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Battleground Anglia: Suffolk West

The Conservatives won the West Suffolk constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of more than 13,000 votes. Photo: ITV News Anglia

Composed of prosperous provincial towns and rural communities, the West Suffolk constituency encompasses the market towns of Brandon and Haverhill along with the military communities of Lakenheath and Mildenhall.

It is also home to Newmarket, the historical home of horse racing.

  • Conservative majority in 2010: 13,050
  • The safest Tory seat in Suffolk
  • Labour would need a swing of 18% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 14% swing
Share of the vote in the West Suffolk constituency at the last General Election Credit: ITV News Anglia

West Suffolk was a new created constituency in the boundary changes for the 1997 General Election. Before that, the area was part of the Bury St Edmunds seat. The seat has so far always been won by the Conservatives.

Matthew Hancock has been the MP for West Suffolk since 2010. He was appointed a joint Minister in the Departments of Energy and Climate Change and Business, Innovation and Skills in 2014. He also attends Cabinet meetings.

Candidates in 2015

  • Julian Flood - UKIP
  • Matthew Hancock - Conservative
  • Michael Jeffreys - Labour
  • Niall Pettitt - Green
  • Elfreda Tealby-Watson - Liberal Democrats
76,061
Electorate in 2013
113,394
Population in 2011
1.4
Population density (people per hectare)

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