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Warwickshire North

2010 Results:
Conservative: 18993 (40.18%)
Labour: 18939 (40.07%)
Liberal Democrat: 5481 (11.6%)
BNP: 2106 (4.46%)
UKIP: 1335 (2.82%)
English Democrat: 411 (0.87%)
Majority: 54 (0.11%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20805 (47.9%)
Conservative: 14108 (32.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5671 (13%)
Other: 2881 (6.6%)
Majority: 6698 (15.4%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15008 (32%)
Labour: 22561 (48.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6212 (13.2%)
BNP: 1910 (4.1%)
UKIP: 1248 (2.7%)
Majority: 7553 (16.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 14384 (32.4%)
Labour: 24023 (54.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5052 (11.4%)
UKIP: 950 (2.1%)
Majority: 9639 (21.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 16902 (31.2%)
Labour: 31669 (58.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4040 (7.4%)
Referendum: 917 (1.7%)
Other: 711 (1.3%)
Majority: 14767 (27.2%)

Boundary changes: gains part of Bede ward and a tiny part of Slough ward from Nuneaton, but loses the wards of Arley and Whitacre and Hartshill.

Profile: A strangely shaped seat to the north-east of Birmingham where it snakes westwards from Bedworth around the seat of Nuneaton, takes in Coleshill and then curves back east south of Tamworth to include Atherston north of Nuneaton. The seat is largely the rural hinterland between Birmingham, Tamworth, Nuneaton and Coventry, and might be expected to be the sort of semi-rural commuterland where the Conservatives dominate. In fact it covers a large part of the old North Warwickshire coalfield, and as such there is a solid Labour vote here. The seat was won by Labour in 1992, unseating the then Conservative MP Francis Maude, who subsequently resurfaced in Horsham.

Coleshill is the site of the Conservative Party`s campaigning centre.

portraitCurrent MP: Dan Byles (Conservative) born 1974. Educated at Warwick School and the University of Leeds. Former Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, having seen active service in Bosnia. Rowed unsupported across the Atlantic in 1997 and in 2007 walked to the magnetic North pole.

2010 election candidates:
portraitDan Byles (Conservative) born 1974. Educated at Warwick School and the University of Leeds. Former Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, having seen active service in Bosnia. Rowed unsupported across the Atlantic in 1997 and in 2007 walked to the magnetic North pole.
portraitMike OBrien(Labour) born 1954, Worcester. Educated at Blessed Edward Oldcome RC School and North Staffordshire Polytechnic. Solicitor. First elected as MP for Warwickshire North in 1992. A spokesman on home affairs in opposition, he became under-secretary of state in the Home Office from 1997 till 2001 when he was sacked after being dragged into the Hinduja affair. He returned to government as Minister of State at the Foreign Office 2002-2004, Minister of State at the DTI 2004-2005 and Solicitor General since 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitStephen Martin (Liberal Democrat)
portraitSteve Fowler (UKIP)
portraitJason Holmes (BNP)
portraitDavid Lane (English Democrat)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87096
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 22.5%
Over 60: 20.6%
Born outside UK: 3.1%
White: 97.1%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 2%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 79.2%
Sikh: 1.4%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 12.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 35.7%
Owner-Occupied: 76.1%
Social Housing: 15.7% (Council: 13%, Housing Ass.: 2.7%)
Privately Rented: 5.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.3%

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