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 Wolverhampton South East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Dennis Turner Labour 18,409 67.4 +3.7
Adrian Pepper Conservative 5,945 21.8 +1.6
Pete Wild Liberal Democrat 2,389 8.8 -0.7
James Barry National Front 554 2.0  
Majority 12,464 45.7
Turnout 27,297 50.6 -13.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Situated north of Dudley and closer to the urban core of the West Midlands than the other seats in the town, Wolverhampton South East is heavily industrial in character.

Manufacturing industries, though declining, are still commonplace in this region and the seat has the fourth highest proportion of skilled manual workers in England and Wales. Partly-skilled workers make up a fifth of the total, whilst unemployment runs above 7%, the highest of the three Wolverhampton seats, but nevertheless much lower than the rate in 1997.

Wolverhampton suffered very badly during the shakeout of the manufacturing sector in the 1980s. As such, regeneration is a particular concern in the city, and the Bilston Urban Village is a particularly large project on the cards in this seat. A brownfield industrial site on which a combination of housing, light employment and leisure facilities will be built, the scheme will cost 50m.

However, there have been delays due to problems in finding sufficient money to fund the project, and for the time being at least it remains on the drawing board.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wolverhampton South East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Dennis Turner Labour 22,202 63.7
William Hanbury Conservative 7,020 20.2
Richard Whitehouse Liberal Democrat 3,292 9.5
Trevor Stevenson-Platt Referendum 980 2.8
Nick Worth Socialist Labour 689 2.0
Kenneth Bullman Liberal Party 647 1.9
Majority 15,182 43.6
Turnout 34,830 64.1
 
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