Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (UK Parliament constituency)

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Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in Suffolk.
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Location of Suffolk within England.
CountySuffolk
Population98,935 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate76,177 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of parliamentDan Poulter (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromCentral Suffolk
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Dan Poulter of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The county constituency was formed for the 1997 general election, largely from eastern parts of the abolished constituency of Central Suffolk, including the north-western wards of the Borough of Ipswich. Also included western fringes of Suffolk Coastal.

Sir Michael Lord, knighted in 2001, who had held the predecessor seat of Central Suffolk, was the first MP who served the seat, from 1997 until 2010. The 2010 general election saw the fourth win for a Conservative with the election of Dan Poulter, who retained the seat at the 2015 and 2017 elections.

Constituency profile[edit]

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a Conservative safe seat, primarily made up of rural farming communities and retirement properties. The exception to this are the three wards from Ipswich Borough Council, which polarise support between the Conservatives and Labour, and Kesgrave, a new satellite town, which shows strong support for the Conservatives. The rural areas which make up the majority of the constituency, consistently return a majority of Conservative councillors. The local government make up of the seat, in respect of the number of borough and district councillors elected by party is 27 Conservative, 5 Labour, 4 Independent, 3 Liberal Democrat, and 2 Green. (Barking by-election 2016 was a Green gain).

Boundaries and boundary changes[edit]

1997-2010: The District of Mid Suffolk wards of Barham, Barking, Bramford, Claydon, Creeting, Debenham, Eye, Fressingfield, Helmingham, Hoxne, Mendlesham, Palgrave, Stonham, Stradbroke, Wetheringsett, Weybread, and Worlingworth, the District of Suffolk Coastal wards of Bealings, Dennington, Earl Soham, Framlingham, Glemham, Grundisburgh and Witnesham, Hasketon, Kesgrave, Otley, Rushmere, and Wickham Market, and the Borough of Ipswich wards of Broom Hill, Castle Hill, Whitehouse, and Whitton.[3]

2010-present: The District of Mid Suffolk wards of Barking and Somersham, Bramford and Blakenham, Claydon and Barham, Debenham, Eye, Fressingfield, Helmingham and Coddenham, Hoxne, Mendlesham, Palgrave, Stradbroke and Laxfield, The Stonhams, Wetheringsett, and Worlingworth, the District of Suffolk Coastal wards of Earl Soham, Framlingham, Grundisburgh, Hacheston, Kesgrave East, Kesgrave West, Otley, Rushmere St Andrew, Wickham Market, and Witnesham, and the Borough of Ipswich wards of Castle Hill, Whitehouse, and Whitton.[4]

Lost the Borough of Ipswich ward of Broom Hill which had been abolished by a revision of the borough wards; area covered by the ward now included in the borough constituency of Ipswich. Other marginal changes due to revision of local authority wards.

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 proposed that the constituency would gain the District of Mid Suffolk wards of Needham Market and Ringshall from Bury St Edmunds and lose the Borough of Ipswich ward of Castle Hill to Ipswich. In addition, there would be marginal changes to the boundary with Suffolk Coastal to take account of changes to local authority ward boundaries. As the constituency would now only include two of 16 Borough of Ipswich wards, it is proposed that it reverts to the previous name of Central Suffolk.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Sir Michael Lord Conservative
2010 Dan Poulter Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich [7] [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dan Poulter 33,992 60.1 +4.1
Labour Elizabeth Hughes 16,807 29.7 +10.9
Liberal Democrat Aidan Van de Weyer 2,431 4.3 −1.8
Green Regan Scott 1,659 2.9 −2.0
UKIP Stephen Searle 1,635 2.9 −10.9
Majority 17,185 30.4 −6.9
Turnout 56,524 72.4 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing −3.4
General Election 2015: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dan Poulter 30,317 56.1 +5.3
Labour Jack Abbott 10,173 18.8 +2.6
UKIP Mark Cole 7,459 13.8 +9.4
Liberal Democrat Jon Neal 3,314 6.1 −18.8
Green Rhodri Griffiths 2,664 4.9 +2.2
English Democrat Tony Holyoak 162 0.3 N/A
Majority 20,144 37.2 +11.4
Turnout 54,089 68.7 −1.7
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
General Election 2010: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dan Poulter 27,125 50.8 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne 13,339 25.0 +4.7
Labour Bhavna Joshi 8,636 16.2 −12.3
UKIP Roy Philpott 2,361 4.4 +0.9
Green Andrew Stringer 1,452 2.7 −0.6
Independent Mark Trevitt 389 0.7 N/A
New Party Richard Vass 118 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,786 25.8 +10.4
Turnout 53,420 70.4 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Lord 22,333 43.9 −0.5
Labour Neil Macdonald 14,477 28.5 −8.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Houseley 10,709 21.1 +5.0
UKIP John West 1,754 3.4 +1.0
Green Martin Wolfe 1,593 3.1 N/A
Majority 7,856 15.4 +8.1
Turnout 50,866 66.7 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing +4.1
General Election 2001: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Lord 20,924 44.4 +1.8
Labour Carol Jones 17,455 37.1 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Ann Elvin 7,593 16.1 −4.5
UKIP Jonathan Wright 1,132 2.4 N/A
Majority 3,469 7.3 +0.6
Turnout 47,104 63.5 −11.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Lord 22,493 42.6 N/A
Labour Carol Jones 18,955 35.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Minone Goldspink 10,886 20.6 N/A
Independent Conservative Stephanie A. Bennell 489 0.9 N/A
Majority 3,538 6.7 N/A
Turnout 52,823 75.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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. ^ "Central Suffolk and North Ipswich: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 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 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  5. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
  7. ^ http://www.babergh.gov.uk/assets/Elections/Election-Notices/2017.06.08/CSNI-Statement-of-Persons-Nominated-Notice-of-Poll-and-Situation-of-Polling-Stations.pdf
  8. ^ "Suffolk Central & Ipswich North parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "2015 Election Results". BBC News.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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Coordinates: 52°12′N 1°09′E / 52.2°N 1.15°E / 52.2; 1.15