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 Coventry North West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Geoffrey Robinson Labour 21,892 51.4 -5.5
Andrew Fairburn Conservative 11,018 25.9 -0.4
Napier Penlington Liberal Democrat 5,832 13.7 +3.2
Christine Oddy Independent 3,159 7.4  
Mark Benson UK Independence 650 1.5  
Majority 10,874 25.6
Turnout 42,551 55.5 -15.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This city witnessed fiercer battles than most between Labour and Militant in the 1980s and in the thick of the battle was Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson. Generally speaking, the seat is less impoverished than Coventry North East, but while unemployment here is actually below the national average, it is still not as prosperous as Coventry South.

Although Labour still has 11 city councillors in this constituency to the Conservatives’ seven, the opposition picked up four seats in 2000 alone.

Coventry City Football Club is building a new stadium in the area, a development which will also house community facilities including a library and swimming pool. The major shareholder in the development is Mr Robinson.

Elsewhere, the constituency’s biggest employer, Jaguar, also has a strong personal connection with Mr Robinson - who used to be its chief executive. The luxury car maker has its main Browns Lane factory in this part of the city. Other major employers include Dunlop and Mayflower, which builds body parts for Jaguar and for black taxis.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Coventry North West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Geoffrey Robinson Labour 30,901 56.9
Paul Bartlett Conservative 14,300 26.3
Napier Penlington Liberal Democrat 5,690 10.5
Douglas Butler Referendum 1,269 2.3
Dave Spencer Socialist Labour 940 1.7
Rob Wheway Liberal Party 687 1.3
Paul Mills ProLife Alliance 359 0.7
Leslie Francis Rainbow 176 0.3
Majority 16,601 30.6
Turnout 54,322 70.7
 
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