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 Birmingham Hodge Hill
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Terry Davis Labour 16,901 63.9 -1.7
Debbie Lewis Conservative 5,283 20.0 -4.0
Charles Dow Liberal Democrat 2,147 8.1 -0.4
Lee Windridge BNP 889 3.4  
Parwez Hussain People's Justice 561 2.1  
Dennis Cridge Socialist Labour 284 1.1  
Bernard Vivian UK Independence 275 1.0 -0.9
Ayub Khan Muslim 125 0.5  
Majority 11,618 43.9
Turnout 26,465 47.9 -13.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Originally called Birmingham Stetchford, this seat was held for Labour by Roy Jenkins from 1950 to 1977 when he resigned to become President of the European Commission.

The Tories won the subsequent by-election, but Terry Davis regained the seat for Labour in 1979 and has held it since. Birmingham has a tradition of naming parliamentary constituencies after council wards, and when Stetchford disappeared in 1983, the seat was renamed Hodge Hill.

The constituency takes a wedge-shaped slice out of Birmingham stretching from Washwood Heath near the city centre to the eastern boundary with Solihull. It has seen an upturn in economic fortunes recently, with the two large local manufacturers - LDV (vans) and Alstom (trains) both experiencing a renaissance.

The two biggest local issues in recent months have been aircraft noise and travellers. Planes leaving Birmingham airport pass directly over the constituency, and inadequate insulation has become a more controversial topic. The other issue has mainly affected just one constituency - Hodge Hill, where there have been a number of unauthorised encampments recently.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Birmingham Hodge Hill
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Terry Davis Labour 22,398 65.6
Ed Grant Conservative 8,198 24.0
Haydn Thomas Liberal Democrat 2,891 8.5
Peter Johnson UK Independence 660 1.9
Majority 14,200 41.6
Turnout 34,147 60.9
 
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