Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Battleground Anglia: Bury St Edmunds

The Conservatives won the Bury St Edmunds constituency in Suffolk at the 2010 General Election with a majority of more than 12,000 votes. Photo: Contains OS data © Crown copyright / ITV News Anglia

Bury St Edmunds encompasses the eponymous town of Bury St Edmunds and a number of rural communities and market towns like Stowmarket in northern Suffolk.

The local economy largely revolves around farming and refinement of agricultural produce. The town of Bury St Edmunds has the largest sugar beet factory in the country, run by British Sugar, and is home to the nation's largest malt extract manufacturer. Greene King owns a large brewery in the town.

  • Conservative majority in 2010: 12,380
  • Labour would need a swing of 15% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 11% swing
Share of the vote in the Bury St Edmunds constituency at the last General Election. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fairly safe Conservative seat now but Labour came close to winning in 1997, just 368 votes behind.

David Ruffley has been the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds since 1997 but is standing down at this election.

Bury St Edmunds has had a Conservative MP since 1885.

Candidates in 2015

  • David Chappell - Liberal Democrats
  • Jo Churchill - Conservative
  • Bill Edwards - Labour
  • Helen Geake - Green
  • John Howlett - UKIP
85,815
Electorate in 2013
113,678
Population in 2011
2.3
Population density (people per hectare)

More on this story