Bristol North West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bristol North West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bristol North West in Avon for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Avon within England.
County Bristol
Electorate 73,920 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Charlotte Leslie (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Bristol North West is a constituency[n 1] to the north and north-west of Bristol city centre represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Charlotte Leslie of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile and history[edit]

This constituency is a longstanding bellwether, having elected the candidate of the winning party in the nine general elections since October 1974 (inclusive) which elected the Labour Government 1974-1979.

Party positions altered completely in 2010 with the Liberal Democrat candidate, Paul Harrod achieving second place with a slightly larger one party swing, of 11.4%, than winning candidate Charlotte Leslie and saw a fresh Labour Party candidate suffer a large decrease in percentage of the Labour vote of 20.8%.[n 3]

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1983: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Avon, Henbury, Horfield, Southmead, and Westbury-on-Trym.

1983-1997: The City of Bristol wards of Avonmouth, Henbury, Horfield, Kingsweston, Lockleaze, Southmead, and Westbury-on-Trym; and the District of Northavon wards of Filton Charborough, Filton Conygre, Filton Northville, Stoke Gifford North, and Stoke Gifford South.

1997-2010: The City of Bristol wards of Avonmouth, Henbury, Horfield, Kingsweston, Lockleaze, and Southmead; and the District of Northavon wards of Filton Charborough, Filton Conygre, Filton Northville, Patchway Callicroft, Patchway Coniston, Patchway Stoke Lodge, Stoke Gifford North, and Stoke Gifford South.

2010-present: The City of Bristol wards of Avonmouth, Henbury, Henleaze, Horfield, Kingsweston, Lockleaze, Southmead, Stoke Bishop, and Westbury-on-Trym.

Following the review by the Boundary Commission for England into parliamentary representation in the former county of Avon Somerset and Gloucestershire the constituency had boundary changes at the 2010 general election.[2] In particular, the constituency is now wholly contained within the City of Bristol: the areas of Filton, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke, which are in the South Gloucestershire district were transferred to a new Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency. At the same time, the areas of Stoke Bishop, Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym were gained from Bristol West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1950 Sir Gurney Braithwaite Conservative
1955 Christopher Boyd Labour
1959 Martin McLaren Conservative
1966 John Ellis Labour
1970 Martin McLaren Conservative
Oct 1974 Ronald Thomas Labour
1979 Michael Colvin Conservative
1983 Michael Stern Conservative
1997 Doug Naysmith Labour Co-operative
2010 Charlotte Leslie Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bristol North West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charlotte Leslie
Liberal Democrat Clare Campion-Smith
Labour Darren Jones [5]
General Election 2010: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charlotte Leslie 19,115 38.0 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Paul Harrod 15,841 31.5 +6.6
Labour Sam Townend 13,059 25.9 −12.2
UKIP Robert Upton 1,175 2.3 +0.7
English Democrats Ray Carr 635 1.3 −0.4
Green Alex Dunn 511 1.0 +1.0
Majority 3,274 6.5
Turnout 50,336 68.5 −0.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 15.45[n 4]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Doug Naysmith 22,192 46.7 −5.4
Conservative Alastair Watson 13,230 27.9 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Bob Hoyle 9,545 20.1 +4.2
UKIP Christopher Lees 1,132 2.4 −0.1
English Democrats Michael Blundell 828 1.7 N/A
Socialist Alternative Graeme Jones 565 1.2 N/A
Majority 8,962 18.9
Turnout 47,492 61.1 +0.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing −2.3
General Election 2001: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Doug Naysmith 24,236 52.1 +2.2
Conservative Charles Hansard 13,349 28.7 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Peter Tyzack 7,387 15.9 +2.7
UKIP Diane Carr 1,140 2.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Vince Horrigan 371 0.8 -0.1
Majority 10,887 23.4
Turnout 46,483 60.4 −15.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doug Naysmith 27,575 49.9 +7.6
Conservative Michael Stern 16,193 29.3 −13.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Parry 7,263 13.2 −1.0
Independent Labour Charles Horton 1,718 3.1 N/A
Referendum Party John Quintanillia 1,609 2.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Giles Shorter 482 0.9 N/A
BNP Stephen Parnell 265 0.5 N/A
Natural Law Thomas Leighton 140 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,382 20.6
Turnout 73.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 10.3
General Election 1992: Bristol North West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Stern 25,354 42.3 −4.3
Labour Co-op Doug Naysmith 25,309 42.3 +7.7
Liberal Democrat John D. Taylor 8,498 14.2 −4.6
Independent Ind SD Mrs Hilary S. Long 729 1.2 N/A
Majority 45 0.1 −11.9
Turnout 59,890 82.3 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing −6.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Stern 26,953 46.6
Labour T.W. Walker 20,001 34.6
Social Democratic J.M.G. Kirkcaldy 10,885 18.8
Majority 6,952 12.0
Turnout 79.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.7[n 5]
General Election 1983: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Stern 24,617 43.9
Labour Co-op Dr. Sarah R. Palmer 18,290 32.6
Social Democratic Mrs Hilary S. Long 13,228 23.6
Majority 6,327 11.3
Turnout 76.9
Conservative hold Swing -8.65[n 6]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Colvin 25,915 48.6
Labour Ronald Thomas 21,238 39.8
Liberal G.A. Davis 5,857 11.0
National Front P.M. Kingston 264 0.5
Campaign for a More Prosperous Britain T.L. Keen 73 0.1
Majority 4,677 8.8
Turnout 81.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 5.0
General Election October 1974: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Thomas 22,156 42.1
Conservative Martin McLaren 21,523 40.9
Liberal E. David 8,914 17.0
Majority 633 1.2
Turnout 79.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 2.3
General Election February 1974: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin McLaren 21,569 39.8
Labour Ronald Thomas 20,919 38.6
Liberal E. David 11,312 20.9
Independent T.E. Wetherall 440 0.8
Majority 650 1.2
Turnout 82.5
Conservative hold Swing -0.9
General Election 1970: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin McLaren 24,124 47.6
Labour John Ellis 23,075 45.5
Liberal H.J. Stevens 3,299 6.5
Communist W.E. Williams 227 0.5
Majority 1,049 2.1
Turnout 78.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 1.75

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ellis 24,195 50.1
Conservative Martin McLaren 23,526 48.7
Communist B. Underwood 595 1.2
Majority 669 1.4
Turnout 82.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 1.8[n 7]
General Election 1964: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin McLaren 22,129 45.1
Labour D.J. Watkins 21,030 42.9
Liberal T.G. Douglas 5,883 12.0
Majority 1,099 2.2
Turnout 83.1
Conservative hold Swing -6.9[n 8]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin McLaren 24,938 52.0
Labour Christopher Boyd 23,019 48.0
Majority 1,919 4.0
Turnout 82.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 3.9
General Election 1955: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Boyd 22,950 51.9
Conservative Sir Gurney Braithwaite 21,295 48.1
Majority 1,655 3.8
Turnout 79.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 5.5
General Election 1951: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gurney Braithwaite 28,394 53.6
Labour C. Morris 24,553 46.4
Majority 3,841 7.2
Turnout 86.1
Conservative hold Swing 2.2[n 9]
General Election 1950: Bristol North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gurney Braithwaite 23,884 47.7 N/A
Labour C. Morris 21,394 42.7 N/A
Liberal Florence Mary Pugh 4,784 9.6 N/A
Majority 2,490 5.0 N/A
Turnout 85.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ This was one of the largest negative one-party swings for a Labour candidate nationally in 2010.
  4. ^ Labour to Conservative: for Others to Conservative the swing was 10.1%
  5. ^ Others to Conservative; Labour to Conservative swing was 0.7%
  6. ^ Conservative to Liberal/SDP. Labour to Conservative: 2.5%
  7. ^ 4.6% swing Others to Labour
  8. ^ Conservative to Others
  9. ^ Others to Conservative swing: 5.9%
References

Coordinates: 51°30′10″N 2°37′04″W / 51.50286°N 2.61783°W / 51.50286; -2.61783