Waveney (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Waveney in Suffolk.
Location of Suffolk within England.
|Electorate||79,132 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Peter Aldous (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
The seat is based on the coastal town of Lowestoft, which today is generally Labour-voting, because of its recent history as a declining seaside resort, fishing and industrial town. However, the constituency also takes in the small towns of Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth. These along with the smaller inland rural villages are considerably more supportive of Conservatives.
History of boundaries
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Beccles North, Beccles South, Bungay, Pakefield, Carlton, Carlton Colville, Gunton and Corton, Harbour, Kessingland, Kirkley, Lothingland, Normanston, Oulton, Oulton Broad, St Margaret's, The Saints, Wainford, Whitton, and Worlingham
The seat was created in 1983 under the Act implementing the third periodic review of Westminster constituencies, broadly replacing Lowestoft, which the first victor of the new seat had served since 1959.
Waveney has been a bellwether since its creation, swinging heavily in line with the mood of the nation. Labour's big majority in 1997 reflected the large overall majority in the Commons, and by the 2010 election it had become touted by one published analysis as the seat that the Conservatives needed to win to secure an overall majority. Fittingly, 2010 saw a marginal majority and the national result was a hung parliament with the Conservative Party the largest party. 2010 here was the Labour Party's second highest share of the vote in the narrow, traditional grouping of East Anglia (Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex). A recent Ashcroft poll has suggested that it is a winnable seat for Nigel Farage's Party UKIP.
Waveney had been held for many years by James Prior Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1970-1972), Leader of the House of Commons[n 3] (1972-1974), Secretary of State for Employment (1979-1981) then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland during the Heath ministry then the Thatcher ministry with an economic politics considered more centre-ground, then known as forming the wets' ideology.
Bob Blizzard served as a senior Government Whip from 2008 until 2010 when he lost at the election that May.
The seat is based around the town of Lowestoft, and includes several smaller market towns and seaside resorts in north-east Suffolk. This corner of Suffolk arguably has stronger connections with Norfolk - Norwich is an easier centre to reach than Ipswich - and there have been unsuccessful proposals to alter the county boundary to reflect this.
Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.9% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. This compares more unfavourably to the regional average of 3.2%.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Waveney|
Polling for 2015 election
Waveney has been polled twice for the 2015 general election by Lord Ashcroft. First in April 2014, and second in July 2014.
Both polls suggest that former MP Bob Blizzard is likely to win in 2015.
Results for the Waveney constituency 2010 election were declared the next morning at 5am.
|General Election 2010: Waveney|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Dean||6,811||13.3||-1.8|
|NOTA||Louis Barfe[n 4]||106||0.2||+0.2|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Waveney|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Bromley||7,497||15.1||+3.7|
|General Election 2001: Waveney|
|Liberal Democrat||David Young||5,370||11.4||+2.4|
|Socialist Alliance||Rupert Mallin||442||0.9||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Waveney|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Thomas||5,054||9.0||−4.0|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+15.6|
|General Election 1992: Waveney|
|Liberal Democrat||AC Rogers||8,925||13.0||−8.6|
|Natural Law||D Hook||302||0.4||+0.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Waveney|
|Labour||Jack Alan Lark||19,284||30.0||+2.6|
|Social Democratic||D. Beaven||13,845||21.6||+0.7|
|General Election 1983: Waveney|
|Labour||Jack Alan Lark||16,073||27.4||N/A|
|Social Democratic||Gillian Mary Artis||12,234||20.9||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- and Lord President of the Council
- Shortly after the general election "None of the above" candidate Louis Barfe defected to the Green Party
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.