List of Parliamentary constituencies in Gloucestershire

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The county of Gloucestershire is divided into 6 Parliamentary constituencies - 2 Borough constituencies and 4 County constituencies.

Constituencies[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal Democrat ¤

Constituency[note 1] Electorate[1] Majority[2][note 2] Member of Parliament[2] Nearest opposition[2] Electoral wards[3][4] Map
Cheltenham BC 81,044 981   Alex Chalk Max Wilkinson ¤ Cheltenham Borough Council: All Saints, Battledown, Benhall and The Reddings, Charlton Kings, Charlton Park, College, Hesters Way, Lansdown, Leckhampton, Oakley, Park, Pittville, St Mark’s, St Paul’s, St Peter’s, Springbank, Up Hatherley, Warden Hill.
Forest of Dean CC 71,438 15,869   Mark Harper   Di Martin ‡ Forest of Dean District Council: Alvington, Aylburton and West Lydney, Awre, Berry Hill, Blaisdon and Longhope, Bream, Bromesberrow and Dymock, Christchurch and English Bicknor, Churcham and Huntley, Cinderford East, Cinderford West, Coleford Central, Coleford East, Hartpury, Hewelsfield and Woolaston, Littledean and Ruspidge, Lydbrook and Ruardean, Lydney East, Lydney North, Mitcheldean and Drybrook, Newent Central, Newland and St Briavels, Newnham and Westbury, Oxenhall and Newent North East, Pillowell, Redmarley, Tibberton, Tidenham. Tewkesbury Borough Council: Highnam with Haw Bridge.
Gloucester BC 81,319 10,277   Richard Graham   Fran Boait ‡ Gloucester City Council: Abbey, Barnwood, Barton and Tredworth, Elmbridge, Grange, Hucclecote, Kingsholm and Wotton, Matson and Robinswood, Moreland, Podsmead, Quedgeley Fieldcourt, Quedgeley Severn Vale, Tuffley, Westgate.
Stroud CC 84,537 3,840   Siobhan Baillie   David Drew Stroud District Council: Amberley and Woodchester, Berkeley, Bisley, Cainscross, Cam East, Cam West, Central, Chalford, Coaley and Uley, Dursley, Eastington and Standish, Farmhill and Paganhill, Hardwicke, Nailsworth, Over Stroud, Painswick, Rodborough, Severn, Slade, Stonehouse, The Stanleys, Thrupp, Trinity, Uplands, Upton St Leonards, Vale, Valley.
Tewkesbury CC 83,958 22,410   Laurence Robertson Alex Hegenbarth ¤ Cheltenham Borough Council: Prestbury, Swindon Village. Gloucester City Council: Longlevens. Tewkesbury Borough Council: Ashchurch with Walton Cardiff, Badgeworth, Brockworth, Churchdown Brookfield, Churchdown St John’s, Cleeve Grange, Cleeve Hill, Cleeve St Michael’s, Cleeve West, Coombe Hill, Hucclecote, Innsworth with Down Hatherley, Isbourne, Northway, Oxenton Hill, Shurdington, Tewkesbury Newtown,

Tewkesbury Prior’s Park, Tewkesbury Town With Mitton, Twyning, Winchcombe.

The Cotswolds CC 81,939 20,214   Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Liz Webster ¤ Cotswold District Council: Ampney-Coln, Avening, Beacon-Stow, Blockley, Bourton-on-the-Water, Campden-Vale, Chedworth, Churn Valley, Cirencester Beeches, Cirencester Chesterton, Cirencester Park, Cirencester Stratton-Whiteway, Cirencester Watermoor, Ermin, Fairford, Fosseridge, Grumbolds Ash, Hampton, Kempsford-Lechlade, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Rissingtons, Riversmeet, Sandywell, Tetbury, Thames Head, Three Rivers, Water Park. Stroud District Council: Kingswood, Minchinhampton, Wotton-under-Edge.

Boundary changes[edit]

For 2010 the Boundary Commission for England retained these 6 constituencies, with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. Although the changes are small, the expanded Cotswold constituency was called The Cotswolds. These changes were implemented at the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Name Pre-2010 Boundaries Post-2010 Boundaries
  1. Cheltenham BC
  2. Cotswold CC (see below)
  3. Forest of Dean CC
  4. Gloucester BC
  5. Stroud CC
  6. Tewkesbury CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Gloucestershire
Proposed Revision

Proposed boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries. They propose to bring forward primary legislation to remove the statutory obligation to implement the 2018 Boundary Review recommendations, as well as set the framework for future boundary reviews in time for the next review which is due to begin in early 2021 and report no later than October 2023. It is proposed that the number of constituencies now remains at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.[5]

Results history[edit]

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[6]

2019[edit]

The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising Gloucestershire in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 191,119 54.2% Increase1.3% 6 Increase1
Labour 80,776 22.9% Decrease5.8% 0 Decrease1
Liberal Democrats 60,431 17.1% Increase3.0% 0 0
Greens 17,116 4.9% Increase2.7% 0 0
Brexit 1,085 0.3% new 0 0
Others 2,315 0.7% Decrease1.5% 0 0
Total 352,842 100.0 6

Percentage votes[edit]

Note that before 1983 Gloucestershire covered a wider and much more populous area than it does today, including the north of what became Avon and the city of Bristol.

Election year 1922 1924 1929 1931 1945 1950 1951 1955 1959 1964 1966 1970 1974 (F) 1974 (O) 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative1 35.5 39.8 31.6 59.9 36.9 40.2 47.8 45.46 49.0 43.72 44.4 48.6 39.8 40.2 47.8 50.7 50.4 47.4 39.4 40.9 41.7 44.8 49.2 52.9 54.2
Labour 30.6 35.0 39.7 31.6 51.6 46.9 51.0 45.42 43.6 43.64 48.7 42.4 35.4 38.2 34.9 16.7 20.8 23.1 33.9 33.7 29.3 21.0 21.0 28.7 22.9
Liberal Democrat2 15.8 25.2 25.5 8.5 11.5 10.8 1.2 1.7 7.3 11.3 6.6 8.9 24.2 21.1 16.4 32.1 28.7 28.3 22.5 21.9 23.3 28.7 13.4 14.1 17.1
Green Party - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - * * * * * 1.4 4.4 2.2 4.9
UKIP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - * * * 3.6 11.6 1.8 *
Brexit Party - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.3
Other 18.1 - 3.2 - 6.2 2.1 - 7.4 - 1.4 0.4 0.04 0.6 0.4 0.9 0.4 .01 1.2 4.2 3.5 5.7 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.6

1including National Liberal

21950-1979: Liberal Party; 1983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

* Included in Other

Accurate vote percentages cannot be obtained for the elections of 1918, 1923 and 1935 because at least one candidate stood unopposed.

Seats[edit]

Election year 1950 1951 1955 1959 1964 1966 1970 1974 (F) 1974 (O) 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative1 5 5 4 7 7 5 8 7 6 9 5 5 4 2 2 3 5 6 5 6
Labour 7 7 7 5 5 7 4 5 6 3 0 0 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 0
Liberal Democrat2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Speaker 1
Total 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

1including National Liberal

21950-1979: Liberal Party; 1983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

Maps[edit]

Historical representation by party[edit]

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918[edit]

  Conservative   Liberal   Liberal Unionist

Constituency 1885 1886 87 90 1892 92 93 95 1895 1900 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 11 16
Bristol East Cossham Weston Wills Hobhouse
Bristol North Fry Townsend Fry Wills Birrell
Bristol South Weston Hill Long Davies
Bristol West M. E. Hicks-Beach Gibbs
Cheltenham Agg-Gardner Russell Agg-Gardner Sears Ponsonby Mathias Agg-Gardner
Cirencester Winterbotham Chester-Master Lawson Bathurst Essex Bathurst
Forest of Dean Blake Samuelson Dilke Webb
Gloucester Robinson Monk Rea Terrell
Stroud Brand Holloway Jones Cripps Allen
Tewkesbury Yorke Dorington M. H. Hicks Beach W. F. Hicks-Beach
Thornbury Howard Plunkett Colston Rendall

1918 to 1950[edit]

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Independent Conservative   Independent Labour   Independent National   Labour   Liberal   National Labour   National Liberal (1931-68)

Constituency 1918 1922 1923 1924 25 28 1929 31 1931 1935 36 37 39 43 1945
Bristol Central Inskip Alpass A. Apsley V. Apsley Awbery
Bristol East Britton Morris Baker Cripps
Bristol North Gange C. Guest Ayles F. Guest Ayles Bernays Coldrick
Bristol South Davies Rees Walkden Lindsay Walkden Wilkins
Bristol West Gibbs Culverwell Stanley
Cheltenham Agg-Gardner Preston Lipson
Cirencester and Tewkesbury Davies Morrison
Forest of Dean Wignall Purcell Vaughan Worthington Price
Gloucester Bruton Horlick Boyce Turner-Samuels
Stroud Lister Tubbs F. Guest Nelson Perkins Parkin
Thornbury Rendall Woodcock Rendall Gunston Alpass

1950 to 1983[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   National Liberal (1931-68)   Speaker

Constituency 1950 50 51 1951 51 1955 57 1959 61 63 1964 1966 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979
Bristol Central Awbery Palmer
Bristol North East Coldrick Hopkins Dobson Adley Palmer
Bristol North West Braithwaite Boyd McLaren Ellis McLaren Thomas Colvin
Bristol South Wilkins Cocks
Bristol South East Cripps Benn St Clair Benn
Bristol West Stanley Monckton Cooke Waldegrave
Cheltenham W. W. Hicks-Beach Dodds-Parker Irving
Cirencester and Tewkesbury Morrison Ridley
Gloucester Turner-Samuels Diamond Oppenheim
Gloucestershire South Crosland Corfield Cope
Gloucestershire West Price Loughlin Watkinson Marland
Kingswood Walker Aspinwall
Stroud & Thornbury / Stroud (1955) Perkins Kershaw

1983 to present[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal Democrats

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Cheltenham Irving Jones Horwood Chalk
Cotswold / The Cotswolds (2010) Clifton-Brown
West Gloucestershire / Forest of Dean (1997) Marland Organ Harper
Gloucester Oppenheim French Kingham Dhanda Graham
Stroud Kershaw Knapman Drew Carmichael Drew Baillie
Cirencester and Tewkesbury / Tewkesbury (1997) Ridley Clifton-Brown Robertson

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (2020-01-28). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis".
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, page 4". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  4. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007
  5. ^ "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  6. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (2020-04-17). "General election results from 1918 to 2019".