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 Meriden
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Caroline Spelman Conservative 21,246 47.7 +5.7
Christine Shawcroft Labour 17,462 39.2 -1.8
Nigel Hicks Liberal Democrat 4,941 11.1 -1.9
Richard Adams UK Independence 910 2.0  
Majority 3,784 8.5
Turnout 44,559 59.9 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Like the other seats in the band of Conservative blue to the north and east of Birmingham - stretching from Aldridge-Brownhills to Meriden, this seat’s political character derives from its status as home to the city’s wealthy commuters. In this constituency, most of the Conservative vote has tended to come from small affluent towns and villages like Meriden itself, where there are high concentrations of owner-occupiers and non-manual workers.

It is unsurprising this constituency is so sought after by the wealthier commuter. In a rural buffer between Coventry and Birmingham the towns and villages are generally picturesque and well-kept, and in Meriden is found the (disputed) “centre of England”. There is also, in Packwood House, a Jacobean mansion of some splendour to contrast with the modern high rise blocks of Chelmsley Wood a world away to the north.

This is a marginal constituency: at the last election the Conservative majority was just 582, and the Conservative and Labour groups on Solihull council now have 13 members each.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Meriden
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Caroline Spelman Conservative 22,997 42.0
Brian Seymour-Smith Labour 22,415 41.0
Tony Dupont Liberal Democrat 7,098 13.0
Paul Gilbert Referendum 2,208 4.0
Majority 582 1.1
Turnout 54,718 71.7
 
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