Waveney

2015 Result:
Conservative: 22104 (42.3%)
Labour: 19696 (37.7%)
Lib Dem: 1055 (2%)
Green: 1761 (3.4%)
UKIP: 7580 (14.5%)
MAJORITY: 2408 (4.6%)

Category: Marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Suffolk. Most of the Waveney council area.

Main population centres: Waveney, Beccles, Bungay, Kessingland, Blundeston.

Profile: The north-eastern corner of Suffolk, close to the Norfolk border and in many ways looking more to Norwich than to Ipswich. Lowestoft was once mainly a fishing port, but this has declined over the years (although Birds Eye frozen foods does remain a major local employer). Oil and gas also used to be a major industry here, with Shell`s southern operations base in Lowestoft harbour, but this too is in decline. Instead Lowestoft has started to look towards renewable energy and is the home of the operations base for the Greater Gabbard wind farm. Tourism also remains a major employer. The constituency contains Ness Point, the most easternly point of the British Isles.

Politics: A marginal seat that has been a bellweather since its creation in 1983, being held by the Tories until 1997, won by Labour in their 1997 landslide and held by them until the Conservative victory in 2010.


Current MP
PETER ALDOUS (Conservative) Born 1961, Ipswich. Educated at Harrow School and Reading University. Former Chartered surveyor. Contested Waveney 2005. First elected as MP for Waveney in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 20571 (40%)
Lab: 19802 (39%)
LDem: 6811 (13%)
UKIP: 2684 (5%)
Oth: 1273 (2%)
MAJ: 769 (2%)
2005*
Con: 16590 (33%)
Lab: 22505 (45%)
LDem: 7497 (15%)
UKIP: 1861 (4%)
Oth: 1200 (2%)
MAJ: 5915 (12%)
2001
Con: 15361 (33%)
Lab: 23914 (51%)
LDem: 5370 (11%)
UKIP: 1097 (2%)
Oth: 1425 (3%)
MAJ: 8553 (18%)
1997
Con: 19393 (34%)
Lab: 31846 (56%)
LDem: 5054 (9%)
Oth: 318 (1%)
MAJ: 12453 (22%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PETER ALDOUS (Conservative) See above.
BOB BLIZZARD (Labour) Born 1950, Bury St Edmunds. Educated at Culford School and Birmingham University. Teacher. Waveney councillor 1987-1997. Leader of Waveney council 1991-1997.MP for Waveney 1997-2010. PPS to Nick Brown 2001-2003. PPS to Douglas Alexander 2005-2007. Government whip 2007-2010.
STEPHEN GORDON (Liberal Democrat)
SIMON TOBIN (UKIP) Former Waveney councillor for the Conservative party.
GRAHAM ELLIOTT (Green) Smallholder. Waveney councillor since 2007. Contested Waveney 2001, 2005, 2010.
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Comments - 154 Responses on “Waveney”
  1. Kirkley is the safest part of the constituency for Labour.

    Apologies if I misled re normally being 2nd, tbh I was copying and pasting and didn’t fact-check it, presumably Barnaby has gone back the last decade and found the Tories are always 2nd?

    (In any case, Tories are never better than a distant 2nd, so a moot point).

    Why Barnaby feels he’s so superior that he can just insult for no reason – again – I don’t know. I manage to make one post in 4 months, but Barnaby manages to land an insult all the same! – congratulations for staying true to form.

    Giving out insults like this says a lot more about the person giving them than anyone else, but presumably the self-gratification it affords makes it worthwhile for some.

  2. I didn’t realise that Kirkley was actually a swing to Labour, Matt, that’s interesting – are you sure this is taken from the last DISTRICT council election?

    In any case, the St. Mags result confirms the trend here which currently is away from Labour – see the excellent result Peter Aldous got in June, the best Lab-Con swing in England where the two main contenders were Lab and Cons.

    Unlike a lot of places, Lowestoft is very much on the up, with various infrastructure projects, much better employment than historical averages and being quite an offshore energy hub. Peter Aldous has – I think quite fairly – got some credit for this, following all the noise with minimal results that went before. Especially creditable given the economic climate since he was elected in 2017 vs previously.

    He’s not really minister material, but a very good and inoffensive local MP.

  3. Sorry, typo – should read “… since he was elected in 2010…”

  4. There’s always a reason

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