South Staffordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

South Staffordshire (UK Parliament Constituency)

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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->South Staffordshire is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election.

There was a previous constituency of South Staffordshire or Staffordshire Southern which existed from 1832 to 1868, covering a much larger area.

Boundaries

The constituency is made up of about two-thirds of the South Staffordshire local government district. It wraps round the western edge of the city of Wolverhampton and it does not contain any large towns. Its settlements include Brewood, Cheslyn Hay, Codsall, Featherstone, Great Wyrley, Kinver, Perton and Wombourne.Most electoral wards are safely Conservative with Labour's only real area of strength being the ex-mining town of Cheslyn Hay.

History

1832–1868

The ancient county constituency of Staffordshire was divided under the Great Reform Act into two two-member constituencies, while other parts of the old constituency were made into or added to borough constituencies. These were formally the Northern division of Staffordshire and the Southern division of Staffordshire, also called Southern Staffordshire or Staffordshire South. The Reform Act 1867 abolished the Southern Division with effect from the 1868 general election, replacing it with two new two-seat constituencies: East Staffordshire and West Staffordshire.

1983–present

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