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Meriden

2010 Results:
Conservative: 26956 (51.68%)
Labour: 10703 (20.52%)
Liberal Democrat: 9278 (17.79%)
BNP: 2511 (4.81%)
UKIP: 1378 (2.64%)
Green: 678 (1.3%)
Others: 658 (1.26%)
Majority: 16253 (31.16%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 23485 (47.5%)
Labour: 15717 (31.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 8477 (17.2%)
Other: 1721 (3.5%)
Majority: 7767 (15.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 22416 (48.2%)
Labour: 15407 (33.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7113 (15.3%)
UKIP: 1567 (3.4%)
Majority: 7009 (15.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 21246 (47.7%)
Labour: 17462 (39.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4941 (11.1%)
UKIP: 910 (2%)
Majority: 3784 (8.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22997 (42%)
Labour: 22415 (41%)
Liberal Democrat: 7098 (13%)
Referendum: 2208 (4%)
Majority: 582 (1.1%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Caroline Spelman(Conservative) born 1958, Bishops Stortford. Educated at Herts & Essex High School for Girls and Queen Mary College. Prior to her election worked for the NFU and the Centre for European Agricultural Studies. Contested Bassetlaw 1992. MP for Meriden since 1997. Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 2001-2003, environment spokesman 2003-2004, shadow secretary of state for local government 2004-2007. Served as Chairman of the Conservative party from 2007 to 2009, the latter part of this being overshadowed by allegations that she wrongfully paid her nanny from her Parliamentary allowance. Shadow secretary of state for communities and local government since 2009 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitCaroline Spelman(Conservative) born 1958, Bishops Stortford. Educated at Herts & Essex High School for Girls and Queen Mary College. Prior to her election worked for the NFU and the Centre for European Agricultural Studies. Contested Bassetlaw 1992. MP for Meriden since 1997. Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 2001-2003, environment spokesman 2003-2004, shadow secretary of state for local government 2004-2007. Served as Chairman of the Conservative party from 2007 to 2009, the latter part of this being overshadowed by allegations that she wrongfully paid her nanny from her Parliamentary allowance. Shadow secretary of state for communities and local government since 2009 (more information at They work for you)
portraitEd Williams (Labour)
portraitSimon Slater (Liberal Democrat) Solihull councillor.
portraitElly Stanton (Green)
portraitBarry Allcock (UKIP)
portraitFrank O`Brien (BNP)
portraitNikki Sinclaire (Solihull and Meriden Residents Association) Former UKIP party secretary. Contested Medway 2001, Halesowen and Rowley Regis 2005 for UKIP. MEP for the West Midlands since 2009, originally elected as UKIP.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 105114
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 25.3%
Over 60: 19.4%
Born outside UK: 4.6%
White: 95.4%
Black: 1.3%
Asian: 1.3%
Mixed: 1.6%
Other: 0.5%
Christian: 77.9%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 17.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.9%
Owner-Occupied: 72.6%
Social Housing: 22.8% (Council: 19.5%, Housing Ass.: 3.3%)
Privately Rented: 2.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.6%

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