| County constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk
Location of Norfolk within England
|Electorate||70,526 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Great Yarmouth|
|Member of Parliament||Brandon Lewis (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by|| East Suffolk |
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
Great Yarmouth is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Its MP is Brandon Lewis, the former Chairman of the Conservative Party and current Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who has held the seat since the 2010 general election.
The Parliamentary Borough of Great Yarmouth had been represented by 2 MPs since 1295 and was unaffected by the Great Reform Act of 1832. However, the borough was disenfranchised for corruption by the Reform Act 1867,when its voters were absorbed into the North Division of the Parliamentary County of Norfolk. The seat was re-established as a single-member Borough by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and remained unchanged until the Representation of the People Act 1948, which came into effect for the 1950 general election. This abolished the Parliamentary Borough and replaced it with the County Constituency of Yarmouth, which incorporated the County Borough and surrounding rural areas. Further to the local government reorganisation of 1974, which was reflected in the redistribution of seats which came into effect for the 1983 general election, the constituency was renamed Great Yarmouth and its boundaries coincided with those of the local authority of the Borough of Great Yarmouth. It has remained unchanged since then.
1885–1918: The municipal borough of Great Yarmouth, including the parish of Gorleston, and part of the parish of Runham.
1918–1950: The County Borough of Great Yarmouth.
1950–1974: The County Borough of Great Yarmouth, and the Rural District of Blofield and Flegg except the civil parishes of Great and Little Plumstead, Postwick, and Thorpe-next-Norwich (later renamed Thorpe St Andrew).
The parts of the Rural District of Blofield and Flegg had previously been included in the abolished Eastern Division of Norfolk.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Great Yarmouth, and the Rural District of Blofield and Flegg.
The remaining parishes of the Rural District of Blofield and Flegg were transferred from the abolished County Constituency of Central Norfolk.
1983–present: The Borough of Great Yarmouth.
Thorpe St Andrew was transferred to Norwich North and remaining western parts to the new County Constituency of Mid Norfolk. Gained a small area from the Suffolk constituency of Lowestoft, including Bradwell, which had been transferred to Norfolk as a result of the local government reorganisation of 1974, as laid out in the Local Government Act 1972.
The constituency covers the area in and around Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. Despite its rural area, there is a substantial amount of industry in Great Yarmouth, making the seat a marginal.
Great Yarmouth was a 2-seat constituency from 1660 until 1868 when it was disenfranchised. It was recreated for the 1885 general election as a single-seat constituency.
|Year||First member||Second member|
|1377 (Jan)||Hugh Fastolf|
|1377 (Oct)||Hugh Fastolf|
|1386||Ralph Ramsey||John Beketon|
|1388 (Feb)||Ralph Ramsey||John Ellis|
|1388 (Sep)||Ralph Ramsey||John Hacon|
|1390 (Jan)||Ralph Ramsey||John Ellis|
|1391||Ralph Ramsey||John Hacon|
|1393||John Hacon||John Ellis|
|1395||Ralph Ramsey||Hugh Fenn|
|1397 (Jan)||Richard Cley||Hugh Fenn|
|1397 (Sep)||Ralph Ramsey||William Oxney|
|1399||John Beketon||Hugh Fenn|
|1404 (Jan)||Roger Adams||Geoffrey Pamping|
|1406||Robert Ellis||Henry Rafman|
|1407||Robert Clere||Peter atte Fenn|
|1410||William Parker||Alexander atte Gapp|
|1411||Nicholas Cates||Peter Atte Fenn|
|1413 (May)||William Oxney||Alexander atte Gapp|
|1414 (Nov)||Geoffrey Pamping||Robert Ellis|
|1417||Henry S[pitling]||Richard [?Ellis]|
|1419||William Colkirk||John Cranley|
|1420||Thomas Dengaine||Robert Ellis|
|1421 (May)||Thomas Covehithe||Robert Ellis|
|1421 (Dec)||Richard Ellis||Robert Cupper|
|1510-1523||No names known|
|1529||Humphrey Wingfield|| John Ladde, died |
and replaced 1353 or 1354 by Philip Bernard
|1542||Sir Humphrey Wingfield||William Burgh|
|1545||Sir William Woodhouse||Robert Eyre|
|1547||Sir William Woodhouse||Robert Eyre|
|1553 (Mar)||Sir William Woodhouse||Nicholas Firmage|
|1553 (Oct)||Robert Eyre||Simon More|
|1554 (Apr)||William Bishop||John Echard|
|1554 (Nov)||Thomas Hunt||William Mayhew|
|1555||Nicholas Fen||Cornelius Bright|
|1558||Sir Thomas Woodhouse||William Barker|
|1558/9||Sir Thomas Woodhouse||William Barker|
|1562||William Grice||Thomas Timperley|
|1571||William Barker||William Grice|
|1572||William Grice|| John Bacon, died |
and replaced Feb 1576 by Edward Bacon
|1584||William Grice||Thomas Damet|
|1586||William Grice||Thomas Damet|
|1588||John Stubbe or Stubbs||Roger Drury|
|1593||Thomas Damet||John Felton|
|1597||Henry Hobart||John Felton|
|1601||Henry Hobart||Thomas Damet|
|1604–1611||Thomas Damet||John Wheeler|
|1614||Theophilus Finch||George Hardware|
|1621–1622||Benjamin Cooper||Edward Owner|
|1624||Benjamin Cooper||George Hardware|
|1625||Sir John Corbet||Edward Owner|
|1626||Sir John Corbet||Thomas Johnson|
|1628||Sir John Corbet||Sir John Wentworth|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments convened|
|Election||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|April 1640||Miles Corbet||Parliamentarian||Edward Owner||Parliamentarian|
|December 1648||Owner not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge|
|1653||Great Yarmouth was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament|
|1654||Colonel William Goffe||Thomas Dunn|
|1656||Charles George Cook||William Burton|
|May 1659||Great Yarmouth was unrepresented in the restored Rump|
|April 1660||Sir John Potts||Sir William D'Oyly|
|1661||Sir William Coventry|
|1678||Sir Thomas Medowe|
|February 1679||Richard Huntington|
|August 1679||George England|
|1681||Sir James Johnson|
|1685||Sir William Cook||John Friend|
|1689||George England||Samuel Fuller|
|January 1701||Samuel Fuller|
|November 1701||John Burton||John Nicholson|
|1708||Roger Townshend||Richard Ferrier|
|1722||Hon. Charles Townshend||Horatio Walpole|
|1734||(Sir) Edward Walpole|
|1747||Hon. Charles Townshend|
|1768||Hon. Richard Walpole|
|1784||Captain Sir John Jervis||Henry Beaufoy|
|1795||Brigadier Stephens Howe||Tory|
|May 1796|| Lord Charles Townshend |
killed by brother, 1796
|October 1796||Major-General William Loftus||Tory||Henry Jodrell||Tory|
|1802||Captain Sir Thomas Troubridge||Thomas Jervis|
|1806||Hon. Edward Harbord||Tory||Dr Stephen Lushington||Tory|
|1812||William Loftus||Tory||Edmund Lacon||Tory|
|1818||Thomas Anson||Whig||Charles Rumbold||Whig|
|1819||Hon. George Anson||Whig|
|1835||Thomas Baring||Conservative||W. Mackworth Praed||Conservative|
|1837||Charles Rumbold||Whig||William Wilshere||Whig|
|1847||Lord Arthur Lennox||Conservative||Octavius Coope||Conservative|
|1848||Joseph Sandars||Conservative||Charles Rumbold||Whig|
|1852||Sir Edmund Lacon||Conservative|
|March 1857||William McCullagh||Independent Liberal||Edward Watkin||Radical|
|August 1857||Adolphus William Young||Whig||John Mellor||Whig|
|1859||Sir Edmund Lacon, Bt||Conservative||Sir Henry Stracey, Bt||Conservative|
|1868||Constituency disfranchished for corruption|
|1885||Sir Henry Tyler||Conservative|
|1892||James Marshall Moorsom||Liberal|
|1895||Sir John Colomb||Conservative|
|1906||(Sir) Arthur Fell||Conservative|
|1924||Sir Frank Meyer||Conservative|
|1929||Sir Arthur Harbord||Liberal|
|1941 by-election||Percy Jewson||Liberal National|
|1950||Great Yarmouth borough abolished: new county constituency named Yarmouth|
|1983||Constituency renamed Great Yarmouth|
|Labour Co-op||Mike Smith-Clare||10,930||25.1||−10.9|
|Liberal Democrats||James Joyce||1,661||3.8||+1.6|
|Veterans and People's||Dave Harding||631||1.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||James Joyce||987||2.2||−0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||James Joyce||1,030||2.3||−12.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Partridge||6,188||14.4||+3.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Newton||4,585||11.1||+2.7|
|Legalise Cannabis||Michael Skipper||389||0.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Maurice Leeke||3,392||8.4||−2.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Derek Wood||5,381||11.0||−2.6|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Malcolm Scott||7,225||13.6||−3.5|
|Natural Law||P Larkin||284||0.5||N/A|
|National Front||T Holmes||640||1.1||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+4.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal||Ronald Thomas Archibald Cornwell||5,854||13.6|
|Liberal National||Percy Jewson||7,974||44.2|
|Labour gain from Liberal National||Swing|
|Liberal National||Arthur Harbord||16,998||59.3|
|Liberal National hold||Swing|
|Liberal National||Arthur Harbord||21,008||78.6|
|Labour||John Hanbury Martin||5,735||21.4|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+4.9|
|Labour||T G Tyler||3,264||14.4||+4.7|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+9.0|
|Unionist||James Allan Horne||8,492||38.5||−3.3|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+5.6|
|Liberal||*J. Havelock Wilson||5,734||39.7||−8.0|
|Independent||** William H Dawson||125||0.9||N/A|
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
* Wilson - who stood as a 'Patriotic Trade Unionist's and Seamen's' candidate - supported the Coalition Government and was supported by the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union. He claimed to have been adopted by both the Liberal Party and National Democratic and Labour Party, but only appeared on the former's official list. ** Dawson initially was endorsed by the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers who then repudiated him.
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Liberal||James Marshall Moorsom||2,972||52.4||+12.1|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+12.1|
|Liberal||James Marshall Moorsom||2,893||45.1||−7.3|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+7.3|
|Liberal||James Edward Platt||3,998||47.3||−1.2|
|Liberal||James Edward Platt||3,837||47.7||+0.4|
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
|Conservative||Winthrop Mackworth Praed||768||26.5||+11.0|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+11.2|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+11.1|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.3|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.0|
Wilshere resigned, causing a by-election.
|Turnout||1,537 (est)||81.9 (est)||+7.0|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+9.7|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+9.5|
The election of Lennox and Coope was declared void on petition on 14 February 1848 due to bribery, causing a by-election.
|Whig||Robert John Bagshaw||300||27.3||+4.6|
|Turnout||550 (est)||29.3 (est)||−52.6|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+9.5|
|Independent Liberal||William McCullagh||521||24.1||N/A|
|Turnout||1,083 (est)||86.7 (est)||+4.8|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.1|
|Independent Liberal||William McCullagh||609||28.1||+4.0|
|Conservative||Charles Smyth Vereker||451||20.8||+6.7|
|Turnout||1,086 (est)||83.0 (est)||−3.7|
|Independent Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||−2.2|
|Radical gain from Whig||Swing||−1.8|
The election was declared void on petition due to bribery by McCullagh and Watkin's agents, causing a by-election.
|Whig||Adolphus William Young||Unopposed|
|Whig gain from Independent Liberal|
|Whig gain from Radical|
|Liberal||Adolphus William Young||536||21.8||N/A|
|Turnout||1,231 (est)||92.8 (est)||+9.8|
|Conservative gain from Independent Liberal||Swing||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.0|
|Turnout||1,418 (est)||86.2 (est)||−6.6|
Extensive bribery was found in the seat and its right to return a member was lost. It was then incorporated into East Suffolk and North Norfolk.
|Turnout||1,702||c. 85.1||c. +1.2|
|Registered electors||c. 2,000|
|Tory||Thomas Edmund Campbell||754||22.2|
|Registered electors||c. 2,000|
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