Birmingham, Ladywood

2015 Result:
Conservative: 4576 (12.7%)
Labour: 26444 (73.6%)
Lib Dem: 1374 (3.8%)
Green: 1501 (4.2%)
UKIP: 1805 (5%)
Others: 216 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 21868 (60.9%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Aston, Nechels, Bordesley, Ladywood.

Profile: Ladywood consists of Aston, Nechells, Ladywood and Soho wards and covers the city centre of Brimingham. Ladywood has traditionally been one of the most deprived seats in the country, with one of the highest levels of unemployment, highest numbers of lone parents and very low levels of home and car ownership. It also has one of the highest proportions of non-white voters, with well over two-thirds of the population from an ethnic minority. Soho ward to the West has a higher proportion of home ownership and has a high Sikh population, Aston and Nechells are more Muslim and more dominated by council housing. The seat includes HMP Birmingham at Winson Green, Aston University and both Aston Villa and Birmingham City football clubs. Ladywood ward itself is underdergoing massive regeneration. In the city centre the Bullring shopping centre was demolished and replaced with a new modern shopping centre in 2003, the high rise estates in Lee Bank have been demolished and replaced with modern housing and similar redevelopment is ongoing as part of the Eastside development.

Politics: Birmingham Ladywood is a safe Labour seat, held by the party since the second world war with the exception of a year of Liberal representation after a 1969 by-election win. Until 2010 it was represented by Clare Short, the left-wing Labour cabinet minister who threatened to resign if Britain went to war in Iraq, but failed to do so until after the war had concluded. She later said she was ashamed of the Blair government and resigned the Labour whip, serving out the remainder of her final term as an independent MP.

Current MP
SHABANA MAHMOOD (Labour) Born 1982, Small Heath. Educated at Oxford University. Barrister. First elected as MP for Birmingham Ladywood in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 4277 (12%)
Lab: 19950 (56%)
LDem: 9845 (27%)
UKIP: 902 (3%)
Oth: 859 (2%)
MAJ: 10105 (28%)
Con: 3515 (11%)
Lab: 17262 (52%)
LDem: 10461 (31%)
UKIP: 2008 (6%)
MAJ: 6801 (20%)
Con: 3551 (11%)
Lab: 21694 (69%)
LDem: 2586 (8%)
UKIP: 283 (1%)
Oth: 3379 (11%)
MAJ: 18143 (58%)
Con: 5052 (13%)
Lab: 28134 (74%)
LDem: 3020 (8%)
Oth: 685 (2%)
MAJ: 23082 (61%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
ISABEL SIGMAC (Conservative)
SHABANA MAHMOOD (Labour) See above.
SHAZAD IQBAL (Liberal Democrat)
TIMOTHY BURTON (Vote for Real People)
Comments - 60 Responses on “Birmingham, Ladywood”
  1. Ladywood ward’s boundaries were redrawn in 2004 to take in Birmingham city centre. Does this mean the city centre has only been in this constituency since 2010, and what seats was it in before then and what were the equivalent wards?

  2. Harry, the city centre was in Ladywood ward before the new boundaries in 2004.

    I don’t have old maps like you do, but I think the city centre has been in Ladywood at least since 1955, and probably earlier. It certainly wasn’t in All Saints or Small Heath.

  3. Boundary history:
    1918-1950: Ladywood; Rotton Park
    1950-1955: All Saints’; Ladywood; Rotton Park
    1955-1974: Duddeston; Ladywood; St Paul’s
    1974-1983: All Saints’; Ladywood; Rotton Park; Soho
    1983-1997: Ladywood; Sandwell; Soho
    1997-present: Aston; Ladywood; Nechells; Soho

  4. Was the guy at the boundary commission who created the new Birmingham Ladywood taking LSD when he came up with his proposal?

    Why was Tyburn not left in Erdington (instead of being moved to Ladywood)?
    Why was Oscott not left in Perry Barr (instead of being moved to Erdington)?
    Why was Ashton not left in Ladywood (instead of being moved to Perry Barr)?

    I have never seen anything as ridiculous as the new Birmingham Ladywood.

  5. It stretches from Smethwick to Tyburn and does not even look like a sausage….it looks like a snake 🙂

  6. Yes Birmingham looks one of the odder areas in this review. Along with the NE and NI I can see considerable changes in the final boundaries here.

  7. What I don’t understand is that the BC were told they can split boundaries, why the hell didn’t they do it here of all places!!!

  8. I’m still of the opinion this is all an elaborate scheme by the BC, just wait till the real proposals come out…

  9. Brian Walden – former Mp here and broadcaster died aged 86.

  10. Walden was a fascinating character. Matthew Parris described him as being very right wing when they worked together in TV. Walden is reported to have claimed he could bring five or six Labour MPs across to the Tory benches after Thatcher became leader. He was in favour of Brexit. I wonder if he remained a Labour member – I would doubt it. There’s some very good BBC radio monologues of his which are available to listen to on YouTube. I think they were broadcast as A Point of View on Radio 4.

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