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 Birmingham Yardley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Estelle Morris Labour 14,085 46.9 -0.1
John Hemming Liberal Democrat 11,507 38.3 +5.3
Barrie Roberts Conservative 3,941 13.1 -4.7
Alan Ware UK Independence 329 1.1 +0.7
Colin Wren Socialist Labour 151 0.5  
Majority 2,578 8.6
Turnout 30,013 57.2 -13.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Birmingham Yardley is a classic West Midlands marginal constituency and has changed hands seven times since the Second World War, often when the government changed.

However, the 1992 general election result was extraordinary even by the traditions of this most marginal seat. Labourís Estelle Morris defeated the sitting Tory MP David Gilroy Bevan by just 162 votes (0.4%).

Her victory was due to the fact that the Lib Dems had managed to pick up more votes from Conservative voters than they had from Labour.

The seat is a residential constituency on the eastern outskirts of the city bordering the Tory constituencies of Meriden and Solihull. The cityís airport is just outside.

Unlike some inner-city Birmingham seats unemployment is only just above the national average and there is a small ethnic minority population. Two thirds of households are owner-occupied but there are still a significant number of council homes - a quarter of all households are local authority tenants.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Birmingham Yardley
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Estelle Morris Labour 17,778 47.0
John Hemming Liberal Democrat 12,463 33.0
Anne Jobson Conservative 6,736 17.8
Duncan Livingston Referendum 646 1.7
A Ware UK Independence 164 0.4
Majority 5,315 14.1
Turnout 37,787 71.1
 
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