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GE2019: Labour hold for Coventry North East

Colleen Fletcher of the Labour Party has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Coventry North East.

Fletcher won with 23,412 votes, pushing Conservative candidate Sophie Richards into second place with 15,720 votes.

There were five candidates in Coventry North East – Fletcher, Richards, Nukey Proctor (Liberal Democrat), Matthew Handley (Green Party) and Iddrisu Sufyan (Brexit Party).

The seat has been a Labour Party stronghold since its creation in 1974, and has never returned a Labour vote share of less than 47%.

It voted 57.77% in favour of Leave in the 2016 EU referendum.

Fletcher formally served as the Coventry City councillor for Wyken ward, and was first elected as MP in the 2015 general election.

Despite Brexit volatility, it was widely expected that Fletcher would be returned as MP.

There was a voter turnout of 59%, down on the 2017 turnout of 61.4%.

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