Gedling (UK Parliament constituency)

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Gedling
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Gedling in Nottinghamshire.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Electorate 70,886 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Arnold, Burton Joyce, Carlton, Colwick and Gedling village
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Vernon Coaker (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Carlton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Gedling is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Vernon Coaker of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries and profile[edit]

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.[2][3]

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

History[edit]

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[4] — the subsequent swing from Labour to Conservative was only 2.1% compared with the national swing of 3.1%.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 Sir Philip Holland Conservative
1987 Andrew Mitchell Conservative
1997 Vernon Coaker Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Gedling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vernon Coaker 19,821 41.1 -5.5[n 3]
Conservative Bruce Laughton 17,962 37.3 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Julia Bateman 7,350 15.3 +1.5
BNP Stephen Adcock 1,598 3.3 +3.3
UKIP David Marshall 1,459 3.0 +1.3
Majority 1,859 3.9
Turnout 48,190 67.9 +4.0
Labour hold Swing -2.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Gedling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vernon Coaker 20,329 46.1 −5.0
Conservative Anna Soubry 16,518 37.5 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Raymond Poynter 6,070 13.8 +3.2
UKIP Alan Margerison 741 1.7 N/A
Veritas Deborah Johnson 411 0.9 N/A
Majority 3,811 8.6
Turnout 44,069 63.9 0.0
Labour hold Swing -2.1
General Election 2001: Gedling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vernon Coaker 22,383 51.1 +4.3
Conservative Jonathan Bullock 16,785 38.3 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Tony Gillam 4,648 10.6 +0.7
Majority 5,598 12.8
Turnout 43,816 63.9 -11.8
Labour hold Swing 2.75

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Gedling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vernon Coaker 24,390 46.8 +12.4
Conservative Andrew Mitchell 20,588 39.5 -13.7
Liberal Democrat Raymond Poynter 5,180 9.9 -2.2
Referendum Party J Connor 2,006 3.9 +3.9
Majority 3,802 7.3
Turnout 52,164 75.7 0.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +13.1
General Election 1992: Gedling[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Mitchell 30,191 53.2 -1.3
Labour Vernon Coaker 19,554 34.4 +10.5
Liberal Democrat DG George 6,863 12.1 -9.5
Natural Law Ms. AKL Miszeweka 168 0.3 +0.3
Majority 10,637 18.7 -11.8
Turnout 56,776 82.3 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing -5.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Gedling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Mitchell 29,492 54.48
Labour Vernon Coaker 12,953 23.93
Social Democrat D Morton 11,684 21.59
Majority 16,539 30.55
Turnout 79.14
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Gedling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Philip Holland 27,207 54.13
Social Democrat A Berkeley 12,543 24.95
Labour J Peck 10,330 20.55
Independent J Szatter 186 0.37
Majority 14,664 29.17
Turnout 75.41
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ All notional, taken from 2005 results by ward
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ Open Street Map
  4. ^ Political battle rages on leaflet, BBC, 2004-11-15, accessed on 2008-03-12
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°58′N 1°03′W / 52.97°N 1.05°W / 52.97; -1.05