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 Birmingham Ladywood
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Clare Short Labour 21,694 68.9 -5.2
Benjamin Prentice Conservative 3,551 11.3 -2.0
Mahmood Chaudhry Liberal Democrat 2,586 8.2 +0.2
Allah Ditta People's Justice 2,112 6.7  
Surinder Virdee Socialist Labour 443 1.4  
Mahmood Hussain Muslim 432 1.4  
James Caffery ProLife Alliance 392 1.2  
Anneliese Nattrass UK Independence 283 0.9  
Majority 18,143 57.6
Turnout 31,493 44.3 -9.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Clare Short won an enormous majority in this seat in 1997 - 60.8% - making it one of Labourís strongest performances. It was not always thus: Ladywood has a colourful political history.

Ladywood elected Brian Walden in February 1974, and after his resignation in 1977 to become a TV presenter, Labour won the by-election. The Liberals, who had held the seat in the past, were beaten into fourth place by the National Front who gained a 5.7% share.

The sitting Labour MP was deselected before the 1983 election and Clare Short chosen in his place. She has held the seat since then.

The seat covers most of Birmingham city centre including Winson Green Prison and Aston University. Much of it - including the Bull Ring and New Street Station, is soon to be redeveloped, marking a long-delayed revival of the commercial heart of the city to match that recently enjoyed by its civic centre.

Juxtaposed with the wealth of the city centre are some residential areas with serious economic and social problems: 41.5% of all families with children are headed by a single parent and unemployment is the highest in the UK.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Birmingham Ladywood
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Clare Short Labour 28,134 74.1
Shailesh Vara Conservative 5,052 13.3
Sardul Marwa Liberal Democrat 3,020 8.0
Ruth Gurney Referendum 1,086 2.9
Andrew Carmichael Nat Democrat 685 1.8
Majority 23,082 60.8
Turnout 37,977 54.2
 
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