General Election 2017: Midlands Matters - Gedling

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The key marginal seat of Gedling lies on the northern outskirts of Nottingham and has around 70,000 voters.

It was created in 1983 and has always been a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.

Between 1983-97, it was solid Tory blue, but for the last 20 years it's been held by Labour's Vernon Coaker. At this election, it's 28th on the Conservatives' target list.

Gedling, a largely affluent, middle-class constituency, includes the market town of Arnold and the Nottingham suburbs of Carlton, Colwick and Netherfield, as well as villages like Burton Joyce, Gedling and Lambley.

It was once home to the Gedling Colliery, which at one time produced a million tonnes of coal a year.

The pit closed in 1991 and the site has now been turned into a country park.

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We found during our interviews, that the issues which matter to voters here are the NHS, Government spending cuts, housing and taxes.

But the over-riding issue on the doorstep appears to be Brexit.

Last year, the Gedling borough voted by 56-44% in favour of leaving the European Union.

In the 2015 General Election, Labour had a majority of 2,986. UKIP polled nearly 7,000 votes, and what happens to those votes this time round could be crucial.

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The candidates in 2017 are:

  • Carolyn Abbott (Con)

  • Vernon Coaker (Lab)

  • Rebecca Connick (Green)

  • Robert Swift (Lib Dem)

  • Lee Waters (UKIP)