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 Warwickshire North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mike O'Brien Labour 24,023 54.1 -4.3
Geoffrey Parsons Conservative 14,384 32.4 +1.2
William Powell Liberal Democrat 5,052 11.4 +4.0
John Flynn UK Independence 950 2.1 +1.1
Majority 9,639 21.7
Turnout 44,409 60.2 -14.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Warwickshire North is now one of four Labour seats in Warwickshire. Only Stratford-on-Avon has stayed with the party which, before 1992, dyed the whole county blue.

The constituency covers a large part of the old North Warwickshire coalfield and an application from RJB mining to dig an open-cast mine at Dordon in the north of the constituency is now a cause of controversy as environmental considerations come to the fore. Most of the mines, though, are long gone.

The new Coventry City football stadium at Keresley is mostly over the constituency boundary in Coventry North-West. However, the housing and industrial portions of this development, which will provide a big boost to the economy, are in North Warwickshire.

More than half the households are headed by skilled or partly skilled workers. Many of these now work in the newer manufacturing, service and distribution industries which have grown up as a result of the easy access to the M6, M41 and A5. There are newer residential areas such as Coleshill and Water Orton on the M42, but even these areas now elect Labour councillors. The Conservatives only represent the largest and most rural of wards.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Warwickshire North
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Michael O'Brien Labour 31,669 58.4
Stephen Hammond Conservative 16,902 31.2
William Powell Liberal Democrat 4,040 7.4
Ron Mole Referendum 917 1.7
C T Cooke UK Independence 533 1.0
Ian Moorecroft Independent 178 0.3
Majority 14,767 27.2
Turnout 54,239 74.8
 
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