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||Thérèse Coffey (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Sudbury & Woodbridge, and Eye|
Suffolk Coastal is a parliamentary constituency in the county of Suffolk, England[n 1] which has been represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Thérèse Coffey, a Conservative Member of Parliament. She is currently the Work and Pensions Secretary. [n 2] The constituency is in the far East of England, and borders the North Sea.
This East Anglian constituency was created for the 1983 general election from eastern parts of the abolished county constituencies of Eye, and Sudbury and Woodbridge, including the towns of Felixstowe and Woodbridge. Its initial boundaries were coterminous with the recently created District of Suffolk Coastal.
The current constituency area includes three former borough constituencies which sent their own MPs to Parliament until abolished as 'rotten boroughs' by the Great Reform Act, 1832 – Aldeburgh, Dunwich and Orford.
The 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. He was the Secretary of State for the Environment for four years during the Second Major ministry and before that was for four years the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He stood down in 2010 and was elevated to the House of Lords as Lord Deben.
The main town of the constituency is Felixstowe, which is a commercial port for imports and exports. Woodbridge is considered part of the extended Ipswich urban area (by whom). The seat includes the seaside destination of Aldeburgh, also noted for artwork and the work of Benjamin Britten.
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.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1983–1997: The District of Suffolk Coastal.
1997–2010: The District of Suffolk Coastal wards of Aldeburgh, Alderton and Sutton, Bramfield and Cratfield, Buxlow, Felixstowe Central, Felixstowe East, Felixstowe North, Felixstowe South, Felixstowe South East, Felixstowe West, Hollesley, Kelsale, Kirton, Leiston, Martlesham, Melton, Nacton, Orford, Saxmundham, Snape, Trimleys, Tunstall, Ufford, Walberswick, Westleton, Woodbridge Centre, Woodbridge Farlingaye, Woodbridge Kyson, Woodbridge Riverside, Woodbridge Seckford, and Yoxford, and the District of Waveney wards of Blything, Halesworth, and Southwold.
Western-most areas included in the new constituency of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Extended northwards to include three wards from the District of Waveney, transferred from the constituency of Waveney.
This section needs to be updated.December 2019)(
2010–present: The District of Suffolk Coastal wards of Aldeburgh, Farlingaye, Felixstowe East, Felixstowe North, Felixstowe South, Felixstowe South East, Felixstowe West, 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, and the District of Waveney wards of Blything, Halesworth, Southwold and Reydon, and Wrentham.
Marginal changes due to revision of local authority wards.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Julia Ewart||8,719||15.0||+8.0|
|Liberal Democrats||James Sandbach||4,048||7.0||-1.6|
|Liberal Democrats||James Sandbach||4,777||8.6||−21.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Daisy Cooper||16,347||29.8||+7.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||David Young||11,637||22.1||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Tony Schur||9,192||18.2||−3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Alexandra Jones||12,036||21.4||−2.4|
|Natural Law||Felicity Kaplan||152||0.3||−0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Monk||15,395||23.8||−6.0|
|Natural Law||Felicity Kaplan||232||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "Therese Coffey". United Kingdom Parliament. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
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- "Cabinet reshuffle: Who is in Boris Johnson's new cabinet?". BBC News. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- "Suffolk Coastal Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- Geater, Paul. "Who's standing in Suffolk in 2019 General Election? How you can take part". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
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