Gedling (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Gedling in Nottinghamshire.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Electorate||70,886 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Arnold, Burton Joyce, Carlton, Colwick and Gedling village|
|Member of Parliament||Vernon Coaker (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
Boundaries and profile
Gedling is a substantial part of Greater Nottingham covering the most populated parts of the borough of the same name, it has mainly affluent, middle-income north eastern suburbs of Nottingham that include Arnold, Burton Joyce, Carlton, Colwick and Gedling village, Woodthorpe and Mapperley Plains.
It is a mostly middle-class residential area, with most homes having gardens and comparable spaciousness to Broxtowe, a constituency on the opposite side of Nottingham. Whereas both have a central golf course, Gedling has Gedling Country Park, Broxtowe has the more formal, slightly elevated, Wollaton Park.
Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in Nottinghamshire which reported in 2007 the Boundary Commission for England made only minor changes to the existing constituencies to allow for population changes. The seat has electoral wards:
- Bonington, Burton Joyce and Stoke Bardolph, Carlton, Carlton Hill, Daybrook, Gedling, Killisick, Kingswell, Mapperley Plains, Netherfield and Colwick, Phoenix, Porchester, St James, St Marys, Valley and Woodthorpe in the Borough of Gedling
The constituency of Gedling was created in 1983, replacing the earlier Carlton constituency and until 1997, it was thought of as a safe seat for the Conservative Party. The seat was represented by the former Carlton MP Sir Philip Holland until 1987 then for ten years by Andrew Mitchell, son of former Conservative MP David Mitchell. The seat was gained by the Labour Party in their landslide victory at the 1997 general election. In that election the junior Minister lost to Labour's Vernon Coaker who has held the seat since then.
The 2010 majority sets the seat as a marginal seat, as first and second place were close between the Labour and Conservative candidates. In the 2005 general election, the Conservative candidate Anna Soubry (who was elected MP for nearby Broxtowe at the 2010 general election) caused controversy by revealing that she "was not proud" of the record of the area she was vying to represent, referring to crime levels in Nottingham — the subsequent swing from Labour to Conservative was only 2.1% compared with the national swing of 3.1%.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Philip Holland||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Gedling|
|Labour||Vernon Coaker||19,821||41.1||-5.5[n 3]|
|Liberal Democrat||Julia Bateman||7,350||15.3||+1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Gedling|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond Poynter||6,070||13.8||+3.2|
|General Election 2001: Gedling|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Gillam||4,648||10.6||+0.7|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Gedling|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond Poynter||5,180||9.9||-2.2|
|Referendum Party||J Connor||2,006||3.9||+3.9|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.1|
|General Election 1992: Gedling|
|Liberal Democrat||DG George||6,863||12.1||-9.5|
|Natural Law||Ms. AKL Miszeweka||168||0.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Gedling|
|Social Democrat||D Morton||11,684||21.59|
|General Election 1983: Gedling|
|Conservative||Sir Philip Holland||27,207||54.13|
|Social Democrat||A Berkeley||12,543||24.95|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- Open Street Map
- Political battle rages on leaflet, BBC, 2004-11-15, accessed on 2008-03-12
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.