North West Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)
|North West Norfolk|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of North West Norfolk in Norfolk.
Location of Norfolk within England.
|Electorate||73,269 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Kings Lynn and Hunstanton|
|Member of parliament||Sir Henry Bellingham (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||King's Lynn|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||King's Lynn|
|Created from||North Norfolk and West Norfolk|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
- 1 History
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
The constituency was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election. It was re-established for the February 1974 general election, replacing the former King's Lynn constituency.
The first MP had gained almost exactly the same wards (in the old seat) in 1970, before which Lynn was held by one of Harold Wilson's government colleagues in the Labour Party, largely as a bellwether. Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler therefore effectively held the seat in the two 1974 elections and in 1979 however by March 1981 he became distanced from the Conservatives and defected to the newly formed Social Democratic Party shortly before the 1983 Conservative Landslide where Brocklebank-Fowler lost his seat to the replacement Conservative candidate Henry Bellingham.
Bellingham increased his precarious lead over Brocklebank-Fowler at the 1987 general election who therefore in the following election chose to contest another area[n 3] and at which Labour's candidate regained second place, almost doubling their share of the vote. Labour gained the seat at the 1997 general election but Bellingham regained the seat at the 2001 general election and increased his majority subsequently in both 2005 and 2010 but fell slightly in 2015. He retained the seat in the 2017 general election with 60% of the vote, having been knighted in the new years honours list 2016.
"the worst prime minister we have had in this country."
This gained national attention and resulted in Labour disowning their candidate. Sood did not attend the count and stated he would watch it from his home in Leicester, only to finish third, behind Bellingham and the Liberal Democrat candidate William Summers, whose party received their best ever result in the constituency, with an 18.3% swing from Labour to the others.
1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of King's Lynn, and the Sessional Divisions of Brothercross, Freebridge Lynn, Freebridge Marshall, and Gallow and Smithdon.
1974-1983: The Municipal Borough of King's Lynn, the Urban Districts of Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea, and the Rural Districts of Docking, Freebridge Lynn, Marshland, and Walsingham.
1983-2010: The Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk wards of Burnham, Chase, Clenchwarton, Creake, Dersingham, Docking, Gayton, Gaywood Central, Gaywood North, Gaywood South, Grimston, Heacham, Hunstanton, Lynn Central, Lynn North, Lynn South West, Mershe Lande, Middleton, North Coast, Priory, Rudham, St Lawrence, St Margaret's, Snettisham, Spellowfields, The Walpoles, The Woottons, Valley Hill, West Walton, West Winch, and Wiggenhall.
2010-present: The Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk wards of Brancaster, Burnham, Clenchwarton, Dersingham, Docking, Fairstead, Gayton, Gaywood Chase, Gaywood North Bank, Grimston, Heacham, Hunstanton, North Lynn, North Wootton, Old Gaywood, Priory, Rudham, St Margaret's with St Nicholas, Snettisham, South and West Lynn, South Wootton, Spellowfields, Springwood, Valley Hill, Walpole, and West Winch.
When created in 1974, the seat included territory which is presently in the constituencies of North Norfolk and Broadland. In 2010 it lost some territory to South West Norfolk.
Norfolk North West constituency covers an extensive hinterland in the far corner of East Anglia - remote from London, but close to Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, with which the area shares more economic links.
A minority of King's Lynn contain severe poverty marked by unemployment, social housing dependency and social problems - within relatively affluent East Anglia, only Jaywick and Great Yarmouth from 2001-2004 scored higher in deprivation indices. Contrasted with this is the bulk of the area: the tourist resort Hunstanton, retail, military, public sector and commercial activity of Kings Lynn and the royal estate at Sandringham, along with many small villages and more than 50% undulating cultivated farmland — incomes and types of dwelling are close to the national average. The most frequent result has been of a fairly marginal but not negligible majority for a Conservative, who have won it 8 out of the last 9 general elections.
Members of Parliament
|1886||Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck||Conservative|
|1900||Sir George White||Liberal|
|1912 by-election||Edward Hemmerde||Liberal|
|1918||constituency abolished: see King's Lynn|
MPs since 1974
|Feb. 1974||Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler||Conservative|
|2001||Sir Henry Bellingham||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Rupert Moss-Eccardt||1,393||2.9||−0.7|
|Green||Michael de Whalley||851||1.7||−2.0|
|UKIP||Richard Toby Coke||8,412||17.8||+13.9|
|Green||Michael de Whalley||1,780||3.8||+2.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Hugh Lanham||1,673||3.5||-19.7|
|Liberal Democrat||William Summers||11,106||23.2||+8.5|
|Green||Mike de Whalley||745||1.6||+1.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Higginson||7,026||13.9||+5.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Mack||4,292||8.4||-1.2|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Evelyn Knowles||5,513||9.6||-4.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||10.4|
|Liberal Democrat||AM Waterman||8,599||13.8||−18.2|
|Natural Law||SRA Pink||330||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler||18,568||31.93|
|Social Democratic||Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler||20,211||37.63|
|Conservative gain from Social Democratic||Swing|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1910s
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal Unionist||William Howell Browne Ffolkes||3,811||47.1||+4.9|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||Edward Kenrick Banbury Tighe||3,520||42.2||−1.6|
|Lib-Lab gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.3|
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative gain from Lib-Lab||Swing||+4.0|
|Lib-Lab 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.
- South Norfolk constituency
- At the time a Leicester councillor
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