Bristol West (UK Parliament constituency)


Bristol West (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Bristol West
Map1 = BristolWest
Map2 = Avon
Type = Borough
Year = 1885
Entity = Greater Bristol
County = City of Bristol
EP = South West England
MP = Stephen Williams
Party = Liberal Democrat

Bristol West is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. As of 2005, the Member of Parliament (MP) is the Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams, elected in the 2005 election.

Boundaries

Bristol West is situated in the central and western parts of Bristol, and currently comprises the Bristol City Council wards of Ashley, Bishopston, Clifton, Cabot, Clifton East, Cotham, Henleaze, Redland, Stoke Bishop, Westbury on Trym and small parts of Horfield, Lockleaze and Kingsweston. This area consists largely of middle-class suburbs, but also includes poorer areas, particularly in St Pauls. The area is also home to the University of Bristol and the main residential districts of students from both of the city's universities.

Boundary review

Following their review into parliamentary representation in Bristol, the Boundary Commission for England has created a modified Bristol West made from the following electoral wards:
*Bristol:- Ashley, Bishopston, Cabot, Clifton, Clifton East, Cotham, Easton, Lawrence Hill, Redland.

History

The seat was held by the Conservatives for 112 years before Labour's Valerie Davey won it at the 1997 general election; Labour had been third in 1992.

At the 2005 election the seat was Liberal Democrat target number 18, and Conservative target number 50; it had been frequently described in the media as a "three-way marginal", and all parties fought hard for the constituency. The seat was taken by Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams with a large majority, thought to have been aided by the large student electorate, hostile to Labour's top-up fees policy. This Lib Dem success is remarkably similar to other seats with a large student population (Cambridge, Manchester Withington, Leeds North West and Cardiff Central).

Members of Parliament

*"Constituency created" (1885)

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Paul Smith
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Stephen Williams
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Nick Yarker
votes =
percentage =
change =

Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Stephen Williams
votes = 21,987
percentage = 38.3
change = +9.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Valerie Davey
votes = 16,859
percentage = 29.4
change = −7.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Martin
votes = 15,429
percentage = 26.9
change = −1.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = Justin Quinnell
votes = 2,163
percentage = 3.8
change = +0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Simon Muir
votes = 439
percentage = 0.8
change = −0.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Bernard Kennedy
votes = 329
percentage = 0.6
change = −0.5
Election box candidate
party = Save Bristol North Baths Party
candidate = Douglas Reid
votes = 190
percentage = 0.3
change = +0.3
Election box majority
votes = 5,128
percentage = 8.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 57,396
percentage = 70.5
change = +4.9
Election box gain with party link
winner = Liberal Democrats (UK)
loser = Labour Party (UK)
swing = +8.4

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Valerie Davey
votes = 20,505
percentage = 36.8
change = +1.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Stephen Williams
votes = 16,079
percentage = 28.9
change = +0.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Pamela Chesters
votes = 16,040
percentage = 28.8
change = -4.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = John Devaney
votes = 1,961
percentage = 3.5
change = +2.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Bernard Kennedy
votes = 590
percentage = 1.1
change = +0.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Simon Muir
votes = 490
percentage = 0.9
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 4,426
percentage = 7.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 55,665
percentage = 65.6
change = -7.8
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1997: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Valerie Davey
votes = 22,068
percentage = 35.2
change = +10.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = William Waldegrave
votes = 20,575
percentage = 32.8
change = -9.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Charles Boney
votes = 17,551
percentage = 28.0
change = -2.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = J Quinnell
votes = 1,304
percentage = 2.1
change = +0.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = R Nurse
votes = 244
percentage = 0.4
change = n/a
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = J Brierley
votes = 47
percentage = 0.1
change = n/a
Election box majority
votes = 1,493
percentage = 2.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 55,665
percentage = 73.8
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1992: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = William Waldegrave
votes = 22,169
percentage = 42.2
change = -3.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Charles Boney
votes = 16,098
percentage = 30.7
change = -0.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Headley Bashforth
votes = 12,992
percentage = 24.7
change = +3.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = G. Sawday
votes = 906
percentage = 1.7
change = -0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = D.J. Cross
votes = 104
percentage = 0.2
change = n/a
Election box candidate with party link
party = Revolutionary Communist Party (Furedi)
candidate = B. Brent
votes = 92
percentage = 0.2
change = n/a
Election box candidate
party = Struck off Doctors Alliance
candidate = P.J. Hammond
votes = 87
percentage = 0.2
change = n/a
Election box candidate
party = Anti-Federalist League
candidate = T.P.E. Hedges
votes = 42
percentage = 0.1
change = n/a
Election box majority
votes = 6,071
percentage = 11.5
change = -2.7
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 74.0
change = -1.0
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1987: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = William Waldegrave
votes = 24,695
percentage = 45.5
change = -3.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = G.R.P. Ferguson
votes = 16,992
percentage = 31.3
change = +1.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = M.C. Georghiou
votes = 11,337
percentage = 20.9
change = +1.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = G.A. Dorey
votes = 1,096
percentage = 2.0
change = n/a
Election box candidate with party link
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidate = V. Ralph
votes = 134
percentage = 0.3
change = n/a
Election box majority
votes = 7,703
percentage = 14.2
change = -5.5
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 75.0
change = +4.3
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1983: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = William Waldegrave
votes = 25,400
percentage = 49.1
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = G.R.P. Ferguson
votes = 15,222
percentage = 29.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = P.R. Tatlow
votes = 10,094
percentage = 19.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ecology Party
candidate = J.F.K. Scott
votes = 872
percentage = 1.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = S. Boyle
votes = 142
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box majority
votes = 10,178
percentage = 19.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 70.7
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1979: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = William Waldegrave
votes = 22,257
percentage = 52.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = V. Bath
votes = 9,691
percentage = 22.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = B. Silver
votes = 8,881
percentage = 21.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ecology Party
candidate = J.K. Ingham
votes = 1,154
percentage = 2.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = National Front (UK)
candidate = M. Jones
votes = 246
percentage = 0.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = R.R. Redmore
votes = 93
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box majority
votes = 12,566
percentage = 29.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 71.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election October 1974: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 18,555
percentage = 46.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = R.G.R. Stacey
votes = 11,598
percentage = 29.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = J. Malos
votes = 9,372
percentage = 23.7
change =
Election box majority
votes = 6,957
percentage = 17.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 65.4
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election February 1974: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 21,141
percentage = 48.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = R.G.R. Stacey
votes = 13,076
percentage = 29.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = J. Malos
votes = 9,526
percentage = 21.8
change =
Election box majority
votes = 8,065
percentage = 18.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 72.7
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1970: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 20,110
percentage = 60.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = D.J. Blackman
votes = 8,175
percentage = 24.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = R.G.R. Stacey
votes = 5,108
percentage = 15.3
change =
Election box majority
votes = 11,935
percentage = 35.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 66.3
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1966: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 19,783
percentage = 56.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = L.W. Bosisto
votes = 8,265
percentage = 23.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = R.G.R. Stacey
votes = 6,850
percentage = 19.6
change =
Election box majority
votes = 11,518
percentage = 33.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 72.2
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1964: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 21,230
percentage = 58.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = K.B. Wedmore
votes = 7,366
percentage = 20.1
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = D. McLaren
votes = 7,306
percentage = 20.0
change =
Election box candidate
party = Taxpayers' Coalition Party
candidate = P.M. Kingston
votes = 709
percentage = 1.9
change =
Election box majority
votes = 13,864
percentage = 37.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 73.2
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1959: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 27,768
percentage = 67.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = M.F.L. Cocks
votes = 7,651
percentage = 18.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = C.A. Hart-Leverton
votes = 5,835
percentage = 14.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 20,117
percentage = 48.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 73.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R.G. Cooke
votes = 24,585
percentage = 70.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = W.T. Rodgers
votes = 10,423
percentage = 29.8
change =
Election box majority
votes = 14,162
percentage = 40.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 61.1
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1955: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Sir W.T. Monckton
votes = 32,767
percentage = 75.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = W.H. Johnson
votes = 10,766
percentage = 24.7
change =
Election box majority
votes = 22,001
percentage = 50.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 74.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1951: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Sir W.T. Monckton
votes = 25,858
percentage = 63.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = H. Lawrance
votes = 11,716
percentage = 28.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D. Goldblatt
votes = 3,115
percentage = 7.7
change =
Election box majority
votes = 14,142
percentage = 34.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 80.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Sir W.T. Monckton
votes = 22,216
percentage = 81.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = H. Lawrance
votes = 5,072
percentage = 18.6
change =
Election box majority
votes = 17,144
percentage = 62.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 53.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1950: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = O.F.G. Stanley
votes = 24,920
percentage = 58.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = E.S. Bishop
votes = 12,677
percentage = 30.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = H. Nuttall
votes = 4,688
percentage = 11.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 12,243
percentage = 28.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 82.4
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1945: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = O.F.G. Stanley
votes = 32,149
percentage = 48.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = W.E. Balmer
votes = 25,163
percentage = 38.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D. Allhusen
votes = 8,849
percentage = 13.4
change =
Election box majority
votes = 6,986
percentage = 10.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 74.7
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1935: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = C.T. Culverwell
votes = 36,820
percentage = 71.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = P. Williams
votes = 15,058
percentage = 29.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 21,762
percentage = 42.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 70.8
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1931: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = C.T. Culverwell
votes = 43,264
percentage = 83.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = F.E. White
votes = 8,875
percentage = 17.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 34,389
percentage = 66.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 79.3
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1929: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = C.T. Culverwell
votes = 25,416
percentage = 53.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Lady C. Annesley
votes = 11,961
percentage = 25.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = W.N. Marcy
votes = 9,909
percentage = 21.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 13,455
percentage = 28.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 77.7
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = C.T. Culverwell
votes = 16,970
percentage = 57.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Lady C. Annesley
votes = 7,702
percentage = 26.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = W.N. Marcy
votes = 4,996
percentage = 16.8
change =
Election box majority
votes = 9,268
percentage = 31.2
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1924: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Col. George A. Gibbs
votes = 23,574
percentage = 79.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = M. Giles
votes = 6,276
percentage = 21.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 17,298
percentage = 58.0
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1923: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Col. George A. Gibbs
votes = Unopposed
percentage = -
change = -
Election box majority
votes = -
percentage = -
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1922: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Col. George A. Gibbs
votes = 18,124
percentage = 62.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Frank W. Rafferty
votes = 11,100
percentage = 38.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 7,024
percentage = 24.0
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1918: Bristol West
Election box candidate with party link
party = Coalition Conservative
candidate = Col. George A. Gibbs
votes = Unopposed
percentage = -
change =
Election box majority
votes = -
percentage = -
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Coalition Conservative
swing =

See also

*List of Parliamentary constituencies in Avon

References

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