixer. He campaigned to purge left-wingers from Labour's NEC and to weight local selection committees to save right-wing MPs and oust left-wing ones. Effortlessly irascible-seeming, in 1997 he was appointed to the MOD as part of the Blair Government's most rightwing ministerial team, and became the first MP to utter the 'c' word in the Commons, when inadvertently inserting an 'n' into the second word in 'spending cuts'.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.02% 14.99% 0.14
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 1.29% 7.27% 17.72
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.49% 2.56% 19.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.13% 3.94% 3.21
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.50% 13.04% 80.51
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 20.54% 12.70% 161.68
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.75% 8.14% 193.47
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.94% 4.02% 48.35
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.93% 3.19% 123.22
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 36.07% 11.31% 318.88
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.73% 3.06% 89.01
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.32% 2.52% 131.91
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.30% 2.10% 157.22
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 14.69% 9.41% 156.00
5-10K 22.08% 16.63% 132.73
10-15K 19.20% 16.58% 115.83
15-20K 13.89% 13.58% 102.25
20-25K 9.45% 10.39% 90.96
25-30K 6.33% 7.77% 81.42
30-35K 4.25% 5.79% 73.29
35-40K 2.87% 4.33% 66.32
40-45K 1.97% 3.27% 60.30
45-50K 1.37% 2.48% 55.09
50-55K 0.96% 1.90% 50.54
55-60K 0.69% 1.47% 46.56
60-65K 0.50% 1.15% 43.05
65-70K 0.36% 0.91% 39.94
70-75K 0.27% 0.72% 37.19
75-80K 0.20% 0.57% 34.72
80-85K 0.15% 0.46% 32.52
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 30.53
90-95K 0.09% 0.31% 28.74
95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 27.11
100K + 0.27% 1.34% 19.98

Local Map of the constituency
Warley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Warley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.70%)
Conservative (- 10.23%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.69%)
Liberal Democrat (0.84%)
Conservative (-  1.29%) Labour (-  3.30%)
Con - 10.23%
Lab 10.70%
LD - 1.69%
Con - 1.29%
Lab - 3.30%
LD 0.84%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Spellar
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.78%) 7,157 22.78%
Lab Labour (60.50%) 19,007 60.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.55%) 3,315 10.55%
Oth Other (6.16%) 1,936 6.16%
Maj Majority (37.72%) 11,850 37.72%
Turn Turnout (54.10%) 31,415 54.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Spellar
Labour hold
LD Ron Cockings 3,315 10.55%
SL Harbhajan Dardi 1,936 6.16%
C Mark Pritchard 7,157 22.78%
L John Spellar 19,007 60.50%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Spellar
Labour
Con Conservative (24.07%) 9,362 24.07%
Lab Labour (63.80%) 24,813 63.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.71%) 3,777 9.71%
Ref Referendum (2.42%) 941 2.42%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (39.73%) 15,451 39.73%
Turn Turnout (65.08%) 38,893 65.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (34.30%) 15,334 34.30%
Lab Labour (53.10%) 23,743 53.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.40%) 5,112 11.40%
Oth Other (1.30%) 561 1.30%
Maj Majority (18.80%) 8,409 18.80%
Turn Turnout (71.50%) 44,750 71.50%

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