Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (UK Parliament constituency)
|Central Suffolk and North Ipswich|
for the House of Commons
|Population||98,935 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||76,177 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Dan Poulter (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Central Suffolk|
The county constituency was formed for the 1997 general election, largely from eastern parts of the abolished constituency of Central Suffolk, including the north-western wards of the Borough of Ipswich. Also included western fringes of Suffolk Coastal.
Sir Michael Lord, knighted in 2001, who had held the predecessor seat of Central Suffolk, was the first MP who served the seat, from 1997 until 2010. The 2010 general election saw the fourth win for a Conservative with the election of Dan Poulter, who retained the seat at the 2015 and 2017 elections.
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a safe seat for the Conservative Party, primarily made up of rural farming communities and retirement properties. The exception to this are the three wards from Ipswich Borough Council, which polarise support between the Conservatives and Labour, and Kesgrave, a new satellite town, which shows strong support for the Conservatives. The rural areas which make up the majority of the constituency, consistently return a majority of Conservative councillors. The local government make up of the seat, in respect of the number of borough and district councillors elected by party is 27 Conservative, 5 Labour, 4 Independent, 3 Liberal Democrat, and 2 Green. (Barking by-election 2016 was a Green gain).
Boundaries and boundary changes
1997–2010: The District of Mid Suffolk wards of Barham, Barking, Bramford, Claydon, Creeting, Debenham, Eye, Fressingfield, Helmingham, Hoxne, Mendlesham, Palgrave, Stonham, Stradbroke, Wetheringsett, Weybread, and Worlingworth, the District of Suffolk Coastal wards of Bealings, Dennington, Earl Soham, Framlingham, Glemham, Grundisburgh and Witnesham, Hasketon, Kesgrave, Otley, Rushmere, and Wickham Market, and the Borough of Ipswich wards of Broom Hill, Castle Hill, Whitehouse, and Whitton.
2010–present: The District of Mid Suffolk wards of Barking and Somersham, Bramford and Blakenham, Claydon and Barham, Debenham, Eye, Fressingfield, Helmingham and Coddenham, Hoxne, Mendlesham, Palgrave, Stradbroke and Laxfield, The Stonhams, Wetheringsett, and Worlingworth, the District of Suffolk Coastal wards of Earl Soham, Framlingham, Grundisburgh, Hacheston, Kesgrave East, Kesgrave West, Otley, Rushmere St Andrew, Wickham Market, and Witnesham, and the Borough of Ipswich wards of Castle Hill, Whitehouse, and Whitton.
Lost the Borough of Ipswich ward of Broom Hill which had been abolished by a revision of the borough wards; area covered by the ward now included in the borough constituency of Ipswich. Other marginal changes due to revision of local authority wards.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir Michael Lord||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||James Sandbach||6,485||11.5||+7.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Aidan Van de Weyer||2,431||4.3||−1.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Jon Neal||3,314||6.1||−18.9|
|English Democrat||Tony Holyoak||162||0.3||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne||13,339||25.0||+4.7|
|New Party||Richard Vass||118||0.2||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Houseley||10,709||21.1||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Ann Elvin||7,593||16.1||−4.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Minone Goldspink||10,886||20.6|
|Independent Conservative||Stephanie A. Bennell||489||0.9|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Central Suffolk and North Ipswich: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- "Election of a Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk & North Ipswich" (PDF). 14 Nov 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 Nov 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "Suffolk Central & Ipswich North parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". UK results. BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
- "Election of the Member of Parliament for the Central Suffolk & North Ipswich constituency" (PDF). 11 May 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 Jun 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "Suffolk Central & Ipswich North parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "2015 Election Results". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.