South West Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)
|South West Norfolk|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South West Norfolk in Norfolk.
Location of Norfolk within England.
|Electorate||75,034 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Downham Market, Swaffham and Thetford|
|Member of parliament||Elizabeth Truss (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Norfolk and West Norfolk|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 5.1 Elections in the 2010s
- 5.2 Elections in the 2000s
- 5.3 Elections in the 1990s
- 5.4 Elections in the 1980s
- 5.5 Elections in the 1970s
- 5.6 Elections in the 1960s
- 5.7 Elections in the 1950s
- 5.8 Election in the 1940s
- 5.9 Elections in the 1930s
- 5.10 Elections in the 1920s
- 5.11 Elections in the 1910s
- 5.12 Elections in the 1900s
- 5.13 Elections in the 1890s
- 5.14 Elections in the 1880s
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
1885-1918: The part of the Municipal Borough of Thetford in the county of Norfolk, and the Sessional Divisions of Clackclose, Grimshoe, South Greenhoe, and Wayland.
1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Thetford, the Urban Districts of Downham Market, East Dereham, and Swaffham, the Rural Districts of Mitford and Launditch, and Swaffham, and parts of the Rural Districts of Downham, Marshland, and Thetford.
1950-1983: The Urban Districts of Downham Market, East Dereham, and Swaffham, and the Rural Districts of Downham, Mitford and Launditch, and Swaffham.
1983-2010: The District of Breckland wards of All Saints, Besthorpe, Buckenham, Conifer, East Guiltcross, Haggard De Toni, Harling, Haverscroft, Heathlands, Mid Forest, Nar Valley, Necton, Peddars Way, Queen's, Swaffham, Templar, Thetford Abbey, Thetford Barnham Cross, Thetford Guildhall, Thetford Saxon, Watton, Wayland, Weeting, West Guiltcross, and Wissey, and the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk wards of Airfield, Denton, Denver, Downham Market, Emneth, Ten Mile, Upwell Outwell and Delph, Watlington, and Wissey.
2010-present: The District of Breckland wards of Conifer, East Guiltcross, Harling and Heathlands, Mid Forest, Nar Valley, Swaffham, Thetford Abbey, Thetford Castle, Thetford Guildhall, Thetford Saxon, Wayland, Weeting, and West Guiltcross, and the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk wards of Airfield, Denton, Downham Old Town, East Downham, Emneth with Outwell, Hilgay with Denver, Mershe Lande, North Downham, St Lawrence, South Downham, Upwell and Delph, Walton, Watlington, Wiggenhall, and Wimbotsham with Fincham Wissey.
The constituency includes Downham Market, Swaffham, Thetford, Outwell, Upwell, and Feltwell.
Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies
After the Boundary Commission's report for 2010, South West Norfolk gained wards from neighbouring North West Norfolk including Walpole, Tilney St Lawrence, and Wiggenhall villages. It lost to Mid Norfolk the wards of All Saints, Buckenham, Burgh and Haverscroft, Haggard De Toni, Necton, Queen's, Templar and Watton, which included the villages of Necton, Great Ellingham and Watton.
South West Norfolk has been held solidly by Conservatives since 1964 but for twenty years before then, it had been ultra-marginal: Labour first held it from 1929–31, and Sidney Dye won it for Labour in 1945 with a tiny majority of 53, holding it at the 1950 election by 260. He lost it to Denys Bullard in 1951 by 442 votes and won it back in 1955 with a majority of 193. Dye died at the end of 1958, and in the by-election Albert Hilton retained the seat for Labour by a margin of 1,354 votes. In the 1959 general election that soon followed, his majority was cut to 78.
Although Labour thus had held the seat during two Conservative national election victories, the Conservatives took the seat in the 1964 election, which Labour won nationally. Paul Hawkins and Gillian Shephard held the seat. Shephard's majority was slashed in the 1997 general election before recovering in the 2001 general election.
Shephard decided not to run again in 2005 and was elevated to a peerage. The Conservative Party selected Christopher Fraser, former MP for Mid Dorset and Poole North and he was elected with a majority of over 10,000.
On 28 May 2009, Fraser announced that he would be standing down at the 2010 general election citing family reasons. This was after his expenses claims were highlighted in the Daily Telegraph; according to the newspaper, Fraser claimed £1,800 in public money for buying 215 trees and marking out the boundary of his second home in the constituency.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Gordon||2,365||4.5||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Rupert Moss-Eccardt||2,217||4.4||−17.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Gordon||10,613||21.6||+2.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||April Pond||10,207||18.5||+7.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Gordon Dean||5,681||10.7||−3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||David J. Bucton||8,178||13.9||−6.3|
|Referendum||Ronnie J.B. Hoare||3,694||6.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||John T. Marsh||11,237||18.2||−3.2|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|Independent Powellite||MM McNee||380||0.86|
|Labour||Leslie J Potter||16,572||42.72|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Noel James Insley||17,105||48.89|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Independent Nationalist||Andrew Fountaine||785||2.61||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal||George Stephen Dennis||2,009||6.08|
Election in the 1940s
|Conservative||Somerset de Chair||15,038||49.91|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1930s
|Conservative||Somerset de Chair||16,060||57.35|
Elections in the 1920s
|Liberal||Victor Diederichs Duval||5,556||19.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing||+9.4|
|Unionist gain from National Liberal||Swing||N/A|
|National Liberal||Richard Winfrey||10,432||54.7||N/A|
|National Liberal hold||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1910s
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Conservative||Albert Edward Stanley Clarke||3,745||47.3||-1.2|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.1|
Elections in the 1890s
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "Political Science Resources: links to UK and US politics". www.psr.keele.ac.uk.
- "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - MP Fraser poised to leave Commons". news.bbc.co.uk.
- Swaine, By Jon. "MPs' expenses: Christopher Fraser says that claim for trees was necessary".
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Norfolk South West 2015". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
- "UKIP South West Norfolk - Thetford Swaffham Downham Market". UKIP South West Norfolk - Thetford Swaffham Downham Market.
- http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#East of England
- "Candidates". YourNextMP. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
- "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.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. 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.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- British parliamentary election results, 1885–1918 (Craig)
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886