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Aldridge-Brownhills

2010 Results:
Conservative: 22913 (59.31%)
Labour: 7647 (19.79%)
Liberal Democrat: 6833 (17.69%)
Green: 847 (2.19%)
Christian: 394 (1.02%)
Majority: 15266 (39.52%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 17774 (48.1%)
Labour: 12062 (32.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4579 (12.4%)
Other: 2561 (6.9%)
Majority: 5713 (15.5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 18744 (47.4%)
Labour: 13237 (33.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4862 (12.3%)
BNP: 1620 (4.1%)
UKIP: 1093 (2.8%)
Majority: 5507 (13.9%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 18974 (50.2%)
Labour: 15206 (40.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3251 (8.6%)
Other: 379 (1%)
Majority: 3768 (10%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 21856 (47.1%)
Labour: 19330 (41.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 5184 (11.2%)
Majority: 2526 (5.4%)

Boundary changes: only the most minor boundary changes, with part of St Matthew`s ward and an insignificant sliver of Pheasey Park Farm transferring to

Profile: Aldridge-Brownhills is a seat of two halves – Aldridge is an affluent and highly Conservative dormitory town made up a middle-class suburbia while Brownhills to the North of the constituency is a former coal mining town which tends to vote Labour. The other commuter villages in the constituency also tend to be Tory, particularly Street, which borders on the rock solid Tory territory of Sutton Coldfield.

portraitCurrent MP: Richard Shepherd(Conservative) born 1942, Aberdeen Educated at Isleworth Grammar and the LSE. Unmarried. Is the director of a food retail business and a former member of Lloyds. Shepherd started out in politics as an assistant to Sir Teddy Taylor. He stood himself in Nottingham East in 1974 and was successfully elected for Aldridge-Brownhills in 1979 (the same election that Teddy Taylor lost Glasgow Cathcart). He is an independently minded libertarian, a long term supporter of freedom of information and a Euro-sceptic. He was one of the 8 Conservative MPs who had the whip withdrawn from them under the Major government for rebelling over Europe. In 2000 he unsuccessfully stood as Commons speaker, being nominated by Martin Bell (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitRichard Shepherd(Conservative) born 1942, Aberdeen Educated at Isleworth Grammar and the LSE. Unmarried. Is the director of a food retail business and a former member of Lloyds. Shepherd started out in politics as an assistant to Sir Teddy Taylor. He stood himself in Nottingham East in 1974 and was successfully elected for Aldridge-Brownhills in 1979 (the same election that Teddy Taylor lost Glasgow Cathcart). He is an independently minded libertarian, a long term supporter of freedom of information and a Euro-sceptic. He was one of the 8 Conservative MPs who had the whip withdrawn from them under the Major government for rebelling over Europe. In 2000 he unsuccessfully stood as Commons speaker, being nominated by Martin Bell (more information at They work for you)
portraitAshiq Hussain (Labour) Derby councillor 1997-2004. Awarded the MBE for services to Derby 2004.
portraitIan Jenkins (Liberal Democrat)
portraitKarl Macnaughton (Green) Born 1975, Solihull. Educated at Park Hall School and Wolverhampton University.
portraitSue Gray (Christian Party)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 74224
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 21.5%
Over 60: 24.7%
Born outside UK: 2.8%
White: 96.6%
Black: 0.5%
Asian: 1.9%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 81.5%
Sikh: 0.9%
Full time students: 1.9%
Graduates 16-74: 12.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 36.9%
Owner-Occupied: 77.4%
Social Housing: 17.7% (Council: 16%, Housing Ass.: 1.7%)
Privately Rented: 2.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.7%

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