Coventry South East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coventry South East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County West Midlands
February 1974–1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Coventry South, Coventry North East

Coventry South East was a parliamentary constituency in the city of Coventry. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.


1974-1983: The County Borough of Coventry wards of Binley and Willenhall, Godiva, Lower Stoke, and St Michael's.

1983-1997: The City of Coventry wards of Binley and Willenhall, Cheylesmore, Lower Stoke, and St Michael's.

For its entire existence the constituency included Coventry city centre, which had previously been part of the Coventry South seat; in 1997 the city centre was transferred to the re-created Coventry South constituency, with Jim Cunningham being elected as MP.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
Feb 1974 Bill Wilson Labour
1983 Dave Nellist Labour
1992 Jim Cunningham Labour
1997 constituency abolished: see Coventry South and Coventry North East


Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Coventry South East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Cunningham 11,902 32.58 -14.88
Conservative Mrs. Martine Hyams 10,591 28.99 -0.9
Independent Labour Dave Nellist 10,551 28.88 N/A
Liberal Democrat Tony Armstrong 3,318 9.08 N/A
National Front Norman Douglas William Tomkinson 173 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,311 3.59 -13.98
Turnout 36,533 74.87 +1.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Coventry South East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Nellist 17,969 47.46 +6.37
Conservative Alan Grant 11,316 29.89 -4.0
Social Democratic Frank Devine 8,095 21.38 -3.64
Green Neil Hutchinson 479 1.27 N/A
Majority 6,653 17.57 +10.37
Turnout 37,856 72.97 +2.06
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Coventry South East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Nellist 15,307 41.1
Conservative Jacques Arnold 12,625 33.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance G. Kilby 9,323 25.02
Majority 2,682 7.2
Turnout 37,255 70.9
Labour hold Swing

Notes and references[edit]