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Birmingham Edgbaston is a borough constituency located in the Edgbastonmarker area of Birminghammarker. It elects one Member of Parliament to the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker by the first past the post system of election. Its best-known MP has been Neville Chamberlain (Prime Minister 1937-1940), and it has been represented only by women MPs since 1953. It is currently a marginal constituency between the Labour Party and the Conservatives.

Boundaries

Situated to the south and east of Birminghammarker's centre, this is a neat and mostly middle-class slice, with parks, Warwickshire's cricket groundmarker and two grammar schools. It was a safe Conservative seat for decades, but suburbs towards Birmingham's city centre now have pockets of considerable deprivation, notably Deritendmarker, helping Labour hold the seat since 1997.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Birminghammarker and the West Midlands, the Boundary Commission for England have created a modified Birmingham, Edgbaston seat, with the following wards:



History

This seat has returned a female MP for over 50 years. The Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election is Edgbaston councillor Deirdre Alden, also the defeated Conservative candidate in 2005. It is therefore likely the trend of this seat returning a female MP will continue past the next election.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 George Dixon Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1898 by-election Francis Lowe Conservative
1929 Rt Hon Neville Chamberlain Conservative
1940 by-election Peter Bennett Conservative
1953 by-election Edith Pitt Conservative
1966 Jill Knight Conservative
1997 Gisela Stuart Labour


Election results

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