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 Walsall South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bruce George Labour 20,574 59.0 +1.1
Mike Bird Conservative 10,643 30.5 -1.2
Bill Tomlinson Liberal Democrat 2,365 6.8 +0.6
Derek Bennett UK Independence 974 2.8  
Peter Smith Socialist Alliance 343 1.0  
Majority 9,931 28.5
Turnout 34,899 55.7 -11.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Although Walsall South is historically just as Labour-minded as its partner to the north, often returning a very similar majority, other resemblances are harder to find. South has an industrial base, with engineering and metal-working firms and a tradition of saddlery, but it has far more non-manual workers than North.

This seat contains the town centre, and a 16m contribution from the lottery towards the construction of the new art gallery has helped in its regeneration. The seat also has a far greater proportion of ethnic minorities than the north, with 17% of the population coming from Asian communities. Unemployment is higher, and so is the number of owner-occupiers.

On the whole, then, South is less white and working-class than North, and has more areas, like Paddock, that attract the better-off.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Walsall South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Bruce George Labour 25,024 57.9
Leslie Leek Conservative 13,712 31.7
Harry Harris Liberal Democrat 2,698 6.2
Thomas Dent Referendum 1,662 3.8
Linda Meads Natural Law 149 0.3
Majority 11,312 26.2
Turnout 43,245 67.3
 
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