Great Yarmouth

2015 Result:
Conservative: 19089 (42.9%)
Labour: 12935 (29.1%)
Lib Dem: 1030 (2.3%)
Green: 978 (2.2%)
UKIP: 10270 (23.1%)
Others: 167 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 6154 (13.8%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Norfolk.

Main population centres:

Profile: Great Yarmouth is a seaside resort and ferry port on the Norfolk coast, just above the border with Suffolk. The consituency consists of Great Yarmouth itself, as well as the rural hinterland and the surrounding villages.

Politics: Great Yarmouth is a Conservative leaning Con-Lab marginal - it has been keenly contested between Labour and the Conservatives, but is usually only winnable for Labour in their better victories, such as the Blair landslides and 1966.

Current MP
BRANDON LEWIS (Conservative) Born 1971, Harold Wood. Educated at Buckingham University. Former barrister and company director. Brentwood councillor 1998-2009, Leader of Brentwood council 2004-2009. Contested Sherwood 2001. First elected as MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010. Under-secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2012-2015. Minister of State for Housing since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 18571 (43%)
Lab: 14295 (33%)
LDem: 6188 (14%)
UKIP: 2066 (5%)
Oth: 1937 (4%)
MAJ: 4276 (10%)
Con: 15795 (38%)
Lab: 18850 (46%)
LDem: 4585 (11%)
UKIP: 1759 (4%)
Oth: 389 (1%)
MAJ: 3055 (7%)
Con: 15780 (39%)
Lab: 20344 (50%)
LDem: 3392 (8%)
UKIP: 850 (2%)
MAJ: 4564 (11%)
Con: 17416 (36%)
Lab: 26084 (53%)
LDem: 5381 (11%)
MAJ: 8668 (18%)

2015 Candidates
BRANDON LEWIS (Conservative) See above.
LARA NORRIS (Labour) Educated at Hertfordshire University. Office manager and former Labour party organiser.
JAMES JOYCE (Liberal Democrat) Postmaster. Norfolk councillor since 2005, Broadland councillor. Contested Norfolk police commissioner election 2012.
ALAN GREY (UKIP) Musical instrument retailler. Norfolk councillor since 2013.
HARRY WEBB (Green) Educated at Great Yarmouth High School. Works in a residential care home.
Comments - 115 Responses on “Great Yarmouth”
  1. Brandon Lewis will now attend cabinet as a minster for the Home Office. I presume to assist in the crackdown on the internet.

  2. Seven UKIP Cllrs here have defected to the Conservatives.

    The 7 include Cllr Alan Grey (UKIP PPC here in 2015).

    The Council make-up is now:

    Cons 21
    Lab 11
    UKIP 5
    Tribune* 2

    * ex-UKIP Cllrs who formed their own new Party.

    Incidentally, Great Yarmouth was one of the places featured in the Sunday Times (strong working class ethos that voted 69% Leave).

    It’s also one of the places I had in mind when I explained how a disproportionate number of Cllrs are working class. Here half of Cllrs are retired, 15% were unemployed upon their election, 4 work part-time and 2 were on ‘zero hour contracts’, including the young female café assistant elected for UKIP at the age of 22.

  3. Are there elections in that area next May?

    Smacks of opportunism to me… defect and hope to be reselected as a Tory candidate and get back in for another term.

    I know through a friend that some UKIP Cllrs in seaside towns like Bridlington (parish/town Cllrs I mean) have gone independent, worried that the party badge would see them hammered in the next elections.

    Most of them are polling 5% now, we had a by election in Morley & Outwood, it was the same tale there, in a ward that ought to be reasonably receptive.

    Apparently one of the MEPs for the region has called them all a disgrace… the Yorkshire regional committee has disbanded this week too.

    Bolton was probs the least worst of the candidates but he’s just presiding over a party on life support, devoid of a cause. Brexit has been won and the headlines have abandoned him and gone with AMW…

  4. ” Are there elections in that area next May?”

    Great Yarmouth has previously elected by thirds, but a non binding local referendum on 28th September voted to change to full council every four years.

    Full council has yet to decide whether to implement the referendum result.

  5. County Cllr Mick Castle has defected here (Lab > Ind).

    After 40 years in the Labour Party he said it was a sad day, but he could no longer remain after a dispute with the Labour Group over a planning matter.

    He represents Yarmouth North & Central.

  6. Planning seems to be a bigger and bigger issue. There is now a tv program about planning. I note in PH budget tge govt will introduce the compulsory purchase of land to developers refused for commercial purposes

  7. MW – are you sure? That’d breach the quasi-judicial functions of planning comm votes though.

    I thought the Govt planned the CPO of sites where ‘land banking’ had occurred, ie housing developers gaining pp but then sitting on vacant sites waiting for the value to increase and in the meatime using them as surface car parks.

  8. A YouGov/Hope Not Hate survey into the attitudes of Tory members towards Muslims was… quite eye-opening, to be honest. Probably the most worrying findings were that 67% of them believe there are areas of the UK which operate under Sharia Law, while only 8% agreed with the statement “I would proud if Britain elected a Muslim Prime Minister.”

    While these numbers are so overwhelming that they can’t all be entryists, I’m sure that Leave.EU have made the Tories’ headache worse.

  9. Brandon Lewis says this poll “isn’t representative”. Unless he can come up with a plausible explanation for how a respected pollster like YouGov inadvertently managed to poll only the “few bad apples” among a party of 150,000 people, he’s just sticking his head in the sand.

  10. The Tory party is as every anti muslim as Labour is anti-semitic, as it’s currently in vogue in right-wing circles to hate muslims – just as it was in vogue to hate jews in the 1930s.

  11. The thing is, there are issues about Islam that society needs to discuss, such as the patchy integration of Muslims living in the West (most recently highlighted by the Birmingham school protests). But the ubquity of genuine Islamophobia makes it impossible to discuss these delicate issues without being branded a racist, which is the quickest way to shut the debate down altogether. Plus, of course, if you were an ultra-orthodox Muslim, why would you want to integrate into a society full of people who hated you?

  12. Both parties are now in you much worse than us mode – criticizing one documentary while praising the other.

  13. Brandon Lewis is the new Northern Irish secretary.

  14. Steve Barclay is the new Chief Sec.

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