Wolverhampton South East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7764 (22.3%)
Labour: 18531 (53.3%)
Lib Dem: 798 (2.3%)
Green: 605 (1.7%)
UKIP: 7061 (20.3%)
MAJORITY: 10767 (31%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: West Midlands. Part of the Wolverhampton council area and one ward from the Dudley council area.

Main population centres: Wolverhampton, Bilston, Coseley.

Profile: The city of Wolverhampton is at the north-western corner of the West Midlands urban area. It was an industrial city and while the service sector now dominates, engineering is still an important part of the local economy, particularly aerospace. Other important local employers are Chubb and Tarmac. Wolverhampton South East is the industrial south east of the city and the contiguous town of Bilston. It is an ethnically mixed seat, with large Sikh and Hindu communities.

Politics: This is the safest of the three Wolverhampton seats and is reliably Labour. It has been held by the party since its creation in 1974.

Current MP
PAT MCFADDEN (Labour) Born 1965, Paisley. Educated at Holyrood Secondary and Edinburgh University. Former political secretary to Tony Blair. First elected as MP for Wolverhampton South East in 2005. Under-secretary for Social Exclusion 2006-2007, Minister of State for Business 2007-2010. Shadow Business Secretary 2010. Shadow Europe Minister since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 9912 (29%)
Lab: 16505 (48%)
LDem: 5277 (15%)
UKIP: 2675 (8%)
Oth: 338 (1%)
MAJ: 6593 (19%)
Con: 6295 (22%)
Lab: 16790 (59%)
LDem: 3682 (13%)
UKIP: 1484 (5%)
MAJ: 10495 (37%)
Con: 5945 (22%)
Lab: 18409 (67%)
LDem: 2389 (9%)
Oth: 554 (2%)
MAJ: 12464 (46%)
Con: 7020 (20%)
Lab: 22202 (64%)
LDem: 3292 (9%)
Oth: 1336 (4%)
MAJ: 15182 (44%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
SURIA PHOTAY (Conservative) Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar and University of Wales. Financial ombudsman service adjudicator.
PAT MCFADDEN (Labour) See above.
IAN GRIFFITHS (Liberal Democrat)
BARRY HODGSON (UKIP) Contested South West region 2009 European elections for the Pensioners Party.
Comments - 14 Responses on “Wolverhampton South East”
  1. Dennis Turner, Baron Bilston, who represented this seat from 1987-2005 has died age 71.

  2. Sorry to hear this news. He was a keen campaigner against short measures in pubs, something which as a beer drinker I greatly appreciate, and was a good old-fashioned Labour man.

  3. Spring Vale councillor and former Mayor of Wolverhampton Malcolm Gwinnett has defected from the Lib Dems to UKIP – two Lib Dems left on the council now.

  4. Possible UKIP strength here? Large numbers of non-White British people and an industrial WC seat. They ought to take at least third given the LD fall and their own rise since 2010.

  5. Wow, here’s another one I missed re UKIP’s vote. Honestly had no idea they polled 8% in 2010. Same % as in Dudley South.

    This had to be one of their best performances in an ethnically mixed seat.

  6. …OK, just had a quick scan of the seats in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall MBCs. I’ve clearly been living under a rock for the past 4 years. UKIP polled remarkably well in some of these Black Country seats and this was a couple of years before they really started gaining a following.

    I knew the east and south west of England were strong for them, but it appears that there’s a defined area in the West Midlands for them to target in the Euros and locals this year.

  7. That’s why they are toxic for the tories in this area. an increased ukip vote in Dudley South and Stourbridge could see labour victories in these seats which are about 75 and 80 on labour’s target list. That’s why ukip is so deadly to the tories.

  8. UKIP have hoovered up what was a strong BNP vote in the Black Country – strong enough to have elected a number of councillors.

    Working class Conservatism remains strong in the Black Country, so yes successes here for UKIP are likely to hurt the Conservative Party.

  9. I make Peter and John right. May should give us some interesting results in the more gritty marginal parts of the country.

  10. prediction for 2015-

    Lab- 49%
    UKIP- 27%
    Con- 19%
    Lib- 4%

    I’d imagine UKIP will be coming second in many a seat like this yet failing to win all but seven or so seats. I suppose FPTP will be a gib annoyance for them really.

  11. Labour hold – Majority 9,500.

  12. Labour Hold. 14,000 majority.

  13. Pat McFadden has become the second casualty of Corbyn’s reshuffle

  14. A way of hurting Hilary Benn without getting rid of him which was impossible because it could have triggered a mass walkout.

    Suggesting that it was because of comments he made asking the PM to agree to condemn Daesh rather than blame the west for the Paris attacks is not exactly the best media strategy…

    In further signs of incompetence the new Shadow Minister for Europe – who will presumably get lots of media time over the next year – is Pat Glass, somebody with very little media experience and just a few months of frontbench experience.

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