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|Constituency[nb 1]||Electorate||Majority[nb 2]||Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Map|
|Broadland CC||77,334||15,816||Keith Simpson||Ian Simpson|
|Great Yarmouth CC||71,408||7,973||Brandon Lewis||Mike Smith-Clare|
|Mid Norfolk CC||80,027||16,086||George Freeman||Sarah Simpson|
|North Norfolk CC||69,271||3,512||Norman Lamb||James Wild|
|North West Norfolk CC||72,062||13,788||Henry Bellingham||Jo Rust|
|Norwich North BC||66,924||507||Chloe Smith||Christopher Jones|
|Norwich South BC||74,182||15,596||Clive Lewis||Lana Hempsall|
|South Norfolk CC||83,055||16,678||Richard Bacon||Danielle Glavin|
|South West Norfolk CC||77,874||18,312||Elizabeth Truss||Peter Smith|
Since 1295, the Parliamentary County of Norfolk along with all other English Counties regardless of size or population, had elected 2 MPs to the House of Commons in accordance with the freehold property franchise. The county also included five Parliamentary Boroughs, namely Castle Rising, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Norwich and Thetford, all returning 2 MPs each.
The Great Reform Act of 1832 radically changed the representation of the House of Commons, with the County being divided into the Eastern and Western Divisions, both returning 2 MPs. The Borough of Castle Rising was abolished.
Under the Reform Act of 1867, the county was further divided; the Eastern Division was abolished and redistributed to the North and South Divisions, which both also included small areas transferred from the Western Division. The Borough of Great Yarmouth was disenfranchised for corruption and absorbed into the North Division. The Borough of Thetford was disenfranchised under the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868, which had resulted in a net increase of seven seats in Scotland, offset by the disenfranchisement of seven English Boroughs. It was absorbed into the West Division.
Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the three two-member county divisions were replaced by six single-member constituencies, namely the Eastern, Mid, Northern, North-Western, Southern and South-Western Divisions. Great Yarmouth was re-established as a single-member Borough and the representation of the Borough of King's Lynn was reduced to 1 MP. Norwich continued to elect 2 MPs.
The table shows an approximate representation of the development of constituencies in Norfolk since 1885. The text below gives a more detailed description.
|King's Lynn BC||King's Lynn CC||King's Lynn CC||North West Norfolk CC||North West Norfolk CC||North West Norfolk CC|
|North-Western Norfolk CC|
|Northern Norfolk CC||Northern Norfolk CC||North Norfolk CC||North Norfolk CC||North Norfolk CC||North Norfolk CC|
|Eastern Norfolk CC||Eastern Norfolk CC|
|Great Yarmouth BC||Great Yarmouth BC||Yarmouth CC||Yarmouth CC||Great Yarmouth CC||Great Yarmouth CC|
|Central Norfolk CC||Mid Norfolk CC||Broadland CC|
|Norwich BC (2 MPs)||Norwich BC (2 MPs)||Norwich North BC||Norwich North BC||Norwich North BC||Norwich North BC|
|Norwich South BC||Norwich South BC||Norwich South BC||Norwich South BC|
|Southern Norfolk CC||Southern Norfolk CC||South Norfolk CC||South Norfolk CC||South Norfolk CC||South Norfolk CC|
|Mid Norfolk CC||Mid Norfolk CC|
|South-Western Norfolk CC||South-Western Norfolk CC||South West Norfolk CC||South West Norfolk CC||South West Norfolk CC||South West Norfolk CC|
|BC = Borough Constituency (prior to 1950 - Parliamentary Borough or Division thereof)
CC = County Constituency (prior to 1950 - Parliamentary County of Division thereof)
Under the Representation of the People Act 1918, the Parliamentary Borough of King's Lynn was abolished and reconstituted as a County Division, absorbing the abolished North-Western Division, with the exception of Fakenham and surrounding areas, which were transferred to the Northern Division. The Mid Division was also abolished, with northern areas, including East Dereham, being transferred to the South-Western Division, and southern areas to the Southern Division. The Eastern Division was expanded southwards, gaining the Rural District of Loddon and Clavering from the Southern Division. Other minor changes to align boundaries with those of local authorities.
The Representation of the People Act 1948 resulted in the abolition of the Eastern Division, with its contents being distributed as follows: northern areas, including North Walsham and the Rural District of Smallburgh to North Norfolk; southern areas (Rural District of Loddon) returned to South Norfolk; eastern areas (the bulk of the Rural District of Blofield and Flegg) included in the new county constituency of Yarmouth, together with the abolished Parliamentary Borough of Great Yarmouth; and western areas (former Rural District of St Faith's, and the village of Thorpe St Andrew) included in the new county constituency of Central Norfolk, which also included areas to the north (former Rural District of Aylsham) and south (Rural District of Forehoe and Henstead), transferred from the Northern and Southern Divisions respectively. The two-member Borough of Norwich was also abolished, and divided into the single-member borough constituencies of Norwich North and Norwich South. The Municipal Borough of Thetford was transferred from South West Norfolk to South Norfolk. Other minor changes to align boundaries with those of local authorities.
There were no changes for the 1955 general election under the First Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies.
Under the Second Periodic Review, representation was decreased to 7 MPs with the abolition of Central Norfolk. Northern and central areas (Rural District of St Faith's and Aylsham) were transferred to North Norfolk; southern areas returned to South Norfolk (Rural District of Forehoe and Henstead); and Thorpe St Andrew transferred to Yarmouth. The county constituency of King's Lynn was replaced by North West Norfolk, which also incorporated Well-next-the-Sea and the Rural District of Walsingham, including Fakenham, transferred from North Norfolk.
The Third Review, which reflected the changes to local authorities arising from the Local Government Act 1972, did not come into effect until the 1983 general election. Norfolk's representation was increased back up to 8 MPs with the creation of Mid Norfolk: eastern areas were transferred from Yarmouth, central areas (including Aylsham) from North Norfolk and western areas (including East Dereham) from South West Norfolk. Yarmouth was formally renamed Great Yarmouth and incorporated the small area, including Bradwell, which had been transferred from Suffolk to Norfolk under the local government reorganisation and was previously part of the constituency of Lowestoft. Other changes included:
The Fourth Review resulted in only minor changes to increase the electorates of the two Norwich constituencies. The District of Broadland wards of Drayton and Teversham were transferred from Mid Norfolk to Norwich North and the District of South Norfolk wards of Cringleford and Colney, and New Costessey were transferred from South Norfolk to Norwich South.
In the Fifth Review the Boundary Commission for England recommended that Norfolk's representation be increased to 9 MPs, with the creation of the constituency of Broadland, based on the District of Broadland wards which had previously comprised a majority of Mid Norfolk, as well as Drayton and Taversham, transferred back from Norwich North. It also included Fakenham and surrounding areas, transferred once again from North Norfolk. Mid Norfolk now comprised the District of Breckland wards in the previous version of the constituency with additional wards, including Watton and Attleborough, transferred from South West Norfolk. Six District of South Norfolk wards, including Wymondham, were transferred from the constituency of South Norfolk. Cringleford and Colney (but not New Costessey) were transferred back from Norwich South to South Norfolk and a small area in the south-west of the constituency of North West Norfolk was transferred to South West Norfolk.
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 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.
Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota. The review was carried out using the official UK electorate figures for 2015 and the electoral quota was set at 74,769, establishing a range of 71,031 to 78,507.
In order to meet these requirements, the Commission has recommended that Norfolk be combined with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire as a sub-region of the Eastern Region. This entails the transfer of the two District of East Cambridgeshire wards which comprise the village of Littleport from the constituency of North East Cambridgeshire to South West Norfolk. As the constituency would no longer be exclusively in Norfolk, it is proposed that it be renamed Thetford and Downham Market.
The Commission has proposed that the other eight constituencies in Norfolk be retained with Broadland being renamed Broadland and Fakenham. Other changes proposed to bring the constituencies within the required electoral quota range include:
|Current constituencies||Electorate||Proposed constituencies||Electorate|
|Broadland CC||72,897||Broadland and Fakenham CC||71.085|
|Great Yarmouth CC||69,691||Great Yarmouth CC||71,907|
|Mid Norfolk CC||77,627||Mid Norfolk CC||72,791|
|North Norfolk CC||67,640||North Norfolk CC||71,657|
|North West Norfolk CC||70,679||North West Norfolk CC||72,805|
|Norwich North BC||63,487||Norwich North BC||71,192|
|Norwich South BC||68,963||Norwich South BC||71,804|
|South Norfolk CC||78,552||South Norfolk||77,348|
|South West Norfolk CC||76,225||Thetford and Downham Market CC (part)||65,1721|
1Also includes part in Cambridgeshire (6,052)
A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.
|Constituency||1885||86||1886||86||1892||93||95||1895||98||99||1900||04||1906||06||Jan 1910||Dec 1910||12||15||18|
|Norfolk Mid||R. Gurdon||→||Higgins||→||R. Gurdon||Wilson||Wodehouse||Boyle||→||Jodrell|
|Norfolk North||Cozens-Hardy||W. Gurdon||Buxton|
|Norfolk North West||Arch||Cavendish-Bentinck||Arch||White||Hemmerde|
|Norfolk South West||Tyssen-Amherst||Hare||Winfrey|
|Norwich (Two members)||Colman||Bullard||Tillett||Low||Young|
|Norfolk South West||Winfrey||→||McLean||Taylor||McLean||de Chair||Dye|
|Norwich (Two members)||Young||→||Jewson||Young||→||Shakespeare||→||Paton|
|Constituency||1950||1951||55||1955||59||1959||62||1964||1966||1970||Feb 1974||Oct 1974||1979||81|
|King's Lynn / North West Norfolk (1974)||Wise||Scott-Miller||Bullard||Page||Brocklebank-Fowler||→|
|Norfolk South West||Dye||Bullard||Dye||Hilton||Hawkins|
|South West Norfolk||Hawkins||Shephard||Fraser||Truss|
|North West Norfolk||Bellingham||Turner||Bellingham|