Coventry South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Coventry South in West Midlands.
Location of West Midlands within England.
|Electorate||75,705 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Jim Cunningham (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Coventry South East, Coventry South West|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
- 1 History
- 2 Constituency profile and boundaries
- 3 Members of Parliament
- 4 Elections
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes and references
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
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. 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
|Feb 1974||constituency abolished|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Coventry South |
|Liberal Democrat||Greg Judge||1,779||4.1||-14.0|
|Mainstream||(James) Christopher Rooney||86||0.2||N/A|
The local UKIP party originally selected Mark Taylor as candidate in 2015, but he stood aside when instructed to by "party bosses." UKIP wanted to replace Taylor with "anti-gay Christian preacher" George Hargreaves. The following week, Taylor was reinstated as candidate.
|General Election 2010: Coventry South|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Patton||8,278||18.0||+0.4|
|Socialist Alternative||Judy Griffiths||691||1.5||-1.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Coventry South|
|Liberal Democrat||Vincent McKee||7,228||17.8||+3.7|
|Socialist Alternative||Rob Windsor||1,097||2.7||N/A|
|Families First||James Rooney||144||0.4||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Coventry South|
|Liberal Democrat||Vincent McKee||5,672||14.1||+4.9|
|Socialist Alliance||Rob Windsor||1,475||3.7||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Timothy Logan||414||1.0||N/A|
Election in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Coventry South|
|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|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||A. Bradshaw||180||0.4||N/A|
Election in the 1970s
|General Election 1970: Coventry South|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Coventry South|
|General Election 1964: Coventry South|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Coventry South|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|General Election 1955: Coventry South|
|General Election 1951: Coventry South|
|General Election 1950: Coventry South|
|Liberal||Richard John Soper||3,239||6.10|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Coventry South". YourNextMP. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Coventry South". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- "UK > England > West Midlands > Coventry South". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.