Sutton-in-Ashfield's famous sundial, courtesy of Notts Post

ASHFIELD will be one of the most hotly contested seats here in Nottinghamshire, if not in the country, when voters go to the polls on December 12.

Labour has held the seat for 62 out of the last 64 years and narrowly clung on to it last time with a majority of just 441, after the Conservatives gained an extra 19% share of the vote.

But with outgoing MP Gloria De Piero standing down, citing personal reasons after suffering abuse online, and seven out of 10 voters backing Brexit, this legacy now hangs in the balance.

The Independents also made gains in 2017 and enjoyed huge success in May’s local elections, winning 30 out of the 35 seats.

Standing for the Independents this time is Jason Zadrozny who is also a Nottinghamshire county councillor and the leader of Ashfield District Council.

He will be up against Labour’s Natalie Fleet, a trade unionist and mother of four  children, and Councillor Lee Anderson, a former miner, for the Conservative Party, Martin Daubney for the Brexit Party, Rebecca Wain for the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party’s Rose Woods.

The constituency includes Annesley, Annesley Woodhouse, Felley, Huthwaite, Jacksdale, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Teversal, and Underwood.