St Michael's, Coventry
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St Michael's, Coventry

St. Michael's is an electoral ward in Coventry, West Midlands, England. The ward's population is 21,700 (2010). In 2001, its population was 56% White British and 23% Asian or Asian British, many of whom were Bangladeshi. The ward includes many students, and 20- to 24-year-olds make up over 20% of the population.[1] The ward population had increased to 24,119 at the 2011 Census.[2]

According to the city's 2007 Index of Deprivation, St. Michael's is the second most deprived ward of the city. While the average household income in Coventry was £31,697 in 2008, it was £25,372 in St. Michael's, making it the second poorest ward, though it grew by 24.5% since 2005, which is a more rapid pace of growth than that of the Coventry average (14.5%). Similarly, the crime rate in St. Michael's was slightly over three times as high as that of Coventry as a whole in 2007, but it had fallen by 34% since 2004/'05, when it was over four times as high. The unemployment rate in the ward was 4.6% in September 2008, when that of Coventry as a whole was 3.6%, but in 2001 unemployment in St. Michael's was still twice as high as in Coventry overall (6.2% vs. 3.0%). That change may however also be due to boundary changes in 2004.[1]

Currently, the ward contains the city centre of Coventry, including St. Michael's Cathedral and the neighbourhoods of Charterhouse and Hillfields. Hillfields is undergoing large-scale changes, which encompass the demolition of Coventry City's Highfield Road stadium and what the Coventry City Council describes as "the biggest single regeneration project in Coventry".[3]

St. Michael's Ward is represented by three Labour Councillors. They are Naeem Akhtar (term of office: 2016-2020), Jim O'Boyle (2019–2023) and David Welsh (2018–2022).


St Michael's[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Naeem Akhtar 3,158 66.1% +8.3%
TUSC Dave Nellist 635 19.8% +3.5%
Conservative Christopher Michael Noonan 274 8.5% -3.5%
Green Aimee Challenor 178 5.5% -0.9%
Turnout 3,209 24.91% -20.83%
Labour hold Swing

2015 election

St Michael's[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim O'Boyle 3,158 57.8% +0.7%
TUSC Dave Nellist 894 16.3% -13.4%
Conservative Jennifer Clare Wells 656 12.0% +4.0%
UKIP Wayne Geoffrey Newman 408 7.5%
Green Tristan Hamish Mackrory 352 6.4% +1.1%
Turnout 5,468 45.74% +23.43%
Labour hold Swing

2014 election

St Michael's[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Welsh 1,872 57.1% +7.7%
TUSC Dave Nellist 974 29.7%
Conservative Maharshi Shrimali 261 8.0% +0.8%
Green Scott Redding 174 5.3%
Turnout 3,281 22.31% +1.12%
Labour hold Swing

2012 election

St Michael's[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Naeem Akhtar 1673 49.4%
Socialist Alternative Dave Nellist 1,469 43.4%
Conservative Christian Michael Cliffe 243 7.2%
Turnout 3,385 21.19%
Labour gain from Socialist Alternative Swing


  1. ^ a b Coventry ward profile: St. Michael's
  2. ^ "Coventry ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Coventry City Council: About St Michael's Ward
  4. ^ "Coventry City Council elections - St Michael's Ward - Labour hold". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Coventry City Council elections - St Michael's Ward - Labour hold". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Coventry City Council elections - St Michael's Ward - Labour hold". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Coventry City Council elections - St Michael's Ward - Labour gain". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 2016.

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