South Suffolk (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Suffolk
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South Suffolk in Suffolk.
Outline map
Location of Suffolk within England.
County Suffolk
Electorate 72,965 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Sudbury, Hadleigh and Great Cornard
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Tim Yeo (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Sudbury and Woodbridge
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

South Suffolk is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1983 creation by Tim Yeo, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Babergh; and the Borough of St Edmundsbury wards of Cangle, Castle, Cavendish, Chalkstone, Clare, Clements, Hundon, Kedington, St Mary's and Helions, Wickhambrook, and Withersfield.

1997-present: The District of Babergh; and the Borough of St Edmundsbury wards of Cavendish and Clare.

History[edit]

South Suffolk is one of seven constituencies in the county of Suffolk and was created by boundary changes during the early 1980s. It has been a constituency in the general election since 1983. In every election the Conservative candidate, Tim Yeo, has been elected or re-elected. Prior to 1983, at least some of the constituency was represented as Sudbury and Woodbridge. Between 1559 and 1844 the constituency of Sudbury represented the town on the southwestern border with Essex, but this constituency was disenfranchised for corruption in 1844.

Constituency profile[edit]

South Suffolk is a large and predominantly rural seat, sharing a long border with the county of Essex but retaining a rather different identity and character - distinctly East Anglian rather than Home Counties.

The largest settlements, Sudbury and Hadleigh, are small, quiet towns, somewhat off the beaten track, and the only other significantly built-up area in the seat is the suburb of Pinewood, just outside the limits of the Ipswich, where there are lots of new developments. There is still some industry in Brantham, close to the Essex border, but most of the seat is traditional agriculture, sitting alongside remote commuter bases for those working in London, Ipswich or Colchester.

In common with many seats of this type, it is fairly safe for the Conversatives and their nearest challengers are the Liberal Democrats.

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Tim Yeo Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: South Suffolk[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 24,550 47.7 +5.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel Bennett 15,861 30.8 +2.4
Labour Emma Bishton 7,368 14.3 -10.1
UKIP David Campbell Bannerman 3,637 7.1 +2.0
Majority 8,689 16.9 +3.3
Turnout 51,416 70.9 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South Suffolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 20,471 42.0 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Kathy Pollard 13,865 28.5 +3.6
Labour Kevin Craig 11,917 24.5 -5.7
UKIP James Carver 2,454 5.0 +1.5
Majority 6,606 13.6 +2.4
Turnout 48,707 71.8 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing -4.7
General Election 2001: South Suffolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 18,748 41.4 +4.1
Labour Marc Young 13,667 30.2 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt 11,296 24.9 -2.8
UKIP Derek Allen 1,582 3.5 N/A
Majority 5,081 11.2 3.2
Turnout 45,293 66.2 -11.0
Conservative hold Swing +3.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South Suffolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 19,402 37.3 -12.9
Labour P Bishop 15,227 29.3 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Kathy Pollard 14,395 27.7 +2.5
Referendum Party S de Chair 2,740 3.5 N/A
Natural Law A Holland 211 0.4 -0.2
Majority 4,175 8.0 -25.0
Turnout 51,976 77.2 -4.5
Conservative hold Swing −9.1
General Election 1992: South Suffolk[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 34,793 50.2 -3.2
Liberal Democrat Kathy Pollard 17,504 25.2 -2.7
Labour Stephen Hesford 16,623 24.0 +5.3
Natural Law James Carver 420 0.6 +0.6
Majority 17,289 25.0 -0.5
Turnout 69,340 81.7 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing -4.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: South Suffolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 33,972 53.4 +2.8
Liberal C. Bradford 17,729 27.9 -3.4
Labour A. Bavington 11,876 18.7 -0.6
Majority 16,243 25.5 +6.2
Turnout 81,954 77.6 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing +3.1
General Election 1983: South Suffolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Yeo 29,469 50.6 N/A
Liberal Richard Kemp 18,200 31.3 N/A
Labour S. Billcliffe 10,516 18.1 N/A
Majority 11,269 19.3 N/A
Turnout 76,209 76.3 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ South Suffolk, UKPollingReport
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 52°00′N 0°54′E / 52.0°N 0.9°E / 52.0; 0.9