Birmingham, Hall Green

2015 Result:
Conservative: 8329 (17.7%)
Labour: 28147 (59.8%)
Lib Dem: 5459 (11.6%)
Green: 2200 (4.7%)
UKIP: 2131 (4.5%)
Respect: 780 (1.7%)
MAJORITY: 19818 (42.1%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: West Midlands. Part of the Birmingham council area.

Main population centres: Moseley, Hall Green, Springfield.

Profile: A seat in urban Birmingham, England`s second city. Hall Green is towards the centre of Birmingham and consists of the wards of Hall Green, Moseley and Kings Heath, Sparkbrook and Springfield. While Hall Green itself is better off and owner-occupied, it is not typical of the seat which mostly much more of an inner-city seat, dominated by victorian terraces and council estates, labouring under economic hardship and unemployment. It has the highest asian and Muslim populations of the Birmingham seats, with a majority of the adult population coming from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Politics: The seat has little in common with the Birmingham Hall Green seat that existed before 2010 and returned Conservative MPs up until 1997, other than Hall Green itself this constituency is mostly the old Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath seat, a seat with a far more solidly Labour past. In 2010 Labour`s majority was reduced to below ten percent thanks to a strong performance by Respect and Salma Yaqoob. Yaqoob subsequently left the Respect party and in 2015 this returned to being a safe Labour safe, with Respect getting under 1000 votes.

Current MP
ROGER GODSIFF (Labour) Born 1946, London. Educated at Catford Comprehensive School. Former bank clerk and trade union official. Lewisham councillor 1971-1990. Contested Birmingham Yardley 1983. First elected as MP for Birmingham Small Heath in 1992.
Past Results
Con: 7320 (15%)
Lab: 16039 (33%)
LDem: 11988 (25%)
Resp: 12240 (25%)
Oth: 1140 (2%)
MAJ: 3799 (8%)
Con: 3480 (9%)
Lab: 13787 (36%)
LDem: 7727 (20%)
UKIP: 1342 (4%)
Oth: 11856 (31%)
MAJ: 2786 (7%)
Con: 3948 (11%)
Lab: 21087 (58%)
LDem: 4841 (13%)
UKIP: 634 (2%)
Oth: 6137 (17%)
MAJ: 14950 (41%)
Con: 7315 (18%)
Lab: 26841 (64%)
LDem: 3889 (9%)
Oth: 2983 (7%)
MAJ: 19526 (47%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath

2015 Candidates
JAMES BIRD (Conservative)
ROGER GODSIFF (Labour) See above.
JERRY EVANS (Liberal Democrat) Archaeologist. Birmingham councillor since 2003. Contested Birmingham Hall Green 2010.
Comments - 64 Responses on “Birmingham, Hall Green”
  1. For anoraks, I see that the increase in the Labour vote in 2015, 26%, was the largest for any party at any General Election!

    One does wonder what caused the respect vote to be so high in 2010.

  2. Respect heavily targeted Muslim voters post-Iraq and consequently (thanks in part, it must be said, to inattentive local Labour Parties) made inroads in places like this.

    Labour’s second and third best vote share increases were in Brent Central and Sheffield Hallam, so the top three were all in special circumstances.

  3. There was also a significant personal vote for Salma Yaqoob, who was well respected in Birmingham and not just among Muslims.

    Note also as I have posted before this is one of the three most Muslim constituencies in the country, with the adult population being just over 50%.

    Birmingham had a separate Muslim political party with seats on the council, prior to Respect, which was wiped out by the ballot rigging in 2004, and subsequently decided to join the Liberals, who were the initial beneficiaries of the Iraq blowback.

    Salma Yaqoob appealed particularly to young Muslims as she was outside the traditional patriarchal Pakistani/ Kashmiri politics that apply in Birmingham as in Bradford. Her retirement effectively killed Respect in Birmingham.

  4. True, although I imagine Galloway would stand here in the event of a By-election.

    Incidentally, analysis of all 300 Islamists convicted in the UK over the past 20 years shows over 10% come from wards here:

  5. Not really a surprise. This is what happens if you allow parallel societies to develop with values greatly different from those of the host society.

  6. The first of the amusing Freepost election addresses are being reviewed on another site.

    The best/worst so far is:

    “Unwanted, Unnecessary, Opportunistic” next to a photo of this MP – and yes it’s his own leaflet!

  7. Roger Godsiff, probably the most obscure of the Labour leavers, is now supporting the People’s Vote campaign.

  8. LGBT Labour has passed a motion calling for Roger Godsiff to lose the Labour whip because of his support for the Anti LGBT education protests.

  9. Godsiff lost the first 2 trigger ballot meetings (one with 77% of votes for open selection and the other with 93%). Given there are only 4 branches, open selection will surely take place now.

  10. Godsiff has confirmed that he’ll stand as an Ind here.

    Should be as amusing as when Kilroy stood for Veritas.

  11. His 2 page letter details why he is standing as an Ind (he says Independent Labour).

    He blames a small number of LGBT fanatics.

    He says he has support from the Muslim community.

  12. Given that both Respect and LD polled 25% each here in 2010, dragging Labour down to 33%, is there any possibility of a large chunk of Muslim voters moving across to ‘Independent Labour’ Roger Godsiff and getting him over the line.

    My own outside view without local knowledge is that he could only possibly succeed if the local issues trump the national ones – as Corbyn is generally well-liked by the Muslim community having long supported many of the causes and anti-Americanism that they often espouse.

  13. I read an article somewhere with one of the tiggers complaining that because they were switching seats, if they lost they lose some sort of parachute payment than had they stood in the same seat and lost. I’m sure the figure was £20k or more.

    Maybe some of these independents standing for £500 makes good economic sense and don’t especially intend to fight a proper campaign?

  14. New Labour candidate is Tahir Ali, Cllr Nechells ward (which should be in Ladywood constituency).


    yes, to get the loss of office payment they need to stand and lose in the same constiutency they were sitting for before dissolution (or for a constituency that contains part of that if there are boundary changes).
    Angela Smith just discovered it and managed to write IPSA to tell how shocked she was to have discovered it

    However, Godsiff will immediately get his pension given his age.

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