Coventry South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coventry South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Coventry South in West Midlands.
Outline map
Location of West Midlands within England.
County West Midlands
Electorate 75,705 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Jim Cunningham (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Coventry South East, Coventry South West
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Number of members One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Coventry South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 recreation by Jim Cunningham of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, abolished for the February 1974 general election and recreated for the 1997 general election by the merger of the former seats of Coventry South East and Coventry South West. Since 1964 the various forms of the seat, excluding the gap period, have elected the Labour candidate. The Conservative candidates, since a win in 1959, have consistently taken second place.

Constituency profile and boundaries[edit]

Coventry city centre is in the north of the constituency, with its cathedral, expanses of concrete offices and the university, which leads to a significant student vote in the seat.[2] The residential tower blocks in St Michael's ward lie amid one of the most deprived areas in the country but south of the city centre it is more mixed, with the more middle-class areas of Cheylesmore, Earlsdon and Whoberley, Cannon Park, Gibbet Hill (aka Wainbody) and Westwood Heath among areas with large numbers of professionals, comfortably self-employed and academics. Labour incumbent Jim Cunningham has served the area since its creation in 1997.

The constituency presently consist of six electoral wards of the cathedral city of Coventry: Binley and Willenhall, Cheylesmore, Earlsdon, St Michael's, Wainbody, and Westwood. From 1974 to 1997, the city centre was part of the now abolished Coventry South East constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1950–1974[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1950 Elaine Burton Labour
1959 Philip Hocking Conservative
1964 Bill Wilson Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

MPs 1997–present[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Jim Cunningham Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Coventry South[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Cunningham 19,197 41.8 -4.0
Conservative Kevin Foster 15,352 33.4 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Brian Patton 8,278 18.0 +0.4
UKIP Mark Taylor 1,767 3.8 +1.8
Socialist Alternative Judy Griffiths 691 1.5 -1.2
Green Stephen Gray 639 1.4 N/A
Majority 3,845 8.4
Turnout 45,924 62.4 +3.0
Labour hold Swing −3.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Cunningham 18,649 45.8 −4.4
Conservative Heather Wheeler 12,394 30.5 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Vincent McKee 7,228 17.8 +3.7
Socialist Alternative Rob Windsor 1,097 2.7 N/A
UKIP William Brown 829 2.0 N/A
Independent Irene Rogers 344 0.8 −0.6
Families First James Rooney 144 0.4 N/A
Majority 6,255 15.4
Turnout 40,685 59.1 +3.8
Labour hold Swing −2.7
General Election 2001: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Cunningham 20,125 50.2 -0.7
Conservative Heather Wheeler 11,846 29.5 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Vincent McKee 5,672 14.1 +4.9
Socialist Alliance Rob Windsor 1,475 3.7 N/A
Independent Irene Rogers 564 1.4 N/A
Socialist Labour Timothy Logan 414 1.0 N/A
Majority 8,279 20.7
Turnout 40,096 55.3 -13.4
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Cunningham 25,511 50.9 N/A
Conservative Paul Ivey 14,558 29.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Gordon MacDonald 4,617 9.2 N/A
Socialist Alternative Dave Nellist 3,262 6.5 N/A
Referendum Party P. Garratt 943 1.9 N/A
Liberal R. Jenking 725 1.4 N/A
BNP J. Ashberry 328 0.7 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket A. Bradshaw 180 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,953 N/A
Turnout 69.8 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Election in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Wilson 30,010 51.90
Conservative GA Gardiner 27,816 48.10
Majority 2,194 3.79
Turnout 74.42
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Wilson 31,237 54.87
Conservative Philip Hocking 25,697 45.13
Majority 5,540 9.73
Turnout 80.21
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Wilson 29,240 51.62
Conservative Philip Hocking 27,407 48.38
Majority 1,833 3.24
Turnout 79.79
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Hocking 28,584 51.65
Labour Elaine Burton 26,754 48.35
Majority 1,830 3.31
Turnout 82.11
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1955: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Burton 27,449 51.59
Conservative ME Williamson 25,761 48.41
Majority 1,688 3.17
Turnout 81.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Burton 29,271 55.15
Conservative JA Biggs-Davison 23,803 44.85
Majority 5,468 10.30
Turnout 86.17
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Coventry South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Burton 27,977 52.69
Conservative Leslie Hore-Belisha 21,885 41.21
Liberal R Soper 3,239 6.10
Majority 6,092 11.47
Turnout 87.25
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Coventry South". YourNextMP. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Coventry South". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "UK > England > West Midlands > Coventry South". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°23′N 1°31′W / 52.39°N 1.51°W / 52.39; -1.51