North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
North Somerset in Somerset
Location of Somerset within England.
|Electorate||78,223 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead|
|Member of Parliament||Liam Fox (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Earlier versions of the seat existed between 1885–1918 and 1950–1983.
- First creation
Parliament passed the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 creating the larger constituency of North Somerset from the 1885 general election, which was later abolished for the 1918 general election.
- Second creation
North Somerset was re-established for the 1950 general election, and abolished again for the 1983 general election.
- Third creation
Following the review of parliamentary representation in the North Somerset district by the Boundary Commission for England, the former Woodspring constituency has been renamed as North Somerset without substantial boundary changes from its predecessor.
1950-1974: The urban districts of Keynsham, Norton Radstock, and Portishead; the rural districts of Bathavon and Clutton; and the rural district of Long Ashton except the parishes of Cleeve, Kenn, Kingston Seymour, and Yatton.
1974-1983: The urban districts of Keynsham, Norton Radstock, and Portishead; the rural districts of Bathavon and Clutton; and the parishes of Abbots Leigh, Backwell, Barrow Gurney, Brockley, Clapton-in-Gordano, Dundry, Easton-in-Gordano, Flax Bourton, Long Ashton, Nailsea, North Weston, Portbury, Tickenham, Walton-in-Gordano, Weston-in-Gordano, Winford, and Wraxall in the rural district of Long Ashton.
2010-present: The District of North Somerset wards of Backwell, Clevedon Central, Clevedon East, Clevedon North, Clevedon South, Clevedon Walton, Clevedon West, Clevedon Yeo, Easton-in-Gordano, Gordano, Nailsea East, Nailsea North and West, Pill, Portishead Central, Portishead Coast, Portishead East, Portishead Redcliffe Bay, Portishead South and North Weston, Portishead West, Winford, Wraxall and Long Ashton, Wrington, and Yatton.
This is essentially the old Woodspring seat with a new name. A coastal strip between the Severn Estuary and the M5 motorway includes the towns of Clevedon and Portishead, while inland from the motorway is the town of Nailsea and a predominantly rural area dotted with villages. This is a fairly affluent constituency with average incomes and low proportion of unemployment claimants — about a third of the population commute to work, mostly in Bristol and Bath. The old seat returned Conservative MPs; Fox won the new constituency by nearly 15 percentage points over the Liberal Democrats in 2010.
Members of Parliament
|1885||Evan Henry Llewellyn||Conservative|
|1895||Evan Henry Llewellyn||Conservative|
|1906||William Henry Bateman Hope||Liberal|
|January 1910||Joseph King||Liberal|
|1950||Sir Ted Leather||Conservative|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Woodspring|
MPs since 2010
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: North Somerset|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Mathew||20,687||35.7||+5.5|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: North Somerset|
|Conservative||Arthur Paul Dean||43,173||54.34|
|General Election October 1974: North Somerset|
|Conservative||Arthur Paul Dean||32,146||44.88|
|United Democratic||JK Polling||387||0.54|
|General Election February 1974: North Somerset|
|Conservative||Arthur Paul Dean||34,576||46.09|
|General Election 1970
|Conservative||Arthur Paul Dean||38,975||58.1|
|Labour||John T Mitchard||28,121||41.9|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966
|Conservative||Arthur Paul Dean||28,824||46.4|
|Liberal||Mark E Willies||6,745||10.9|
|General Election 1964
|Conservative||Arthur Paul Dean||27,814||46.4|
|Liberal||Mark E Willies||8,253||13.8|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959
|Conservative||Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather||30,432||56.3|
|Labour||E Fraser Wilde||23,649||43.7|
|General Election 1955
|Conservative||Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather||26,985||54.2|
|Labour||David R Llewellyn||22,802||45.8|
|General Election 1951
|Conservative||Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather||27,465||52.4|
|Labour||Robert J Hurst||24,917||47.6|
|General Election 1950
|Conservative||Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather||23,953||45.6|
|Labour||Mrs. Xenia Field||23,050||43.8|
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 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITY OF NORTH SOMERSET". Boundary Commission for England. 8 November 2000. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2001 Census
- "Somerset North". Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
- Turner, Graham (20 April 2010). "Election of a Member of Parliament, North Somerset Constituency" (PDF). Acting Returning Officer, North Somerset Council. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
- "Somerset North". BBC News (BBC). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.