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Stourbridge

2010 Results:
Conservative: 20153 (42.67%)
Labour: 14989 (31.73%)
Liberal Democrat: 7733 (16.37%)
BNP: 1696 (3.59%)
UKIP: 2103 (4.45%)
Green: 394 (0.83%)
Independent: 166 (0.35%)
Majority: 5164 (10.94%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18564 (42%)
Conservative: 17279 (39.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7063 (16%)
Other: 1296 (2.9%)
Majority: 1285 (2.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 16682 (40%)
Labour: 17089 (41%)
Liberal Democrat: 6850 (16.4%)
UKIP: 1087 (2.6%)
Majority: 407 (1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15011 (37.6%)
Labour: 18823 (47.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4833 (12.1%)
UKIP: 763 (1.9%)
Other: 494 (1.2%)
Majority: 3812 (9.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17807 (35.8%)
Labour: 23452 (47.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 7123 (14.3%)
Referendum: 1319 (2.7%)
Majority: 5645 (11.4%)

Boundary changes: loses a small part of Belle Vale to Halesowen and Rowley Regis. Gains Dudley Wood and a sliver of Cradley.

Profile: A black country constituency, covering the South West of the borough of Dudley and taking in the towns of Stourbridge, Amblecote and Cradley. Stourbridge is a suburban dormitory area on the edge of the West Midlands conurbation – while the seat is mainly urban, it borders onto open countryside just over the border in South Staffordshire. Largely white, lower middle-class, owner-occupied former council houses and large scale new-build private estates, especially in Amblecote. A Labour/Conservative marginal.

portraitCurrent MP: Margot James (Conservative) born 1958, Coventry. Educated at Millfield and the LSE. Self made millionaire and founder of the Shire Health Group, later sold to WPP. Kensington and Chelsea Councillor since 2006. Contested Holborn and St Pancras in 2005. Vice Chairman of the Conservative party. James is the first openly lesbian candidate to stand for the Conservative party at a general election.

2010 election candidates:
portraitMargot James (Conservative) born 1958, Coventry. Educated at Millfield and the LSE. Self made millionaire and founder of the Shire Health Group, later sold to WPP. Kensington and Chelsea Councillor since 2006. Contested Holborn and St Pancras in 2005. Vice Chairman of the Conservative party. James is the first openly lesbian candidate to stand for the Conservative party at a general election.
portraitLynda Waltho(Labour) born 1960, London. Educated at Keele University. Former schoolteacher, assistant to Sylvia Heal MP and advisor to Neena Gill MEP. Selected at short notice after Debra Shipley stepped down just prior to the 2005 election. Currently PPS to David Hanson (more information at They work for you)
portraitChris Bramall (Liberal Democrat) Born 1942, London, the son of Sir Ashley Bramall, former Labour MP for Bexley. Educated at Cambridge University. Semi-retired solicitor. Former member of the SWP and Green party, joined the Lib Dems in 1992. Dudley councillor 1995-2004.
portraitMaddy Westrop (UKIP)
portraitWill Duckworth (Green)
portraitRobert Weale (BNP)
portraitAlun Nicholas (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 88069
Male: 49.3%
Female: 50.7%
Under 18: 22.1%
Over 60: 21.1%
Born outside UK: 3.7%
White: 94.8%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 3.7%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 77.3%
Muslim: 3%
Full time students: 2.3%
Graduates 16-74: 15.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 33.8%
Owner-Occupied: 75.3%
Social Housing: 17.6% (Council: 16.1%, Housing Ass.: 1.5%)
Privately Rented: 4.1%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 13.5%

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