|Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Dudley North|
|Created from||Brierley Hill|
Dudley West was a parliamentary constituency, centred on the town of Dudley in the West Midlands. It existed from 1974 to 1997, returning one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system.
The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election, from the old Dudley constituency (which was created following the Reform Act in 1832) along with the Brierley Hill constituency, and abolished for the 1997 general election. It was a 'bellwether' constituency where the winner of each general election throughout its existence matched the party which won the election.
1974-1983: The County Borough of Dudley wards of Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett, Gornal, Kingswinford and Wall Heath, Quarry Bank, Sedgley, and Wordsley.
1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley wards of Amblecote, Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett, Gornal, Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South, Sedgley, and Wordsley.
Dudley West was one of three constituencies covering the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, encompassing the western half of the town of Dudley. The constituency included Brierley Hill, Kingswinford, and parts of Sedgley. At abolition in 1997, both Dudley West and Dudley East were replaced by two new constituencies: Dudley North and Dudley South, with some constituents being transferred to the re-formed Stourbridge constituency.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Colin Phipps||Labour|
|1979||John Blackburn||Conservative||Died October 1994|
|1994 by-election||Ian Pearson||Labour|
|1997||constituency abolished: see Dudley South, Dudley North and Stourbridge|
Elections in the 1970s
|Independent Liberal||M Thirlby||5,971||10.0||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Gerald P.T. Lewis||10,477||16.20|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||GPT Lewis||7,446||10.5||−5.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Hadley||3,154||7.6||−2.8|
|National Front||Andy Carmichael||561||1.4||N/A|
|New Britain||Mike Nattrass||146||0.3||N/A|
|FOREST - Freedom of Choice for Smokers||Marjorie Nicholson||77||0.2||N/A|
|Natural Law||John Oldbury||70||0.2||N/A|
|21st Century Conservatives Party||Colin Palmer||55||0.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+29.1|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 3)
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.