Christine Oddy

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Christine Oddy (20 September 1955 - 27 July 2014) was an English politician.

Born and raised in Coventry, she was Labour Member of the European Parliament for the Midlands Central constituency from 1989 to 1999. She won the seat from the Conservatives in 1989 and retained it in 1994. She served on several committees including Committee on Women's Rights[1]

However, she only obtained seventh place out of eight on the proposed Labour Party candidate list for the West Midlands constituency for the 1999 European Parliament elections.[2]

She then took the Labour Party to an industrial tribunal about the selection procedures for the list, and was removed altogether from the Labour Party list about a month before the election.[3]

She resigned from the Labour Party, and contested, as an independent, the 1999 European election in the West Midlands constituency (gaining 36,000 votes) and the 2001 UK general election in Coventry North West.[4]

Cancer & death[edit]

She later won damages from University Hospital Coventry in relation to alleged shortcomings with her care and treatment for cervical cancer.[5][6] The cancer metastasized and she died on 27 July 2014.[7]


  1. ^ "Christine Margaret ODDY". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Euro-MP threatens legal action". BBC News. BBC. 9 November 1998. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Grice, Andrew (7 May 1999). "Labour sacks MEP after racism claim". The Independent. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Chris Studman for CWN (10 November 2008). "Christine Oddy MEP". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Former Coventry Euro MP wins £100k over cancer scare". Coventry Telegraph. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Death of Christine Oddy". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Christine Oddy: Former West Midlands MEP dies". Retrieved 29 July 2014.