Kingswood (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Kingswood in Avon.
Location of Avon within England.
1996–2010 South Gloucestershire
|Electorate||67,199 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Chris Skidmore (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
The constituency has existed since the February 1974 general election. This marginal constituency has been held by the Conservative and Labour parties to date. Before the 2010 election when the seat was held by Labour it was on 135 the Conservative Party target seats list  and in the 2015 election it is 41 on the Labour Party target seats list
1974-1983: The urban districts of Kingswood and Mangotsfield; and the rural district of Warmley.
1983-1997: The District of Kingswood wards of Chase, Chiphouse, Downend, Forest, Hanham, Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham, Soundwell, Staple Hill, and Woodstock; and the City of Bristol wards of Frome Vale, Hillfields, St George East, and St George West.
1997-2010: The Borough of Kingswood wards of Badminton, Blackhorse, Bromley Heath, Chase, Chiphouse, Downend, Forest, Hanham, Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham, Oldland Barrs Court, Oldland Cadbury Heath, Oldland Longwell Green, Siston, Soundwell, Springfield, Staple Hill, and Woodstock; and the City of Bristol wards of Frome Vale and Hillfields.
2010-present: The District of South Gloucestershire wards of Bitton, Hanham, Kings Chase, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Rodway, Siston, and Woodstock.
The constituency covers part of the South Gloucestershire unitary authority, consisting of the eastern suburbs of Bristol and commuter villages outside of the city boundary, including the town of Kingswood. It largely corresponds to the former borough of Kingswood.
The Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies prompted the boundary changes with effect from the 2010 general election. In particular, all wards in the constituency are now from the South Gloucestershire authority. Prior to 2010, the Frome Vale and Hillfields wards of the City of Bristol were part of the Kingswood constituency, but have been transferred to Bristol East. Within South Gloucestershire, the Kingswood seat has gained Hanham, Bitton and Oldland Common from the former Wansdyke constituency, but lost Downend and Staple Hill to the new Filton and Bradley Stoke seat.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Terry Walker||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Kingswood|
|General election 2010: Kingswood|
|Liberal Democrat||Sally Fitzharris||8,072||16.8||−1.2|
|English Democrats||Michael Blundell||333||0.7||+0.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Kingswood|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoff Brewer||9,089||16.1||+1.4|
At the 2005 general election, Labour received more votes in this constituency than any other. However, the number of votes for the second-placed Conservatives meant that it was not Labour's largest majority.
|General Election 2001: Kingswood|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Greenfield||7,747||14.7||+1.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Kingswood|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs Jeanne B. Pinkerton||7,672||12.8||−0.8|
|Referendum Party||Alexandra Reather||1,463||2.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Andrew Harding||238||0.4||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Kingswood|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs Jeanne B. Pinkerton||8,967||14.9||−2.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Kingswood|
|Social Democrat||P Whittle||10,382||17.72|
|General Election 1983: Kingswood|
|Social Democrat||M Gilbert||12,591||22.51|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Kingswood|
|National Front||R Bale||258||0.50|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|General Election October 1974: Kingswood|
|General Election February 1974: Kingswood|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in the Unitary Authority of South Gloucesterhire" (MS Word). Boundary Commission for England. 14 November 2001. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election 2010: Kingswood". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.106 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 swings are calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- Boundary changes meant that Kingswood was notionally a Conservative seat in 1992, which is why this is described as a Labour gain despite the fact that Roger Berry was the incumbent Labour MP.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.