Norwich South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Norwich South in Norfolk.
Location of Norfolk within England.
|Electorate||73,569 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Clive Lewis (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
1950–1974: The County Borough of Norwich wards of Ber Street, Conesford, Earlham, Eaton, Lakenham, Nelson, St Stephen, and Town Close.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Norwich wards of Bowthorpe, Earlham, Eaton, Lakenham, Mancroft, Nelson, St Stephen, and Town Close.
1983–1997: The City of Norwich wards of Bowthorpe, Eaton, Heigham, Henderson, Lakenham, Mancroft, Nelson, St Stephen, Thorpe Hamlet, Town Close, and University.
1997–2010: The City of Norwich wards of Bowthorpe, Eaton, Heigham, Henderson, Lakenham, Mancroft, Nelson, St Stephen, Thorpe Hamlet, Town Close, and University; the District of Broadland ward of Brundall; and the District of South Norfolk wards of Cringleford and Colney, and New Costessey.
2010–present: The City of Norwich wards of Bowthorpe, Eaton, Lakenham, Mancroft, Nelson, Thorpe Hamlet, Town Close, University, and Wensum, and the District of South Norfolk ward of New Costessey.
- 2010 Changes
Following their review of parliamentary constituencies in Norfolk that concluded in 2004, the Boundary Commission for England created a slightly modified Norwich South constituency. The changes took effect at the 2010 general election.
Changes were necessary to re-align the constituency boundaries with the new local government ward boundaries introduced in South Norfolk and Norwich in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Norfolk was also awarded an additional, ninth constituency by the Boundary Commission. The part of the Crome ward around Morse Road became part of Norwich North, while the area around Mousehold Street in Thorpe Hamlet moved into Norwich South. The villages of Cringleford and Colney were lost to South Norfolk constituency.
The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, when the two-seat Norwich constituency was divided into Norwich North and Norwich South. The Labour MP for this seat from 1997 to 2010 was Charles Clarke who served in the cabinet for five years from 2001 to 2006, first as Minister without Portfolio, then as Secretary of State for Education and Skills and latterly as Home Secretary.
Norwich South was Labour's safest seat in Norfolk until 2005. Although it was lost to the Conservatives in 1983, it was regained by Labour in 1987 and was the only Labour seat in Norfolk until 1997. In 2005 the Labour majority was cut by over 5000, leaving Norwich North as the safest Labour seat in the county.
At the 2010 election, the seat was considered a three-way marginal between the incumbent Labour party, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. The seat was also targeted by the Green Party. The Liberal Democrats won the seat, with the lowest percentage share of the vote in a constituency in the 2010 election. The loss was considered an embarrassment for the Labour Party as it was the seat of a former Home Secretary.
In the 2015 election, Norwich South was the Green Party's number one target seat, and due to the tiny majority of just 310 votes for the Liberal Democrat Simon Wright over Labour in the previous election, it was a key Labour target. In the event, Wright came fourth with under half his 2010 vote, behind the Greens, Conservatives and Labour, whose left-wing candidate Clive Lewis won the seat with a 10.6% swing from the Liberal Democrats to Labour. The Green Party share of the vote actually fell by 1% compared to 2010, with the Conservative vote slightly increasing.
In the 2017 election, UKIP did not contest the seat but endorsed the Conservatives. Clive Lewis increased Labour's vote share by 22 percentage points to win 31,311 votes (61.0%), the most votes any party has ever won in the constituency. This happened despite the Conservative share of the vote also increasing by 7.1%. The swing was entirely from the Liberal Democrats (who had held the seat from 2010 to 2015) whose vote fell to 5.5%, and the Green Party (who had made the seat a top target in 2015) who dropped to 2.9%, their worst result in Norwich South since 1997.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||James Wright||2,841||5.5||-8.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Wright||6,607||13.6||-15.7|
|Class War||David Peel||96||0.2||N/A|
|Labour gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Wright||13,960||29.4||−0.6|
|Conservative||Antony D. Little||10,902||22.9||+1.1|
|Workers Revolutionary||Gabriel Polley||102||0.2||0.0|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Labour||Swing||4.0|
*NB changes in vote share from 2005 are notional due to boundary changes.
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew P. Aalders-Dunthorne||12,251||29.0||+6.4|
|Conservative||Antony D. Little||9,567||22.7||−2.1|
|UKIP||Vandra S. Ahlstrom||597||1.4||+0.3|
|English Democrat||Christine Constable||466||1.1||N/A|
|Legalise Cannabis||Don E. Barnard||219||0.5||−1.0|
|Workers Revolutionary||Roger A. Blackwell||85||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne||9,640||22.6||+4.0|
|Green||Adrian St. J. Holmes||1,434||3.4||+1.9|
|Legalise Cannabis||Alun Buffrey||620||1.5||0.0|
|Socialist Alliance||Edward Manningham||507||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne||9,457||18.6||+5.7|
|Referendum||David K. Holdsworth||1,464||2.9||N/A|
|Legalise Cannabis||Howard Marks||765||1.5||N/A|
|Green||Adrian St. J. Holmes||736||1.4||−0.2|
|Natural Law||Bryan A. Parsons||84||0.2||0.0|
|Conservative||David S. Baxter||18,784||36.6||−0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Thomas||6,609||12.9||−12.0|
|Green||Adrian St. J. Holmes||803||1.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||Bryan A. Parsons||104||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Charles Hardie||12,896||24.9||+0.4|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.1|
|Social Democratic||Charles Hardie||11,968||24.5||N/A|
|Ecology||Anthony D. Carter||468||1.0||N/A|
|National Front||Peter C. Williams||145||0.3||−0.4|
|Independent||Jon C. Ward||91||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.4|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||Andrew Fountaine||264||0.7||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.0|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.0|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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