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 Coventry North East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bob Ainsworth Labour 22,739 61.0 -5.2
Gordon Bell Conservative 6,988 18.8 -0.5
Geoffrey Sewards Liberal Democrat 4,163 11.2 +3.2
Dave Nellist Socialist Alliance 2,638 7.1  
Edward Sheppard BNP 737 2.0  
Majority 15,751 42.3
Turnout 37,265 50.4 -14.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Coventry North East is a working-class, industrial, Labour stronghold on the unfashionable side of the city, but its different wards are hardly the picture of homogeneity. It has a large non-white population in Foleshill ward, which is the Asian quarter for the whole of Coventry, the Stoke wards are increasingly popular areas for student accommodation, and Longford is home to much new housing

Economically, although neither Peugeot or Jaguar is based in the constituency, both their enormous plants employ people who live here. The largest employer is Marconi, which is on the verge of a move over the border to Nuneaton, taking jobs with it. Nevertheless, the move will create 2,000 jobs in a region which badly needs them.

Elsewhere in the constituency, the construction of the 200m new Walsgrave hospital has been controversial because of its siting. The PFI venture will include a new teaching hospital run jointly by the universities of Warwick and Leicester, but is unlikely to be up and running before 2006.

The Coventry City football ground at Highfield Road is also in this constituency, although a new stadium is under construction in Coventry North West, and the Sky Blues will move there when it is completed.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Coventry North East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Bob Ainsworth Labour 31,856 66.2
Michael Burnett Conservative 9,287 19.3
Geoffrey Sewards Liberal Democrat 3,866 8.0
Nick Brown Liberal Party 1,181 2.5
Ron Hurrell Referendum 1,125 2.3
Hanna Khamis Socialist Labour 597 1.2
Christopher Sidwell Rainbow 173 0.4
Majority 22,569 46.9
Turnout 48,085 64.8
 
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