Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (UK Parliament constituency)
|Central Suffolk and North Ipswich|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in Suffolk.
Location of Suffolk within England.
|Population||98,935 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||76,177 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Dan Poulter (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Central Suffolk|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir Michael Lord||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Aidan Van de Weyer||2,431||4.3||−1.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Jon Neal||3,314||6.1||−18.8|
|English Democrat||Tony Holyoak||162||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne||13,339||25.0||+4.7|
|New Party||Richard Vass||118||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Houseley||10,709||21.1||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Ann Elvin||7,593||16.1||−4.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Minone Goldspink||10,886||20.6||N/A|
|Independent Conservative||Stephanie A. Bennell||489||0.9||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Central Suffolk and North Ipswich: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "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.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- "Suffolk Central & Ipswich North parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "2015 Election Results". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.