Coventry North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coventry North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Warwickshire
(West Midlands from 1974)
19501974 (1974)
Number of members One
Replaced by Coventry North West
Coventry North East
Created from Coventry East
Coventry West

Coventry North was a parliamentary constituency in the city of Coventry in the West Midlands. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Throughout its history this constituency provided a reasonably safe seat for Labour backbencher, Maurice Edelman. His majority ranged between 1,241 (2.8%) in the 1959 election to 11,117 (22.2%) in 1950.

Boundaries[edit]

The County Borough of Coventry wards of Bablake, Foleshill, Holbrook, Radford, and Sherbourne.

The constituency was one of three divisions of Coventry, a parliamentary borough in the historic county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England.

When Coventry was first divided for parliamentary purposes, in the 1945-50 Parliament, the area that later became this constituency was split between the then two seats of Coventry East and Coventry West.

In 1974 Coventry was split into four new constituencies, and this seat disappeared. Foleshill ward became part of Coventry North East, while the remaining four wards from this seat formed the whole of Coventry North West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Maurice Edelman Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Coventry North[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 28,924 57.93
Conservative John Dalley 17,807 35.67
Liberal John Burns 3,195 6.40
Majority 11,117 22.27
Turnout 87.78
Labour win
General Election 1951: Coventry North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 29,826 59.58
Conservative Harold Sydney Clippingdale 20,238 40.42
Majority 9,588 19.15
Turnout 86.38
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Coventry North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 24,565 53.45
Conservative John Poole 21,608 43.81
Majority 3,173 6.90
Turnout 82.29
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Coventry North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 23,035 51.38
Conservative Francis Charles Maynard 21,794 48.62
Majority 1,241 2.77
Turnout 83.64
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Coventry North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 23,355 52.73
Conservative Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine 19,825 44.76
Independent Ronald Robinson 1,112 2.51
Majority 3,530 7.97
Turnout 81.42
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Coventry North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 25,170 59.32
Conservative David Henry J Martin-Jones 17,263 40.68
Majority 7,907 18.63
Turnout 78.66
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Coventry North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Israel Maurice Edelman 24,004 56.68
Conservative Frederick Augustus Tuckman 18,344 43.32
Majority 5,660 13.37
Turnout 74.57
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  4. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig