Suffolk Coastal (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Suffolk Coastal in Suffolk.
Location of Suffolk within England.
|Electorate||76,932 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Therese Coffey (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Sudbury & Woodbridge, and Lowestoft|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
This seat was held from its creation until the 2010 election by the Conservative John Gummer who had previously represented the former seat of Eye from 1979. The current MP is the Conservative Therese Coffey.
- Prominent members
Lord Deben (as John Gummer) was the Secretary of State for the Environment for four years during the Major ministry and before that was for four years the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He is to date the only member for this seat to have achieved the front bench.
Suffolk Coastal was created from parts of the earlier Sudbury and Woodbridge and Lowestoft constituencies. The main town of the constituency is Felixstowe. Woodbridge is considered part of the extended Ipswich urban area.
Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies
The constituency seat has electoral wards
- Aldeburgh; Farlingaye; Felixstowe East, North and South, South East and West wards; Hollesley with Eyke; Kyson; Leiston; Martlesham; Melton and Ufford; Nacton; Orford and Tunstall; Peasenhall; Rendlesham; Riverside; Saxmundham; Seckford; Snape; Sutton; Trimleys with Kirton; Walberswick and Wenhaston; and Yoxford in the Suffolk Coastal District
- Blything, Halesworth, Southwold and Reydon, and Wrentham in the Waveney District
The seat includes the seaside and folk music destination of Aldeburgh, also noted for artwork and the work of Benjamin Britten. Felixstowe is a commercial port for imports and exports. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. Since its inception Suffolk Coastal has been a safe seat for the Conservative Party typical of more rural districts of East Anglia. In the 1997 Labour national landslide the Conservative candidate held on by a margin of a few thousand votes.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Suffolk Coastal|
|Liberal Democrat||James Sandbach||4,777||8.6||−21.2|
|General Election 2010: Suffolk Coastal|
|Liberal Democrat||Daisy Cooper||16,347||29.8||+7.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Suffolk Coastal|
|Liberal Democrat||David Young||11,637||22.1||+3.9|
|General Election 2001: Suffolk Coastal|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Schur||9,192||18.2||−3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Suffolk Coastal|
|Liberal Democrat||Miss Alexandra Jones||12,036||21.4||−2.4|
|Referendum Party||Stephen B. Caulfield||3,416||6.1||N/A|
|Green||Tony C. Slade||514||0.9||−0.6|
|Natural Law||Mrs. Felicity B. Kaplan||152||0.3||−0.1|
|General Election 1992: Suffolk Coastal|
|Liberal Democrat||PD Monk||15,395||23.8||−6.0|
|Green||Tony C. Slade||943||1.5||−0.3|
|Natural Law||Mrs. Felicity B. Kaplan||232||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Suffolk Coastal|
|Social Democratic||Mrs. Joan Margaret Miller||17,554||29.8||+0.7|
|Labour||Mrs. Susan Ann Reeves||7,534||12.8||+0.2|
|Green||James William Holloway||1,049||1.8||N/A|
|General Election 1983: Suffolk Coastal|
|Social Democratic||D. Houseley||15,618||29.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Therese Coffey". United Kingdom Parliament. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "2015 Election Results". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.