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Explained: Why constituency boundaries have been changed in Gedling for the forthcoming General Election

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Some voters in parts of Gedling borough will fall under a new constituency in just over five weeks’ time.

Polling day on July 4 will be the first time that Bestwood Village, Lambley and Woodborough become part of the Gedling constituency boundary.

The villages have moved across from Sherwood – which has been reduced in size and will now be renamed Sherwood Forest.

Why have the boundaries changed?

In June 2023, the Boundary Commission made final recommendations to government over changes to constituency boundaries.

As part of a periodical review of the 650 constituencies in the UK, it looked at whether some seats needed to be reduced in size, increased in size or abolished altogether.

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Among the recommendations was to introduce a make Sherwood smaller and enlarge the Gedling boundary.

At the time, Tim Bowden, secretary of the Boundary Commission, said the proposals were made following extensive consultation.

He added that the move to change the boundaries was made to “best to reflect local community ties”.

The changes, which include retaining a total of 650 constituencies across the UK, see each seat contain no less than 69,724 voters and no more than 77,062.

Who will be contesting the seat?

It’s early days in the election campaign, but the following candidates have already been announced for the seat.

Current Gedling MP, Tom Randall, will try to hang on to the constituency for the Conservatives.

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Meanwhile, Labour will field Michael Payne as its candidate Tad Jones will stand for the Liberal Democrats in the constituency, Dominic Berry will fight votes for the Greens and Simon Rood will represent Reform.

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