Nottingham South (UK Parliament constituency)

Nottingham South (UK Parliament constituency)
Nottingham South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Nottingham South in Nottinghamshire.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Electorate 69,154 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Lilian Greenwood (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Nottingham East and Nottingham West
1885 (1885)1974 (1974)
Number of members One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Created from Nottingham
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Nottingham South is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The seat is the most diverse of the Nottingham constituencies covering both wealthy and poorer areas. This has led to it becoming the most marginal of the seats, changing hands on several occasions over the past few decades.



Roughly, the constituency covers the southern part of the City of Nottingham in Nottinghamshire. From the 2010 General Election, it covers the wards of Bridge, Clifton North, Clifton South, Dunkirk & Lenton, Leen Valley, Radford & Park, Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey and Wollaton West.[2] Parts of the St. Ann's, Arboretum and Basford wards were removed in the boundary review that took effect in 2010.[3]

Wollaton Hall in Wollaton, one of the constituency's more affluent areas.

Nottingham South contains at least parts of both of the city's universities. The University of Nottingham's University Park Campus and Jubilee Campus are both in the constituency, as is the Clifton Campus of Nottingham Trent University.

The constituency borders several other seats in Nottingham city and the surrounding area. It is surrounded to the South and East by Rushcliffe constituency, which is represented by the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. To the West, it borders Broxtowe (UK Parliament constituency) and both Nottingham North and Nottingham East to the North.


Since as early as 1295, Nottingham was represented by one large constituency which elected two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons. In 1885 the city was divided into three constituencies, Nottingham East, Nottingham West and Nottingham South.

Nottingham South was abolished in the election of February 1974 but was re-formed with altered boundaries nine years later in 1983 from parts of Nottingham East and Nottingham West.

Nottingham South is the most diverse of the three constituencies in terms of demographics. It includes areas of relative wealth in the form of Wollaton and The Park Estate and areas of relative poverty, both suburban and inner city. The Council estate built next to the village of Clifton was once the largest in Europe.

It is the most marginal of Nottingham City's three constituencies. The Conservative Martin Brandon-Bravo held the seat from 1983-92 with small majorities. Since 1992, Nottingham South has been held by Labour MP; Alan Simpson until stepping down in 2010 and Lilian Greenwood from 2010.

The constituency is also the most politically diverse of the three city seats which together form Nottingham City Council. In the 2007 elections for Nottingham City Council, the constituency elected 9 of the 42 Labour councillors, 6 of the 7 Conservatives and 5 of the 6 Liberal Democrats.[4]

Communities located in Nottingham South include:

Members of Parliament

Since 2010 the seat is represented by Lilian Greenwood of the Labour Party, who succeeded Labour's Alan Simpson on his retirement. Simpson had held the seat since 1992, when he defeated the Conservative Martin Brandon-Bravo.

MPs 1885–1974

Election Member [5] Party
1885 John Carvell Williams Liberal
1886 Henry Smith Wright Conservative
1895 Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Conservative
1906 Arthur Richardson Liberal-Labour
Jan. 1910 Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Conservative
1929 George Wilfrid Holford Knight Labour
1931 National Labour
1935 Sydney Frank Markham National Labour
1945 Norman Smith Labour Co-operative
1955 Denis Keegan Conservative
1959 William Clark Conservative
1966 George Perry Labour
1970 Norman Fowler Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

MPs since 1983

Election Member [5] Party
1983 Martin Brandon-Bravo Conservative
1992 Alan Simpson Labour
2010 Lilian Greenwood Labour


Elections in the 2010s

The prospective candidates for the 2010 election at the University of Nottingham Students' Union's Big Debate at the East Midlands Conference Centre.
From left to right:
Tony Sutton (Liberal Democrats), Rowena Williams (Conservative Party), Ken Browne (UK Independence Party), Matthew Butcher (Green Party), Lilian Greenwood (Labour Party)
General Election 2010: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lillian Greenwood 15,209 37.3 -8.6
Conservative Dr Rowena Holland 13,437 32.9 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Tony Sutton 9,406 23.1 -0.4
BNP Tony Woodward 1,140 2.8 +2.8
UKIP Ken Browne 967 2.4 -1.5
Green Matthew Butcher 630 1.5 +1.5
Majority 1,772 4.3 -17.2
Turnout 40,789 60.5 +9.1
Labour hold Swing -7.4

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Simpson 16,506 47.4 −7.1
Conservative Sudesh Mattu 9,020 25.9 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Tony Sutton 7,961 22.9 +6.3
UKIP Ken Browne 1,353 3.9 +2.2
Majority 7,486 21.5
Turnout 34,840 50.6 +0.5
Labour hold Swing −2.9
General Election 2001: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Simpson 19,949 54.5 -0.8
Conservative Wendy Manning 9,960 27.2 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Kevin Mulloy 6,064 16.6 +3.7
UKIP David Bartrop 632 1.7 N/A
Majority 9,989 27.3
Turnout 36,605 50.1 -16.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Simpson 26,825 55.29 +7.59
Conservative B Kirsch 13,461 27.74 -14.07
Liberal Democrat Gary Long 6,265 12.91 +2.9
Referendum Party K Thompson 1,523 3.14 N/A
National Democrats Sharron Edwards 446 0.92 N/A
Turnout 48,520 66.94
Labour hold Swing 10.80
General Election 1992: Nottingham South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Simpson 25,771 47.7 +7.2
Conservative Martin Brandon-Bravo 22,590 41.8 −2.9
Liberal Democrat Gareth Long 5,408 10.0 −4.8
Natural Law Mrs Julianne Christou 263 0.5 +0.5
Majority 3,181 5.9 +1.7
Turnout 54,032 74.2 +0.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.0

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Brandon-Bravo 23,921 45.03 -0.86
Labour Alan Simpson 21,687 40.82 +6.72
SDP–Liberal Alliance L Williams 7,517 14.15 -5.86
Majority 2,234 4.21
Turnout 53,125 72.97
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Brandon-Bravo 22,238 45.89
Labour Ken Coates 16,523 34.10
SDP–Liberal Alliance R Poynter 9,697 20.01
Majority 5,715 11.79
Turnout 48,458 70.17

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1970: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Fowler 26,726 53.75
Labour George Perry 23,031 46.25
Majority 3,731 7.49
Turnout 49,793 70.03
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1966: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Perry 24,580 50.32
Conservative William Clark 24,268 49.68
Majority 316 0.65
Turnout 48,848 75.61
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Clark 23,594 45.97
Labour WF Back 21,046 41.00
Liberal BS Stratford 6,690 13.03
Majority 2,548 4.96
Turnout 51,329 78.17
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1959: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Clark 29,607 57.11
Labour John Silkin 22,235 42.89
Majority 7,372 14.22
Turnout 51,845 72.49
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Nottingham South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Denis Keegan 29,145 56.88
Labour Norman Smith 22,092 43.12
Majority 7,053 13.77
Turnout 51,240 78.29
Conservative gain from Labour Swing


  • Bridge
  • Clifton North
  • Clifton South
  • Dunkirk and Lenton
  • Leen Valley
  • Radford and Park
  • Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey
  • Wollaton West

See also

Notes and references

Coordinates: 52°55′N 1°10′W / 52.92°N 1.17°W / 52.92; -1.17

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