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Birmingham Ladywood

2010 Results:
Conservative: 4277 (11.94%)
Labour: 19950 (55.67%)
Liberal Democrat: 9845 (27.47%)
UKIP: 902 (2.52%)
Green: 859 (2.4%)
Majority: 10105 (28.2%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 15216 (50%)
Liberal Democrat: 9002 (29.6%)
Conservative: 2683 (8.8%)
Other: 3541 (11.6%)
Majority: 6215 (20.4%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 3515 (10.6%)
Labour: 17262 (51.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 10461 (31.5%)
UKIP: 2008 (6%)
Majority: 6801 (20.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 3551 (11.3%)
Labour: 21694 (68.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 2586 (8.2%)
UKIP: 283 (0.9%)
Other: 3379 (10.7%)
Majority: 18143 (57.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5052 (13.3%)
Labour: 28134 (74.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 3020 (8%)
Referendum: 1086 (2.9%)
Other: 685 (1.8%)
Majority: 23082 (60.8%)

Boundary changes: Extensive changes to local government boundary changes in Birmingham and the large size of council wards in the city mean that most of Birmingham`s consitutencies underwent many small changes to bring them into line with local government ward boundaries. Ladywood gains part of Aston from Perry Barr, part of Ladywood itself from Edgbaston and part of Nechells from Sparkbrook & Small Heath while losing part of Bordesley Green to Hodge Hill, Lozells to Perry Barr and part of Washwood Heath to Hodge Hill.

Profile: Ladywood consists of Aston, Nechells, Ladywood and Soho wards and covers the city centre of Brimingham. Ladywood has traditionally been one of the most deprived seats in the country, with one of the highest levels of unemployment, highest numbers of lone parents and very low levels of home and car ownership. It also has one of the highest proportions of non-white voters, with well over half the population from an ethnic minority. Soho ward to the West has a higher proportion of home ownership and has a high Sikh population, Aston and Nechells are more Muslim and more dominated by council housing. The seat includes HMP Birmingham at Winson Green, Aston University and both Aston Villa and Birmingham City football clubs.

Ladywood ward itself is underdergoing massive regeneration. In the city centre the Bullring shopping centre was demolished and replaced with a new modern shopping centre in 2003. The rest of Ladywood ward is still being redevloped, with entire high rise estates in Lee Bank being demolished and replaced with modern housing. Similar redevelopment in planned in Nechells with the demolition and replacement of large areas of Digbeth and Deritend as part of the Eastside development.

portraitCurrent MP: Shabana Mahmood (Labour) Born Small Heath. Barrister.

2010 election candidates:
portraitNusrat Ghani (Conservative) Educated at Bordesley Green Girls School and University of Central England. Formerly worked for Age Concern, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, BBC World Service and advised the UK’s Department for International Development.
portraitShabana Mahmood (Labour) Born Small Heath. Barrister.
portraitAyoub Khan (Liberal Democrat) Birmingham Councillor since 2003. Contested Birmingham Ladywood in 2005.
portraitPeter Beck (Green) Born West Bromwich. Retired library assistant and teacher. Former member of the Labour party. Contested Birmingham Edgbaston 2005.
portraitChristopher Booth (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 94538
Male: 49.7%
Female: 50.3%
Under 18: 29%
Over 60: 13.7%
Born outside UK: 30.9%
White: 36%
Black: 18.6%
Asian: 37.9%
Mixed: 5.3%
Other: 2.3%
Christian: 40.1%
Hindu: 3.2%
Muslim: 28.7%
Sikh: 5.4%
Full time students: 12.3%
Graduates 16-74: 13.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 43.2%
Owner-Occupied: 35.2%
Social Housing: 49.6% (Council: 31.6%, Housing Ass.: 18%)
Privately Rented: 9.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 20.3%

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