2015 Result:
Conservative: 7310 (19.3%)
Labour: 22012 (58.2%)
Lib Dem: 805 (2.1%)
Green: 1465 (3.9%)
UKIP: 6237 (16.5%)
MAJORITY: 14702 (38.9%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Smethwick, Langley Green, Brandhall.

Profile: Warley is centred upon the town of Smethwick. It is a diverse area, just across the borough border from Birmingham. The north of the constituency is the more deprived and is multi-racial, with an Asian majority. The southern parts of the seat around Warley Woods are more white and affluent.

Politics: Smethwick is a Labour area and the various seats that have included the town (Smethwick, Warley East and Warley) have returned Labour Members of Parliament since the second world war with one, infamous, exception. In the 1964 general election the Conservatives won the seat fragainst the trend after an unpleasant election campaign dominated by race, which had included posters being put up saying "If you want a n***** for a neighbour, vote Labour". The defeated Labour MP Patrick Gordon Walker was appointed Foreign Secretary anyway as he sought to be returned in a by-election. When he was also defeated in the Leyton by-election the following year he resigned. Smethwick itself was won back by Labour in 1966.

Current MP
JOHN SPELLAR (Labour) Born 1947, Bromley. Educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University. Former trade union officer. Bromley councillor 1970-1974. MP for Birmingham Northfield 1982-1983. Contested Birmingham Northfield 1987.. First elected as MP for Warley West in 1992. Under secretary for Defence 1997-1999, Minister of State for the Armed Forces 1999-2001, Minister of State for Transport 2001-2003, Minister of State for Northern Ireland 2003-2005. Government whip 2008-2010.
Past Results
Con: 9484 (25%)
Lab: 20240 (53%)
LDem: 5929 (15%)
UKIP: 2617 (7%)
MAJ: 10756 (28%)
Con: 7315 (23%)
Lab: 17462 (54%)
LDem: 4277 (13%)
BNP: 1761 (5%)
Oth: 1272 (4%)
MAJ: 10147 (32%)
Con: 7157 (23%)
Lab: 19007 (61%)
LDem: 3315 (11%)
Oth: 1936 (6%)
MAJ: 11850 (38%)
Con: 9362 (24%)
Lab: 24813 (64%)
LDem: 3777 (10%)
MAJ: 15451 (40%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
TOM WILLIAMS (Conservative)
JOHN SPELLAR (Labour) See above.
CATH SMITH (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - 15 Responses on “Warley”
  1. What were the wards of the old Warley West from 1983 to 1997?

  2. Why this sudden interest in knowing the old wards for all these constituencies?

    Furthermore, a suggestion. If you ask this question on loads of pages, as you have been doing, I doubt anyone will have the patience to respond to even some. Maybe just concentrate on asking for constituencies you’re particularly interested in.

  3. Actually just noticed that Peter Griffiths, the Tory MP infamous for the 1964 Smethwick campaign (of which Warley is the successor seat), died late last month. After being defeated in 1966, he later became the MP for Portsmouth North from 79 to 97.

  4. LAB HOLD MAJ : 37%
    LAB 57
    CON 20
    LD 11
    UKIP 10
    GRN 2

  5. Harry, I think it covered all of the Sandwell wards currently in the Halesowen and Rowley Regis seat, the Langley ward (now in this seat) and the Oldbury and Tiverdale wards (now in West Bromwich West). All 4 of the Sandwell seats had very small electorate before the 1997 boundary changes when 3 wards were added to a Dudley seat.

  6. 2015 IMHO

    Lab 60
    Con 17
    UKIP 15
    LD 4
    Others 4

  7. As anyone who’s been in the area recently knows, the boundaries of this constituency are currently visible on the ground due to the sheer number of VOTE JOHN SPELLAR posters on lampposts.

  8. Labour Hold. 15,000 majority,

  9. John Spellar is being reported on twitter and facebook to be facing a deselection motion. No independent confirmation through at this point.

  10. I hadn’t realised Spellar was that old.

    It’ll be interesting how many choose to retire rather than face the prospect of being deselected.

    Although we already had record numbers going in 2010 and 2015.

  11. Here he is doing battle with Militant in 1982: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOAJ9G4iytU

  12. God knows how many more will follow. Have Momentum really infiltrated CLPs? Wonder how long standing members are feeling.

  13. Up for a (verbal and procedural) fight, judging by the ones I know. The infiltration is overstated. Momentum prefer to operate separately, holding their own meetings rather than showing up to official ones.

  14. It’s probably “just” a no confidence motion to be discussed at General Committee level.

    The real re-selection process is something different and said motion wouldn’t be biding. In the “trigger ballot” reselection system, for ex, an union branch count as much as a ward brunch.

    And I wouldn’t be sure the no confidence motion would pass. So far it’s pretty split with some CLPs approving pro Corbyn motion and other CLPs (mainly in London so far) voting for the no confidence in JC motions.

  15. It’s one thing calling your MP a traitor on Twitter, another to show up at a meeting, look them in the eye and vote to make them unemployed.

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