South Suffolk (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Suffolk in Suffolk.
Location of Suffolk within England.
|Electorate||72,965 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Sudbury, Hadleigh and Great Cornard|
|Member of parliament||James Cartlidge (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Sudbury and Woodbridge and Bury St Edmunds|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
1983-1997: The District of Babergh, and the Borough of St Edmundsbury wards of Cangle, Castle, Cavendish, Chalkstone, Clare, Clements, Hundon, Kedington, St Mary's and Helions, Wickhambrook, and Withersfield.
1997-present: The District of Babergh, and the Borough of St Edmundsbury wards of Cavendish and Clare.
South Suffolk is one of seven constituencies in the county of Suffolk and was created by boundary changes during the early 1980s. It has been a constituency in the general election since 1983. In every election the Conservative candidate has been elected or re-elected; until 2015 said candidate was Tim Yeo, who was deselected prior to the 2015 general election; he was succeeded as Conservative candidate, and subsequently MP, by James Cartlidge. Prior to 1983, at least some of the constituency was represented as Sudbury and Woodbridge. Between 1559 and 1844 the constituency of Sudbury represented the town on the southwestern border with Essex, but this constituency was disenfranchised for corruption in 1844.
South Suffolk is a large and predominantly rural seat, sharing a long border with the county of Essex but retaining a rather different identity and character - distinctly East Anglian rather than Home Counties.
The largest settlements, Sudbury and Hadleigh, are small, quiet towns, somewhat off the beaten track, and the only other significantly built-up area in the seat is the suburb of Pinewood, just outside the limits of the Ipswich, where there are lots of new developments. There is still some industry in Brantham, close to the Essex border, but most of the seat is traditional agriculture, sitting alongside remote commuter bases for those working in London, Ipswich or Colchester.
In common with many seats of this type, it is fairly safe for the Conservatives, with the opponents being significantly lower in terms of the vote share.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Grace Weaver||4,044||7.8||−23.0|
|Christian Peoples||Stephen Todd||166||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Nigel Bennett||15,861||30.8||+2.4|
|UKIP||David Campbell Bannerman||3,637||7.1||+2.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Kathy Pollard||13,865||28.5||+3.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Tessa Munt||11,296||24.9||−2.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour||Paul A. Bishop||15,227||29.3||+7.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Kathy Pollard||14,395||27.7||+2.5|
|Referendum||Somerset de Chair||2,740||3.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Angela Holland||211||0.4||−0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Kathy Pollard||17,504||25.2||−2.7|
|Natural Law||James Carver||420||0.6||+0.6|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "'Suffolk South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
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- "CPA Candidates for the General Election". Christian Peoples Alliance. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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- "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.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.