Dudley South (UK Parliament constituency)

Dudley South (UK Parliament constituency)
Dudley South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Dudley South in West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 61,308 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997 (1997)
Member of Parliament Chris Kelly (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Dudley West
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Dudley South is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It is a Labour-Conservative marginal seat.



Dudley South is one of four constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, covering the central part of the borough. The constituency includes the south of Dudley, and also Netherton, Brierley Hill, Pensnett, Kingswinford, Wall Heath and Wordsley.


Prior to 1997, Dudley was divided into East and West constituencies, rather than the current North and South. Dudley South covers most of the area previously covered by Dudley West, which included Sedgley but excluded Netherton.

Dudley West was the scene of a by-election in 1994, held after the death of the Conservative John Blackburn who had represented the constituency since 1979. The by-election was won by Labour's Ian Pearson, who stood for Dudley South in 1997 and held the seat, winning by a comfortable margin each time, until he stood down in 2010.

The Conservatives gained the seat in the subsequent General Election.

Members of Parliament

Election Member [2] Party
1997 Ian Pearson Labour
2010 Chris Kelly Conservative


Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Dudley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Kelly 16,450 43.1 +8.1
Labour Rachel Harris 12,594 33.0 -11.0
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Bramall 5,989 15.7 +3.0
UKIP Philip Rowe 3,132 8.2 +5.0
Majority 3,856 10.1
Turnout 38,165 63.0 +2.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.5

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Dudley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Pearson 17,800 45.3 −4.5
Conservative Marco Longhi 13,556 34.5 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Bramall 4,808 12.2 −2.7
BNP John Salvage 1,841 4.7 N/A
UKIP Andrew Benion 1,271 3.2 +0.8
Majority 4,244 10.8
Turnout 39,276 60.2 +4.8
Labour hold Swing 3.9
General Election 2001: Dudley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Pearson 18,109 49.8 -6.8
Conservative Jason Sugarman 11,292 31.1 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt 5,421 14.9 +4.0
UKIP John Westwood 859 2.4 N/A
Socialist Alliance Angela Thompson 663 1.8 N/A
Majority 6,817 18.7
Turnout 36,344 55.4 -16.3
Labour hold Swing 4.2

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Dudley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Pearson 27,124 56.6 N/A
Conservative Mark Simpson 14,097 29.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Richard Burt 5,214 10.9 N/A
Referendum Party C. Birch 1,467 3.1 N/A
Majority 13,027 N/A
Turnout 71.8 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also

Notes and references

Coordinates: 52°29′N 2°08′W / 52.49°N 2.13°W / 52.49; -2.13

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