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 Gedling
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Vernon Coaker Labour 22,383 51.1 +4.3
Jonathan Bullock Conservative 16,785 38.3 -1.2
Tony Gillam Liberal Democrat 4,648 10.6 +0.7
Majority 5,598 12.8
Turnout 43,816 63.9 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Like its equivalent Broxtowe on the west of the city, Gedling is an overwhelmingly white, comfortable, middle-class constituency nestled on the north eastern side of Nottingham.

Of the three major Nottingham suburbs, Labour took Broxtowe and Gedling in 1997 - only Kenneth Clarke’s Rushcliffe remained in Conservative hands. The Conservatives won back control of Gedling Borough Council in May 1999 - 29 of the 57 councillors are now Conservative.

Gedling itself is actually an old mining area but the constituency is more shaped by the middle class, affluent towns of Carlton and Arnold, Porchester and Woodthorpe which border the rich areas of Nottingham such as Mapperley and villages like Burton Joyce. As in Broxtowe and parts of Rushcliffe on the other sides of the constituency, many people commute into Nottingham for work.

There is a small town called Gedling but the name of the constituency derives from the borough council area.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Gedling
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Vernon Coaker Labour 24,390 46.8
Andrew Mitchell Conservative 20,588 39.5
Ray Poynter Liberal Democrat 5,180 9.9
John Connor Referendum 2,006 3.8
Majority 3,802 7.3
Turnout 52,164 75.7
 
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