Warley (UK Parliament constituency)



Warley is a
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in the
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of the
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. The constituency was established in 1997, and has been represented since that date by John Spellar, a member of the Labour Party.

Members of Parliament

Constituency profile

The constituency has a wide range of housing on the gently hilly West Midlands terrain, with fast transport links to
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. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 7.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by ''
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'' however female unemployment, reflecting a central West Midlands pattern, perhaps with more women homemakers, unusually exceeded male unemployment at 10.1%.


Warley is one of four constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of
Sandwell Sandwell is a metropolitan borough of the West Midlands (county), West Midlands county in England. The borough is named after the Sandwell Priory, and spans a densely populated part of the West Midlands conurbation. According to Sandwell Metropo ...
, covering the south and south-east of the borough. It covers much of the former
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of Warley, including the town of
Smethwick Smethwick () is an industrial town in Sandwell, West Midlands, England. It lies west of Birmingham city centre. Historically it was in Staffordshire. In 2019, the ward of Smethwick had an estimated population of 15,246, while the wider bui ...
as well as Brandhall and Langley Green. It consists of The Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell wards of Abbey, Bristnall, Langley, Old Warley, St Paul's, Smethwick, and Soho and Victoria.


;Creation and forerunners The constituency was formed in 1997, and is for the most part the former Warley East constituency. John Spellar of the Labour Party has represented Warley since 1997, having previously represented Warley West. Warley East and Warley West had been held by Labour since their creation in 1974. Minor parts of the seat around Oldbury had been in the quite marginal Labour-Conservative seat of Oldbury and Halesowen before 1974. ;Results of winning party The 2015 result made the seat the 34th-safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority. The elections have to date resulted in the Labour incumbent, Spellar, gaining more than 50% of votes cast. ;Opposition parties The candidates fielded by the Conservative Party have taken the runner-up position since the seat's creation. Third place has varied between two parties to date in the seat's history. ;Turnout Turnout has ranged from 54.1% in 2001 to 65.1% in 1997.


Elections in the 2010s

Elections in the 2000s

Elections in the 1990s

See also

* List of parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands (county)



{{DEFAULTSORT:Warley (Uk Parliament Constituency) Parliamentary constituencies in the West Midlands (county) Constituencies of the Parliament of the United Kingdom established in 1997 Politics of Sandwell