Newark

2015 Result:
Conservative: 29834 (57%)
Labour: 11360 (21.7%)
Lib Dem: 2385 (4.6%)
Green: 1792 (3.4%)
UKIP: 6294 (12%)
Others: 637 (1.2%)
MAJORITY: 18474 (35.3%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Nottinghamshire. Parts of Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, and Rushcliffe council areas.

Main population centres: Newark, Southwell, Loudham, Bingham, Aslockton, Collingham, Tuxford.

Profile: A long, mostly rural seat that stretches down the eastern side of Nottinghamshire, with the River Trent and the Great North Road both running through its middle and crossing just north of Newark. The main towns are the affluent Cathedral town of Southwell and the market town of Newark. Much of the area is now a base for commuters into Nottingham, though important local employers include Dixons national distribution centre in Newark, Laurens Patisseries and the antiques trade - Newark hosts the largest antiques fair in Europe at Newark Showground.

Politics: While it now looks like a safe Conservative seat Newark was won by Labour in their 1997 landslide. This was partially thanks to support in Newark`s council estates, partially due to more favourable boundaries before 2010. The former Labour MP Fiona Jones had only a short, and ultimately tragic, tenure in the Commons. In 1999 she was convicted of fraudulently failing to declare all her election expenses and expelled from the Commons, but she won an appeal against the conviction and was reinstated. Her return to the Commons was not a happy one, she unsuccessfully attempted to sue the police for malicious prosecution and became reliant upon alcohol. She lost her seat in 2001 and died six years later of alcoholic liver disease. Her Conservative successor Patrick Mercer represented the seat between 2001 and 2014, but had an acrimonious relationship with party leader David Cameron and eventually resigned from the Commons after a newspaper sting operation caught him agreeing to ask questions in exchange for payment. The Conservatives held the subsequent by -election.


Current MP
ROBERT JENRICK (Conservative) Born 1982. Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and Oxford University. Former solicitor and former director of Christies. First elected as MP for Newark in 2014 by-election. PPS to Michael Gove since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 27590 (54%)
Lab: 11438 (22%)
LDem: 10246 (20%)
UKIP: 1954 (4%)
MAJ: 16152 (32%)
2005*
Con: 21946 (48%)
Lab: 15482 (34%)
LDem: 7276 (16%)
UKIP: 992 (2%)
MAJ: 6464 (14%)
2001
Con: 20983 (46%)
Lab: 16910 (37%)
LDem: 5970 (13%)
Oth: 1284 (3%)
MAJ: 4073 (9%)
1997
Con: 20480 (39%)
Lab: 23496 (45%)
LDem: 5960 (11%)
MAJ: 3016 (6%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ROBERT JENRICK (Conservative) See above.
MICHAEL PAYNE (Labour)
DAVID DOBBIE (Liberal Democrat) Teacher. Contested Bassetlaw 2005, 2010.
BRIAN MAPLETOFT (UKIP)
ELAYNE FORSTER (Green)
HELEN TYRER (Locally Informed Health and Social Care)
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Comments - 361 Responses on “Newark”
  1. Test.
    For some strange reason although I get all constit. info, I am not getting any blog comments on this thread. – although three people have posted according to Recent Comments panel on LHS.

    So, trying a test post!

    BR

  2. Booze as an electoral lubricant:

    http://order-order.com/2016/02/08/tory-overspend-in-ukip-by-elections/

    Anthony Trollope complained in the 1870s by-election in Beverly, where he stood as a Liberal, about the “unfair” Tories providing free beer from the local brewery owner who was a Tory grandee in those parts

  3. Not sure what’s worse: that the Tories apparently breached electoral law by overspending.

    Or that in doing so, they still lost 2 of the 3 By-elections!

  4. Michael Crick @MichaelLCrick ยท 11m11 minutes ago

    Newark Council chief exec confirms to #C4News that Notts police have asked to see Conservative by-election expense declaration and returns

  5. Notts Police have confirmed they have received complaints re alleged false declarations for the Newark By-election.

  6. Shouldn’t the police be asking to see the expense delcarations and returns for ALL the candidates in regard to the compliants being made about certain seats?

    There is widespread knowledge that for many years now the declarations being made for by-election expenses are radically different from the amounts that are actually being spent. Either there are huge loopholes in the rules or the rules are being broken, and not just by one party.

  7. Newark CLP nominates Corbyn 42-11.

  8. With the slogan “Vote Labour or we readmit Ken”?

    Or am I conflating two stories here?

  9. ”I believe Corbyn launched his local election campaign here recently (was it yesterday?)”

    Was it in a safe Tory ward instead of a marginal by any chance? Given that it’s Corbyn any c*ck up can’t be ruled out.

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