| County constituency |
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||73,430 (December 2010) |
|Major settlements||West Bridgford, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent|
|Member of Parliament||Ruth Edwards (Conservative Party (UK))|
|Created from||South Nottinghamshire|
Rushcliffe is a constituency [n 1] in Nottinghamshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament from 2019 by Ruth Edwards, a Conservative. [n 2]
From 1970 until 2019, it was represented by Kenneth Clarke who was Father of the House of Commons for his last two years as an MP. He was appointed to the executive in the governments of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron – one of five ministers to serve the whole 18 years of the Thatcher and Major governments. His political career is the fifth-longest in the modern era;[ clarification needed ] he remains a notable figure in British politics.
The constituency was formed by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 (for first use during the election that year).
Since 1950 it has been a safe seat for the Conservative Party, whose members have held it without marginal majorities, except for a four-year period from 1966 when it was held by Labour, coinciding with the first Wilson ministry. Unlike other constituencies nearby, such as Broxtowe and Gedling, which were previously held by the Conservatives, they retained Rushcliffe in the 1997 New Labour landslide.
In the 2016 European Union membership referendum, it was the only constituency in the Nottinghamshire and overall East Midlands region to vote Remain (57.6% to 42.4%), even as neighboring city of Nottingham voted to Leave (50.8% to 49.2%).  This can be attributed to the constituency's affluence, as well as then-MP Kenneth Clarke's pro-EU political leanings (he would be the only Conservative MP to vote against triggering Article 50 in 2017.)  
1885–1918: Part of the Sessional Division of Nottingham.
1918–1950: The Urban Districts of Beeston, Carlton, and West Bridgford, the Rural Districts of Leake and Stapleford, the Rural District which consisted of the parishes of Kingston-on-Soar and Ratcliffe-on-Soar, and in the Rural District of Basford the parishes of Awsworth, Barton-in-Fabis, Bilborough, Bradmore, Bunny, Burton Joyce, Clifton-with-Glapton, Colwick, Cossall, Gamston, Gedling, Gotham, Nuthall, Ruddington, South Wilford, Stoke Bardolph, Strelley, Thrumpton, Trowell, and Wollaton.
1950–1955: The Urban Districts of Beeston and Stapleford, and West Bridgford, and in the Rural District of Basford the parishes of Barton-in-Fabis, Bilborough, Bradmore, Bunny, Clifton with Glapton, Colwick, Costock, East Leake, Gedling, Gotham, Kingston-on-Soar, Normanton-on-Soar, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford-on-Soar, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe-in-the-Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, and Wysall.
1955–1974: The Urban District of Beeston and Stapleford, and in the Rural District of Basford the parishes of Barton-in-Fabis, Bilborough, Bradmore, Bunny, Colwick, Costock, East Leake, Gedling, Gotham, Kingston-on-Soar, Normanton-on-Soar, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford-on-Soar, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe-in-the-Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, and Wysall.
1974–1983: The Urban District of West Bridgford, the Rural District of Bingham, and in the Rural District of Basford the parishes of Barton-in-Fabis, Bradmore, Bunny, Costock, East Leake, Gotham, Kingston on Soar, Normanton on Soar, Ratcliffe on Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford on Soar, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe in the Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, and Wysall.
1983–2010: The Borough of Rushcliffe.
2010–present: The Borough of Rushcliffe wards of Abbey, Compton Acres, Cotgrave, Edwalton Village, Gamston, Gotham, Keyworth North, Keyworth South, Lady Bay, Leake, Lutterell, Manvers, Melton, Musters, Nevile, Ruddington, Soar Valley, Stanford, Sutton Bonington, Tollerton, Trent, Trent Bridge, Wiverton, and Wolds.
The main town in the constituency is West Bridgford, which is part of the Greater Nottingham urban area, and includes the Trent Bridge cricket ground and Nottingham Forest F.C., and has some strong Labour wards like Trent Bridge itself and Lady Bay. The remainder of the constituency is predominantly rural and Conservative, including the villages of Cotgrave, East Leake, Sutton Bonington, Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent and Ruddington.
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of one local government district with a working population whose income is close to the national average and has lower than average reliance upon social housing.  At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 1.9% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 3.5%.  The borough contributing to the bulk of the seat has a low 15.1% of its population without a car, 16.4% of the population without qualifications and a very high 39.0% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure a high 76.7% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the district. 
|Dec 1910||Leif Jones|
|1918||Rt. Hon. Henry Betterton||Coalition Conservative|
|1934 by-election||Rt. Hon. Ralph Assheton||Conservative|
|1950||Rt. Hon. Martin Redmayne||Conservative|
|1970||Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke||Conservative|
|Liberal Democrats||Jason Billin||9,600||15.9||+11.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Jayne Phoenix||2,759||4.7||–0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Johnston||2,783||5.0||–16.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Karrar Khan||11,659||21.7||+4.4|
|Conservative win (new boundaries)|
|Liberal Democrats||Karrar Khan||9,813||17.4||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Hargreaves||7,395||13.6||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Sam Boote||8,851||14.3||−5.7|
|Natural Law||Anna Miszewska||115||0.2||0.0|
|Labour||Alan D. Chewings||14,682||23.2||+6.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew M. Wood||12,660||20.0||−3.0|
|Green||Simon R. Anthony||775||1.2||−0.5|
|Ind. Conservative||Morgan Maelor-Jones||611||1.0||New|
|Natural Law||David Richards||150||0.2||New|
|Liberal||Paul M Browne||4,180||6.97|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal||Malcolm J Smith||5,085||9.09||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal||Erica Margaret Stallabrass||5,064||9.48||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal||Arthur Thomas Marwood||5,251||13.2||New|
|Liberal||Arthur Thomas Marwood||10,724||23.3||New|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+25.7|
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Liberal Unionist||H. F. Wyatt||5,460||37.5||−10.7|
|Liberal Unionist||George Murray Smith ||5,119||47.1||+1.1|
|Liberal Unionist||Charles Seely||4,588||46.0||+4.9|
|Liberal Unionist||George Savile Foljambe ||3,337||41.1||+5.3|
|Conservative||John Henry Boyer Warner||3,308||35.8|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Gotham is a village in Nottinghamshire, England, with a population of about 1,600, measured at 1,563 in the 2011 census. It is in the borough of Rushcliffe, and has a parish council.
Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. The population of the Local Authority at the 2011 Census was 111,129. Its council is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.
Sutton Bonington is a village and civil parish lying along the valley of the River Soar in the Borough of Rushcliffe, south-west Nottinghamshire, England. The University of Nottingham has a 420 hectares (4.2 km2) site just to the north of the village: Sutton Bonington Campus.
West Bridgford is a town and the administrative centre of the Borough of Rushcliffe in the county of Nottinghamshire, England. It lies immediately south of the city of Nottingham, from which the River Trent divides it. Forming part of the Nottingham Urban Area, West Bridgford is a commuter town for the city. The population was estimated at 48,225 in 2018. The town is part of the constituency of Rushcliffe, which is held by Ruth Edwards of the Conservative Party.
Ruddington is a large village in the Borough of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, England. The village is 5 miles (8 km) south of Nottingham and 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Loughborough. It had a population of 6,441 at the 2001 Census, increasing to 7,216 at the 2011 Census.
Gedling is a constituency in Nottinghamshire created in 1983 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Tom Randall of the Conservative Party. The seat was a safely Conservative until the Labour Party's landslide victory in 1997, when it was won for Labour by Vernon Coaker. Labour held Gedling until 2019, when it was regained by the Conservative Party.
Normanton on Soar, formerly known as Normanton-upon-Soar and known locally as Normanton, is a village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England near the River Soar. This historic village is home to one of the last operating chain ferries in the country, the only lived in cruck building in Nottinghamshire and a 13th-century Grade I listed parish Church.
Kingston on Soar is a village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England.
East Leake is a large village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England, although its closest town and postal address is Loughborough in Leicestershire. It has a population of around 7,000, measured in the 2011 Census as 6,337. The original village was located on the Sheepwash Brook. Kingston Brook also runs through the village. Near the centre of the village is the historic St. Mary's Church, dating back to the 11th century, which Sheepwash Brook flows past, and an old ford, which provided access to the pinfold. The church has six bells.
Stanford on Soar, known locally as Stanford, is a village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England near the River Soar.
West Leake is a small conservation village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire.
Rushcliffe was a wapentake of the historic county of Nottinghamshire, England. It was in the south of the county, on the south side of the River Trent, covering the parishes of Barton in Fabis, Bradmore, Bunny, Clifton with Glapton, Costock, East Leake, Edwalton, Gotham, Keyworth, Kingston on Soar, Normanton on Soar, Plumtree, Ratcliffe on Soar, Rempstone, Ruddington, Stanford on Soar, Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Sutton Bonington, Thorpe in the Glebe, Thrumpton, West Leake, Widmerpool, Wilford, Willoughby on the Wolds and Wysall.
Basford was a rural district close to Nottingham, England, from 1894 to 1974. The district consisted of two detached parts, to the north and south of Nottingham. It was created under the Local Government Act 1894 based on the existing Basford rural sanitary district.
Costock is a village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 621. It was estimated at 664 in 1998. Although in Nottinghamshire, Costock's closest town is Loughborough in Leicestershire.
St. Lawrence's Church, Gotham is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England in Gotham, Nottinghamshire.
Parish council elections took place across Rushcliffe's parishes on 2 May 2019, alongside local elections in the borough.
Coordinates: 52°52′N1°05′W / 52.87°N 1.09°W