Kingswood (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°27′43″N 2°30′14″W / 51.462°N 2.504°W / 51.462; -2.504

Kingswood
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Kingswood in Avon
Outline map
Location of Avon within England
County1974–1997 Avon
1997–present South Gloucestershire
Electorate65,061 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsKingswood, South Gloucestershire
Current constituency
CreatedFebruary 1974
Member of ParliamentChris Skidmore (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromBristol South East and South Gloucestershire

Kingswood is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Chris Skidmore, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency has existed since the February 1974 general election. This marginal constituency has been held by the Conservative and Labour parties to date. Before the 2010 election, when the seat was held by Labour, it was 135th on the Conservative Party target seats list[2] and in the 2015 election it was 41st on the Labour Party's target seats.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

1974–1983: The Urban Districts of Kingswood and Mangotsfield, and the Rural District of Warmley.

1983–1997: The District of Kingswood wards of Chase, Chiphouse, Downend, Forest, Hanham, Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham, Soundwell, Staple Hill, and Woodstock, and the City of Bristol wards of Frome Vale, Hillfields, St George East, and St George West.

1997–2010: The Borough of Kingswood wards of Badminton, Blackhorse, Bromley Heath, Chase, Chiphouse, Downend, Forest, Hanham, Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham, Oldland Barrs Court, Oldland Cadbury Heath, Oldland Longwell Green, Siston, Soundwell, Springfield, Staple Hill, and Woodstock, and the City of Bristol wards of Frome Vale and Hillfields.

May 2019 to present: The District of South Gloucestershire wards of Bitton and Oldland Common, Hanham, Kingswood, New Cheltenham, Woodstock, Longwell Green, Parkwall & Warmley.

The constituency covers part of the South Gloucestershire unitary authority, consisting of the eastern suburbs of Bristol and commuter villages outside of the city boundary, including the town of Kingswood. It largely corresponds to the former borough of Kingswood.

The Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies prompted the boundary changes with effect from the 2010 general election.[4] In particular, all wards in the constituency are now from the South Gloucestershire authority. Prior to 2010, the Frome Vale and Hillfields wards of the City of Bristol were part of the Kingswood constituency, but have been transferred to Bristol East. Within South Gloucestershire, the Kingswood seat has gained Hanham, Bitton and Oldland Common from the former Wansdyke constituency, but lost Downend and Staple Hill to the new Filton and Bradley Stoke seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
Feb 1974 Terry Walker Labour
1979 Jack Aspinwall Conservative
1983 Robert Hayward Conservative
1992 Roger Berry Labour
2010 Chris Skidmore Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Kingswood[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Skidmore 27,712 56.2 +1.3
Labour Nicola Bowden-Jones 16,492 33.4 -6.1
Liberal Democrats Dine Romero 3,421 6.9 +3.3
Green Joseph Evans 1,200 2.4 +0.4
Animal Welfare Angelika Cowell 489 1.0 New
Majority 11,220 22.8 +7.4
Turnout 49,314 71.5 +1.3
Registered electors 68,972
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2017: Kingswood[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Skidmore 26,754 54.9 +6.6
Labour Mhairi Threlfall 19,254 39.5 +9.9
Liberal Democrats Karen Wilkinson 1,749 3.6 -0.2
Green Matt Furey-King 984 2.0 -0.8
Majority 7,500 15.4 -3.3
Turnout 48,741 70.2 -0.6
Registered electors 69,426 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing -1.7
General election 2015: Kingswood[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Skidmore 23,252 48.3 +7.9
Labour Jo McCarron[9] 14,246 29.6 -5.7
UKIP Duncan Odgers[10] 7,133 14.8 +11.6
Liberal Democrats Adam Boyden[11] 1,827 3.8 -13.0
Green Cezara Nanu[12] 1,370 2.8 +2.0
BNP Julie Lake[13] 164 0.3 -2.4
TUSC Richard Worth[14] 84 0.2 New
Vapers In Power Liam Bryan 49 0.1 New
Majority 9,006 18.7 +13.6
Turnout 48,125 70.8 -1.4
Registered electors 67,992 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing +6.8
General election 2010: Kingswood[15][16] [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Skidmore 19,362 40.4 +8.3
Labour Roger Berry 16,917 35.3 −10.6
Liberal Democrats Sally Fitzharris 8,072 16.8 −1.2
UKIP Neil Dowdney 1,528 3.2 +0.8
BNP Michael Carey 1,311 2.7 New
Green Nick Foster 383 0.8 New
English Democrat Michael Blundell 333 0.7 New
Majority 2,445 5.1 -8.7
Turnout 47,906 72.2 +4.5
Registered electors 66,361 +0.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Kingswood[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Berry 26,491 47.0 −7.9
Conservative Owen Inskip 18,618 33.1 +4.7
Liberal Democrats Geoff Brewer 9,089 16.1 +1.4
UKIP John Knight 1,444 2.6 +0.5
Independent David Burnside 669 1.2 New
Majority 7,873 14.0 −12.5
Turnout 56,311 66.7 +1.3
Registered electors 88,400 +4.8
Labour hold Swing −6.3
General election 2001: Kingswood[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Berry 28,903 54.9 +1.2
Conservative Robert Marven 14,941 28.4 −1.5
Liberal Democrats Christopher Greenfield 7,747 14.7 +1.8
UKIP David Smith 1,085 2.1 New
Majority 13,962 26.5 +2.7
Turnout 52,676 65.4 −12.3
Registered electors 80,531 +4.6
Labour hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Kingswood[20][21][22][23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Berry 32,181 53.7 +13.1
Conservative Jon Howard 17,928 29.9 −15.9
Liberal Democrats Jeanne B. Pinkerton 7,672 12.9 −0.8
Referendum Alexandra Reather 1,463 2.4 New
BNP Peter Hart 290 0.5 New
Natural Law Andrew Harding 238 0.4 New
Independent Andrew Nicolson 115 0.2 New
Majority 14,253 23.8 +18.6
Turnout 59,884 77.7 -6.8
Registered electors 77,026 +0.9
Labour win
General election 1992: Kingswood[25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Berry 26,774 44.5 +7.1
Conservative Robert Hayward 24,404 40.6 −4.3
Liberal Democrats Jeanne B. Pinkerton 8,967 14.9 −2.8
Majority 2,370 3.9 N/A
Turnout 60,145 83.8 +3.6
Registered electors 71,727 -1.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Kingswood[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hayward 26,300 44.9 +4.5
Labour Roger Berry 21,907 37.4 +0.3
SDP Pamela Whittle 10,382 17.7 -4.8
Majority 4,393 7.5 +4.2
Turnout 58,589 80.2 +2.7
Registered electors 73,089 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.1
General election 1983: Kingswood[28] [29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hayward 22,573 40.4 -0.8
Labour Terry Walker 20,776 37.1 -10.8
SDP M Gilbert 12,591 22.5 +12.6
Majority 1,797 3.3 -3.5
Turnout 55,940 77.5 -3.5
Registered electors 72,159 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing +5.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1979: Kingswood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jack Aspinwall 23,553 45.4 +6.8
Labour Terry Walker 23,250 44.8 +0.8
Liberal A Wilson 4,852 9.3 -8.1
National Front R Bale 258 0.5 New
Majority 303 0.6 N/A
Turnout 51,913 86.2 +2.0
Registered electors 60,229 +7.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +3.0
General election October 1974: Kingswood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Walker 20,703 44.0 +5.3
Conservative David Hunt 18,173 38.6 +3.3
Liberal Jack Aspinwall 8,216 17.4 -8.5
Majority 2,566 5.4 +2.0
Turnout 47,092 84.2 -2.5
Registered electors 55,952 +0.9
Labour hold Swing +1.0
General election February 1974: Kingswood [30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Walker 18,616 38.7 -8.4
Conservative Charles Irving 16,975 35.3 -17.5
Liberal Jack Aspinwall 12,471 25.9 New
Majority 1,641 3.4 -2.3
Turnout 48,062 86.7 +12.7
Registered electors 55,462 +1.2
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010–2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Hits and misses on the Tory target list at the 2010 general election". conservativehome.blogs.com.
  3. ^ "Labour's 106 battleground target seats for 2015 – LabourList". 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in the Unitary Authority of South Gloucesterhire". Boundary Commission for England. 14 November 2001. Archived from the original (MS Word) on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Members 1979–2010" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED, NOTICE OF POLL AND SITUATION OF POLLING STATIONS" (PDF). 14 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Election 2017: Kingswood parliamentary constituency". Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Kingswood – 2015 Election Results". General Elections Online. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  11. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#South_West
  12. ^ "A Green MP for Kingswood, Bristol". 4 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/320.pdf
  15. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election 2010: Kingswood". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  17. ^ Percentage change and swing for 2010 is calculated relative to the PA (Rallings and Thrasher) 2005 notional result, not actual 2005 result "Press Association Elections". Press Association. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  22. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.106 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  23. ^ The 1997 swings are calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  24. ^ Boundary changes meant that Kingswood was notionally a Conservative seat in 1992, which is why this is described as a Labour gain despite the fact that Roger Berry was the incumbent Labour MP.
  25. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  26. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  27. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  28. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  29. ^ Percentage change and swing for 1983 is calculated relative to the BBC/ITN 1979 notional constituency result, not actual 1979 result. See British Broadcasting Corporation; Independent Television News. The BBC/ITN Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies (Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
  30. ^ Percentage change and swing for February 1974 is calculated relative to the BBC notional 1970 constituency result, not actual 1970 result. Notional 1970 results were rounded to the nearest hundred. Constituency data for 1974–83 including 1970 notionals, retrieved 18 July 2017