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Coventry South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The curious recent history of this part of Coventry has more or less worked itself out, now, one imagines. This all stems from the impact of an individual MP, Dave Nellist, a sincere Left-wing socialist who was expelled from the Labour party in 1991 because of his close associations with the Militant Tendency. In 1992 he stood as an independent in his seat, then named Coventry South East, and did remarkably well, polling over 10,000 votes and turning the race into a thrilling three way photo-finish with the Conservatives and official Labour in the shape of Jim Cunningham, who narrowly won. Nellist tried again in 1997, but this time he was not the incumbent, New Labour was popular and boundary changes brought in territory from the South West seat which Nellist had never represented (indeed, had been Conservative). Dave Nellist only just saved his deposit, Cunningham increased his vote by 16pc and romped home over another sitting member, John Butcher of South West. This is still the least strong of the three Labour seats in Coventry, but it should be able to resist an 11pc swing to the Tories in a General Election. Although the ex-South West wards of Earlsdon and Wainbody are the safest Tory leafy residential areas within the city boundaries, they are counterbalanced by St Michael's, which covers the city centre shattered by air raids during the Second War, and home to Coventry;s seciond largest non-white concentration of residents after Foleshill in North West; and Westwood and Binley / Willenhall with their council estates. However, in the city council elections of May 2000 the Conservatives polled more votes and a "Socialist Alternative" candidate beat Labour to win the central St Michael's , so Cunningham must still watch out for threats from his right and his left.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Emigré Scot Jim Cunningham, a rare Labour blue-collar worker - only 54 out of 418 MPs in 1997 - is an orthodox trade union loyalist, elected in 1992 as the ouster of the Militant-linked MP Dave Nellist Born 1941, educated at St Columbe (RC) High School, Coatbridge, he holed up in Coventry as an engineer at Rolls Royce for 20 years, and member - eventually leader - of Coventry City Council. He has campaigned for airport safety following a local crash in 1995.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.93% 14.99% 106.24
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.43% 2.49% 17.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.06% 4.43% 23.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.51% 7.27% 48.26
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.28% 2.56% 127.99
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.13% 2.04% 6.46
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.15% 3.94% 105.22
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.50% 13.04% 88.18
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 25.91% 12.70% 204.01
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.57% 8.14% 68.38
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.03% 4.02% 50.45
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.06% 3.19% 127.44
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 12.60% 11.31% 111.41
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.66% 3.06% 152.11
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.91% 2.52% 115.35
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.28% 2.10% 108.44
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.11% 9.41% 118.05
£5-10K 17.84% 16.63% 107.27
£10-15K 16.97% 16.58% 102.35
£15-20K 13.46% 13.58% 99.11
£20-25K 10.05% 10.39% 96.70
£25-30K 7.37% 7.77% 94.84
£30-35K 5.41% 5.79% 93.40
£35-40K 4.00% 4.33% 92.29
£40-45K 2.99% 3.27% 91.45
£45-50K 2.25% 2.48% 90.81
£50-55K 1.72% 1.90% 90.35
£55-60K 1.33% 1.47% 90.02
£60-65K 1.03% 1.15% 89.80
£65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 89.66
£70-75K 0.64% 0.72% 89.60
£75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 89.59
£80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 89.62
£85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 89.69
£90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 89.79
£95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 89.91
£100K + 1.22% 1.34% 91.11

Local Map of the constituency
Coventry South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Coventry South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.20%) Liberal Democrat (0.01%)
Conservative (- 10.76%)
Conservative (0.51%) Liberal Democrat (4.94%)
Labour (-  0.68%)
Con - 10.76%
Lab 16.20%
LD 0.01%
Con 0.51%
Lab - 0.68%
LD 4.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Cunningham
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.56%) 11,846 29.56%
Lab Labour (50.21%) 20,125 50.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.15%) 5,672 14.15%
Oth Other (6.08%) 2,435 6.08%
Maj Majority (20.66%) 8,279 20.66%
Turn Turnout (53.78%) 40,078 53.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Cunningham
Labour hold
L Jim Cunningham 20,125 50.21%
SL TImothy Logan 414 1.03%
LD Vincent McKee 5,672 14.15%
I Irene Rogers 546 1.36%
C Heather Wheeler 11,846 29.56%
SA Rob Windsor 1,475 3.68%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jim Cunningham
Labour gain
Con Conservative (29.04%) 14,558 29.04%
Lab Labour (50.90%) 25,511 50.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.21%) 4,617 9.21%
Ref Referendum (1.88%) 943 1.88%
Oth Other (8.97%) 4,495 8.97%
Maj Majority (21.85%) 10,953 21.85%
Turn Turnout (69.79%) 50,124 69.79%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (39.80%) 22,674 39.80%
Lab Labour (34.70%) 19,770 34.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.20%) 5,260 9.20%
Oth Other (16.20%) 9,229 16.20%
Maj Majority (5.10%) 2,904 5.10%
Turn Turnout (77.38%) 56,933 77.38%

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