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 Suffolk West
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Richard Spring Conservative 20,201 47.6 +6.7
Michael Jefferys Labour 15,906 37.5 +0.4
Robin Martlew Liberal Democrat 5,017 11.8 -2.2
Will Burrows UK Independence 1,321 3.1  
Majority 4,295 10.1
Turnout 42,445 59.6 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This was an old seat with a new name in 1997, having previously been known by virtually every title possible - Suffolk Central, Suffolk South and Suffolk Coastal - and is effectively the former Bury St Edmonds seat minus the town by that name.

Suffolk West covers the Forest Heath district towards the north west of the seat, and is home to many armed services personnel - eg the RAF bases in Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

The home of the Jockey Club, Newmarket, is located in the far west of the seat, and it is no surprise that one of the major sources of employment is the race course and the many stud farms located in the area.

The south west of the constituency is mainly rural but contains the town of Haverhill, which doubled in size during the 1950s and 1960s due to the construction of many council estates to cope with the overspill from London.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Suffolk West
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Richard Spring Conservative 20,081 40.9
Michael Jefferys Labour 18,214 37.1
Adrian Graves Liberal Democrat 6,892 14.0
James Carver Referendum 3,724 7.6
Alistair Shearer Natural Law 171 0.3
Majority 1,867 3.8
Turnout 49,082 71.5
 
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