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 Birmingham Sparkbrook & Small Heath
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Roger Godsiff Labour 21,087 57.5 -6.8
Qassim Afzal Liberal Democrat 4,841 13.2 +3.9
Shafaq Hussain People's Justice 4,770 13.0  
Iftkhar Hussain Conservative 3,948 10.8 -6.7
Gul Mahammed Independent 662 1.8  
Wayne Vincent UK Independence 634 1.7  
Abdul Aziz Muslim 401 1.1  
Salman Mirza Socialist Alliance 304 0.8  
Majority 16,246 44.3
Turnout 36,647 49.3 -7.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.3% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.0% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This is an inner-city residential seat in the south-east of Birmingham which is noted for its large immigrant population.

In the first half of the last century, it was home to many Irish families. In more recent times it has attracted people of Asian origin, who now account for some 40% of residents - the highest proportion of any seat in the country.

Unemployment is high - well over 10%. There are hardly any white collar workers in the seat and it has the third highest proportion of only partly-skilled workers in the country.

However, it is a major site for urban regeneration and some 35m is to be invested in local redevelopment initiatives over the next five years.

Time was when this constituency and all its council seats were a dead cert for Labour. It was home to Roy Hattersley for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1997. But that time has passed, and Labour has now lost two of the four council wards.

One of these is represented by three Liberal Democrats, while another, Small Heath, has three "Justice" councillors - once known as Justice for Kashmir or JFK.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Birmingham Sparkbrook & Small Heath
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Roger Godsiff Labour 26,841 64.3
Kenneth Hardeman Conservative 7,315 17.5
Roger Harmer Liberal Democrat 3,889 9.3
Alan Clawley Green 959 2.3
Riaz Dooley Referendum 737 1.8
Pankaj Patel Independent 538 1.3
Rashid Syed Independent 513 1.2
Sajada Bi Independent 490 1.2
Colin Wren Socialist Labour 483 1.2
Majority 19,526 46.8
Turnout 41,765 57.0
 
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