Mid Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)

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Mid Norfolk
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Mid Norfolk in Norfolk for the 2010 general election.
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Location of Norfolk within England.
County Norfolk
Electorate 75,080 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Dereham and Wymondham
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament George Freeman (Conservative)
Number of members One
18851918
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Mid Norfolk is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by George Freeman, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Breckland wards of Beetley and Gressenhall, East Dereham Neatherd, East Dereham St Withburga, East Dereham Toftwood, East Dereham Town, Eynsford, Hermitage, Launditch, Mattishall, Shipworth, Springvale, Swanton Morley, Taverner, Two Rivers, Upper Wensum, and Upper Yare; and the District of Broadland wards of Acle, Aylsham, Blofield, Brundall, Burlingham, Buxton, Cawston, Coltishall, Drayton, Foulsham, Freethorpe, Great Witchingham, Hainford, Hevingham, Horsford, Plumstead, Rackheath, Reedham, Reepham, St Faith's, South Walsham, Spixworth, Taverham, and Wroxham.

1997-2010: The District of Breckland wards of Beetley and Gressenhall, East Dereham Neatherd, East Dereham St Withburga, East Dereham Toftwood, East Dereham Town, Eynsford, Hermitage, Launditch, Mattishall, Shipworth, Springvale, Swanton Morley, Taverner, Two Rivers, Upper Wensum, and Upper Yare; and the District of Broadland wards of Acle, Aylsham, Blofield, Brundall, Burlingham, Buxton, Cawston, Coltishall, Foulsham, Freethorpe, Great Witchingham, Hainford, Hevingham, Horsford, Plumstead, Rackheath, Reedham, Reepham, St Faith's, South Walsham, Spixworth, and Wroxham.

2010-present: The District of Breckland wards of All Saints, Buckenham, Burgh and Haverscroft, Dereham Central, Dereham Humbletoft, Dereham Neatherd, Dereham Toftwood, Eynsford, Haggard De Toni, Hermitage, Launditch, Necton, Queen’s, Shipdham, Springvale and Scarning, Swanton Morley, Taverner, Templar, Two Rivers, Upper Wensum, Upper Yare, Watton, and Wissey; and the District of South Norfolk wards of Abbey, Cromwells, Hingham and Deopham, Northfields, Rustens, Town, and Wicklewood.

Latest boundary review[edit]

Under the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies Parliament in 2010 created a new constituency, Broadland based on the local government region of that name, which took electoral wards from the existing North Norfolk and Mid Norfolk areas, with consequential compensatory additions to both from neighbouring constituencies as above.

The former MP for Mid Norfolk, Keith Simpson, was selected to contest the newly created Broadland constituency.[2]

History[edit]

Parliament first created the constituency in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 however, this did not last beyond 1918 when it was absorbed by neighbouring constituencies.

The present creation of the constituency is the second creation, dating to 1983, since which the area has only elected and been served by a Conservative MP.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1918[edit]

Election Member[3] Party Notes
1885 Robert Gurdon Liberal Gurdon was elected as a Liberal, but joined the Liberal Unionists when the party split
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Clement Higgins Liberal Higgins was elected as a Liberal, but later joined the Liberal Unionists. He resigned his seat in 1895
 ??? Liberal Unionist
1895 by-election Robert Gurdon Liberal Unionist later Baron Cranworth
1895 Frederick Wilson Liberal
1906 John Wodehouse, Lord Wodehouse Liberal later 3rd Earl of Kimberley
1910 (Jan) William Boyle Liberal Unionist
1918 by-election Neville Jodrell Conservative Later MP for King's Lynn
1918 Constituency abolished, but re-established 1983

MPs since 1983[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Richard Ryder Conservative
1997 Keith Simpson Conservative
2010 George Freeman Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Mid Norfolk[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Clarke
Conservative George Freeman[5]
UKIP Anna Hamilton[6]
General Election 2010: Mid Norfolk[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Freeman 25,123 49.5 +2.9
Liberal Democrat David Newman 11,267 22.2 +3.0
Labour Elizabeth Hughes 8,857 17.4 -12.8
UKIP Richard 'Toby' Coke 2,800 5.5 +1.5
Green Tim Birt 1,457 2.9 +2.9
BNP Christene Kelly[8] 1,261 2.5 +2.5
Majority 13,856 27.3
Turnout 50,765 68.4 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mid Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Simpson 23,564 43.1 −1.7
Labour Daniel Zeichner 16,004 29.2 −6.9
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Clifford-Jackson 12,988 23.7 +9.2
UKIP Simon Fletcher 2,178 4.0 +1.5
Majority 7,560 13.8
Turnout 54,734 67.0 −1.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.6
General Election 2001: Mid Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Simpson 23,519 44.8 +5.2
Labour Daniel Zeichner 18,957 36.1 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Clifford-Jackson 7,621 14.5 -0.5
UKIP Stuart Agnew 1,333 2.5 N/A
Green Peter Reeve 1,118 2.1 -0.1
Majority 4,562 8.7
Turnout 52,548 68.1 -8.2
Conservative hold Swing 3.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Mid Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Simpson 22,739 39.6 -14.7
Labour Daniel Zeichner 21,403 37.3 +11.9
Liberal Democrat Susan Frary 8,617 15.0 -4.9
Referendum Party Nigel Holder 3,229 5.6 N/A
Green Tony Park 1,254 2.1 N/A
Natural Law Bruce Parker 215 0.4 N/A
Majority 1,336 2.3 -26.6
Turnout 57,457 76.3 -5.2
Conservative hold Swing -13.3
General Election 1992: Mid Norfolk[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ryder 35,620 54.3 −2.4
Labour MV Castle 16,672 25.4 +7.6
Liberal Democrat MJ Gleed 13,072 19.9 −5.6
Natural Law Mrs CR Waite 226 0.3 N/A
Majority 18,948 28.9 −2.3
Turnout 65,590 81.5 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing −5.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Mid Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ryder 32,758 56.69
Social Democratic GJE Graham 14,750 25.53
Labour K Luckey 10,272 17.78
Majority 18,008 31.17
Turnout 78.19
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Mid Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ryder 29,032 55.93
Social Democratic D Cargill 13,517 26.04
Labour LJ Potter 8,950 17.24
Independent M McNee 405 0.78
Majority 15,515 29.89
Turnout 75.27
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
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