Bridgwater and West Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)
|Bridgwater and West Somerset|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bridgwater and West Somerset in Somerset.
Location of Somerset within England.
|Population||106,450 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||82,936 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Ian Liddell-Grainger (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Bridgwater was one of the original parliamentary borough constituencies in England[n 3] (with fifteen years of non-existence in the late 19th century after the seat was abolished for corruption in 1870 and being subsumed into a slightly larger seat on a review of Somerset's representation by the Boundary Commission in 1885).
In 2010 seven candidates stood. The second placed candidate was a Liberal Democrat, Theo Butt Philip, 11.2% ahead of the candidate from the Labour Party. The incumbent, Ian Liddell-Grainger is a former Major in the Territorial Army, farmer and defence advisor.
The electoral wards in the seat are:
- The entire district of West Somerset, part of which had been in the old Taunton constituency
- Bridgwater Bower, Bridgwater Eastover, Bridgwater Hamp, Bridgwater Quantock, Bridgwater Sydenham, Bridgwater Victoria, Cannington and Quantocks, East Poldens, Huntspill and Pawlett, King’s Isle, North Petherton, Puriton, Sandford, West Poldens and Woolavington from the district of Sedgemoor
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Bridgwater and West Somerset|
|Liberal Democrat||Theo Butt Philip||6,765||12.4||-15.9|
The Liberal Democrats initially selected Justine Baker as their candidate. After being accepted for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Baker resigned in order to apply to stand as the candidate for Taunton Deane, a more winnable seat, she was not successful and ultimately was not a candidate anywhere in the 2015 General Election. She was replaced by Theo Butt Philip, who had been the Liberal Democrat candidate at the 2010 General Election.
|General Election 2010: Bridgwater and West Somerset|
|Liberal Democrat||Theo Butt Philip||15,426||28.3||+5.7|
- * Served as the MP for Bridgwater 2001–2010
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Original is usually classified as sending representatives to the Model Parliament of 1295.
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- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "New Parliamentary Constituencies for England SN/PC/04297" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- "Ian Liddell-Grainger". Parliament UK. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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- "Bridgwater & Somerset West - Election 2015". BBC News.
- http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#South West
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- "Rejected! Bridgwater Lib Dem candidate is lame duck after she fails to get better seat". Somerset Labour. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Bridgwater and West Somerset — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.