- North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)
North Somerset County constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of North Somerset in Avon for the 2010 general election.
Location of Avon within England.
County Somerset Electorate 78,223 (December 2010) Current constituency Created 2010 Member of Parliament Liam Fox (Conservative) Number of members One Created from Woodspring 1950–1983 Replaced by Woodspring 1885–1918 Overlaps European Parliament constituency South West England
North Somerset is a county 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. This seat replaced Woodspring at the 2010 general election.
Constituencies of the same name previously existed between 1885–1918 and 1950-1983.
Following the review of parliamentary representation in the North Somerset district by the Boundary Commission for England, the former Woodspring constituency has been renamed as North Somerset, and subject only to minor boundary changes.
The electoral wards used to form this constituency are:
- Backwell, Clevedon Central, Clevedon East, Clevedon North, Clevedon South, Clevedon Walton, Clevedon West, Clevedon Yeo, Easton in Gordano, Gordano, Nailsea East, Nailsea North and West, Pill, Portishead Central, Portishead Coast, Portishead East, Portishead Redcliffe Bay, Portishead South and North Weston, Portishead West, Winford, Wraxall and Long Ashton, Wrington, and Yatton.
A previous constituency of the same name was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election. It was re-established for the 1950 general election, and abolished again for the 1983 general election.
This is essentially the old Woodspring seat with a new name. A coastal strip between the Severn Estuary and the M5 motorway includes the towns of Clevedon and Portishead, while inland from the motorway is the town of Nailsea and a predominantly rural area dotted with villages. This is a fairly affluent constituency with about a third of the population commuting to work, mostly in Bristol and Bath. The old seat returned Conservative MPs; Dr Fox won the new constituency by nearly 15 percentage points over the Liberal Democrats in 2010.
Members of Parliament
Election Member  Party 1885 Evan Henry Llewellyn Conservative 1892 Courtenay Warner Liberal 1895 Evan Henry Llewellyn Conservative 1906 William Henry Bateman Hope Liberal January 1910 Joseph King Liberal 1918 constituency abolished
Election Member  Party 1950 constituency recreated 1950 Sir Ted Leather Conservative 1964 Sir Paul Dean Conservative 1983 constituency abolished: see Woodspring
MPs since 2010
Election Member  Party 2010 Liam Fox Conservative
Elections in the 2010s
General Election 2010: North Somerset Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Liam Fox 28,549 49.3 +7.5 Liberal Democrat Brian Mathew 20,687 35.7 +5.5 Labour Steve Parry-Hearn 6,448 11.1 -10.6 UKIP Sue Taylor 2,257 3.9 +1.4 Majority 7,862 13.6 Turnout 57,941 75.0 +3.2 Conservative hold Swing +1.0
Notes and references
- ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- ^ "FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITY OF NORTH SOMERSET". Boundary Commission for England. 2000-11-08. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100221151902/http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/review_areas/North_Somerset.shtml. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- ^ a b c Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
- ^ Turner, Graham (20 April 2010). "Election of a Member of Parliament, North Somerset Constituency" (PDF). Acting Returning Officer, North Somerset Council. http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/12CF6798-FE1A-42FE-9BA8-34696C9E6B9D/0/Election2010CandidatesNS.pdf. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
- ^ "Somerset North". BBC News (BBC). 7 May 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/election2010/results/constituency/d24.stm. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
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