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|
|Replaced by||Coventry South East,
Coventry South West
|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
1950-1974: The County Borough of Coventry wards of Cheylesmore, Earlsdon, Godiva, St Michael's, Westwood, and Whoberley.
1997-present: The City of Coventry wards of Binley and Willenhall, Cheylesmore, Earlsdon, St Michael's, Wainbody, and Westwood.
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.
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
|Labour||James Dolan Cunningham||18,472||42.3||+0.5|
|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.
|Labour||James Dolan Cunningham||19,197||41.8||−4.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Patton||8,278||18.0||+0.4|
|Socialist Alternative||Judy Griffiths||691||1.5||−1.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour||James Dolan Cunningham||18,649||45.8||−4.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Vincent John McKee||7,228||17.8||+3.7|
|Socialist Alternative||Robert Piers Windsor||1,097||2.7||N/A|
|UKIP||William D. Brown||829||2.0||N/A|
|Independent||Miss Irene Elizabeth Rogers||344||0.8||−0.6|
|Families First||James C. Rooney||144||0.4||N/A|
|Labour||James Dolan Cunningham||20,125||50.2||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Vincent John McKee||5,672||14.1||+4.9|
|Socialist Alliance||Robert Piers Windsor||1,475||3.7||N/A|
|Independent||Miss Irene Elizabeth Rogers||564||1.4||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Timothy Peter Logan||414||1.0||N/A|
Election in the 1990s
|Labour||James Dolan Cunningham||25,511||50.9||N/A|
|Conservative||Paul C. Ivey||14,558||29.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Gordon F. MacDonald||4,617||9.2||N/A|
|Socialist Alternative||Dave Nellist||3,262||6.5||N/A|
|Referendum||Paul J. Garratt||943||1.9||N/A|
|Liberal||Roger E. Jenking||725||1.4||N/A|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Anne−Marie Bradshaw||180||0.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Election in the 1970s
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Conservative||Muriel E Williamson||25,761||48.41|
|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. Archived from the original on November 6, 2010. 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]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "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.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.