Bristol South East (UK Parliament constituency)
|Bristol South East|
|Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||Bristol East, Bristol South and Kingswood|
|Created from||Bristol East|
The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, mainly from the Bristol East constituency, and abolished for the 1983 general election which saw the reintroduction of Bristol East. In boundary changes for the February 1974 general election, part of the constituency's territory was transferred to the new seat of Kingswood.
Sir Stafford Cripps won the seat comfortably from holding its main predecessor in 1950 and continued in government with the new seat for just over six months (he was at the time Chancellor of the Exchequer) before resigning from Parliament due to health reasons. The final MP for the constituency was Tony Benn who served as Secretary of State (for Industry from 1974-5 then as Secretary of State For Energy from 1975-1979), in the latter role, the UK saw the Winter of Discontent and power shortages. Benn ran in the near-overlapping successor seat, Bristol East in 1983 and was defeated by Conservative candidate Jonathan Sayeed.[n 3]
1950–1955: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Brislington, Hengrove, St George East, and St George West.
1955–1974: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Brislington, St George East, St George West, and Stockwood, and the Urban District of Kingswood.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Brislington, Knowle, St George East, St George West, Stockwood, and Windmill Hill.
Members of Parliament
|1950||Sir Stafford Cripps||Labour|
|1950 by-election||Tony Benn||Labour|
|Malcolm St Clair||Conservative|
|1963 by-election||Tony Benn||Labour|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Bristol East|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||R. E. Simms||12,590||26.8||N/A|
|Liberal||Frederick John Goudge||4,463||9.5||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
|Conservative||Malcolm St Clair||20,446||43.8||+3.3|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Malcolm St Clair||10,231||30.5||−13.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||−13.3|
|National Fellowship Conservative||Edward Martell||4,834||19.0||N/A|
|Independent||M. P. Lloyd||287||1.1||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Conservative||R. Stephen O'Brien||19,282||39.8||−4.0|
|Conservative||Christopher J.R. Pope||19,435||38.6||−1.2|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Norman G. Reece||23,488||44.6||+6.0|
|Conservative||Norman G. Reece||18,628||33.0||−11.6|
|Liberal||D. R. Grayson||9,870||17.5||N/A|
|National Front||R.J. Bale||757||1.3||N/A|
|Social Democrat||J.H. Robertson||668||1.2||N/A|
|National Front||R. J. Bale||775||1.5||+0.2|
|World Middle Classes Party (WMPC)||R. R. Goding||457||0.9||N/A|
|Marxist-Leninist (England)||P. Rowe||79||0.2||N/A|
|National Front||J.D. Dowler||523||1.0||−0.5|
|More Prosperous Britain||Tom Keen||66||0.1||N/A|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- As with all constituencies from the 1950s the constituency elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of elections which are held at least every five years.
- Tony Benn returned to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1984, elected to serve Chesterfield.
- "Parliamentary Elections for the City of Bristol, 1701-2000". University of the West of England. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
- The Times House of Commons, 1950-70
- Stevenson, Graham. "Webb Jack". Archived from the original on 17 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
- British Parliamentary Election Results, 1974-1983, FWS Craig