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Kenilworth and Southam

2010 Results:
Conservative: 25945 (53.57%)
Labour: 6949 (14.35%)
Liberal Democrat: 13393 (27.65%)
UKIP: 1214 (2.51%)
Green: 568 (1.17%)
Independent: 362 (0.75%)
Majority: 12552 (25.92%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 22371 (48.6%)
Labour: 13379 (29.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 8589 (18.7%)
Other: 1703 (3.7%)
Majority: 8991 (19.5%)

New seat: Kenilworth and Southam takes in wards from three previously oversized seats, Rugby and Kenilworth (now renamed Rugby), Warwick and Leamington and Stratford-on-Avon. In the original proposals it was to be named Mid Warwickshire, but this was changed in the revised recommendations.

Profile: Kenilworth and Southam is a large curved seat taking in the rural commuter villages that lie between Rugby, Warwick and Coventry, including rural parts of Rugby, Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon council. The largest town in in constituency is Kenilworth, best known for its castle but now largely a suburban dormitory town. It`s partner Southam is a far smaller town and the rest of the constituency is made up of semi-rural middle class villages. It is expected to be a staunch Conservative seat.

The North of the constituency includes the Peugeot Citreon car plant at Ryton which ceased production at the end of 2006. Coventry airport also falls within the constituency boundaries, and aircraft noise is an issue in some of the villages to the North.

portraitCurrent MP: Jeremy Wright (Conservative) born 1972, Taunton. Educated at Taunton School and the University of Exeter. Barrister, specialising in criminal law. First elected as MP for Rugby & Kenilworth in 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitJeremy Wright (Conservative) born 1972, Taunton. Educated at Taunton School and the University of Exeter. Barrister, specialising in criminal law. First elected as MP for Rugby & Kenilworth in 2005.
portraitNicholas Milton (Labour) Educated at Old Buckingham High School and University of HertfordshireMarketing and communications consultant. Contested Congleton 2005.
portraitNigel Rock (Liberal Democrat) born 1951, Nuneaton. Chartered engineer and consultant working in the environment sector. Stratford district councillor since 2003.
portraitJames Harrison (Green) Born 1974. Educated at Oxford University. Associate Professor in the School of Law at Warwick University.
portraitJohn Moore (UKIP)
portraitJoe Rukin (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 80177
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Under 18: 21.2%
Over 60: 22.6%
Born outside UK: 5.9%
White: 97.5%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 1%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.7%
Christian: 78.7%
Full time students: 4.8%
Graduates 16-74: 29.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 20.8%
Owner-Occupied: 80.3%
Social Housing: 9.9% (Council: 4.4%, Housing Ass.: 5.5%)
Privately Rented: 6.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.8%

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