| County constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Waveney in Suffolk
Location of Suffolk within England
|Electorate||79,132 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Peter Aldous (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
Waveney is a constituencyrepresented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Peter Aldous, a Conservative.
The House of Commons, officially the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the upper house, the House of Lords, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. Owing to shortage of space, its office accommodation extends into Portcullis House.
The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known internationally as the UK Parliament, British Parliament, or Westminster Parliament, and domestically simply as Parliament or Westminster, is the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom, the Crown dependencies and the British Overseas Territories. It alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies in the UK and the overseas territories. Parliament is bicameral but has three parts, consisting of the Sovereign (Queen-in-Parliament), the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. The two houses meet in the Palace of Westminster in the City of Westminster, one of the inner boroughs of the capital city, London.
Peter James Guy Aldous is a Conservative Party politician in England. A former chartered surveyor in private practice intermittently elected to the role of ordinary councillor on the corresponding district council to his later constituency and then serving as deputy party group leader in the official opposition party on Suffolk County Council, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Waveney constituency in Suffolk since the 2010 general election.
The seat was created for the 1983 general election following the implementation of the third periodic review of Westminster constituencies, broadly replacing Lowestoft, which the first victor of the new seat had served since 1959.
The 1983 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday, 9 June 1983. It gave the Conservative Party under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher the most decisive election victory since that of the Labour Party in 1945.
Lowestoft was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Lowestoft in Suffolk. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.
Waveney has been a bellwether since its creation, swinging heavily in line with the mood of the nation. Labour's big majority in 1997 reflected the large overall majority in the Commons, and by the 2010 election it had become touted by one published analysis as the seat that the Conservatives needed to win to secure an overall majority.[ citation needed ] Fittingly, 2010 saw a marginal majority and the national result was a hung parliament with the Conservative Party the largest party. 2010 here was the Labour Party's second highest share of the vote in the narrow, traditional grouping of East Anglia (Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex).
A bellwether is an individual who either leads or indicates trends; a trendsetter.
A marginal seat or swing seat is a constituency held with a small majority in a legislative election, generally one conducted under a single-winner voting system. In Canada, they may be known as target ridings. The opposite is a safe seat.
Waveney had been held for many years by James Prior Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1970–1972), Leader of the House of Commons(1972–1974), Secretary of State for Employment (1979–1981) then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland during the Heath ministry then the Thatcher ministry with an economic politics considered more centre-ground, then known as forming the wets' ideology.
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was a United Kingdom cabinet position, responsible for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The post was originally named President of the Board of Agriculture and was created in 1889. In 1903, an Act was passed to transfer to the new styled Board of Agriculture and Fisheries certain powers and duties relating to the fishing industry, and the post was renamed President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The Leader of the House of Commons is generally a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom who is responsible for arranging government business in the House of Commons.
The Secretary of State for Employment was a position in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. In 1995 it was merged with Secretary of State for Education to make the Secretary of State for Education and Employment. In 2001 the employment functions were hived off and transferred to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Bob Blizzard served as a senior Government Whip from 2008 until 2010 when he lost at the election that May.
Robert John Blizzard is a British Labour Party politician, who was Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney at the 2010 General Election and again in 2015. He had previously served as the Member of Parliament for Waveney from 1997 to 2010.
The seat is based around the town of Lowestoft, and includes several smaller market towns and seaside resorts in north-east Suffolk. This corner of Suffolk arguably has stronger connections with Norfolk – Norwich is an easier centre to reach than Ipswich – and there have been unsuccessful proposals to alter the county boundary to reflect this.
Norwich is a city in Norfolk, England. Granted historic city status, and situated on the River Wensum in East Anglia, it lies approximately 100 miles (160 km) north-east of London. It is the county town of Norfolk and is considered the capital of East Anglia, with a population of 141,300. From the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the largest city in England after London, and one of the most important.
Ipswich is a historic county town in Suffolk, England, located in East Anglia about 66 miles (106 km) north-east of London. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and its port has been one of England's most important for the whole of its history. The modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, likely taken either from an Old Saxon personal name or from an earlier name of the Orwell estuary. It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche.
Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.9% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian . This compares more unfavourably to the regional average of 3.2%.
1983–1997: The District of Waveney.
The constituency was formed from the abolished constituency of Lowestoft, with the exception of a small part in the north which was now part of Norfolk.
1997–2010: The District of Waveney except the wards of Blything, Halesworth, and Southwold.
Three wards transferred to Suffolk Coastal.
2010–present: The District of Waveney wards of Beccles North, Beccles South, Bungay, Carlton, Carlton Colville, Gunton and Corton, Harbour, Kessingland, Kirkley, Lothingland, Normanston, Oulton, Oulton Broad, Pakefield, St Margaret's, The Saints, Wainford, Whitton, and Worlingham.
Marginal changes due to revision of local authority wards.
The seat is based on the coastal town of Lowestoft, which today is generally Labour-voting, because of its recent history as a declining seaside resort, fishing and industrial town. However, the constituency also takes in the small towns of Beccles and Bungay. These along with the smaller inland rural villages are considerably more supportive of Conservatives.
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
The Commission proposed that the constituency be unchanged.
|Liberal Democrat||Helen Korfanty|
|Brexit Party||Robert Rowland|
|Liberal Democrat||Jacky Howe||1,012||1.9||−0.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Gordon||1,055||2.0||−11.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Dean||6,811||13.3||−1.8|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Bromley||7,497||15.1||+3.7|
|Liberal Democrat||David Young||5,370||11.4||+2.4|
|Socialist Alliance||Rupert Mallin||442||0.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Thomas||5,054||9.0||−3.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+15.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Rogers||8,925||13.0||−8.6|
|Natural Law||David Hook||302||0.4||N/A|
|Social Democratic||David Beavan||13,845||21.6||+0.7|
|Social Democratic||Gillian Artis||12,234||20.9||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Waveney was a local government district in Suffolk, England, named after the River Waveney that formed its north-east border. The district council was based in Lowestoft, the major settlement in Waveney. The other towns in the district were Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Southwold.
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