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 Birmingham Edgbaston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gisela Stuart Labour 18,517 49.1 +0.5
Nigel Hastilow Conservative 13,819 36.6 -2.0
Nicola Davies Liberal Democrat 4,528 12.0 +2.3
Collis Gretton Pro-Euro Con 454 1.2  
Sam Brackenbury Socialist Labour 431 1.1  
Majority 4,698 12.4
Turnout 37,749 56.0 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Gisela Stuartís victory was the first gain for Labour on election night in 1997, and indicated the breadth of the party's victory, because this seat had been held by the Tories since 1922.

It is, demographically, unsurprising that this seat had such a long-standing history of Tory support. Edgbaston is home to some of Birminghamís most noted parks, gardens and golf courses, and is home to a high proportion of professional workers. Birmingham University together with its teaching department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Edgbaston Cricket Ground are within the constituency.

Despite the wealth, the seat also has small pockets of real deprivation. Poverty means that pupil mobility is a concern in the constituency: in some primary schools up to 60% of the pupils will change in the course of a single academic year. The deprived neighbourhoods also have to face the problems of drug abuse and prostitution.

The co-existence of these impoverished outer-city areas and wealthier middle-class suburbs helps explain how Labour won the seat in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Birmingham Edgbaston
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Gisela Stuart Labour 23,554 48.6
Andrew Marshall Conservative 18,712 38.6
Jock Gallagher Liberal Democrat 4,691 9.7
Jonathan Oakton Referendum 1,065 2.2
Derek Campbell BNP 443 0.9
Majority 4,842 10.0
Turnout 48,465 68.9
 
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