This East Anglian constituency was created in 1983.
This Conservative seat was held from its creation until the 2010 election by the high-profile Conservative John Gummer, who had previously represented the former seat of Eye from 1979. The current MP is the Conservative Therese Coffey.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Suffolk, the Boundary Commission for England in 2007 recommended minor alterations to the existing constituency arrangement, which took effect for the first time in 2010. The constituency consists of the following electoral wards from Suffolk Coastal District Council:
Aldeburgh; Farlingaye; Felixstowe East; Felixstowe North; Felixstowe South; Forrest Heath; Felixstowe South East; Mildenhall; Felixstowe West; Hollesley with Eyke; Kyson; Leiston; Martlesham; Melton and Ufford; Nacton; Newmarket; Orford and Tunstall; Peasenhall; Rendlesham; Riverside; Saxmundham; Seckford; Snape; Sutton; Trimleys with Kirton; Walberswick and Wenhaston; Yoxford