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 Stourbridge
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Debra Shipley Labour 18,823 47.1 -0.1
Stephen Eyre Conservative 15,011 37.6 +1.8
Chris Bramall Liberal Democrat 4,833 12.1 -2.2
John Knotts UK Independence 763 1.9  
Mick Atherton Socialist Labour 494 1.2  
Majority 3,812 9.5
Turnout 39,924 61.8 -14.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The town of Stourbridge, whilst relatively well-off, offers affordable accommodation, mainly to aspirational middle-management.

Its centre is circumnavigated by a ring-road, although some of the difficulties of pedestrian access should be tackled by a regeneration scheme realigning the ring road and constructing a bus station in the town centre. Angel Passage is also undergoing a major development, building a Tesco superstore and improving the River Stour valley.

Glass is the main industry, with a large works at Amblecote, which is also home to much new private housing. However, the largest employer is Sunrise Medical, which builds mobility vehicles for the disabled. There is a low proportion of council-rented accommodation and below average unemployment (just), suggesting reasons for the previous Tory election successes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stourbridge
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Debra Shipley Labour 23,452 47.2
Warren Hawksley Conservative 17,807 35.8
Chris Bramall Liberal Democrat 7,123 14.3
Peter Quick Referendum 1,319 2.7
Majority 5,645 11.4
Turnout 49,701 76.5
 
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