Walsall South

2015 Result:
Conservative: 13733 (32.8%)
Labour: 19740 (47.2%)
Lib Dem: 676 (1.6%)
Green: 1149 (2.7%)
UKIP: 6540 (15.6%)
MAJORITY: 6007 (14.4%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: West Midlands.

Main population centres:



Current MP
VALERIE VAZ (Labour) Born 1954, Yemen, brother of MP Keith Vaz. Educated at Twickenham County Grammar and London University. Former solicitor. Ealing councillor 1986-1990. Contested Twickenham 1987. First elected as MP for Walsall South in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 14456 (35%)
Lab: 16211 (40%)
LDem: 5880 (14%)
UKIP: 3449 (8%)
Oth: 886 (2%)
MAJ: 1755 (4%)
Con: 9687 (27%)
Lab: 17633 (50%)
LDem: 3240 (9%)
UKIP: 1833 (5%)
Oth: 2922 (8%)
MAJ: 7946 (23%)
Con: 10643 (31%)
Lab: 20564 (59%)
LDem: 2365 (7%)
UKIP: 974 (3%)
Oth: 343 (1%)
MAJ: 9921 (28%)
Con: 13712 (32%)
Lab: 25024 (58%)
LDem: 2698 (6%)
Oth: 144 (0%)
MAJ: 11312 (26%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
SUE ARNOLD (Conservative)
VALERIE VAZ (Labour) See above.
JOEL KENRICK (Liberal Democrat) Strategy consultant.
DEREK BENNETT (UKIP) Sales manager. Contested Walsall 1997 for Referendum party, Walsall South 2001, 2005, 2010 for UKIP.
Comments - 60 Responses on “Walsall South”
  1. There were very nearly two Rees-Mogg’s as well. Jacob’s sister, Annunziata (!), was narrowly defeated in Somerton and Frome. She is only 36 so, given her family background, I’d imagine there is a good chance she’ll become an MP at some stage.

    Rachel Reeves’ sister, Ellie, is on Labour’s NEC and is another sibling that is quite likely to make the Commons at some point.

  2. Annunziata was defeated narrowly in 2010, that is.

  3. If only she’d started referring to herself as “Nancy” like David Cameron wanted her to…

  4. Which wards was St Matthew’s (the city centre ward) created from in the 1974 local government redistribution?

  5. Leave him be, it does no harm whatsoever and where else would you find this information?

    Maybe not on here but it’s worth a try. We’ve had extended conversations on this website about Scottish Tories which I have little interest in but i’m not going to tell people to stop.

    I can’t answer any of the questions, but Harry, feel free to keep asking.

  6. I’m with JamesRodriguez on this, and take the same view in relation to the similar discussion on the Derby North thread (about people discussing alternative boundary review proposals).

    Not everything people post on here is of much interest to me. But I’m sure much of what I post isn’t of much interest to some other people. It doesn’t take much time to read through posts and ignore them if we aren’t interested.

    It would be different if people were clogging up the board with totally irrelevant spam or posting so excessively that it made it hard to find anything else, but that isn’t true in this case or that being discussed on the Derby N thread. In fact questions/discussions about boundaries are more on topic than many other things that we end up discussing on here, including some things I’ve raised.

    Generally discussion on this site – at least the election guide part – is very civil and, for me, that is what makes posting here worthwhile. It isn’t like other political forums/comments sections where people get shouted down or just post uninformed partisan drivel.It would be a shame if that changed.

  7. Harry’s posts are sensible, and the ward make up of seats is surely a key part of the site.
    I can rarely answer his questions though, as they are often about old boundaries and he has clearly tried Wikipedia and some other sites first.

  8. The Conservatives appear to be experiencing candidate selection issues in Walsall South.


  9. The Boxer Amir Khan has endorsed the Tory Candidate here.

  10. Lol. Not exactly an A List endorsement there.

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