Birmingham Erdington general election candidates 2024

The list of election candidates for Birmingham Erdington have been revealed.
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The full list of candidates to become the next MP of Birmingham Erdington has been revealed. In total, seven candidates will be on the ballot paper when the general election takes place on July 4.

Polls put Labour on course for a resounding victory, but Rishi Sunak will be hoping an improving economic picture and his flagship Rwanda policy will be enough to convince voters to put him back in 10 Downing Street. Labour Keir Starmer has called for 'change' after 14 years of Tory rule.

In Erdington, this is the first general election since the death of Jack Dromey who had represented the constituency since 2010. Erdington has long been considered a safe Labour seat, which has been held by the party since the Second Ward War, but there have been only 3,000-odd votes between Labour and the Tories in the past two votes.

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Who is the Labour candidate for Birmingham Erdington?

The Labour candidate for Birmingham Erdington is Paulette Hamilton who won the seat in 2022 in a by-election after the death of Jack Dromey. The former nurse and councillor is the first black MP to represent a constituency in Birmingham.

Hamilton represented Handsworth Wood and Holyhead in her time as a local councillor. In her time as an MP she has campaign strongly against plans for HMOs in her consituency.

Announcing her 2024 election campaign, she said: "My promise to you is that I will work tirelessly on your behalf – both in Parliament and in our community."

Paulette Hamilton became the MP for Erdington in 2022.
Paulette Hamilton became the MP for Erdington in 2022. -Credit:PA

Who is the Conservative candidate for Birmingham Erdington?

The Tory candidate for the Birmingham Erdington seat is businessman Steve Knee. The Derbyshire businessman was voted for by local party members after it was announced that longstanding Erdington Ward Councillor Robert Alden would not contest the seat.

Steve Knee is an established businessman and entrepreneur, who set up Cloudbass Multimedia Limited in February 2009 – a television programme production company which broadcasts high profile events. Mr Knee said: "I'm absolutely delighted… as a constituency with a rich heritage, I'm looking forward to representing the people and to help improve their real world outcomes, from the cost of living to dealing with the fallout from the City Council cuts."

Who else is standing in Birmingham Erdington?

There is a total of five candidates contesting the Birmingham Erdington seat. Candidates from Reform UK, the Workers Party of GB and Green Party will be hoping to take votes off Labour and the Tories on July 4.

Here is the full list of candidates standing in Birmingham Erdington:

  • Paulette Hamilton - Labour

  • Steve Knee - Conservative

  • Jack Brookes - Reform UK

  • Ann Farzana Aslam - Liberal Democrats

  • Karen Trench - Green Party

  • Corinthia Ward - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

  • Shaukat Ali - Independent

Who won Birmingham Erdington in 2019?

Jack Dromey held Erdington for Labour in 2019, seeing off a challenge from the Tories' Robert Alden. Mr Dromey polled 17,720 votes, with Mr Alden second with 14,119.

The Liberal Democrats' Ann Holtom polled 1,301 votes, with the Brexit Party's Wendy Garcarz achieving 1,441 votes and the Green Party's Rob Grant 648. Turnout was 53.3 per cent.