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 revival 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 on health grounds. The last Member of Parliament was Tony Benn who was a Secretary of State (for Industry from 1974-5 then for Energy from 1975-1979), in the latter role the country saw the Winter of Discontent and power shortages. Benn ran in the near-overlapping replacement seat, Bristol East in 1983 and was defeated by Conservative 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 1970s
|National Front||J.D. Dowler||523||1.0||−0.5|
|More Prosperous Britain||Tom Keen||66||0.1||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|
|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|
|Conservative||Norman G. Reece||23,488||44.6||+6.0|
Elections in the 1960s
- The 1961 by-election was caused by Tony Benn inheriting a hereditary peerage thus making him ineligible to serve in parliament. Benn stood in the by-election anyway, but due to his ineligibility, the Conservative St Clair was declared the winner. St Clair promised to resign if Benn became eligible to take his seat again, which he did after renouncing his peerage in 1963. Benn was then elected in a further by-election.
|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||Malcolm St Clair||10,231||30.5||−13.3|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Anthony Wedgwood Benn||26,273||56.2||−3.3|
|Conservative||Malcolm St Clair||20,446||43.8||+3.3|
|Labour||Anthony Wedgwood Benn||25,257||59.5||−5.5|
|Conservative||R. G. Cooke||17,210||40.5||+5.5|
|Labour||Anthony Wedgwood Benn||30,811||65.0||+2.4|
|Labour||Anthony Wedgwood Benn||19,367||56.7||−5.9|
|Conservative||J. L. Lindsay||12,018||35.2||+8.4|
|Liberal||Doreen Marjorie Gorsky||2,752||8.1||−1.4|
|Labour||Sir R. Stafford Cripps||29,393||62.6||N/A|
|Conservative||R. E. Simms||12,590||26.8||N/A|
|Liberal||Frederick John Goudge||4,463||9.5||N/A|
|Communist||J. F. Webb||524||1.1||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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.
- "'Bristol South East', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 20 March 2016.