North Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)


North Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)
North Norfolk
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North Norfolk in Norfolk.
Outline map
Location of Norfolk within England.
County Norfolk
Electorate 68,277 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1868 (1868)
Member of Parliament Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members one (two 1868-1885)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

North Norfolk is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

It has been represented by the Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb since 2001 after previously being held by the Conservatives for many years.

At the May 2005 general election the seat was one of the Conservatives' top targets as Lamb was defending a majority of just 483 against a relatively high-profile Tory, Iain Dale. However, Lamb instead increased his majority to 10,606. Although the seat had been Labour for 25 years since World War II, Labour have slumped to a distant third in recent years.

North Norfolk was described by the Earl of Leicester as "the one constituency in England where, in 1964, it was so feudal that it had to be explained to the electors that the ballot was secret."[2]

Contents

Boundaries

Boundary review

Following a review of parliamentary representation in Norfolk in 2007, the Boundary Commission for England created a new constituency of Broadland based on the local government region of that name. However, the boundaries of the constituency do not match the local authority with six wards (The Raynham, Wemsum, Walsingham, Astley, Fakenham South and North) now removed from the North Norfolk Constituency and placed in to the new Broadland seat.[3]

Members of Parliament

MPs 1868–1885

Election 1st Member[4] 1st Party 2nd Member[4] 2nd Party
1868 constituency created
1868 Frederick Walpole Conservative Sir Edmund Lacon Conservative
1876 by-election James Duff Conservative
1879 by-election Edward Birkbeck Conservative
1885 reduced to one member

MPs since 1885

Election Member[4] Party
1885 Herbert Cozens-Hardy Liberal
1899 by-election William Brampton Gurdon Liberal
Jan 1910 Noel Buxton Liberal
1918 Douglas King Coalition Independent
1920 Coalition Conservative
1922 Noel Buxton Labour
1930 by-election Lady Noel-Buxton Labour
1931 Thomas Cook Conservative
1945 Edwin Gooch Labour
1964 Bert Hazell Labour
1970 Ralph Howell Conservative
1997 David Prior Conservative
2001 Norman Lamb Liberal Democrats

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: North Norfolk[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb 27,554 55.5 +2.3
Conservative Trevor Ivory 15,928 32.1 -3.9
Labour Phil Harris 2,896 5.8 -3.1
UKIP Michael Baker 2,680 5.4 +3.7
Green Andrew Boswell 508 1.0 +1.0
Independent Simon Mann 95 0.2 +0.2
Majority 11,626 23.4
Turnout 49,661 73.2 +0.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +3.1

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb 31,515 53.4 +10.7
Conservative Iain Dale 20,909 35.5 −6.3
Labour Phil Harris 5,447 9.2 −4.1
UKIP Stuart Agnew 978 1.7 +0.6
Independent Justin Appleyard 116 0.2
Majority 10,606 18.0
Turnout 58,965 73.0 +2.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +8.5
General Election 2001: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb 23,978 42.7 +8.4
Conservative David Prior 23,495 41.8 +5.3
Labour Mike Gates 7,490 13.3 -11.7
Green Mike Sheridan 649 1.2
UKIP Paul Simison 608 1.1
Majority 483 0.9
Turnout 56,220 70.2 -5.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Prior 21,456 36.5 -11.8
Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb 20,163 34.3 +7.0
Labour Michael Cullingham 14,736 25.1 +1.9
Referendum Party J Allen 2,458 4.2 N/A
Majority 1,293 2.2 -18.8
Turnout 58,813 76.0 -4.8
Conservative hold Swing -9.5
General Election 1992: North Norfolk[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 28,810 48.3 -5.0
Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb 16,265 27.3 +2.3
Labour Michael Cullingham 13,850 23.2 +3.3
Green Angie Zelter 559 0.9 -0.8
Natural Law S Jackson 167 0.3 N/A
Majority 12,545 21.0 -7.3
Turnout 59,651 80.8 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 28,822 53.3 -0.7
SDP–Liberal Alliance Niel Anthony 13,512 25.0 -1.8
Labour Anthony Earle 10,765 19.9 +0.7
Green Michael Filgate 960 1.8
Majority 15,310 28.3 +1.1
Turnout 54,059 77.5 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1983: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 26,230 54.0 -2.9
SDP–Liberal Alliance John Elworthy 13,007 26.8 +13.0
Labour Edward Barber 9,317 19.2 -9.4
Majority 13,223 27.2 -1.1
Turnout 48,554 74.6 -4.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1979: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 43,952 56.9 +8.8
Labour R S Dimmick 22,126 28.6 -3.4
Liberal G R Collings 10,643 13.8 -6.1
National Front A C R Sizeland 548 0.7
Majority 21,826 28.3 +12.2
Turnout 72,269 78.7 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 33,312 48.1 +0.5
Labour D M Mason 22,191 32.0 +3.4
Liberal R G Moore 13,776 19.9 -3.9
Majority 11,121 16.1 -2.9
Turnout 69,279 76.5 -6.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 35,684 47.6 -7.7
Labour D M Mason 21,394 28.6 -16.1
Liberal R G Moore 17,853 23.8
Majority 14,290 19.0 +8.5
Turnout 74,931 83.4 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Howell 24,587 55.3
Labour Bert Hazell 19,903 44.7
Majority 4,684 10.5
Turnout 44,490 80.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1964: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bert Hazell 19,370 50.1
Conservative C Easton 19,303 49.9
Majority 53 0.1 0.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1886: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Cozens-Hardy 4,084 55.1 -5.0
Conservative A E Fellowes 3,324 44.9 +5.0
Majority 760 10.2 -10.0
Turnout 7,408 76.0 -9.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1885: North Norfolk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Cozens-Hardy 5,028 60.1
Conservative S Hoare 3,342 39.9
Majority 1,686 20.2
Turnout 8,370 85.9
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1860s

General Election 1868: North Norfolk (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Walpole 2,630
Conservative Sir Edmund Lacon 2,563
Liberal E R Wodehouse 2,235
Liberal R T Gurdon 2,078
Majority

See also

Notes and references

Sources

  • Iain Dale, ed (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. The Times. 1945. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. The Times. 1950. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955. 

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Coordinates: 52°53′N 1°10′E / 52.89°N 1.17°E / 52.89; 1.17


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