Broadland (UK Parliament constituency)

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County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Broadland in Norfolk.
Outline map
Location of Norfolk within England.
Population95,188 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate73,066 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentKeith Simpson (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromMid Norfolk, North Norfolk and Norwich North
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

Broadland is a Norfolk constituency,[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Keith Simpson of the Conservative Party since its 2010 creation.[n 2]


The Boundary Commission for England created the Broadland constituency as the successor seat to Mid Norfolk, which was relocated. It comprised the majority of Mid Norfolk, together with parts of North Norfolk and Norwich North. The name is taken from the local government area Broadland though its boundary does not match that of the district council nor is it coterminous with the Norfolk Broads (waterways and surrounding protected land).


The District of Broadland wards of Acle, Aylsham, Blofield with South Walsham, Brundall, Burlingham, Buxton, Coltishall, Drayton North, Drayton South, Eynesford, Great Witchingham, Hevingham, Horsford and Felthorpe, Marshes, Plumstead, Reepham, Spixworth with St Faiths, Taverham North, Taverham South, and Wroxham, and the District of North Norfolk wards of Astley, Lancaster North, Lancaster South, The Raynhams, Walsingham, and Wensum.[3]

The new seat includes the District of Broadland wards which had previously comprised a majority of the Mid Norfolk constituency, as well as Drayton and Taversham, transferred back from Norwich North.  The six District of North Norfolk wards, including the town of Fakenham, were transferred from the constituency of North Norfolk.

The constituency stretches from near Great Yarmouth in the east to the north west of the county. Among attractions within the seat's boundaries are the steam and fairground collection at Thursford and the Anglican shrine at Walsingham; both were in the North Norfolk constituency until 2010.

Changes proposed for 2022[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

The Commission have recommended that Aylsham be transferred to North Norfolk, offset by the transfer of the District of North Norfolk ward of Briston in the opposite direction. The constituency would also gain the District of Breckland ward of Hermitage from Mid Norfolk. It is proposed that the constituency is renamed Broadland and Fakenham.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 Keith Simpson Conservative


Broadland election results

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2017: Broadland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Simpson 32,406 57.9 Increase 7.4
Labour Iain Simpson 16,590 29.6 Increase 10.9
Liberal Democrat Steve Riley 4,449 7.9 Decrease 1.8
UKIP David Moreland 1,594 2.8 Decrease 13.9
Green Andrew Boswell 932 1.7 Decrease 2.6
Majority 15,816 28.3 Decrease 3.4
Turnout 55,971 72.4 Increase 1.3
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.7
General election 2015: Broadland[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Simpson 26,808 50.5 Increase 4.3
Labour Chris Jones [8] 9,970 18.8 Increase 4.9
UKIP Stuart Agnew [8] 8,881 16.7 Increase 12.2
Liberal Democrat Steve Riley 5,178 9.8 Decrease 22.6
Green Andrew Boswell 2,252 4.2 Increase 2.8
Majority 16,838 31.7 Increase 17.9
Turnout 53,098 71.1 Decrease 0.9
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 0.3
General election 2010: Broadland[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Simpson* 24,338 46.2 Increase 2.8
Liberal Democrat Daniel Roper 17,046 32.4 Increase 2.9
Labour Allyson Barron 7,287 13.8 Decrease 9.8
UKIP Stuart Agnew 2,382 4.5 Increase 1.1
BNP Edith Crowther 871 1.7 Increase 1.7
Green Susan Curran 752 1.4 Increase 1.4
Majority 7,292 13.8 N/A
Turnout 52,676 72.0 Increase 7.6
Conservative win (new seat)
* Served in the 2005–2010 Parliament as MP for Mid Norfolk

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.
  1. ^ "Broadland: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  4. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report". Archived from the original on 2019-02-15.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)
  6. ^ "Broadland parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Broadland".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°43′N 1°10′E / 52.72°N 1.16°E / 52.72; 1.16