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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

West Bromwich East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat was a genuine marginal for two decades, even if the Tories never won it, until this appearance was dissolved by the one great wrench of the 1997 General Election. Labour have underperformed in the Black Country if one looks at its very working-class makeup, and they have done even worse in several of the local government boroughs here, such as Sandwell in this case, where Liberal Democrats have figured prominently too. With a substantial Asian population in central West Bromwich, and large council estates in wards such as Friar Park, it is hard to explain by mere statistics why this seat has not been even better for Peter Snape, an amiable and diligent - and now retiring - MP. It takes an understanding of the particular history, culture and attitudes of the majority population in this part of the world.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tom Watson has replaced Labour's retiring Peter Snape. Confirming Labour's still-important union links, he is a political officer in the AEEU, in which role he was active in the Rover Task Force set up to defend the threatened car industry. Born 1967, he was educated at King Charles I High School, Kidderminster, joined the Labour Party at 16 and formerly worked for it as a development officer. Active at Labour grass roots as Chairman of Wyre Forest CLP, he edits 'Liberal Demolition', a quarterly magazine opposing the Liberal Democrats, reportedly campaigns against PR as national co-ordinator of the First Past the Post Campaign, and aims to make Sandwell (the local borough) a "Liberal-free zone".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.63% 14.99% 30.88
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.07% 2.49% 3.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.81% 4.43% 18.21
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.08% 7.27% 69.89
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.47% 2.56% 18.33
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.33
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.10% 13.04% 77.46
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 15.56% 12.70% 122.49
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.04% 8.14% 184.65
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.84% 4.02% 45.66
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.14% 3.19% 129.89
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.84% 11.31% 272.68
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.58% 3.06% 149.58
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.36% 2.52% 173.18
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.38% 2.10% 113.14
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 19.94
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 14.29% 9.41% 151.81
5-10K 21.60% 16.63% 129.84
10-15K 18.83% 16.58% 113.60
15-20K 13.74% 13.58% 101.17
20-25K 9.48% 10.39% 91.23
25-30K 6.45% 7.77% 83.02
30-35K 4.41% 5.79% 76.11
35-40K 3.04% 4.33% 70.21
40-45K 2.13% 3.27% 65.12
45-50K 1.51% 2.48% 60.69
50-55K 1.08% 1.90% 56.82
55-60K 0.79% 1.47% 53.40
60-65K 0.58% 1.15% 50.37
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.67
70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 45.25
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 43.08
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.11
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.32
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 37.70
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.21
100K + 0.39% 1.34% 29.37

Local Map of the constituency
West Bromwich East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
West Bromwich East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.25%) Liberal Democrat (1.59%)
Conservative (- 13.49%)
Conservative (1.58%)
Labour (-  1.28%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.10%)
Con - 13.49%
Lab 9.25%
LD 1.59%
Con 1.58%
Lab - 1.28%
LD - 1.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tom Watson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.98%) 8,487 25.98%
Lab Labour (55.87%) 18,250 55.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.80%) 4,507 13.80%
Oth Other (4.35%) 1,420 4.35%
Maj Majority (29.89%) 9,763 29.89%
Turn Turnout (53.37%) 32,664 53.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tom Watson
Labour hold
LD Ian Garrett 4,507 13.80%
UK Steven Grey 835 2.56%
SL Sheera Johal 585 1.79%
C David MacFarlane 8,487 25.98%
L Tom Watson 18,250 55.87%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Snape
Labour
Con Conservative (24.41%) 10,126 24.41%
Lab Labour (57.15%) 23,710 57.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.89%) 6,179 14.89%
Ref Referendum (3.55%) 1,472 3.55%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (32.74%) 13,584 32.74%
Turn Turnout (65.44%) 41,487 65.44%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (37.90%) 18,797 37.90%
Lab Labour (47.90%) 23,782 47.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.30%) 6,591 13.30%
Oth Other (1.00%) 477 1.00%
Maj Majority (10.00%) 4,985 10.00%
Turn Turnout (73.84%) 49,647 73.84%

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