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 Staffordshire South
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Patrick Cormack Conservative 21,295 50.5 +0.5
Paul Kalinauckas Labour 14,414 34.2 -0.5
Jo Harrison Liberal Democrat 4,891 11.6 +0.3
Mike Lynch UK Independence 1,580 3.7  
Majority 6,881 16.3
Turnout 42,180 60.3 -13.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Throughout the political changes which swept the country in 1997, and the boundary changes which shook up Staffordshire in 1995, some things remained constant, of which the Staffordshire South constituency is a prime example.

The local member, Sir Patrick Cormack, has represented the seat since its creation (as Staffordshire South West) in 1974, and has become something of a Westminster institution in the process. The boundary changes transferred some 13,000 voters to Stafford constituency but even so the Conservative majority in 1997 was more than 7,000, confirming it as the Tories’ safest seat in Staffordshire.

It is not hard to see why the seat should have proved so loyal to the party; it is something of a hybrid without a clear centre of gravity to provide a Labour-friendly urban core. Instead, it combines tracts of agricultural land with the fringes of commuter-filled dormitory suburbs of the West Midlands, such as Wombourne and Perton.

The workers in the indigenous aggregates industry, mainly serving Birmingham, are thus heavily outnumbered by an unusually high proportion of people in managerial or technical employment.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Staffordshire South
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Patrick Cormack Conservative 25,568 50.0
Judith Le Maistre Labour 17,747 34.7
Jamie Calder Liberal Democrat 5,797 11.3
Peter Carnell Referendum 2,002 3.9
Majority 7,821 15.3
Turnout 51,114 74.2
 
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