An area that will occupy time and column inches is the projected changes to both our County Council and parliamentary representation. The current situation is
The Divisions around this part of Rushcliffe will change at the May election, when Bingham gets split down the middle (roughly Tythby Rd and its continuation north over the level crossing) into East & West, thus giving this area an extra seat on the County. Shelford is the only part of my ward without a change; they stay in Radcliffe Ward, where Cllr Kay Cutts is standing again. Newton becomes part of Bingham West, which also includes the Cropwells and other villages to the south. Two parties, Independents for Bingham and The Conservative Party have, I believe, selected candidates and will fight the election. I have no information about other parties.
East Bridgford and Kneeton join Bingham East, which also includes the villages to the west and north of Bingham (as far as Flintham & Orston. I expect both the Conservatives and Independents for Bingham will stand, but I am not aware of any selection activity yet. So look out for any opportunity to have your say in the selection process. It is worth noting that both Divisions will have roughly equal numbers of voters from town (Bingham) and villages.
A consultation has just started by the Electoral Commission into proposals to make all Constituencies of roughly equal size. Our current situation is that Newton and Shelford are in Rushcliffe Constituency with Ken Clark as its MP whilst East Bridgford and Kneeton are in Newark & Bingham – MP Robert Jenrick. The new boundaries are based on whole Wards so 2 villages will be moved.
In the proposals Rushcliffe Borough gets spread across 3 constituencies. Loughborough and Rushcliffe South will take in the area around East Leake and Keyworth. The main part of Rushcliife goes into a new constituency to be called “West Bridgford” and which will include parts of south Nottingham (mainly Clifton). The northern part of Rushcliffe, including Bingham, stays with Newark and our MP, Robert Jenrick, says he is standing again. East Bridgford gets moved from Newark to join Newton & Shelford in West Bridgford constituency. Ken Clark has announced that he will not stand again, so a new MP will have to be found.
We need to decide which constituency we want to be in. Not easy I know, but some considerations might be
- West Bridgford will be essentially an urban seat –the greater WB area plus Clifton will make up 80% of the electorate, and we will be one of the smaller, remoter parts of the seat.
- Newark and Bingham will be essentially rural comprising Newark, Bingham, Southwell, Ollerton plus about 100 other villages, of which we will be one of the larger ones.
If you have any preferences please let me know, preferably by email so I can decide whether to object. We have until mid-November to raise an objection.
Cllr Nigel Lawrence 01949 20619 firstname.lastname@example.org