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 Walsall North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Winnick Labour 18,779 58.1 +1.5
Melvin Pitt Conservative 9,388 29.1 +1.6
Michael Heap Liberal Democrat 2,923 9.0 -0.4
Jenny Mayo UK Independence 812 2.5  
David Church Socialist Alliance 410 1.3  
Majority 9,391 29.1
Turnout 32,312 48.9 -15.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.0% from Labour to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.0% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This is in some ways a typical West Midlands industrial seat, and until 1976 was held by John Stonehouse, when he was convicted of fraud. At the subsequent by-election, the Conservatives won the seat and held it until the 1979 General Election, when David Winnick regained it for Labour.

The seat contains Willenhall, traditionally the centre of the lock and key industry, while other main industries are engineering and metal working. There is a high level of public sector housing and the non-white population is relatively small. 43% of homes are council-rented, and unemployment is above the national average.

Significant new investment in the constituency has brought new jobs. The arrival of the European headquarters of Poundland, and the construction of a major warehouse and offices for delivery firm Citylink have each brought approximately 700 jobs, while a number of other firms have located in the area and brought jobs with them.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Walsall North
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
David Winnick Labour 24,517 56.6
Michael Bird Conservative 11,929 27.5
Tracy O'Brien Liberal Democrat 4,050 9.4
Derek Bennett Referendum 1,430 3.3
Melvin Pitt Independent 911 2.1
Alan Humphries National Front 465 1.1
Majority 12,588 29.1
Turnout 43,302 64.1
 
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