Nottingham North is one of the poorest constituencies in the East Midlands. It consists of Bulwell, once a separate town in its own right until its absorption by the city of Nottingham in 1896, and also the areas of Basford ("base-ford"), Bilborough, Aspley, and the Broxtowe Estate.
Nottingham North was first created in 1955 but its boundaries have changed somewhat in the intervening years; notably it lost Mapperley and Sherwood to Nottingham East in 1983. Since the closure of important factories in the area, including the Raleigh Cycles factory, Nottingham North has usually had the highest unemployment rate in the East Midlands and one of the highest in the country, and it also struggles with crime. Nottingham North mainly consisted of council housing although much of this was bought under right-to-buy, although the proportion of council housing is still substantial; it is also the least diverse of the three Nottingham constituencies. All council seats within Nottingham North's boundaries are Labour, although it was home to the last Communist councillor in England, John Peck,who won Bulwell East on his 40th attempt and subsequently sat for the Green Party.
Nottingham North has usually been a Labour seat apart from in the Conservative landslide of 1983 and until 2019 it was the safest Labour seat of the three in Nottingham. There is a long-running Eurosceptic trend, as befits an old industrial constituency, with UKIP saving their deposit as early as 2005 and doing so again in 2017 when they only saved 40 deposits nationally. The high Brexit vote was responsible for an 8.2% swing from Labour to Conservative here in 2019, meaning it is now the least safe Labour seat in Nottingham.
Post by Robert Waller on Jan 13, 2021 11:52:11 GMT
Owner-occupied 48.6% 585/650 Private rented 12.5% 423 Social rented 36.8% 20 White 79.7% 529 Black 7.7% 64 Asian 4.9% 236 Managerial & professional 17.2% Routine & Semi-routine 38.8% Degree level 13.3% 645 No qualifications 35.8 % 15 Students 8.0% 223 Age 65+ 13.5% 528
General election 2019: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Alex Norris 17,337 49.1 -11.1 Conservative Stuart Bestwick 12,847 36.4 +5.3 Brexit Party Julian Carter 2,686 7.6 +2.0 Liberal Democrats Christina Morgan-Danvers 1,583 4.5 +2.7 Green Andrew Jones 868 2.5 +1.1