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10 May 2010
Mixed fortunes for Nottingham’s Alumni MPs

Nottingham’s alumni Members of Parliament experienced the highs and lows of the 2010 General Election with Labour MPs suffering most.

The 11 alumni MPs were reduced to seven in the historic election which left the country with a hung parliament.

Of the eight Labour MPs, four retained their seats, three lost them and one stood down. The two Liberal Democrats increased their majorities as did the one Conservative alumni MP.

For Labour, David Drew, 58, (Economics 1974) lost his seat in Stroud to the Conservatives by a narrow margin as did Dari Taylor, 65, (Politics 1970) in Stockton South and Parmjit Dhanda, 38, (Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1993) in Gloucester.

Kelvin Hopkins, 68, (Politics 1969) bucked the trend in Luton North securing the seat again with a 7,520 majority while Tony Lloyd, 60, (Mathematics 1972) held Manchester Central despite a swing to the Lib Dems as did Meg Munn, 50, (Social Work 1986) in Sheffield Heeley.

Jim Hood, 62, (Politics, Industrial Relations and Economics WEA) increased his Labour majority in Lanark and Hamilton East.

Former Notts County Councillor Paddy Tipping, 60, (Philosophy 1972) stood down for personal reasons in the Nottinghamshire constituency of Sherwood and watched the seat fall to the Conservatives with a majority of just 214.

Meanwhile for the Conservatives John Hayes, 51, (Archaeology and Geography 1990) secured South Holland and the Deepings with a massive 21,880 majority and University of Nottingham Honorary Graduate Ken Clarke retained Rushcliffe in South Nottinghamshire, a seat he has held since 1970, which makes him one of the longest serving MPs.

Among the Liberal Democrats the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Jeremy Browne, 39, (Politics 1992) increased his majority slightly in Taunton, Somerset as did John Pugh, 61, (MPhil Theology 1983) in Southport.

This list is not exhaustive and we apologise if we have missed off any new Nottingham alumni MPs. If you know of anyone who falls into this category please contact Simon Harvey.

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