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Independents' Day

Get your facts right if you are hunting for a GP partnership

Where? The East Midlands. An important medieval city, Coventry was bombed flat in World War ll. It was rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s as the postwar car and cycle industries boomed.

What happened then? Hard-hit by the decline in manufacturing, the car factories dwindled almost to the point of extinction, leaving the city with little to show for itself, save a unique 'Festival of Britain'-style city centre and transport museum.

Work? There are 173 GPs working in 70 surgeries in Coventry Teaching PCT.

Homes? Traditionally on the cheaper side ­ £275,000 for an 'impressive five-bedroomed detached family residence situated within a premier residential location'.

Schools? Best local A-level results are obtained by the King Henry VIII School ­ independent, selective, mixed.

Leisure? There's little of national calibre apart from the transport museum, although there's plenty on the doorstep ­ the Warwick Arts Centre, castles and countryside.

From the local press: Coventry and other West Midlands cities are favourites to be next in line for traffic congestion charges, according to a Government adviser.

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Famous residents: Former Northern Ireland Secretary the late Mo Mowlam, Delia Derbyshire, the pioneering electronic composer and imaginative presence behind the theme tune for Dr Who.

Anything else? Coventry's rebuilt Cathedral ­ alongside the old one smashed to bits by the Luftwaffe in 1940 ­ ranks as a major addition to the UK's international heritage and a phoenix-like symbol of the postwar resurgence of hope in Britain.

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