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 Suffolk Coastal
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Gummer Conservative 21,847 43.3 +4.7
Nigel Gardner Labour 17,521 34.8 +2.0
Tony Schur Liberal Democrat 9,192 18.2 -3.2
Michael Burn UK Independence 1,847 3.7  
Majority 4,326 8.6
Turnout 50,407 66.4 -9.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Suffolk Coastal became yet more coastal in the last boundary review, and now contains almost the whole of Suffolk’s coastline, apart from the area around Lowestoft which is in Waveney.

The largest town in the seat is Felixstowe, other towns in the area are Woodbridge and Leiston. Aldeburgh and Southwold are popular seaside resorts, and many people have invested in holiday homes or choose to retire to these towns.

The main employer in the constituency is the port of Felixstowe, which is one of the largest ports in the country and is mainly involved in container shipping. The Sizewell nuclear plant is also located in the seat and is one of the other major employers. While the southern part of the seat is urban, the rest is rural and dependent on the farming industry and a variety of small businesses.

John Gummer has held Suffolk Coastal since 1983, having held its predecessor since 1979.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Suffolk Coastal
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Gummer Conservative 21,696 38.6
Mark Campbell Labour 18,442 32.8
Alexandra Jones Liberal Democrat 12,036 21.4
Stephen Caulfield Referendum 3,416 6.1
Tony Slade Green 514 0.9
Felicity Kaplan Natural Law 152 0.3
Majority 3,254 5.8
Turnout 56,256 75.8
 
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