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Coventry North West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the more controversial MPs in the Commons is Geoffrey Robinson, the former Paymaster General, author of one book, a much publicised "expose" of dealings in the New Labour government, and subject of another, by investigative biographer Tom Bower. Yet for a quarter of a century his Coventry North West seat - and local party - has proved remarkably loyal to him, and he has again been reselected and should expect to be comfortably returned again to Westminster. The Conservatives outpolled Labour over the aggregate of the voting in the six Coventry city wards included here in May 2000, winning the wards of Bablake, Sherbourne Whoberley and Woodlands, but that was a bad year for Labour in local government in the west Midlands, when the Tories matched them in winning eight wards each on the council. In a traditionally low swinging seat it would be very unlikely if Labour, even with Robinson as candidate, should suffer a 16pc negative swing in a General Election, here in the home constituency of Jaguar cars, of which the MP was once Managing Director.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Geoffrey Robinson, a millionaire businessman and Labourís richest MP, was sacked from the government in December 1998 following revelations about his house loan to Peter Mandelson, and persistent Tory queries about his offshore tax arrangements and his former links to Robert Maxwell. Made rich through his transfer technology company (until its collapse in 1999) and by a huge bequest from a rich Belgian widow, he saved - by buying - the New Statesman and helped fund Labour in opposition. Born 1938, educated at Emanuel School, London, Clare College Cambridge and Yale, he was first elected in 1976 after working at Transport House and running Jaguar cars.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.43% 14.99% 9.51
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.25% 2.49% 9.96
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.85% 4.43% 41.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.01% 7.27% 68.93
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.55% 2.56% 60.55
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.04% 2.04% 1.93
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.35% 3.94% 59.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.73% 13.04% 74.60
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 47.54% 12.70% 374.22
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.75% 8.14% 58.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.09% 4.02% 52.08
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.25% 3.19% 164.89
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.71% 11.31% 121.22
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.68% 3.06% 87.44
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.77% 2.52% 70.47
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.04% 9.41% 117.25
£5-10K 19.05% 16.63% 114.53
£10-15K 18.44% 16.58% 111.20
£15-20K 14.48% 13.58% 106.57
£20-25K 10.52% 10.39% 101.23
£25-30K 7.44% 7.77% 95.66
£30-35K 5.22% 5.79% 90.20
£35-40K 3.68% 4.33% 84.99
£40-45K 2.62% 3.27% 80.14
£45-50K 1.88% 2.48% 75.65
£50-55K 1.36% 1.90% 71.54
£55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 67.79
£60-65K 0.74% 1.15% 64.36
£65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 61.24
£70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 58.39
£75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 55.79
£80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 53.40
£85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 51.22
£90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 49.22
£95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.37
£100K + 0.52% 1.34% 38.78

Local Map of the constituency
Coventry North West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Coventry North West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.68%)
Conservative (- 10.68%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.33%)
Liberal Democrat (3.23%)
Conservative (-  0.43%) Labour (-  5.44%)
Con - 10.68%
Lab 5.68%
LD - 1.33%
Con - 0.43%
Lab - 5.44%
LD 3.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Geoffrey Robinson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.89%) 11,018 25.89%
Lab Labour (51.45%) 21,892 51.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.71%) 5,832 13.71%
Oth Other (8.95%) 3,809 8.95%
Maj Majority (25.56%) 10,874 25.56%
Turn Turnout (55.51%) 42,551 55.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Geoffrey Robinson
Labour hold
UK Mark Benson 650 1.53%
C Andrew Fairburn 11,018 25.89%
I Christine Oddy 3,159 7.42%
LD Napier Penlington 5,832 13.71%
L Geoffrey Robinson 21,892 51.45%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Geoffrey Robinson
Labour
Con Conservative (26.32%) 14,300 26.32%
Lab Labour (56.88%) 30,901 56.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.47%) 5,690 10.47%
Ref Referendum (2.34%) 1,269 2.34%
Oth Other (3.98%) 2,162 3.98%
Maj Majority (30.56%) 16,601 30.56%
Turn Turnout (71.07%) 54,322 71.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (37.00%) 22,425 37.00%
Lab Labour (51.20%) 31,083 51.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 7,152 11.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.30%) 8,658 14.30%
Turn Turnout (76.60%) 60,660 76.60%

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