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 West Bromwich West (ex Speaker)
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Adrian Bailey Labour 19,352 60.8 -4.5
Karen Bissell Conservative 7,997 25.1  
Sadie Smith Liberal Democrat 2,168 6.8  
John Salvage BNP 1,428 4.5  
Kevin Walker UK Independence 499 1.6  
Baghwant Singh Socialist Labour 396 1.2  
Majority 11,355 35.7
Turnout 31,840 47.7 -6.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election  

Description
West Bromwich, famous for its football team, is typical of the industrial towns of the West Midlands. Its economy is based on engineering and metal-working, with a string of old industrial communities known for their variety of engineering and metalworking industries: Wednesbury, Tipton, Great Bridge, Oldbury and Tividale, and good road links via the M6.

The largest employer in West Bromwich West is Nightspeed, a parcels service employing 900 people and based on the Vanghan Trading Estate. The constituency has seen a number of companies relocate or set up offices here since 1997, including National Power.

The seat was previously represented by Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd, but she stepped down in 2000.

Ms Boothroyd had held the seat for Labour from 1973 until becoming Speaker in 1992 and the party won the seat at the by-election following her retirement.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 West Bromwich West (ex Speaker)
Other gain from Labour
Name Party Votes %
Betty Boothroyd Labour 23,969 65.3
Richard Silvester Independent 8,546 23.3
Stephen Edwards Nat Democrat 4,181 11.4
Majority 15,423 42.0
Turnout 36,696 54.4
Parliamentary By-Election
 West Bromwich West (ex Speaker)
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Adrian Bailey Labour 9,640 51.1
Karen Bissell Conservative 6,408 33.9
Sadie Smith Liberal Democrat 1,791 9.5
Nicholas Griffin BNP 794 4.2
Jonathan Oakton UK Independence 246 1.3
Majority 3,232 17.2
Turnout 18,879 27.6
 
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