Mid Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Mid Norfolk in Norfolk for the 2010 general election
Location of Norfolk within England
|Electorate||75,080 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Dereham and Wymondham|
|Member of Parliament||George Freeman (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Norfolk North, Norfolk South West and Yarmouth|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||South Norfolk and South West Norfolk|
|Created from||North Norfolk, South Norfolk and West Norfolk|
Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the three two-member county divisions of Norfolk were replaced with six single-member divisions, including the newly created Mid Division of Norfolk. It was abolished at the next redistribution of seats under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1918, when it was absorbed by neighbouring constituencies.
The Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for the 2010 general election created a new constituency, Broadland, based on the local government district of the same name, which was formed from the majority of the Mid Norfolk seat, together with parts of North Norfolk. The Mid Norfolk seat was retained with substantially altered boundaries, gaining parts of South Norfolk and South West Norfolk in compensation (see below). The former MP for Mid Norfolk, Keith Simpson, was selected to contest the newly created Broadland constituency.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1885–1918: The Sessional Divisions of Forehoes, Guiltcross and Shropham, and Mitford and Launditch.
The constituency was created from parts of the Southern Division of Norfolk and parts of the abolished Eastern Division. The main settlements were East Dereham and Wymondham. On abolition, southern areas, including Wymondham, were returned to the Southern Division and northern areas, including East Dereham, were transferred to the South-Western Division.
1983–1997: The District of Breckland wards of Beetley and Gressenhall, East Dereham Neatherd, East Dereham St Withburga, East Dereham Toftwood, East Dereham Town, Eynsford, Hermitage, Launditch, Mattishall, Shipworth, Springvale, Swanton Morley, Taverner, Two Rivers, Upper Wensum, and Upper Yare, and the District of Broadland wards of Acle, Aylsham, Blofield, Brundall, Burlingham, Buxton, Cawston, Coltishall, Drayton, Foulsham, Freethorpe, Great Witchingham, Hainford, Hevingham, Horsford, Plumstead, Rackheath, Reedham, Reepham, South Walsham, Spixworth, St Faiths, Taverham, and Wroxham.
1997–2010: The District of Breckland wards of Beetley and Gressenhall, East Dereham Neatherd, East Dereham St Withburga, East Dereham Toftwood, East Dereham Town, Eynsford, Hermitage, Launditch, Mattishall, Shipworth, Springvale, Swanton Morley, Taverner, Two Rivers, Upper Wensum, and Upper Yare, and the District of Broadland wards of Acle, Aylsham, Blofield, Brundall, Burlingham, Buxton, Cawston, Coltishall, Foulsham, Freethorpe, Great Witchingham, Hainford, Hevingham, Horsford, Plumstead, Rackheath, Reedham, Reepham, South Walsham, Spixworth, St Faiths, and Wroxham.
2010–present: The District of Breckland wards of All Saints, Buckenham, Burgh and Haverscroft, Dereham Central, Dereham Humbletoft, Dereham Neatherd, Dereham Toftwood, Eynsford, Haggard De Toni, Hermitage, Launditch, Necton, Queen’s, Shipdham, Springvale and Scarning, Swanton Morley, Taverner, Templar, Two Rivers, Upper Wensum, Upper Yare, Watton, and Wissey, and the District of South Norfolk wards of Abbey, Cromwells, Hingham and Deopham, Northfields, Rustens, Town, and Wicklewood.
Significant changes, with only the District of Breckland wards retained. The District of Broadland wards, which had comprised the majority of the constituency, were included in the new County Constituency of Broadland. Further District of Breckland wards, including Watton and Attleborough, were transferred from South West Norfolk. The District of South Norfolk wards, including Wymondham, were transferred from the constituency of South Norfolk.
Members of Parliament
|1885||Robert Gurdon||Liberal||Gurdon was elected as a Liberal, but joined the Liberal Unionists when the party split|
|1892||Clement Higgins||Liberal||Higgins was elected as a Liberal, but later joined the Liberal Unionists. He resigned his seat in 1895|
|1895 by-election||Robert Gurdon||Liberal Unionist||later Baron Cranworth|
|1906||John Wodehouse, Lord Wodehouse||Liberal||later 3rd Earl of Kimberley|
|1910 (Jan)||William Boyle||Liberal Unionist|
|1918 by-election||Neville Jodrell||Conservative||Later MP for King's Lynn|
|1918||Constituency abolished, but re-established 1983|
MPs since 1983
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Steffan Aquarone||7,739||13.8||+8.7|
|Independent||P J O'Gorman||939||1.7||+1.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Fionna Tod||2,848||5.1||−1.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Speed||3,300||6.3||−15.9|
|Liberal Democrats||David Newman||11,267||22.2||+3.0|
|UKIP||Richard Toby Coke||2,800||5.5||+1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Vivienne Clifford-Jackson||12,988||23.7||+9.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Vivienne Clifford-Jackson||7,621||14.5||−0.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Susan Frary||8,617||15.0||−4.9|
|Natural Law||Bruce Parker||215||0.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Gleed||13,072||19.9||−5.6|
|Natural Law||Coral Waite||226||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1910s
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Unionist: William Lewis Boyle
- Liberal: David Waterlow
|Liberal Unionist||William Lewis Boyle||4,345||50.2||−2.4|
|Liberal||William Richard Lester||4,308||49.8||+2.4|
|Liberal Unionist hold||Swing||−2.4|
|Liberal Unionist||William Lewis Boyle||4,724||52.6||+2.8|
|Liberal||William Richard Lester||4,265||47.4||−2.8|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+2.8|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal Unionist||William Lewis Boyle||4,170||49.8||+3.7|
|Liberal||Frederick William Wilson||3,996||53.9||+3.1|
|Liberal Unionist||William Lewis Boyle||3,422||46.1||−3.1|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal||Frederick William Wilson||4,220||50.8||−2.3|
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Gurdon||4,086||49.2||+2.3|
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Gurdon||4,112||51.3||+4.4|
|Liberal||Frederick William Wilson||3,904||48.7||−4.4|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.4|
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Gurdon||3,599||46.9||−6.7|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+6.7|
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Gurdon||3,032||53.6||+18.3|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+18.3|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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