Council plans to honour former Gedling MP Vernon Coaker for 22 years of service to the borough

 Council plans to honour former Gedling MP Vernon Coaker for 22 years of service to the borough
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Former Gedling MP Vernon Coaker is to receive the highest honour the borough can bestow in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the area.

Councillors will be asked to confirm the appointment of the new honorary freeman of the borough at Wednesday (January 29) night’s full council meeting in Arnold.

Vernon Coaker
PICTURED: Vernon Coaker MP outside Walton Court in Carlton

The Local Government Act of 1972 grants the council powers to award the accolade to someone who ‘has rendered eminent services to the borough’.

If agreed, a civic ceremony will then be held to hand the prestigious title to the former MP.

Mr Coaker became the first Labour MP to win the Gedling seat when he defeated Andrew Mitchell in the 1997 election.

He served the borough for 22 years.

Mr Coaker lost his seat back in December to Conservative candidate Tom Randall in December after a general election was called to help solve the Brexit crisis.

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  • You having a laugh? I dont give a rats what he did for the constituent or the country, it was his job and he got well paid for it whilst betraying the will of his constituents, the same ones he was elected to serve and who put him on the gravy train that has made a one time teacher a very very rich man and he repaid them by doing what he wanted to do and refusing to carry out their mandate. Treasonous and treacherous. Do I feel sorry hes out of work? Dont think he’ll be struggling somehow and you want to honour betrayal?

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