2015 Result:
Conservative: 21195 (46%)
Labour: 14501 (31.5%)
Lib Dem: 1538 (3.3%)
Green: 1021 (2.2%)
UKIP: 7774 (16.9%)
MAJORITY: 6694 (14.5%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

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

Main population centres: Stourbridge, Amblecote, Cradley.

Profile: A black country constituency, covering the south west of the borough of Dudley and taking in the towns of Stourbridge, Amblecote and Cradley. Stourbridge is a suburban dormitory area on the edge of the West Midlands conurbation. While the seat is mainly urban, it borders onto open countryside just over the border in South Staffordshire. It is largely white, lower middle-class, owner-occupied former council houses and large scale new-build private estates, especially in Amblecote.

Politics: The Stourbridge seat was created in 1997 and won by Labour in their landslide that year. It was held by Labour in 2001 and, very narrowly, in 2005 when Debra Shipley stood down and was replaced by Linda Waltho. In 2010 it was gained by current Conservative MP Margot James, making Stourbridge an unusual example of a seat that has returned three female MPs in a row.

Current MP
MARGOT JAMES (Conservative) Born 1958, Coventry. Educated at Millfield and LSE. Former consultant and founder of the Shire Health Group, a public relations and clinical trials organisation. Kensington and Chelsea Councillor 2006-2008. Contested Holborn and St Pancras 2005. First elected as MP for Stourbridge in 2010. PPS to William Hague 2014-2015. Government whip since 2015. James is the first openly lesbian Conservative MP.
Past Results
Con: 20153 (43%)
Lab: 14989 (32%)
LDem: 7733 (16%)
UKIP: 2103 (4%)
Oth: 2256 (5%)
MAJ: 5164 (11%)
Con: 16682 (40%)
Lab: 17089 (41%)
LDem: 6850 (16%)
UKIP: 1087 (3%)
MAJ: 407 (1%)
Con: 15011 (38%)
Lab: 18823 (47%)
LDem: 4833 (12%)
UKIP: 763 (2%)
Oth: 494 (1%)
MAJ: 3812 (10%)
Con: 17807 (36%)
Lab: 23452 (47%)
LDem: 7123 (14%)
MAJ: 5645 (11%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
MARGOT JAMES (Conservative) See above.
PETE LOWE (Labour) Born Stourbridge. Educated at Thorns Secondary School. Former nurse. Dudley councillor.
CHRIS BRAMALL (Liberal Democrat) Born 1942, London, son of former Labour MP Sir Ashley Bramall. Educated at Cambridge University. Retired solicitor. Dudley councillor 1995-2004. Contested Stourbridge 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010.
JIM CARVER (UKIP) Born 1969, Farnborough. Educated at St John Rigby RC College. Contested Orpington 1997, Cheltenham 2001, Preseli Pembrokeshire 2005. MEP for the West Midlands since 2014.
CHRISTIAN KIEVER (Green) Retired civil servant.
Comments - 105 Responses on “Stourbridge”
  1. Sure, they need to get on with this- but the optics of politicians spending billions of pounds of public money on a shiny new office would be terrible at the best of times. In a climate where trust in politicians is lower than it was even at the depth of the MPs’ expenses scandal, that is not so much toxic as downright incendiary.

  2. Utter rubbish. The houses of parliament are arguably our number one national asset, of incalculable value. To allow them to dilapidate to rack and ruin is a national scandal. That they happen to be the base of our current woeful politicians is irrelevant. They will be the base for hopefully many more future generations of better politicians.

  3. I didn’t mean to imply that that was my own opinion, more that that was how I thought the mostly not-that-engaged-in-politics masses might see it.

  4. I think you are probably doing the masses a dis-service in that case. Beyond peoples’ petty grumbles I’d guess most would accept Westminster’s crucial place in our national psyche and how we project ourselves to the world. Even on a purely economic level, its value for tourism and Britain’s soft power is priceless.

    Your comment does highlight that we desperately need to separate Westminster the national treasure from the unpopularity of those who currently work there. I’m in theory open to the idea of parliament moving to a new building and leaving the Palace of Westminster for the tourists though not sure it’s practical. What I do passionately believe is that we should restore the building properly for the benefit of future generations. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

  5. Change UK support that – a whole new permanent building with a circular chamber.

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