Former Coventry MEP Christine
Oddy is to continue her battle against her old party by standing
against city MP Geoffrey Robinson at the next election.
Oddy lost her seat in the run-up to the European elections in 1999
when she was denied a top place on the Labour regional list of
Standing against Labour that
year, and getting 36,000 votes in the regional poll, her feud has
continued with an employment tribunal against the party following
allegations of discrimination against her.
The former MEP for Coventry
and North Warwickshire will now pose the third thorn in Labour’s
side come the election, which is likely to be in May unless the foot
and mouth crisis continues to paralyse the country.
Last month city councillors
Dave Nellist and Rob Windsor said they would stand as Socialist
candidates in Coventry North East and Coventry South respectively.
Ms Oddy will stand in Coventry
North West as an independent. She will be up against millionaire
Geoffrey Robinson, who doesn’t live in the city and resigned from
the Government in the wake of the row over his loan to Peter Mandelson.
Ms Oddy said she will focus on
the way pensioners have been treated and on public transport in her
fundraising social event to help with campaign funds has been
organised on Friday from 8pm at the Four Provinces Social Club in
Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields.
“I have decided to stand
as a candidate in the forthcoming General election in response to
request from a large number of people locally.
“Unlike the sitting MPs, I
represented the whole of Coventry for ten years from 1989 until
“I now want to stand in
Coventry North West because it is the area with the largest
proportion of older voters.
“I feel strongly that
pensioners have been treated badly by this and previous governments.
“I shall be campaigning to
restore the link between the state pension and earnings and to have
the cost of care in residential homes properly funded.
“Some of the poorest
council wards with high levels of unemployment are in Coventry North
West and there continues to be haemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs
“As a regular public
transport user myself I am deeply concerned about the public
transport system and the unreliability of the railway service in
“As a Coventry Kid I care
about my city and want to continue to serve the people full time.”