Kingswood (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Kingswood in Avon.
Location of Avon within England.
1996–present South Gloucestershire
|Electorate||67,199 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Chris Skidmore (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Bristol South East and South Gloucestershire|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
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 on 135 the Conservative Party target seats list  and in the 2015 election it is 41 on the Labour Party target seats list
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.
2010-present: The District of South Gloucestershire wards of Bitton, Hanham, Kings Chase, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Rodway, Siston, and Woodstock.
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. 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
|Feb 1974||Terry Walker||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Adam Boyden||1,827||3.8||-13.1|
|Vapers In Power||Liam Bryan||49||0.1||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Sally Fitzharris||8,072||16.8||−1.2|
|English Democrat||Michael Blundell||333||0.7||+0.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Geoff Brewer||9,089||16.1||+1.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Greenfield||7,747||14.7||+1.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Jeanne B. Pinkerton||7,672||12.8||−0.8|
|Natural Law||Andrew Harding||238||0.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Jeanne B. Pinkerton||8,967||14.9||−2.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||P Whittle||10,382||17.72|
|Social Democratic||M Gilbert||12,591||22.51|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||R Bale||258||0.50|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "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.
- "Members 1979-2010" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#South West
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010: Kingswood". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.106 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 swings are calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- 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.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.