Bristol South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bristol South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bristol South in Avon for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Avon within England.
County City of Bristol
Electorate 78,703 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Dame Dawn Primarolo (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Bristol South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Dame Dawn Primarolo of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the south-west of Bristol, bounded by the Avon New Cut to the north, the A37 Wells Road to the east, and the city boundaries to the south and west.

Following the review by the Boundary Commission for England into parliamentary representation in Bristol, the Bristol South constituency contains the following electoral wards:[2]

History[edit]

The seat has elected Labour MPs since 1935. The closest result, giving a marginal majority was the 1987 election where Dawn Primarolo won a majority of 2.7% of the vote — in that an election the Social Democratic Party, a breakaway party from the Labour Party,[n 3] won 19.6% of the vote.

The current MP has served the area since 1987. Primarolo was a Minister of the Crown in the Blair Ministry and throughout the Coalition Government 2010-present has been a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. Primarolo has announced she will retire from the House of Commons at the next general election that under the Coalition Agreement is to be held in 2015.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1885 Sir Joseph Dodge Weston Liberal
1886 Sir Edward Stock Hill Conservative
1900 Walter Hume Long Conservative
1906 Sir William Howell Davies Liberal
1922 Sir Beddoe Rees Liberal
1929 Alexander Walkden Labour
1931 Noel Ker Lindsay Conservative
1935 Alexander Walkden Labour
1945 William Wilkins Labour
1970 Michael Cocks Labour
1987 Dame Dawn Primarolo Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Tony Dyer [4]
Conservative Isobel Grant [5]
Labour Karin Smyth [6]
Liberal Democrat Mark Wright [7]
General Election 2010: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Primarolo 18,600 38.4 -10.1
Liberal Democrat Mark Wright 13,866 28.7 +4.9
Conservative Mark Lloyd Davies 11,086 22.9 +3.3
BNP Colin Chidsey 1,739 3.6 +3.6
UKIP Colin McNamee 1,264 2.6 -0.5
Green Charles Bolton 1,216 2.5 -2.5
English Democrats Craig Clarke 400 0.8 +0.8
TUSC Tom Baldwin 206 0.4 +0.4
Majority 4,734 9.8 -15.1
Turnout 48,377 61.6 +2.6
Labour hold Swing -7.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Primarolo 20,778 49.1 −7.8
Liberal Democrat Kay Barnard 9,636 22.8 +8.0
Conservative Graham Hill 8,466 20.0 −2.3
Green Charlie Bolton 2,127 5.0 +2.0
UKIP Mark Dent 1,321 3.1 +1.9
Majority 11,142 26.3
Turnout 42,328 59.8 +3.3
Labour hold Swing −7.9
General Election 2001: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Primarolo 23,299 56.9 -3.1
Conservative Richard Eddy 9,118 22.3 +1.1
Liberal Democrat James Main 6,078 14.8 +1.4
Green Glenn Vowles 1,233 3.0 +1.6
Socialist Alliance Brian Drummond 496 1.2 N/A
UKIP Chris Prasad 496 1.2 N/A
Socialist Labour Giles Shorter 250 0.6 N/A
Majority 14,181 34.6
Turnout 40,970 56.5 -12.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Primarolo 29,890 60.0 +9.8
Conservative Michael Roe 10,562 21.2 −11.2
Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams 6,691 13.4 −2.2
Referendum Party Derek W. Guy 1,486 3.0 N/A
Green John H. Boxall 722 1.5 0
Socialist Alternative Ian P. Marshall 355 0.7 N/A
Glow Bowling Party Louis P. Taylor 153 0.3 N/A
Majority 19,328 38.8
Turnout 49,859 68.9 −8.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Bristol South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Primarolo 25,164 50.2 +9.3
Conservative John Bercow 16,245 32.4 −5.7
Liberal Democrat Paul N. Crossley 7,822 15.6 −3.9
Green John H. Boxall 756 1.5 +0.3
Natural Law Neil D. Phillips 136 0.3 +0.3
Majority 8,919 17.8 +15.0
Turnout 50,123 77.8 +3.8
Labour hold Swing +7.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Primarolo 20,798 40.9
Conservative Philip Stewart Cutcher 19,394 38.1
Social Democratic Hilary Smethurst Long 9,952 19.6
Green Glenn Royston Vowles 600 1.2
Red Front Carol Margaret Meghji 149 0.3
Majority 1,404 2.7
Turnout 74.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cocks 21,824 44.0
Conservative Alistair B. Gammell 17,405 35.1
Social Democratic David M. Stanbury 9,674 19.5
Ecology G. Collard 352 0.7
Communist A. Chester 224 0.5
Workers Revolutionary L.J. Byrne 113 0.2
Majority 4,419 8.9
Turnout 68.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cocks 25,038 57.9
Conservative Terry Dicks 13,855 32.1
Liberal C.J. Bidwell 3,815 8.8
National Front K.G. Elliott 392 0.9
Workers Revolutionary L.J. Cheek 135 0.3
Majority 11,183 25.8
Turnout 71.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cocks 25,108 59.3
Conservative R.J. Kellaway 10,124 23.9
Liberal D.R.F. Burrows 6,289 14.9
National Front P.H. Gannaway 795 1.9
Majority 14,984 35.4
Turnout 69.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cocks 24,909 55.2
Conservative R.J. Kellaway 11,742 26.0
Liberal H.J. Stevens 7,499 16.6
National Front P.H. Gannaway 1,006 2.2
Majority 13,167 29.2
Turnout 74.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cocks 24,662 61.8
Conservative David James Fletcher Hunt 15,254 38.2
Majority 9,428 23.6
Turnout 64.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Wilkins 26,552 67.1
Conservative R.W. Wall 12,998 32.9
Majority 13,554 34.2
Turnout 69.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Wilkins 26,569 63.5
Conservative R.W. Wall 15,282 36.5
Majority 11,287 27.0
Turnout 72.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Albert Wilkins 27,010 60.8
Conservative G.E. McWatters 17,428 39.2
Majority 9,582 21.6
Turnout 75.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Albert Wilkins 24,954 64.1
Conservative G.E. McWatters 13,978 35.9
Majority 10,976 28.2
Turnout 74.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Albert Wilkins 24,444 63.3
Conservative H.E.P. Buckle 14,161 36.7
Majority 10,283 26.6
Turnout 84.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Albert Wilkins 23,456 59.9
Conservative Stephen Lynch Conway Maydon 12,473 31.8
Liberal Dr Harold Tutt Kay 3,259 8.3
Majority 10,983 28.1
Turnout 85.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Albert Wilkins 24,929 58.8
Conservative Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather 12,379 29.2
Liberal Douglas Arthur Jones 5,083 12.0
Majority 12,550 29.6
Turnout 75.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alexander George Walkden 22,586 50.4
Conservative Noel Ker Lindsay 20,153 45.0
Liberal J.O.M. Skelton 2,090 4.7
Majority 2,433 5.4
Turnout 76.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Noel Ker Lindsay 26,694 60.9
Labour Alexander George Walkden 17,174 39.1
Majority 9,520 21.8
Turnout 82.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A.G. Walkden 23,591 56.5
Liberal Sir William Beddoe Rees 18,194 43.5
Majority 5,397 13.0
Turnout 80.9
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1924: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Beddoe Rees 16,722 51.6
Labour D. J. Vaughan 15,702 48.4
Majority 1,020 3.2
Turnout 83.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1923: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Beddoe Rees 15,235 52.7
Labour D.J. Vaughan 13,701 47.3
Majority 1,534 5.3
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922: Bristol South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Sir William Beddoe Rees 16,199 56.2
Labour D.J. Vaughan 12,650 43.8
Majority 3,549 12.3
Liberal gain from Coalition Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Howell Davies
General Election 1918: Bristol South

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Sir William Howell Davies 13,761 68.2
Labour T.C. Lewis 6,409 31.8
Majority 7,352 36.4
Coalition Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Walter Long
General Election 1906: Bristol South[9]

Electorate 14,935

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Howell Davies 7,964 60.2 +13.2
Conservative Rt Hon. Walter Hume Long 5,272 39.8 -13.2
Majority 2,692 20.4 26.4
Turnout 88.6 +10.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +13.2

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. ^ See also spoiler effect
References

Coordinates: 51°25′41″N 2°35′09″W / 51.42808°N 2.58587°W / 51.42808; -2.58587