Central Suffolk & Ipswich North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 30317 (56.1%)
Labour: 10173 (18.8%)
Lib Dem: 3314 (6.1%)
Green: 2664 (4.9%)
UKIP: 7459 (13.8%)
Others: 162 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 20144 (37.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Suffolk. Parts of Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and Ipswich council areas.

Main population centres: Ipswich, Framlingham, Eye, Wickham Market, Debenham, Claydon, Kesgrave.

Profile: The North Ipswich part of the seat is relatively small (if well populated) part of the seat - the village turned housing estate of Whitton and the middle class residential area of Castle Hill. The majority of the seat is a much larger chunk of rural Suffolk, stretching all the way up to the Norfolk border. This is rolling agricultural countryside, containing some outlying Ipswich suburbs like Kesgrave, the castle town of Framlingham, Wickham Market and the tiny town of Eye, which this seat was named after until 1983.

Politics: Historically this tended to be a Liberal seat but with the decline of the party in the 1950s it fell to the Conservatives and has stayed with them ever since. The estates of the Ipswich part of the seat provide Labour with some support but on the whole this is a safe Conservative seat.

Current MP
DANIEL POULTER (Conservative) Born 1978, Beckenham. Educated at Bristol University. Former doctor. Hastings councillor 2006-2007, Reigate and Banstead councillor 2008-2010. First elected as MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010. Under-secretary of state for health 2012-2015.
Past Results
Con: 27125 (51%)
Lab: 8636 (16%)
LDem: 13339 (25%)
UKIP: 2361 (4%)
Oth: 1959 (4%)
MAJ: 13786 (26%)
Con: 22333 (44%)
Lab: 14477 (28%)
LDem: 10709 (21%)
UKIP: 1754 (3%)
Oth: 1593 (3%)
MAJ: 7856 (15%)
Con: 20924 (44%)
Lab: 17455 (37%)
LDem: 7593 (16%)
UKIP: 1132 (2%)
MAJ: 3469 (7%)
Con: 22493 (43%)
Lab: 18955 (36%)
LDem: 10886 (21%)
Oth: 489 (1%)
MAJ: 3538 (7%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
DANIEL POULTER (Conservative) See above.
JON NEAL (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Kesgrave High School and Hull University. Director of an agricultural communications agency. Former East Riding of Yorkshire councillor. Contested Haltemprice and Howden 2001, 2005, 2010.
TONY HOLYOAK (English Democrat)
Comments - 24 Responses on “Suffolk Central & Ipswich North”
  1. I used to wonder where I had heard this name before, but of course it was Daniel Powter.

    Dan Poulter must get asked sometimes whether he has had a bad day.

    He must be sick of it – apologies.

    Looks like the C vote went up more than average here in 2010.

    This seat includes Eye – perhaps an even smaller town than Arundel – both of which had constituencies named after them.

  2. Large numbers of redundancies announced here at the former John Rannoch chicken plant. Bosch at Stowmarket
    also talking of redundancies. In both situations the high cost of doing business here is given as the reason. Bosch did have quite a few of their staff on the minimum wage so if they had to pay the living wage would probably

  3. Another badly named constituency- why can’t they just call it ‘Mid Suffolk’? The Ipswich wards here are peripheral, few in number and are definitionally part of Suffolk anyway. Sheer madness. Even ‘Eye’ would have been a better name.

  4. call it framlingham

  5. I don’t really agree, though it’s not the most important matter in the world. Central Suffolk would tend to imply a largely rural area, which indeed it is, and as well as that Ipswich does lie rather to the south of the county. A seat called Central Suffolk would not normally be expected to include any part of Ipswich itself. Not sure what’s wrong with Mid-Suffolk though – perhaps they want to avoid confusion with the local authority of that name which is not even nearly coterminous with that seat.

  6. You can’t deny it’s clumsy, though, Barnaby. And as the seat includes only a small part of Ipswich (and peripheral Ipswich at that) I really don’t see why the town should be included in the name. I like Formby’s suggestion actually- drop Suffolk altogether and go with Framlingham.

    I agree that it’s not the most important matter in the world- but I know I’m not the only one for whom this issue is a hobby horse.

  7. OK – I’ll go for Framlingham & Ipswich Peripheral 🙂

  8. Haha! 😀

  9. 2015 IMHO

    Con 40 (-11)
    Lab 21 (+5)
    UKIP 18 (+13)
    LD 11 (-14)
    Green 5 (+2)
    Others 5

  10. I live here and know nothing about the local politics. I have never been somewhere so politically dead and I have lived in some safe seats. A change of name would be the most interesting thing to happen in the constituency for the next century or so. Let’s start a petition get it debated in parliament.

  11. It used to be called Eye until 1983 and covered most of the Suffolk Coastal constituency as well. Then it was known as Suffolk Central from 1983 to 1997. MP Michael Lord was deputy Speaker for many years.

  12. To pick up the seat name issue a few posts upthread – I do believe the boundary commission take account of local views as expressed at their public enquiries when deciding on seat names.

    I recall that the proposed name of my then constituency was changed from Sydenham & Penge to Lewisham West & Penge entirely due to unfavourable comment at the public enquiry, though the boundaries did not change at all.

  13. Conservative Hold. 14,000 maj.

  14. Poor Jon Neal- He fights three times unsuccessfully in Haltemprice and Howden, then returns to his hometown seat, only to collapse all the way down to fourth place!

  15. Dr Dan Poulter has today attacked the PM in the Guardian.

    He says he was persuaded after meeting DC in 2006 and by his brand of Conservatism.

    But he says nothing has been done to improve the chances of the disadvantaged and the Gov’t has instead put tax cuts for the middle classes ahead of them.

    As well as the Right it seems the PM is having trouble with a few of the intake he helped.

  16. Dan Poulter has returned to Parliament after being off sick for 3 months.

    There are still 5 MPs away from Parliament on sick leave, on medical advice.

  17. 2017 UKIP PPC and 2013-2017 Cllr Stephen Searle has appeared in Court charged with murder on New Year’s Day.

    He is alleged to have murdered his wife.

  18. ‘2017 UKIP PPC and 2013-2017 Cllr Stephen Searle has appeared in Court charged with murder on New Year’s Day.

    He is alleged to have murdered his wife.’

    I wonder if this will have the same impact as the many other reports of UKIP’s member doing allegedly dastardly deeds over the years – which generally saw their support rocket

  19. I don’t think wife-murdering (if proven) is a big vote-winner in most constituencies.

  20. To be fair I wouldn’t have thought saying things like wishing all Africans would die of AIDs or that the floods were a result oif God’s disapproval of homosexuality would be vote winners either, but UKIPs vote witnessed a surge after both allegations

  21. I can’t believe I need to say this: there is no moral equivalence between bigotry and murder.

  22. Depends if the murder has a motive of bigotry.

  23. PT – correct.

    Although to correct Tim, what Farage said which was popular (and accurate) was that he didn’t believe the British taxpayer should pay £25k pa for the drugs for immigrants who had HIV.

  24. MP Dan Poulter has been cleared over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

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