South Staffordshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 29478 (59.4%)
Labour: 9107 (18.4%)
Lib Dem: 1448 (2.9%)
Green: 1298 (2.6%)
UKIP: 8267 (16.7%)
MAJORITY: 20371 (41.1%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Staffordshire. Part of the South Staffordshire council area.

Main population centres: Codsall, Featherstone, Brewood, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Kinver, Landywood, Wombourne.

Profile: This is a long thin seat, curling around the west of the Metropolitan West Midlands and covering the rural hinterland of Wolverhampton and Dudley. The seat has no substantial towns, and is made up of commuter villages..

Politics: A safe Conservative seat, represented (along with its predecessor South West Staffordshire) by Sir Patrick Cormack until his retirement in 2010. In the 2005 general election the vote in this seat was countermanded after the death of the Liberal Democrat candidate after the close of nominations.


Current MP
GAVIN WILLIAMSON (Conservative) Born 1976, Scarborough. Educated at Raincliffe School and Bradford University. Former managing director in a property consultancy. Contested Blackpool North and Fleetwood 2005. First elected as MP for South Staffordshire in 2010. PPS to David Cameron since 2013.
Past Results
2010
Con: 26834 (53%)
Lab: 10244 (20%)
LDem: 8427 (17%)
UKIP: 2753 (5%)
Oth: 2182 (4%)
MAJ: 16590 (33%)
2005*
Con: 13343 (52%)
Lab: 4496 (18%)
LDem: 3540 (14%)
UKIP: 2675 (10%)
Oth: 1581 (6%)
MAJ: 8847 (35%)
2001
Con: 21295 (50%)
Lab: 14414 (34%)
LDem: 4891 (12%)
UKIP: 1580 (4%)
MAJ: 6881 (16%)
1997
Con: 25568 (50%)
Lab: 17747 (35%)
LDem: 5797 (11%)
MAJ: 7821 (15%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
GAVIN WILLIAMSON (Conservative) See above.
KEVIN MCELDUFF (Labour) Contested Staffordshire South 2010.
ROBERT WOODTHORPE BROWNE (Liberal Democrat)
LYNDON JONES (UKIP)
CLAIRE MCILVENNA (Green)
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Comments - 184 Responses on “Staffordshire South”
  1. Gavin Willamson latest ‘gaffe’ is that he has toilet roll with Putin’s face on at the MOD.

  2. Not a gaffe, so much as a pathetic attempt to pretend he has a personality. Much like the spider thing.

  3. Bet Vladimir is quaking in his boots!

    Go back to selling fireplaces, pal.

  4. In my experience, people with printed bog rolls are usually complete tossers.

    At the height of the Iraq war about 15 years ago, when I lived in Oslo, I was invited to a dinner party at the house of some Norwegian conservative activists who were friends of a friend, and unwisely I attended. It was the evening from hell, the hosts and most of the guests both boorish and boring, and as people got drunker it descended into the whole gathering singing racist and far right songs (I pretended I couldn’t speak or understand Norwegian so I didn’t have to join in). The hosts were very proud of their toilet rolls which were emblazoned with Osama Bin Laden.

    I suspect this theme of house party may be coming to a Conservative association near to you in celebration of hard Brexit.

  5. Gavin once again appealing to the daily mail. The spider thing wasn’t him trying to have a personality it was just his creepy varys persona

  6. The Chinese have cancelled planned trade talks with Philip Hammond because of the fireplace salesman’s provocative statements this week. They were expected to remove their ban on imports of British poultry and cosmetics which have not been tested on animals.

    In a real world business this would get Williamson the sack, especially at such a difficult time. His threats of sending a gunboat to China are totally empty in any case. The man is totally unfit for high office.

  7. ‘The man is totally unfit for high office.’

    And how absolutely typical of the hapless May to think otherwise – her judgement of character seems as flawed as that of her predecessor

  8. I don’t know Tim…the Tory Cabinet under Cameron looked pretty solid even just five, six years ago. Seems like a lifetime ago now. I think Cameron managed the LD coalition well,but as a party manager he was rather mediocre.

  9. Defence Secretary should be the easiest position for a Tory PM to fill. Even today there are many good candidates with a solid military background – Tobias Ellwood, Tom Tugendhat, Jonny Mercer, Rory Stewart. It’s beyond me why a clueless gimp like Williamson was preferred over those. Perhaps he has compromising photos of Theresa May.

  10. Tristan – that really is rose tinted spectacles’ nostalgia.

    Who,in particular, were you thinking of from the Cameroon Cabinet years:

    Warsi
    Andrew Mitchell
    Justine Greening
    Maria Miller?

    Or how about gaffe prone Grant Shapps or Francis Maude?

    or Huhne or Laws from the yellow peril side of the table?

    But HH is right that Grayling (we all called him flailing rather than failing from when he came up here as Shadow Minister for Merseyside and scored 3 out of 10 in Qs asked re his knowledge) has to be the worst of all.

    Amazingly this man was once Shadow Home Sec and DWP til he said he’d ban gay couples if he had a B & B. As well as other foot-in-mouth quotes about the Wire in Manchester.

    Gove overturned 3 of his MoJ decisions including book banning.

    His one decision as Employment minister was ruled unlawful (as he used a statutory instrument with no vote to double the qualifying period from 1 to 2 years for employees wanting to bring Tribunal claims) and he’s still gaffe prone at Transport a decade on.

  11. ‘I don’t know Tim…the Tory Cabinet under Cameron looked pretty solid even just five, six years ago’

    Nothing wrong with most of his cabinet appointments – or the way he managed the coalition – more the people close to him from outside – Coulson, Ashcroft, Hilton et al

    As Hemelig says though, there’s plenty of superior alternatives to Williamson as Defence Secretary within the Tory Party so why on earth May went with him, she only knows

  12. Amazingly this man was once Shadow Home Sec and DWP til he said he’d ban gay couples if he had a B & B. As well as other foot-in-mouth quotes about the Wire in Manchester.

    Gove overturned 3 of his MoJ decisions including book banning.

    His one decision as Employment minister was ruled unlawful (as he used a statutory instrument with no vote to double the qualifying period from 1 to 2 years for employees wanting to bring Tribunal claims) and he’s still gaffe prone at Transport a decade on

    Nice to agree with you for once Lancs – I couldn’t have said it better myself

    Grayling is the complete and utter pits and one wonders just what hew would have to do to get the boot – wasting taxpayers money, making horrendous decision after decision, never learning from any of his many, many mistakes and his spell at the Ministry of Justice is probably the best example of incompetence in this history of British politics

    His crass incompetence makes him the cabinet minister from Hell and it reflects awfully on May that he is still in his post

  13. “Nothing wrong with most of his cabinet appointments – or the way he managed the coalition – more the people close to him from outside – Coulson, Ashcroft, Hilton et al”

    Cameron was a hands-off boss who didn’t interfere with his ministers or try to micro manage – the complete opposite of Brown and May. That’s the main reason the LDs were able to stay in coalition for a whole parliament.

    The disadvantage of Cameron’s laid back style was that he didn’t see ministerial disasters coming till it was too late. Blunders like Lansley’s NHS reforms, or Universal Credit, would never have got past a Brown or May style PM without getting squashed at an early stage.

  14. May is said to be quite anti China in her viewpoint so she probably agrees with Willamson view.
    His leadership ambitions still seem to be there but are utterly failing.

  15. Tim J – true and I remembered even more Grayling gaffes after I wrote that comment.

    BM11 – That’s true, whereas GO wanted to sell off anything to the Chinese and allow them to even build nuclear infrastructure here. Quite a change from when Tory MPs referred to ‘Red China’ and visited Taiwan instead.

  16. Gavin Willamson sacked for being the leaker.
    WOW.

    Rory Stewart, Tobias Elwood or Penny Mourdant my tips for his replacement unless she calls up Tom Tugandhat or Johnny Mercer from the backbenches.

  17. Looks like you just listed all the Tory MPs who used to be soldiers. That is at least a reasonable basis on which to make someone Defence Secretary.

    Now watch Theresa May be an idiot and give it to someone wholly unsuitable like Karen Bradley.

  18. Mrs May’s letter informing him of his sacking is pretty punchy, unsurprisingly.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  19. He could even be prosecuted and face calls to resign his seat. Through he is still denying it was him (so it could get messy.)

  20. Tweet from Sir Nicholas Soames a few days ago (presumably he knew then that the leaker was thought to be Williamson)-

    “Really hope that @10DowningStreet is getting close to revealing the name of the irresponsible ,crass ,disloyal shyster who unforgivably leaked from the #NSC .Further @theresa_may should immediately sack the next Cabinet Minister who leaks from Cabinet #AuthorityLeadershipjustdoit”

    Note that ironically Soames shares Williamson’s dislike of allowing Huawei involvement on the 5G rollout.

    The feeling on the backbenches is very unforgiving….it’s not impossible Williamson might serve some porridge.

  21. Nadine Dorries has defended Willamson and so have a few others. But I think a hell of lot of MP’s have never liked him for various reasons.
    They was an anonymous Senior MP with defence experience quoted tonight (who I suspect was Soames) sounding highly delighted at his dismissal

  22. ‘Nadine Dorries has defended Willamson and so have a few others. But I think a hell of lot of MP’s have never liked him for various reasons.’

    Nadine Dorries is mad so if she says anything, it’s highly likely that the opposite is the case
    The equally odd Julian Lewis seemed to go out of his way to defend him too last night

    Williamson has always come across as weird, creepy and arrogant and it should surprise no one that he was key to reaching out to the oddballs in the DUP to prop up May’s government

    What really makes him stand out though are various comments attributed to him

    ‘We should kill the f*ckers’
    ‘I can make and break May’
    ‘Russia should just go away and shut up’

    They show him to be an amateur and immature fool – and again it points to May’s horrendous judgement that she made him Defence Secretary, one of the few roles for which the Tories do actually have credible contenders

  23. He’s denied it. In a rather schoolyard way by swearing on his kid’s lives but actually it’s quite compelling and convincing.

    There need to be a criminal investigation. Why is the matter closed? It’s.all unbelievable!! This is worse than the Tory Government 1992-1997. I’m not being Party political, just from a neutral citizens POV.

  24. If I were him, and I hadn’t done it, I’d welcome a criminal investigation as the only way of clearing my name. If I knew I was guilty, I’d want to run from the law at all costs.

    Balance of probability therefore suggests he’s guilty and he knows it.

  25. Gavin Wilamson is calling for a police investigation to clear his name – while it’s the government opposing one.

  26. Williamson is admitting to the 11 minute phone call with the Telegraph journalist, but is denying Huawei was discussed. I have read a theory that this call was recorded by a third party, which might explain why May was happy to sack him but doesn’t want to pursue the matter further (tapped phone calls inadmissable in court?).

  27. I would like to add that as much as I don’t like him and think he was wildly over promoted, I do hope that the government has got this right and Williamson isn’t just a scapegoat here.

  28. Surely even for a politician swearing in your childrens’ lifes if you are in fact guilty as charged – which of course none of us actually know – is a new low

  29. Interesting that he’s mates with GO. As with Esther, Matt Hancock all over promoted and in their first few years as a younger MP.

  30. Williamson is the most blatant example of an over-promoted amateur, whose incompetence is matched only by his arrogance

    That such a sub standard MP has been given such a thorough endorsement by his electorate suggests that some in the west midlands perhaps really as dim-witted as they sound

  31. Tbf most voted Tory here in 1997 so that’s an unfair slur on the electorate in this seat. Simply a very safe seat.

    He’s ruthless but not dim either.

    I simply assume as DC’s PPS he was often with GO and the Quad.

  32. @Tristan

    That is a really stupid (or rather dimwitted) comment. You know full well that the vast majority of people of any political persuasion don’t vote based on candidate quality but based on the party they would like to see form the government. Diane Abbott wins landslide reelections after all so by your logic the residents of Hackney North and Stoke Newington must all be especially ‘dim-witted’.

  33. Gavin Willamson has endorsed Boris Johnson for PM.

  34. Pepperminttea- learn how to read, dear. I did not say anything of the sort.

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