Somerton and Frome (UK Parliament constituency)

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Somerton and Frome
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Somerton and Frome in Somerset.
Outline map
Location of Somerset within England.
County Somerset
Electorate 82,150 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Frome, Somerton and Wincanton
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament David Heath (Liberal Democrats)
Number of members One
Created from Wells
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Somerton and Frome is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by David Heath, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Yeovil wards of Blackmoor Vale, Brue, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Ivelchester, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Turn Hill, Wessex, and Wincanton; and the District of Mendip wards of Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Badcox, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Selwood and Berkley, Stratton, and Vale.

1997-2010: The District of South Somerset wards of Blackmoor Vale, Brue, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Ivelchester, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Turn Hill, Wessex, and Wincanton; and the District of Mendip wards of Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Badcox, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Frome Welshmill, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Stratton, and Vale.

2010-present: The District of South Somerset wards of Blackmoor Vale, Bruton, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Tower, Turn Hill, Wessex, and Wincanton; and the District of Mendip wards of Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Berkley Down, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Frome Park, Frome Welshmill, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Stratton, and Vale.

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seat of Wells. It covers the east of the district of Mendip and the north of the district of South Somerset.

Constituency profile[edit]

This area has a mixed economy, including agriculture and, in November 2012, had below the national average proportion of jobseekers (3.8%) at 1.6% of the population.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Robert Boscawen Conservative
1992 Mark Robinson Conservative
1997 David Heath Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Somerton and Frome
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Rendel
Green Theo Simon
Conservative David Warburton
General Election 2010: Somerton and Frome[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Heath 28,793 47.5 +3.8
Conservative Annunziata Rees-Mogg 26,976 44.5 +1.9
Labour David Oakensen 2,675 4.4 −6.4
UKIP Barry Harding 1,932 3.2 +1.3
Independent Niall Warry 236 0.4 +0.4
Majority 1,817 3.0 +1.5
Turnout 60,612 74.3 +5.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Somerton and Frome
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Heath 23,759 43.9 +0.3
Conservative Clive Allen 22,947 42.4 +0.0
Labour Joseph Pestell 5,865 10.8 −0.8
UKIP Bill Lukins 1,047 1.9 +0.2
Veritas Carl Beaman 484 0.9 N/A
Majority 812 1.5 +0.3
Turnout 54,102 70.7 +1.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.2
General Election 2001: Somerton and Frome
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Heath 22,983 43.6 +4.1
Conservative Jonathan Marland 22,315 42.4 +3.1
Labour Andy Perkins 6,113 11.6 −4.7
UKIP Peter Bridgwood 919 1.7 +1.2
Liberal Jean Pollock 354 0.7 N/A
Majority 668 1.2 +1.0
Turnout 52,684 69.3 −8.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Somerton and Frome
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Heath 22,684 39.5 −0.7
Conservative Mark Robinson 22,554 39.3 −8.2
Labour Robert Ashford 9,385 16.3 +5.9
Referendum Party Robert Rodwell 2,449 4.3 N/A
UKIP R.P. Gadd 331 0.6 N/A
Majority 130 0.2
Turnout 57,403 77.3 −5.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Somerton and Frome[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Robinson 28,052 47.5 −6.2
Liberal Democrat David Heath 23,711 40.2 +3.9
Labour Robert Ashford 6,154 10.4 +0.4
Green Ms. LA Graham 742 1.3 N/A
Liberal Ms. J Pollock 388 0.7 N/A
Majority 4,341 7.4 −10.1
Turnout 59,047 82.7 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing −5.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Somerton and Frome
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Boscawen 29,351 53.73
Liberal R.G. Morgan 19,813 36.27
Labour I.S. Kelly 5,461 10.00
Majority 9,538 17.46
Turnout 79.43
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Somerton and Frome
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Boscawen 26,988 54.39 N/A
Social Democratic N Hinton 17,761 35.80 N/A
Labour JB Osborn 4,867 9.81 N/A
Majority 9,227 18.60 N/A
Turnout 76.7
Conservative win (new seat)

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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ "Somerton and Frome". Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Somerton & Frome". Election 2010. BBC. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.