Coventry South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||75,705 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Zarah Sultana (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
|Created from||Coventry East and Coventry West|
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||constituency abolished|
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.
1997–present: The City of Coventry wards of Binley and Willenhall, Cheylesmore, Earlsdon, St Michael's, Wainbody, and Westwood.
1950–1974: The County Borough of Coventry wards of Cheylesmore, Earlsdon, Godiva, St Michael's, Westwood, and Whoberley.
From 1974 to 1997, the city centre was part of the now abolished Coventry South East constituency.
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. In 2019, following the retirement of Jim Cunningham, Labour narrowly held onto the seat by 401 votes; the Conservatives made their best performance since the seat's recreation,
In 2015, the local UKIP party originally selected Mark Taylor as candidate, 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.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Richmond||3,398||7.5||+4.6|
|Brexit Party||James Crocker||1,432||3.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Greg Judge||1,343||2.9||-1.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Greg Judge||1,779||4.1||-13.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Brian Patton||8,278||18.0||+0.4|
|Socialist Alternative||Judy Griffiths||691||1.5||-1.3|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Vincent McKee||7,228||17.8||+3.7|
|Socialist Alternative||Robert Windsor||1,097||2.7||New|
|Families First||James Rooney||144||0.4||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Vincent McKee||5,672||14.1||+4.9|
|Socialist Alliance||Robert Windsor||1,475||3.7||New|
|Socialist Labour||Timothy Logan||414||1.0||New|
Election in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Gordon MacDonald||4,617||9.2|
|Socialist Alternative||Dave Nellist||3,262||6.5|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Anne−Marie Bradshaw||180||0.4|
|Labour win (seat recreated)|
Election in the 1970s
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.24|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)
- "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
- Gilbert, Simon (12 February 2015). "UKIP parachutes controversial 'pop preacher' into Coventry for general election". Coventry Telegraph.
- "UKIP selects candidate who claims gays should 'repent and turn to Christ'". PinkNews. 14 February 2015.
- Silvera, Ian (18 February 2015). "Ukip candidate calls for selection rules review after party's Coventry U-turn".
- "Coventry South Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
- "Coventry South parliamentary constituency -Election 2017 -BBC News". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Will Coventry's MPs defend their seats at the 2017 general election?". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- "Michelle Lowe and Resham Kotecha Selected for Coventry Conservatives". Mike Rouse. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- "Coventry Green Party 2017 Election Candidates". Coventry Green Party. Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "General Election 2017 Candidate -Green Party". Green Party Members' Website.
- "Coventry South". YourNextMP. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. 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.