2015 Result:
Conservative: 28354 (51.4%)
Labour: 14525 (26.3%)
Lib Dem: 2783 (5%)
Green: 3559 (6.5%)
UKIP: 5943 (10.8%)
MAJORITY: 13829 (25.1%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Nottinghamshire. Part of the Rushcliffe council area.

Main population centres: West Bridgford, Ruddington, Keyworth, Cotgrave, East Leake, Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Profile: The middle-class Nottingham suburb of West Bridgford and the rural south of Nottinghamshire, mostly made up of villages of affluent Nottingham commuters. The seat also contains Nottingham airport, the Trent Bridge cricket ground and the headquarters of Nottinghamshire county council.

Politics: A safe Conservative seat, held relatively comfortably by veteran Conservative MP Ken Clarke since 1970.

Current MP
KENNETH CLARKE (Conservative) Born 1940, Nottingham. Educated at Nottingham High School and Cambridge University, where he was a contemporary of Michael Howard, Norman Lamont and Leon Brittain. Barrister. Contested Mansfield 1964, 1966. First elected as MP for Rushcliffe in 1970. Government whip 1972-1974, industry spokesman 1976-1979. Junior transport minister 1979-1982, Minister of State for health 1982-1985, paymaster general 1985-1987, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1987-1988, Health Secretary 1988-1990, Education Secretary 1990-1992, Home Secretary 1992-1993, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1993-1997. Shadow Secretary of State for Business & Enterprise 2009-2010. Lord Chancellor 2010-2012, Minister without Portfolio 2012-2014. Clarke is regarded as being on the left of the Conservative party, largely due to his outspoken support for the European Union which extended to sharing a stage with Tony Blair in support of the single currency. He contested the party leadership three times and each time opinion polls showed him to be the choice of the public, presumably due to his high profile public image of bonhomie, cigars, jazz and suede shoes. In 1997 he was the front runner, but lost to William Hague in the final round after striking a pact with John Redwood. In 2001 he was easily defeated by Iain Duncan Smith in the first Conservative leadership election to be decided by normal party members. In 2005 he ran, but was eliminated in an early round. Between 1997 and 2009 he declined to serve on the Conservative front bench, saying the only job he was interested in was leader, but in 2009 agreed to return as Business secretary in light of the economic crisis. He served as David Cameron`s first Lord Chancellor from 2010 to 2012, pursuing a characteristically liberal line and was sometimes referred to as the "sixth Liberal Democrat" member of the cabinet.
Past Results
Con: 27470 (51%)
Lab: 11128 (21%)
LDem: 11659 (22%)
UKIP: 2179 (4%)
Oth: 1251 (2%)
MAJ: 15811 (29%)
Con: 27899 (50%)
Lab: 14925 (27%)
LDem: 9813 (17%)
GRN: 1692 (3%)
Oth: 1982 (4%)
MAJ: 12974 (23%)
Con: 25869 (48%)
Lab: 18512 (34%)
LDem: 7395 (14%)
UKIP: 1434 (3%)
Oth: 1236 (2%)
MAJ: 7357 (14%)
Con: 27558 (44%)
Lab: 22503 (36%)
LDem: 8851 (14%)
Oth: 518 (1%)
MAJ: 5055 (8%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
KENNETH CLARKE (Conservative) See above.
DAVID MELLEN (Labour) Born Ipswich. Educated at Trent Polytechnic. Teacher. Nottingham council since 2007.
ROBERT JOHNSTON (Liberal Democrat)
MATTHEW FAITHFULL (UKIP) Software engineer. Contested Rushcliffe 2005, 2010.
RICHARD MALLENDER (Green) Rushcliffe councillor since 2007, former Brighton councillor. Contested Rushcliffe 2010, East Midlands 2009, 2014 European elections.
Comments - 331 Responses on “Rushcliffe”
  1. “If Soubry were a careerist surely she would shup up and let the government get on with the hard brexit it seems to favout”


    I don’t know if she is a careerist or not, but there’s plenty of times that careerists calculate that their career will in the end be furthered more by standing out against the current tide. Besides, she nearly always votes with the government anyway, as Lancs Observer often points out, in spite of all her noise.

  2. Perhaps she gave up the sauce for January

  3. ‘Why?’

    I totally agree with Walt on this

    When governments are 15-odd pts clearly ahead in the polls, the best way of progressing up the government ranks is by nosiliy supporting that government in everything they do and not asking any difficult questions

    We saw this in the last Parliament with people like Matthew Hancock and Claire Perry

    Leadsom, Truss and of course Boris, are much better examples of careerist politicians who have absolutely no qualms about putting personal ambition and the prospect power before principles

    i don’t think Soubry can be accused of that

    It shoulds be pointed out there’s plenty on the Labour, Lib Dem and SNP benches too

  4. Not so, because every MP knows that 15% leads can evaporate like the morning mist. I doubt current opinion polling is their governing factor in the calculations of careerists.

  5. As anyone who follows politics knows ‘careerist’ means ‘someone I don’t like’

    Soubry seems to me like a politician with strong principles who is going to stick with them no matter what.. That can be good, that can be bad. Under the circumstances, given the opprobrium she gets, I think Soubry is brave (and she also seems at the end of her tether) and I applaud her. I don’t think anyone who routinely gets death threats from people who are supposed to support the same party can credibly be called ‘careerist’.

    Ultimately, when voters say ‘we want principled politicians’ what they really mean is ‘we want principled politicians whose principles are the same as ours’.

    They tend to hate principled politicians with different principles unless those politicians are completely ineffective.

  6. Hi Anna.

  7. i hope it wasn’t Runnymead who sent her the death threats

    I’m sure its not, but his obsessive hatred of her so vividly captured by his posts on here might make him a suspect in the eye’s of the law

    I don’t see how somebody so centrist can provoke such a reaction

  8. nurse….

  9. “I don’t see how somebody so centrist can provoke such a reaction.”

    Why don’t you ask Tony Blair?

  10. Ken Clarke has changed his mind in light of the early election and will stand.

  11. Ken Clarke IS standing again according to Anna Soubry on twitter. I imagine the Pull of being in the common throughout the brexit process combined with being father of the House made him stand again.

  12. AFAIK Ken is in hospital.

    So I’ll await to hear from him, rather than Soubry’s tweets.

  13. His office have also confirmed it. Said he informed them he was standing.

  14. Sky said they haven’t received any confirmation.

    “Ken was seriously ill after two heart operations. He’s now on the mend. He was hoping to spend the Spring and Summer months recuperating before returning to the House in the Autumn. So it’s unclear whether he’ll stand as of yet.”

    I suppose he can sign a nomination paper, but won’t be able to campaign.

  15. At 15.09 on the sky news website live feed they announce it as confirmed.

  16. I wonder if Clarke is standing so as to prevent the embarrassment of Skinner refusing to be father of the house. Has that ever happened before and is it even possible to refuse to be it?

  17. Maybe a consideration but Brexit is main reason Clarke has not retired. They may be a chance that Clarke cant attend the election of speaker due to ill heath. What happens then.

  18. It would pass to the next most senior MP, likely Skinner. If he then refused (which he might, as the official duties involve a trip to the Lords) it would be the next most senior, likely Sir Peter Bottomley.

    (Nerds can see Standing Order 1: ‘the chair shall be taken by that Member, present in the House and not being a Minister of the Crown, who has served for the longest period continuously as a Member of this House’).

  19. Winnick was first elected in 1966, before Clarke and Skinner, but was out of the House from 1970-79 (it is counted by unbroken rather than total service). Clarke and Skinner were both first elected in 1970, Bottomley in a by-election in 1975. Clarke comes ahead of Skinner by virtue of having taken the oath before him.

  20. Unbroken I think

  21. At the very bottom of the main article in today’s Evening Standard there is a mention of the possibility that Ken Clarke might resign his seat so that Ruth Davidson can replace him and become PM. It seems a bit unlikely.

  22. Given how this seat is trending there would surely be better options for Ruth anyway if she was interested in becoming an MP

  23. The Ind Group voted against Ken Clarke’s amendment.

  24. Wow. Had they voted for it it would have passed too

  25. Ken Clarke has said he is minded to retire at the next election whenever it may be,
    If a snap election occurred this year I could see Denis Skinner standing again despite his advanced age and becoming father of the house.

  26. I personally am in favour of age restrictions for MPs (say 35-75), but I don’t imagine I’ll get much support on that.

  27. Skinner – who is a distant friend of my relatives – might stand again if his seat is under threat from the Tories or the Brexit Party. If it is seen as an easy Lab hold I think he’ll step down this time. In the Blair years he wanted to avoid a London SPAD being parachuted into his seat and there’s little chance of that happening now.

  28. TRISTAN – what ageist poppycock. A lot of us ‘older folk’ are far more active and able than these youngsters who sit on their backsides all day playing games on the interweb and on these social messaging sites like Myspace.

    I’m in my early-late-mid nineties and can confirm still very ‘sprightly!’ I was ice-skating just this morning. In fact I enjoy a very active life in all senses of the word – just ask my partner Derek.

    Perhaps your age restrictions would apply to Heads of State too? In which case our dear old Queen (no, not me) would have been forced out eighteen years ago.

  29. Perhaps it might be a good idea to change your name now we are in the Me Too era, cock gropers are not very popular these days.

  30. HH – I think you’ll find those allegations against Ken Clarke were not proven.

  31. Appalling manners of you to post that, as you well know it could cause the site to be sued.

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