Norwich South (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Norwich South in Norfolk.
Location of Norfolk within England.
|Electorate||73,569 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Simon Wright (Liberal Democrat)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
The constituency is one of two covering the city of Norwich. Prior to the 2010 election, it included the Norwich City wards of Bowthorpe, Crome (part) Eaton, Lakenham, Nelson, Mancroft, Thorpe Hamlet (part), Town Close, University and Wensum. In addition the South Norfolk district wards of New Costessey and Cringleford (part) were within the constituency.
- 2010 Changes
Following their review of parliamentary constituencies in Norfolk that concluded in 2004, the Boundary Commission for England created a slightly modified Norwich South constituency. The changes took effect at the 2010 general election.
Changes were necessary in order to re-align the constituency boundaries with the new local government ward boundaries introduced in South Norfolk and Norwich in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Norfolk also received an additional, ninth constituency, by the Boundary Commission. The part of the Crome ward around Morse Road became part of Norwich North, while the area around Mousehold Street in Thorpe Hamlet moved into Norwich South. The villages of Cringleford and Colney were lost to South Norfolk constituency.
The composition of the new Norwich South is:
- Bowthorpe, Eaton, Lakenham, Nelson, Mancroft, Thorpe Hamlet, Town Close, University and Wensum Norwich
- New Costessey in the district of South Norfolk.
The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, when the 2-seat Norwich constituency was divided into Norwich North and Norwich South. The Labour MP for this seat from 1997 to 2010 was Charles Clarke who served in cabinet for five years from 2001 to 2006, first as Minister without Portfolio, then as Secretary of State for Education and Skills and latterly as Home Secretary.
Norwich South was by far Labour's safest seat in Norfolk throughout the Thatcher years and up until 2005. Although it was lost to the Conservatives in 1983, it was regained by Labour in 1987 and was the only Labour seat in Norfolk until 1997. In 2005 the Labour majority was cut by over 5000 leaving Norwich North as the safest Labour seat in the county.
The seat was considered a true three way marginal in the 2010 election between the incumbent Labour party the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. The seat was also targeted by the Green Party. The seat was won with the lowest percentage share of the vote in a constituency in the 2010 election. The loss was considered to be an embarrassment for the Labour Party as it was the seat of a former Home Secretary.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Norwich South|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Wright||13,960||29.4||−0.6|
|Conservative||Antony D. Little||10,902||22.9||+1.1|
|Workers Revolutionary||Gabriel Polley||102||0.2||0.0|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Labour||Swing||4.0|
*NB changes in vote share from 2005 are notional due to boundary changes.
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Norwich South|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew P. Aalders-Dunthorne||12,251||29.0||+6.4|
|Conservative||Antony D. Little||9,567||22.7||−2.1|
|UKIP||Miss Vandra S. Ahlstrom||597||1.4||+0.3|
|English Democrats||Mrs. Christine Constable||466||1.1||N/A|
|Legalise Cannabis||Don E. Barnard||219||0.5||−1.0|
|Workers Revolutionary||Roger A. Blackwell||85||0.2||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Norwich South|
|Conservative||Andrew J. French||10,551||24.8||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew P. Aalders-Dunthorne||9,640||22.6||+4.0|
|Green||Adrian St. J. Holmes||1,434||3.4||+1.9|
|Legalise Cannabis||Alun Buffrey||620||1.5||0.0|
|Socialist Alliance||Dave Manningham||507||1.2||N/A|
|UKIP||Tarquin A.G. Mills||473||1.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Norwich South|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew P. Aalders-Dunthorne||9,457||18.6||+5.7|
|Referendum Party||David K. Holdsworth||1,464||2.9||N/A|
|Legalise Cannabis||Howard Marks||765||1.5||N/A|
|Green||Adrian St. J. Holmes||736||1.4||−0.2|
|Natural Law||Bryan A. Parsons||84||0.2||0.0|
|General Election 1992: Norwich South|
|Conservative||David S. Baxter||18,784||36.6||−0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Thomas||6,609||12.9||−12.0|
|Green||Adrian St. J. Holmes||803||1.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||Bryan A. Parsons||104||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Norwich South|
|Social Democrat||C.J.M. Hardie||12,896||24.9||+0.4|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.1|
|General Election 1983: Norwich South|
|Social Democrat||Jeremy Hardie||11,968||24.5||N/A|
|Ecology||Antony D. Carter||468||1.0||N/A|
|National Front||Peter C. Williams||145||0.3||−0.4|
|Independent||Jon C. Ward||91||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.4|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Norwich South|
|National Front||Andrew Fountaine||264||0.7||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Norwich South|
|General Election February 1974: Norwich South|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.1|
|General Election 1970: Norwich South|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.0|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Norwich South|
|General Election 1964: Norwich South|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.0|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Norwich South|
|General Election 1955: Norwich South|
|General Election 1951: Norwich South|
|General Election 1950: Norwich South|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Norwich South, UKPollingReport.
- Norwich South: Constituency, guardian.co.uk
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.