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Goodbye Gedling? Vernon Coaker’s seat would disappear if proposed voting boundary changes get go ahead

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Gedling could soon disappear as a voting constituency if proposed changes to voting boundaries outlined today get the go ahead.

The seat, currently occupied by  Vernon Coaker MP, would be vanish and the constituency would be spilt between Sherwood and Nottingham East.

Sherwood, which is currently held by Mark Spencer MP, would inherit Arnold and Burton Joyce; Nottingham East, which is held by Chris Leslie MP, would gain Carlton, Colwick, Gedling village and Netherfield.

The changes are being proposed following the Government’s announcement that it wanted to cut the number of constituencies in the UK from 650 to 600.

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The plans by the Independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) are now in consultation and members of the public can have their say on the proposals until December 5.

NOTTINGHAM EAST: Carlton, Colwick and Netherfield would join this constituency.
NOTTINGHAM EAST: Carlton, Colwick and Netherfield would join this constituency.
SHERWOOD: Arnold and Burton Joyce would join Sherwood
SHERWOOD: Arnold and Burton Joyce would join Sherwood

There will be a further two rounds of consultation during 2017. The BCE won’t make its final recommendations to Parliament until September 2018.

Vernon Coaker MP told Gedling Eye: “This is the first draft of proposals that the Electoral Commission are making.  We will obviously be considering the proposals very carefully as our first priority has to be the interests of the communities we represent.

“I will continue to work hard for the people of Gedling and make representations to the Commission in due course.”

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You can see all the new maps and make your thoughts known by visiting the independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) Commission’s website at www.bce2018.org.uk.

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