Rushcliffe (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Electorate||73,430 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||West Bridgford|
|Member of parliament||Kenneth Clarke (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Nottinghamshire|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
- 1 History
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
The constituency was formed by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 (for first use during the election that year).
Since 1950 it has been a safe seat for the Conservative Party whose members have held it without marginal majorities except for a four-year period when it was held by Labour from 1966 coinciding with the First Wilson Ministry. Unlike other constituencies nearby, such as Broxtowe and Gedling, which were previously held by the Conservatives, they retained Rushcliffe in the 1997 New Labour landslide. This was at the time attributed in part to its more rural nature, but also to the personal popularity of the incumbent MP, Conservative Kenneth Clarke. Surprisingly, however, the 2017 election saw an unexpectedly large swing to Labour, cutting Clarke's majority to its lowest since 2001 in the face of the highest Labour vote since 1970. Notably, Rushcliffe voted to remain in the European Union in 2016; while this is in keeping with Clarke's generally pro-European stance, the large increase in Labour's vote also indicates that after his departure, Rushcliffe could become less safe Conservative territory than it has been during Clarke's tenure.
1885-1918: Part of the Sessional Division of Nottingham.
1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Beeston, Carlton, and West Bridgford, the Rural Districts of Leake and Stapleford, the Rural District which consisted of the civil parishes of Kingston-on-Soar and Ratcliffe-on-Soar, and in the Rural District of Basford the civil parishes of Awsworth, Barton-in-Fabis, Bilborough, Bradmore, Bunny, Burton Joyce, Clifton-with-Glapton, Colwick, Cossall, Gamston, Gedling, Gotham, Nuthall, Ruddington, South Wilford, Stoke Bardolph, Strelley, Thrumpton, Trowell, and Wollaton.
1950-1955: The Urban Districts of Beeston and Stapleford, and West Bridgford, and in the Rural District of Basford the civil parishes of Barton-in-Fabis, Bilborough, Bradmore, Bunny, Clifton with Glapton, Colwick, Costock, East Leake, Gedling, Gotham, Kingston-on-Soar, Normanton-on-Soar, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford-on-Soar, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe-in-the-Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, and Wysall.
1955-1974: The Urban District of Beeston and Stapleford, and in the Rural District of Basford the civil parishes of Barton-in-Fabis, Bilborough, Bradmore, Bunny, Colwick, Costock, East Leake, Gedling, Gotham, Kingston-on-Soar, Normanton-on-Soar, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford-on-Soar, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe-in-the-Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, and Wysall.
1974-1983: The Urban District of West Bridgford, the Rural District of Bingham (the civil parishes of Aslockton, Bingham, Car Colston, Clipston-on-the-Wolds, Colston Bassett, Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop, Cropwell Butler, East Bridgford, Edwalton, Elton, Flawborough, Flintham, Gamston, Granby, Hawksworth, Hickling, Holme Pierrepont, Keyworth, Kinoulton, Kneeton, Langar-cum-Barnstone, Normanton-on-the-Wolds, Orston, Owthorpe, Plumtree, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Saxondale, Scarrington, Screveton, Shelford, Shelton, Sibthorpe, Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Thoroton, Tithby, Tollerton, Upper Broughton, Whatton, Widmerpool, and Wiverton Hall), and in the Rural District of Basford the civil parishes of Barton-in-Fabis, Bradmore, Bunny, Costock, East Leake, Gotham, Kingston on Soar, Normanton on Soar, Ratcliffe on Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford on Soar, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe in the Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, and Wysall.
1983-2010: The Borough of Rushcliffe.
2010–present: The Borough of Rushcliffe wards of Abbey, Compton Acres, Cotgrave, Edwalton Village, Gamston, Gotham, Keyworth North, Keyworth South, Lady Bay, Leake, Lutterell, Manvers, Melton, Musters, Nevile, Ruddington, Soar Valley, Stanford, Tollerton, Trent, Trent Bridge, Wiverton, and Wolds.
The constituency covers the south of Nottinghamshire.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Nottinghamshire, the Boundary Commission's report approved by Parliament led to minor modifications to the existing constituency[n 3] for the 2010 general election onwards.
The main town in the constituency is West Bridgford, which is part of the Greater Nottingham urban area, and includes the Trent Bridge cricket ground and Nottingham Forest F.C.. The remainder of the constituency is predominantly rural, including the villages of Cotgrave, East Leake, Sutton Bonington, Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent and Ruddington.
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of one local government district with a working population whose income is close to the national average and has lower than average reliance upon social housing. At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 1.9% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 3.5%. The borough contributing to the bulk of the seat has a low 15.1% of its population without a car, 16.4% of the population without qualifications and a very high 39.0% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure a high 76.7% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the district.
Members of Parliament
- Kenneth Clarke
Clarke was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1993 to 1997, ran to be party leader during opposition under the Blair Ministry, then became Shadow Secretary of State for Business from 2009 to 2010 and then took de facto joint role of Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor from 2010 as the Lord Chancellor lost in the previous administration the requirement to be a leading judge and sit in the judiciary's highest court as well as a conventionally apolitical role in the House of Lords, in which the holder no longer sits.[n 4]
|Dec 1910||Leif Jones||Liberal|
|1918||Rt. Hon. Henry Betterton||Coalition Conservative||Minister of Labour 25 August 1931 – 29 June 1934|
|1934 by-election||Rt. Hon. Ralph Assheton||Conservative|
|1950||Rt. Hon. Martin Redmayne||Conservative|
|1970||Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke||Conservative||Father of the House of Commons|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Jayne Phoenix||2,759||4.7||0.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Robert Johnston||2,783||5.0||16.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Karrar Khan||11,659||21.7||4.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Karrar Khan||9,813||17.4||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Jeremy Hargreaves||7,395||13.6||−0.7|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Sam Boote||8,851||14.3||−5.7|
|Natural Law||Anna Miszewska||115||0.2||+0.0|
|Labour||Alan D. Chewings||14,682||23.2||+6.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew M. Wood||12,660||20.0||−3.0|
|Green||Simon R. Anthony||775||1.2||−0.5|
|Independent Conservative||Morgan Maelor-Jones||611||1.0||N/A|
|Natural Law||David Richards||150||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Laurence George||13,375||22.98|
Elections in the 1970s
|Liberal||Paul M Browne||4,180||6.97|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1960s
|Liberal||Malcolm J Smith||5,085||9.09|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||Erica Margaret Stallabrass||5,064||9.48|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Election in the 1940s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1930s
|Liberal||Arthur Thomas Marwood||5,251||13.2|
Elections in the 1920s
|Liberal||Arthur Thomas Marwood||10,724||23.3||n/a|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- The area around Bingham became part of Newark.
- Commentators questioned Lord Falconer its first revised holder whether the title should be abolished.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "2011 census interactive maps".
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)
- "General election 2017: Ken Clarke to stand again". 19 April 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "The Labour party has announced its Broxtowe and Rushcliffe candidates for the June 8 General Election". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
- http://www.libdems.org.uk/ (7 October 2016). "Jayne Phoenix".
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Rushcliffe". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 Jan 2011.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
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