Sutton Coldfield

2015 Result:
Conservative: 27782 (54.6%)
Labour: 11365 (22.3%)
Lib Dem: 2627 (5.2%)
Green: 1426 (2.8%)
UKIP: 7489 (14.7%)
Others: 165 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 16417 (32.3%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands. Part of Birmingham council area.

Main population centres: Sutton Coldfield.

Profile: A solidly middle class seat in the north of Birmingham. Prestigious, leafly and affluent, it covers the most desirable residential areas in Birmingham. Sutton Coldfield was a separate municipal borough until 1974 when it became part of Birmingham and has retained its grammar schools. Becoming part of Birmingham was never popular with local residents and the area still looks upon itself as very much a seperate area. The seat contains Sutton Park, at 2,500 acres the largest urban park in Britain.

Politics: A very safe Conservative seat, held continuously by the party since its creation in 1945. Prior to the election of Andrew Mitchell in 2001 it was represented by former cabinet minister and Conservative Chairman Sir Norman Fowler.

Current MP
ANDREW MITCHELL (Conservative) Born 1956, Hampstead, former MP David Mitchell. Educated at Rugby and Cambridge University. Former banker, strategy advisor and army officer. Contested Sunderland South 1983. MP for Gedling 1987-1997. First elected as MP for Sutton Coldfield in 2001. PPS to William Waldegrave 1988-1990, PPS to John Wakeham 1990-1992, government whip 1992-1995, junior social security minister 1995-1997. Shadow international development secretary 2005-2010, Secretary of State for International Development 2010-2012, briefly Chief Whip 2012 before resigning after swearing at a police officer at the Downing Street gates. Was campaign manager for David Davis in his 2005 leadership campaign.
Past Results
Con: 27303 (54%)
Lab: 10298 (20%)
LDem: 9117 (18%)
BNP: 1749 (3%)
Oth: 2122 (4%)
MAJ: 17005 (34%)
Con: 24308 (52%)
Lab: 12025 (26%)
LDem: 7710 (17%)
UKIP: 2275 (5%)
MAJ: 12283 (27%)
Con: 21909 (50%)
Lab: 11805 (27%)
LDem: 8268 (19%)
UKIP: 1186 (3%)
Oth: 284 (1%)
MAJ: 10104 (23%)
Con: 27373 (52%)
Lab: 12488 (24%)
LDem: 10139 (19%)
MAJ: 14885 (28%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
ANDREW MITCHELL (Conservative) See above.
ROB POCOCK (Labour) Contested Sutton Coldfield 2001, 2005, 2010.
RICHARD BRIGHTON-KNIGHT (Liberal Democrat) Doctor. Contested Birmingham Selly Oak 2005, Sutton Coldfield 2010.
MARCUS BROWN (UKIP) Educated at Bishop Vesey Grammar School and Kent University. Teacher and former stockbroker.
DAVID RATCLIFF (Green) Educated at Wolverhampton University. Retired from family business.
Comments - 162 Responses on “Sutton Coldfield”
  1. Conservative Hold. 10,000 majority.

  2. Not a bad result here for Andrew Mitchell given his difficulties and the evidence of a pro-Labour drift.

    Cons 54.6 (+0.7)
    Lab 22.3 (+2.0)
    UKIP 14.7 (+11.6)
    LD 5.2 (-12.9)
    Gre 2.8 (+1.7)

    Con majority 16,417 (32.3%)

  3. Andrew Mitchell just said* he “…doesn’t expect any splits in the party” over BREXIT vote.


    In conversation with George Galloway on Radio Sputnik.

  4. 70% of Sutton residents have voted in favour of creating a town council.

  5. Good on them.

  6. The local paper says it was an all postal vote so I’m not sure if it counts as an official referendum or not, but Birmingham City Council have said they will respect the result.

  7. That is a pleasant surprise. In my experience, cities don’t like outlying towns showing even the merest hint of independence.

  8. Results

    Con 50.0
    Lab 29.4
    UKIP 12.2
    LD 4.4
    Green 4.1

    An interesting set of results. Labour carried Vesey 57-32 where the popular Rob Pocock was standing for re-election but the Conservatives led Labour 61-14 in Four Oaks, 59-18 in New Hall and 51-22 in Trinity.

  9. Interesting- yet another middle-class area where Leave managed to prevail.

  10. Con 61.0
    Lab 31.9
    LD 4.4
    Green 1.8
    Ind 0.9

    A much better Conservative performance here than in other wealthy edge-of-conurbation seats. They did pretty well in Solihull too.

  11. Sutton Coldfield results (top score method)

    Con 57.7
    Lab 27.9
    LD 6.4
    Green 5.0

    Labour won both Vesey seats but the Conservatives piled up the votes elsewhere.

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