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Clockwise from top left, Theresa Miller, Clare Brooks, Chris Gangel and Geoff Wilkinson

Voters in the Newark constituency will be heading to the polls to elect an MP for the third time in three years.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap General Election on Tuesday for June 8, which received the backing of Parliament yesterday.

There are fears of voter apathy following a by-election in 2014, a General Election in 2015 and the Brexit referendum last year.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick first contested the seat in the 2014 by-election - winning by a reduced majority of 7,407 - and then again in the General Election of 2015 where he increased that majority to 18,474.

He returns for a third time in three years to fight for the seat on June 8.

Mr Jenrick could find himself facing his opponent from both 2014 and 2015, in the form of Labour’s Michael Payne.

The local constituency party is not ruling Mr Payne out as their candidate for June 8. Labour finished third behind UKIP in 2014 and second the following year.

Labour said it was concerned about voter apathy, but that it was vital that people voted to get the best Brexit deal for Britain.

There was little sign of General Election apathy in Newark Market Place yesterday with most shoppers saying they would be using their vote.

"I always vote and will be doing so again this time."

Mrs Clare Brooks, 39, of Barnbygate, Newark, said she was always encouraging her friends to use their vote and would be certainly be casting hers on June 8. 

“I always vote and will be doing so again this time,” she said.

Mr Geoff Wilkinson, 74, of South Muskham, a retired chartered builder, said he was very much in favour of a General Election but said it had come as a massive surprise.

“I think it was a brave decision,” he said. “I will be voting and feel everybody should use their vote.”

Mrs Theresa Miller of Harewood Avenue, Newark, said she felt it was important that people had their say.

“If you don’t use your vote then you can’t complain,” she said.

Retired ex-serviceman Mr Chris Gangel, 73, of Beacon Heights, Newark, said he felt the timing was right for an election.

“It is a good time to go to the polls,” he said. “Labour are in disarray and UKIP are on their knees. It is important that people have their say.”

Mr Gangel said he would certainly be casting his vote and was not put off by the fourth major election for Newark constituency residents in as many years.

Mrs Doreen Kettleborough of London Road, Newark, said she hadn’t been surprised to hear the news about an election.

“I half expected it,” she said. “I will be using my vote.”

Mr Anthony Grant, 81, of Hoveringham, said he had always voted and was not put off by the number of elections.

Mr Laurence Maund of Newark was he was not bothered about the election.

“I don’t trust anybody,” he said. “Everything keeps going up and nothing is coming down. I will not be voting.”