MAY 01] GENERAL ELECTION 2001 NEWS
Labour Set To Maintain Coventry Seats?
three Labour MPs are expected to retain their Coventry seats in next
monthís general election, but the national spotlight is expected
to fall on Geoffrey Robinsonís North-West constituency.
former Paymaster Generalís activities, both politically and in
business, have been surrounded by controversy in recent months and
political commentators wonder whether it will affect his vote.
a millionaire, has been an MP in Coventry for more than 20 years and
before that he was Chief Executive at Jaguar Cars. He is based in
London, but he has homes in the south of England, France and Italy.
was a director of Coventry City Football Club, but under Government
rules, had to resign when he was appointed Paymaster General at The
Treasury. He left the Government in the furore surrounding his loan
to Peter Mandelson MP to buy a London property.
had a huge majority of 16,601 at the last election and his opponents
in Coventry North West this time are Andrew Fairburn (Conservative),
Gilbert Penlington (Liberal Democrat), Christine Oddy the former
Labour Euro MP who is standing as an Independent, and Mark Benson
(UK Independence Party).
Cunningham, the former Labour leader on Coventry City Council, faces
challenges in Coventry South from Heather Wheeler (Conservative),
Vince McKee (Liberal Democrat), Rob Windsor (Socialist Alliance),
Timothy Logan (Socialist Labour) and Irene Rogers (Independent).
Ainsworth, who was a union convenor at Jaguar, before winning
Coventry North East, is opposed by Gordon Bell (Conservative),
Geoffrey Sewards (Liberal Democrat), Dave Nellist (Socialist
Alliance) and Edward Sheppard (British National Party).
Day is Thursday 7 June from 7 am to 10 pm. The votes will be counted
in the Fairfax Street Sports Centre. Admission by ticket only.