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 Sutton Coldfield
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Mitchell Conservative 21,909 50.4 -1.8
Robert Pocock Labour 11,805 27.2 +3.4
Martin Turner Liberal Democrat 8,268 19.0 -0.3
Mike Nattrass UK Independence 1,186 2.7  
Ian Robinson Independent 284 0.7  
Majority 10,104 23.3
Turnout 43,452 60.5 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Sutton Coldfield has been held by the Conservatives since its creation in 1945, often with large majorities. The Liberal Democrats have regularly taken second place, but they have never yet been a serious threat and in fact lost votes to both Labour and the Conservatives last time.

At local government level the Conservatives dominate - they currently hold all nine Birmingham City Council seats in this constituency.

Sutton Coldfield is one of the most middle class areas in the UK. It has little industry and few large businesses, its economic landscape being dominated instead by small companies.

At least one touchstone Conservative issue is currently very controversial in Sutton Coldfield: grammar schools. This constituency has two, and the Labour-run city council wants to close them.

While the seat contains the largest urban park in Europe in the 2,500-acre Sutton Park, the hottest political potatoes are two major construction schemes on green belt land. That with greatest national significance is the Birmingham Northern Relief Road, which will pass through the green belt to the north of the seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sutton Coldfield
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Norman Fowler Conservative 27,373 52.2
Alan C York Labour 12,488 23.8
Jim Whorwood Liberal Democrat 10,139 19.3
Douglas Hope Referendum 2,401 4.6
Majority 14,885 28.4
Turnout 52,401 72.9
 
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