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Wolverhampton South West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
When the rather unglamorous West Midlands borough of Wolverhampton was elevated to the status of city in honour of the Millennium in December 2000 (along with Inverness and Brighton/Hove) Labour were accused of playing party politics in the distribution of honours. Since the other two constituencies in Wolverhampton are safely Labour already, it must have been South West that the critics had in mind. This is the former seat of the late Enoch Powell, although that dark soul left voluntarily in 1974. It did not fall, however, until 1997, when Nicholas Budgen (an independently minded politician who has also now departed this life) was beaten by Jenny Jones, a very different New Labour figure. The margin was 10.5pc, slightly less than Labour's national lead, and the swing also very slightly less than average. The Tories can indeed hope to win the seat again one day - it is not in fact moving away from them on a long-term basis, say because of demographics, as in many metropolitan areas like Liverpool and Manchester, nor has their local base been destroyed, as the most recent local elections here show: the Conservative candidates were over 20pc ahead of Labour in the wards within SW, and they have a solid middle class bloc on the edge of the city and the conurbation at Penn and Tettenhall. City or no city, a battle royal of great passion and significance may be expected in this corner of Wolverhampton at the next general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Rob Marris, selected in place of the one-term retiring Labour MP Jenny Jones, is a solicitor, born 1955, educated at St Edward's School, Oxford, and at the University of British Columbia and Birmingham Polytechnic. As a student in Canada he worked as a bus driver and trucker. He is a member of Greenpeace and describes himself as "well-versed in matters Canadian", which should help when confronting the problem of the lumbering industry in Wolverhampton.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 23.03% 14.99% 153.60
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.09% 2.49% 84.26
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.25% 4.43% 5.55
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.26% 7.27% 31.10
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.32% 2.56% 90.60
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.26% 2.04% 61.85
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.70% 3.94% 93.81
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.56% 13.04% 126.99
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.92% 12.70% 22.98
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.91% 8.14% 84.91
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.81% 4.02% 94.71
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.47% 3.19% 77.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.72% 11.31% 147.86
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.24% 3.06% 138.57
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.78% 2.52% 150.15
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 7.64% 2.10% 363.77
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 40.13
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.84% 9.41% 125.80
5-10K 17.89% 16.63% 107.57
10-15K 16.66% 16.58% 100.48
15-20K 13.16% 13.58% 96.92
20-25K 9.87% 10.39% 94.94
25-30K 7.29% 7.77% 93.75
30-35K 5.38% 5.79% 92.95
35-40K 4.00% 4.33% 92.37
40-45K 3.00% 3.27% 91.90
45-50K 2.27% 2.48% 91.50
50-55K 1.74% 1.90% 91.14
55-60K 1.34% 1.47% 90.81
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.49
65-70K 0.82% 0.91% 90.18
70-75K 0.65% 0.72% 89.88
75-80K 0.52% 0.57% 89.60
80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 89.32
85-90K 0.33% 0.37% 89.05
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 88.78
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 88.52
100K + 1.17% 1.34% 86.89

Local Map of the constituency
Wolverhampton South West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wolverhampton South West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.50%)
Conservative (-  9.36%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.30%)
Liberal Democrat (0.17%)
Conservative (-  0.21%) Labour (-  2.15%)
Con - 9.36%
Lab 10.50%
LD - 0.30%
Con - 0.21%
Lab - 2.15%
LD 0.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Marris
Labour hold
Con Conservative (39.73%) 16,248 39.73%
Lab Labour (48.26%) 19,735 48.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.37%) 3,425 8.37%
Oth Other (3.64%) 1,489 3.64%
Maj Majority (8.53%) 3,487 8.53%
Turn Turnout (60.88%) 40,897 60.88%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Marris
Labour hold
C David Chambers 16,248 39.73%
LD Mike Dixon 3,425 8.37%
UK Doug Hope 684 1.67%
L Robert Marris 19,735 48.26%
G Wendy Walker 805 1.97%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jenny Jones
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.94%) 19,539 39.94%
Lab Labour (50.40%) 24,657 50.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.20%) 4,012 8.20%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.46%) 713 1.46%
Maj Majority (10.46%) 5,118 10.46%
Turn Turnout (72.49%) 48,921 72.49%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.30%) 25,969 49.30%
Lab Labour (39.90%) 21,003 39.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.50%) 4,470 8.50%
Oth Other (2.30%) 1,237 2.30%
Maj Majority (9.40%) 4,966 9.40%
Turn Turnout (77.25%) 52,679 77.25%

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