is a parliamentary constituency
in Nottinghamshire, represented in the House of Commons
of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
. It elects one Member of Parliament
(MP) by the first past the post
system of election.
The constituency was formed in 1885. It is regarded as a safe seat
for the Conservative Party
, as they have held it continually since 1950, except for a four-year period when it was held by Labour
. Unlike other constituencies nearby, such as Broxtowe
, which were previously held by the Conservatives, they retained Rushcliffe in the Labour landslide at the 1997 general election
. This has been attributed in part to its more rural nature, but also to the personal popularity of the incumbent MP, Conservative Kenneth Clarke
The constituency covers the south of Nottinghamshire
. Its boundaries match those of the borough of Rushcliffe
, typically to the north by the River Trent
and to the south by the county border.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Nottinghamshire
, the Boundary Commission for England
, have made minor modifications to the existing constituency to be fought at the 2010 general election
. The area around Bingham will become part of the Newark
The electoral wards used in the formation of the modified seat are;
- From the borough of Rushcliffe - Abbey, Compton Acres, Cotgrave, Edwalton Village, Gamston, Gotham, Keyworth North, Keyworth South, Lady Bay, Leake,......