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Aldridge - Brownhills
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives won five out of six wards in this constituency in the Walsall Metropolitan Borough elections of May 2000, with shares of the vote ranging from 59pc to 80pc (in Streetly), and they should increase their majority to a more comfortable level than the present 2,500 at the next general election. Aldridge-Brownhills is a middle class owner-occupied nearly all-white seat near the edge of Sutton Park. It should really be the base of an identikit Conservative. Instead it has been held formore than 20 years by the highly individual and independent Richard Shepherd.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Born 1942, educated at Isleworth Grammar School and the London School of Economics, Richard Shepherd, a Lloyds underwriter and owner of a chain of up-market grocers shops, is a respected, sensitive, libertarian bachelor. One of the Conservatives’ most uncompromising Europhobes, he was stripped of the Whip for five months in 1994-95. MP here since 1979, an advocate of open government who rebelled against the Scott Report, and ran for Speaker in 2000 with the cross-party backing of Martin Bell and Labour’s Dr Tony Wright, he has been seen (by The Guardian) as having “antediluvian views on many things, such as foreigners” but “very nice in a schoolboyish sort of way”. In 2000 he was one of only two Tories to join Labour rebels in opposing part privatisation of air traffic control. Labour's Ian Geary is an AEEU Research Officer.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.32% 14.99% 95.48
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.20% 2.49% 8.06
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.79% 4.43% 85.71
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.92% 7.27% 150.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.07% 2.56% 2.90
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.40% 3.94% 10.07
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.79% 13.04% 144.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.14% 12.70% 142.82
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 20.67% 8.14% 253.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.34% 4.02% 8.34
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.44% 3.19% 108.03
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.29% 11.31% 64.47
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.07% 3.06% 34.96
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.56% 2.52% 22.11
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.29% 9.41% 109.34
£5-10K 17.27% 16.63% 103.84
£10-15K 16.87% 16.58% 101.77
£15-20K 13.68% 13.58% 100.68
£20-25K 10.37% 10.39% 99.79
£25-30K 7.68% 7.77% 98.85
£30-35K 5.66% 5.79% 97.80
£35-40K 4.19% 4.33% 96.65
£40-45K 3.12% 3.27% 95.42
£45-50K 2.34% 2.48% 94.15
£50-55K 1.77% 1.90% 92.85
£55-60K 1.35% 1.47% 91.54
£60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.25
£65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 88.97
£70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 87.73
£75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 86.52
£80-85K 0.39% 0.46% 85.34
£85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 84.20
£90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 83.11
£95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 82.05
£100K + 1.02% 1.34% 75.99

Local Map of the constituency
Aldridge - Brownhills - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Aldridge - Brownhills - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.39%)
Conservative (-  7.17%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.22%)
Conservative (3.05%)
Labour (-  1.47%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.58%)
Con - 7.17%
Lab 8.39%
LD - 1.22%
Con 3.05%
Lab - 1.47%
LD - 2.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Shepherd
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.18%) 18,974 50.18%
Lab Labour (40.22%) 15,206 40.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.60%) 3,251 8.60%
Oth Other (1.00%) 379 1.00%
Maj Majority (9.97%) 3,768 9.97%
Turn Turnout (60.60%) 37,810 60.60%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Shepherd
Conservative hold
L Ian Greay 15,206 40.22%
LD Monica Howes 3,251 8.60%
SA John Rothery 379 1.00%
C Richard Shepherd 18,974 50.18%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Sheperd
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.13%) 21,856 47.13%
Lab Labour (41.69%) 19,330 41.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.18%) 5,184 11.18%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (5.45%) 2,526 5.45%
Turn Turnout (74.26%) 46,370 74.26%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.30%) 28,431 54.30%
Lab Labour (33.30%) 17,407 33.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.40%) 6,503 12.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (21.10%) 11,024 21.10%
Turn Turnout (81.89%) 52,341 81.89%

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