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Suffolk West

2010 Results:
Conservative: 24312 (50.56%)
Labour: 7089 (14.74%)
Liberal Democrat: 11262 (23.42%)
BNP: 1428 (2.97%)
UKIP: 3085 (6.42%)
Independent: 540 (1.12%)
Others: 373 (0.78%)
Majority: 13050 (27.14%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 21424 (49%)
Labour: 12639 (28.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 7459 (17.1%)
Other: 2172 (5%)
Majority: 8785 (20.1%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 21682 (49%)
Labour: 12773 (28.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 7573 (17.1%)
UKIP: 2177 (4.9%)
Majority: 8909 (20.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 20201 (47.6%)
Labour: 15906 (37.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5017 (11.8%)
UKIP: 1321 (3.1%)
Majority: 4295 (10.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 20081 (40.9%)
Labour: 18214 (37.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6892 (14%)
Referendum: 3724 (7.6%)
Other: 171 (0.3%)
Majority: 1867 (3.8%)

Boundary changes: Largely insignificant changes to bring the seat into line with ward boundaries. Loses parts of Pakenham, Cavendish and Horringer and Whelnetham, gains a tiny parts of Risby and Chedburgh.

Profile: Until 1997 this seat was called Bury St Edmunds, but at the previous set of boundary changes the eponymous town was moved into a new constituency, leaving this as the rural west of the country surrounding Bury St Edmunds itself. While mainly rural, there are very diverse areas within it. At the extreme south of the constituency is the largest town, Haverhill. Pressed against the Essex and Cambridgeshire borders, it is an industrial manufacturing town, making toothbrushes and chemicals, and provides to main pocket of Labour strength in an otherwise Tory seat (though even there they can no longer boast any councillors). To the west of the seat (and thanks to the unusual border between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, situated in what is almost an enclave connected to the rest of the constituency by only a thin strip of land) is Newmarket, a market town that is a well-known centre for horse racing and houses not only the two race courses themselves, but the national Horseracing museum, the clubhouse of the Jockey`s Club, and huge numbers of trainers and stud farms. Finally the northern part of the seat is home to two huge United States Air Force bases, RAF Mildenhall (home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing) and RAF Lakenheath (home of the 48th Fighter Wing).

portraitCurrent MP: Matt Hancock (Conservative) Born 1978. Educated at King`s School Chester and Oxford University. Former Chief to Staff to George Osborne.

2010 election candidates:
portraitMatt Hancock (Conservative) Born 1978. Educated at King`s School Chester and Oxford University. Former Chief to Staff to George Osborne.
portraitAbul Monsur Ohid Ahmed (Labour) Works for Thames Gateway Development Corporation. Tower Hamlets councillor.
portraitBelinda Brooks-Gordon (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Cambridge University. Chartered psychologist. Cambridgshire councillor.
portraitIan Smith (UKIP)
portraitRamon Johns (BNP)
portraitColin Young (Christian Party)
portraitAndrew Appleby (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 102999
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Under 18: 22.9%
Over 60: 19.7%
Born outside UK: 14.8%
White: 95.9%
Black: 1.2%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 1.7%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 74.2%
Full time students: 1.8%
Graduates 16-74: 15.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.4%
Owner-Occupied: 66.3%
Social Housing: 16.1% (Council: 12.8%, Housing Ass.: 3.3%)
Privately Rented: 9.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.3%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.