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 Waveney
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bob Blizzard Labour 23,914 50.7 -5.3
Lee Scott Conservative 15,361 32.6 -1.9
David Young Liberal Democrat 5,370 11.4 +2.4
Bryan Aylett UK Independence 1,097 2.3  
Graham Elliott Green 983 2.1  
Rupert Mallin Socialist Alliance 442 0.9  
Majority 8,553 18.1
Turnout 47,167 61.5 -13.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is the most northerly of the Suffolk seats, and is named after the River Waveney, which forms the boundary with Norfolk. The most easterly point in Great Britain, Ness Point, is to be found in this seat, which also contains the towns of Lowestoft, Beccles and Bungay.

The economy of Lowestoft has long been based on the fishing industry and its port, but the town is also home to the southern headquarters of Shell, Birdís Eye and Sanyo. It is also a base for the maintenance of off-shore oil exploration installations.

The decline of the traditional industries of shipbuilding, fishing and canning (Waveney was the trademark of Co-op cans) has caused significant unemployment in the seat and given rise to the view that Waveney is East Angliaís black spot.

Bob Blizzard is only the second Labour MP to be elected in the history of Waveney, which was formerly known as Lowestoft. The previous Labour MP was Edward Evans, who served from 1945 to 1959.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Waveney
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Robert Blizzard Labour 31,486 56.0
David Porter Conservative 19,393 34.5
Christopher Thomas Liberal Democrat 5,054 9.0
Neil Clark Natural Law 318 0.6
Majority 12,093 21.5
Turnout 56,251 74.6
 
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