Thornbury and Yate (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°34′23″N 2°28′37″W / 51.573°N 2.477°W / 51.573; -2.477

Thornbury and Yate
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Thornbury and Yate in Avon.
Outline map
Location of Avon within England.
County Gloucestershire
Electorate 64,736 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Thornbury, Yate and Chipping Sodbury
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Steve Webb (Liberal Democrats)
Number of members One
Created from Northavon
European Parliament constituency South West England

Thornbury and Yate is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]


This seat is a successor to the former Northavon constituency, which was abolished following boundary changes taking effect at the 2010 general election.[2] It is named after the two largest towns in the constituency: Thornbury and Yate.


Following the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies by the Boundary Commission this newly defined seat emerged. The electoral wards used in the creation of this new seat are all from the district of South Gloucestershire and are as follows:[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Steve Webb Liberal Democrat


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Thornbury and Yate[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Luke Hall
Green Iain Hamilton [6]
UKIP Russ Martin[7]
Labour Hadleigh Roberts
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb

Originally, UKIP selected Arron Banks as their candidate,[8] but later announcements suggest the candidate is now Russ Martin.[7]

This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election. It was the first Liberal Democrat victory to be declared on the evening of 6 May. The vote share change comes from the notional results as this is a new seat.

General Election 2010: Thornbury and Yate[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 25,032 51.9 −2.4
Conservative Matthew Riddle 17,916 37.2 +6.3
Labour Roxanne Egan 3,385 7.0 −3.8
UKIP Jenny Knight 1,709 3.5 +1.8
Independents Federation UK Thomas Beacham 126 0.3 N/A
Independent Anthony Clements 58 0.1 N/A
Majority 7,116 14.8 −8.7
Turnout 48,226 75.2 +1.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −4.3

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.