Bridgwater and West Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bridgwater and West Somerset
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bridgwater and West Somerset in Somerset.
Outline map
Location of Somerset within England.
County Somerset
Electorate 82,936 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bridgwater
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Ian Liddell-Grainger (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Bridgwater
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Bridgwater and West Somerset is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since creation in 2010 by Ian Liddell-Grainger of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

Bridgwater was one of the original parliamentary constituencies in England[n 3] (with fifteen years of non-existence in the late 19th century), subsumed into a slightly larger seat on a review of Somerset's representation by the Boundary Commission.[2]

In 2010 seven candidates stood. The second placed candidate was a Liberal Democrat, Theo Butt Philip, 11.2% ahead of the candidate from the Labour Party. The incumbent, Ian Liddell-Grainger is a former Major in the Territorial Army, farmer and defence advisor.

Boundaries[edit]

The electoral wards in the seat are:

Members of Parliament[edit]

See: Bridgwater constituency

Election Member[3] Party
2010 Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bridgwater and West Somerset
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Julie Harvey-Smith
Liberal Democrat Justine Baker [4]
UKIP Stephen Fitzgerald [5]
Labour Michael Lerry [6]
Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger*
General Election 2010: Bridgwater and West Somerset[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger* 24,675 45.3 -0.1
Liberal Democrat Theo Butt Philip 15,426 28.3 +5.7
Labour Kathy Pearce 9,332 17.1 -8.5
UKIP Peter Hollings 2,604 4.8 +1.1
BNP Donna Treanor 1,282 2.4 +2.4
Green Charles Graham 859 1.6 -1.2
Independent Bob Cudlipp 315 0.6 +0.6
Majority 9,249 17.0
Turnout 54,493 71.2 +7.2
Conservative hold Swing -2.9
* Served as an MP for Bridgwater 2001–2010

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ Original is usually classified as sending representatives to the Model Parliament of 1295.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Parliamentary Constituencies for England SN/PC/04297". House of Commons Library. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ian Liddell-Grainger". Parliament UK. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/bridgwater-somerset-west-2015.html
  5. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/bridgwater-somerset-west-2015.html
  6. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/bridgwater-somerset-west-2015.html
  7. ^ Rickards, Kerry (20 April 2010). "Statement as to Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll: Bridgwater and West Somerset Constituency" (PDF). Acting Returning Officer. Sedgemoor District Council. Retrieved 20 April 2010.