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.