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West Bromwich West
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Its safe Labour status disguised by its Honourable Member's tenancy of the Speaker's Chair for eight years, West Bromwich West was briefly eyed by the Conservatives during the by-election campaign caused by Betty Boothroyd's retirement in autumn 2000. However in the end there was again no real contest, as local worthy Adrian Bailey dashed the Tory hopes. This, along with another failure in the Preston by-election on the same day, led to a marked disillusionment in the Conservative Party after their brief revival of fortunes in September 2000 after the government's mishandling of the fuel crisis. Any party with a serious chance of winning the next general election should at least have come close in West Bromwich West in a midterm, low turnout by-election in a volatile region where Labour had done badly in local elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Adrian Bailey was elected at the December 2000 by-election as Labour's replacement for the departed Speaker, Betty Boothroyd. A bearded political organiser for the Co-operative Party since 1982, and before that a librarian for 11 years, he was born in 1945 and educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, Exeter University and Loughborough College of Librarianship. An allegedly uncharismatic deputy leader of the local Sandwell Council, his selection was said to worry Millbank beardists.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.85% 14.99% 5.67
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 0.10% 4.43% 2.19
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.00% 7.27% 82.55
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.14% 2.56% 5.35
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.76% 13.04% 21.14
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 16.44% 12.70% 129.42
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 25.46% 8.14% 312.64
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.64% 4.02% 15.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.28% 3.19% 165.75
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 29.39% 11.31% 259.85
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 5.27% 3.06% 172.09
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.29% 2.52% 289.53
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.39% 2.10% 18.43
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% 156.03
5-10K 22.18% 16.63% 133.36
10-15K 19.32% 16.58% 116.53
15-20K 13.94% 13.58% 102.61
20-25K 9.44% 10.39% 90.79
25-30K 6.27% 7.77% 80.70
30-35K 4.18% 5.79% 72.08
35-40K 2.80% 4.33% 64.72
40-45K 1.91% 3.27% 58.41
45-50K 1.32% 2.48% 53.00
50-55K 0.92% 1.90% 48.33
55-60K 0.65% 1.47% 44.29
60-65K 0.47% 1.15% 40.78
65-70K 0.34% 0.91% 37.72
70-75K 0.25% 0.72% 35.03
75-80K 0.19% 0.57% 32.66
80-85K 0.14% 0.46% 30.56
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 28.69
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 27.02
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 25.53
100K + 0.26% 1.34% 19.24

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.72%)
Conservative (25.12%) Liberal Democrat (6.81%)
Labour (- 65.32%)
Con 0.00%
Lab 14.72%
LD 0.00%
Con 25.12%
Lab - 65.32%
LD 6.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Adrian Bailey
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (25.12%) 7,997 25.12%
Lab 0 0.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.81%) 2,168 6.81%
Oth Other (68.07%) 21,675 68.07%
Maj Majority (18.31%) 5,829 18.31%
Turn Turnout (47.68%) 31,840 47.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Adrian Bailey
Conservative gain
LC Adrian Bailey 19,352 60.78%
C Karen Bissell 7,997 25.12%
BNP John Salvage 1,428 4.48%
SL Baghwant Singh 396 1.24%
LD Sadie Smith 2,168 6.81%
UK Kevin Walker 499 1.57%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (23 November 2000)
Resignation of Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd 23 September 2000
Adrian Bailey
Labour
Con Conservative (34.27%) 6,408 34.27%
Lab Labour (50.59%) 9,460 50.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.58%) 1,791 9.58%
Oth Other (5.56%) 1,040 5.56%
Maj Majority (16.32%) 3,232 16.32%
Turn Turnout (27.33%) 18,699 27.33%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker
Con 0 0.00%
Lab Labour (65.32%) 23,969 65.32%
LD 0 0.00%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (34.68%) 12,727 34.68%
Maj Majority (42.03%) 15,423 42.03%
Turn Turnout (54.37%) 36,696 54.37%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (37.60%) 17,763 37.60%
Lab Labour (50.60%) 23,937 50.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 5,577 11.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (13.10%) 6,174 13.10%
Turn Turnout (69.41%) 47,277 69.41%

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