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Halesowen and Rowley Regis

2010 Results:
Conservative: 18115 (41.19%)
Labour: 16092 (36.59%)
Liberal Democrat: 6515 (14.81%)
UKIP: 2824 (6.42%)
Independent: 433 (0.98%)
Majority: 2023 (4.6%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19219 (46.4%)
Conservative: 15079 (36.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5148 (12.4%)
Other: 1990 (4.8%)
Majority: 4140 (10%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 14906 (36.1%)
Labour: 19243 (46.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 5204 (12.6%)
UKIP: 1974 (4.8%)
Majority: 4337 (10.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13445 (34.2%)
Labour: 20804 (53%)
Liberal Democrat: 4089 (10.4%)
UKIP: 936 (2.4%)
Majority: 7359 (18.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 16029 (32.9%)
Labour: 26366 (54.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4169 (8.5%)
Referendum: 1244 (2.6%)
Other: 953 (2%)
Majority: 10337 (21.2%)

Boundary changes: Minor changes to bring the constituency into line with ward boundaries. Loses a tiny part of Cradley & Foxcote to Stourbridge, part of Langley to Warley and a tiny part of Tividale to West Bromwich West. Gains part of Belle Vale from Stourbridge, part of Rowley ward from West Bromwich West and a tiny part of Blackheath ward from Warley.

Profile: A crossborough seat, taking in Halesowen from the Borough of Dudley and Rowley Regis from Sandwell. Halesown is a middle-class, dormitory suburb, consisting largely of private housing. Rowley Regis is a more traditional black country manufacturing area, dominated by terraced housing and council estates. The seat is very much a marginal – Halesowen tends to the Conservatives – in the 1990s the area returned Labour councillors but it is now back in Tory hands, while Rowley Regis tends to vote Labour (although Blackheath ward has returned Conservative councillors in recent elections).

The original Conservative PPC, Nigel Hastilow, resigned in 2007 after having said in a newspaper article that Enoch Powell had been right in his 1968 `Rivers of Blood` speech.

portraitCurrent MP: James Morris (Conservative) Director of Localis.

2010 election candidates:
portraitJames Morris (Conservative) Director of Localis.
portraitSue Hayman (Labour)
portraitPhillip Tibbets (Liberal Democrat)
portraitDerek Badderley (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 83497
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 22.4%
Over 60: 23%
Born outside UK: 4%
White: 93.1%
Black: 0.8%
Asian: 4.3%
Mixed: 1.3%
Other: 0.5%
Christian: 76.3%
Muslim: 2.7%
Sikh: 1.3%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 11.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 38.5%
Owner-Occupied: 70.8%
Social Housing: 22.3% (Council: 18.7%, Housing Ass.: 3.6%)
Privately Rented: 3.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 12.4%

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