Midlands Central (European Parliament constituency)


Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

Midlands Central
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1994
MEPs1
Sources

The constituency of Midlands Central was one of them.

From 1979 to 1984, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Coventry North East, Coventry North West, Coventry South East, Coventry South West, Solihull, Stratford-on-Avon, and Warwick and Leamington.[1] From 1984 until its abolition in 1994 it consisted of Coventry North East, Coventry North West, Coventry South East, Coventry South West, Meriden, Rugby and Kenilworth, Solihull, and Warwick and Leamington.

Members of the European Parliament


Elected Name Party
1979 John Ling Conservative
1989 Christine Oddy Labour

Results


European Parliament election, 1979: Midlands Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Ling 94,606 57.9
Labour D.V. Hunt 46,557 28.5
Liberal Mrs. V.M. Davis 15,859 9.7
Ecology K.M. Benfield 6,380 3.9
Majority 48,049 29.4
Turnout 163,402 34.0
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Midlands Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Ling 67,884 44.5 -13.4
Labour Co-op D.J. Blackman 55,155 36.2 +7.7
SDP P.J. Langmead 27,912 18.3 New
Federal Republican Party A.D. Enstone 1,494 1.0 New
Majority 12,729 8.3 -21.1
Turnout 152,445 28.6 -7.4
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Midlands Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Oddy 76,736 38.5 +2.3
Conservative John Ling 71,643 35.9 -8.6
Green Mrs. J.A. Alty 42,622 21.4 New
SLD I. Cundy 8,450 4.2 -14.1
Majority 5,093 2.6 -5.7
Turnout 199,451 37.0 +1.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

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