North Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Norfolk is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

It has been represented by the Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb since 2001 after previously being held by the Conservatives for many years.

At the May 2005 general election the seat was one of the Conservatives' top targets as Lamb was defending a majority of just 483 against a relatively high-profile Tory, Iain Dale. However, Lamb instead increased his majority to 10,606. Although the seat had been Labour for 25 years since World War II, Labour have slumped to a distant third in recent years.

North Norfolk was described by the Earl of Leicester as "the one constituency in England where, in 1964, it was so feudal that it had to be explained to the electors that the ballot was secret."[1]



Boundary review

Following a review of parliamentary representation in Norfolk in 2007, the Boundary Commission for England created a new constituency of Broadland based on the local government region of that name. However, the boundaries of the constituency do not match the local authority with six wards (The Raynham, Wemsum, Walsingham, Astley, Fakenham South and North) now removed from the North Norfolk Constituency and placed in to the new Broadland seat.[2]

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