Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (UK Parliament constituency)

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Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in Suffolk.
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Location of Suffolk within England.
County Suffolk
Electorate 76,177 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Daniel Poulter (Conservative)
Number of members One
European Parliament constituency East of England

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Daniel Poulter of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


Sir Michael Lord, knighted in 2001, 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 Daniel Poulter.


It comprises the northern part of Ipswich and central Suffolk.

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Suffolk before 2010, the Boundary Commission for England's review led to minor alterations to the constituency to have electoral wards:

Constituency profile[edit]

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a Conservative safe seat, 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 28 Conservative, 5 Labour, 4 Independent, 3 Liberal Democrat, and 1 Green.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Michael Lord Conservative
2010 Daniel Poulter Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Abbott
UKIP Mark Cole
Green Rhodri Griffiths[4]
English Democrats Tony Holyoak[5]
Conservative Daniel Poulter
General Election 2010: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Poulter 27,125 50.8 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne 13,339 25.0 +4.7
Labour Bhavna Joshi 8,636 16.2 -12.3
UKIP Roy Philpott 2,361 4.4 +0.9
Green Andrew Stringer 1,452 2.7 -0.6
Independent Mark Trevitt 389 0.7 N/A
New Party Richard Vass 118 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,786 25.8
Turnout 53,420 70.4 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Lord 22,333 43.9 -0.5
Labour Neil Macdonald 14,477 28.5 -8.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Houseley 10,709 21.1 +5.0
UKIP John West 1,754 3.4 +1.0
Green Martin Wolfe 1,593 3.1 N/A
Majority 7,856 15.4 +8.1
Turnout 50,866 66.7 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing +4.1
General Election 2001: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Lord 20,924 44.4 +1.8
Labour Carol Jones 17,455 37.1 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Ann Elvin 7,593 16.1 -4.5
UKIP Jonathan Wright 1,132 2.4 N/A
Majority 3,469 7.3 +0.6
Turnout 47,104
Conservative hold Swing 0.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Lord 22,493 42.6 N/A
Labour Carol Jones 18,955 35.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Minone Goldspink 10,886 20.6 N/A
Independent Conservative S Bennett 489 0.9 N/A
Majority 3,458 6.7
Turnout 52,823

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

Coordinates: 52°12′N 1°09′E / 52.2°N 1.15°E / 52.2; 1.15