Election race in Conservative Party's safest Nottinghamshire seat dubbed 'neck and neck'

Sir Keir Starmer pictured during his visit to Hucknall Town Football Club, with Newark candidate Saj Ahmad pictured in a pink shirt just above him
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post)

The general election race in the Conservative Party's safest Nottinghamshire seat has been described as "neck and neck" by its Labour candidate. Former immigration minister Robert Jenrick is again standing for the Conservative Party in Newark, defending a majority of around 22,000 votes - which equated to 63.3% of the vote share at the 2019 general election.

Although the Conservative majority in Mansfield is marginally higher, the party has also held Newark for much longer, with the area having last elected a Labour MP in 1997. Yet this time around, Labour's Newark candidate says the race is much tighter.

Saj Ahmad, who also serves as a Nottingham city councillor, was picked up on broadcast microphones speaking to Sir Keir Starmer during his visit to Hucknall Town FC on Tuesday (July 2). Although his speech to activists had ended, cameras still ran to pick up some of his conversations with supporters and candidates.

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Speaking to his Newark candidate, Saj Ahmad is heard describing her campaign as "really positive" and pondering a Labour win in the area by saying "it would be amazing." Sir Keir asks what the Conservative majority is in Newark, to which Councillor Ahmad replies: "22,000, but it's neck and neck at the moment, so..."

The Labour Party leader is then heard saying: "That ought to be a solid majority but this time round, the numbers...", before Saj Ahmad chimes in with, "not this time." Councillor Ahmad previously revealed that she was pulling out of future public events in Newark during the general election campaign after threats were made to her personal safety.

Below are all the candidates, presented in alphabetical order by surname, for Newark.


Michael Ackroyd


Saj Ahmad

Independent Network

Adrian Amer

English Democrats

Matthew Darrington


Lyn Galbraith


Robert Jenrick


Robert Palmer

Workers Party of Britain

Collan Siddique

Liberal Democrats

David Watts