List of Parliamentary constituencies in Somerset

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The county of Somerset is divided into 5 Parliamentary constituencies, which are all County constituencies.

Constituencies[edit]

  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat


Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Electoral wards[1][2] Map
Bridgwater and West Somerset CC 80,491 14,583   Ian Liddell-Grainger   Stephen Fitzgerald Sedgemoor District Council: Bridgwater Bower, Bridgwater Eastover, Bridgwater Hamp, Bridgwater Quantock, Bridgwater Sydenham, Bridgwater Victoria, Cannington and Quantocks, East Poldens, Huntspill and Pawlett, King’s Isle, North Petherton, Puriton, Sandford, West Poldens, Woolavington. West Somerset District Council: Alcombe East, Alcombe West, Aville Vale, Brompton Ralph and Haddon, Carhampton and Withycombe, Crowcombe and Stogumber, Dulverton and Brushford, Dunster, Exmoor, Minehead North, Minehead South, Old Cleeve, Porlock and District, Quantock Vale, Quarme, Watchet, West Quantock, Williton.
Somerton and Frome CC 83,281 20,268   David Warburton   David Rendel¤ Mendip District Council: Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Berkley Down, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Frome Park, Frome Welshmill, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Stratton, Vale. South Somerset District Council: Blackmoor Vale, Bruton, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Tower, Turn Hill, Wessex, Wincanton.
Taunton Deane CC 83,221 15,491   Rebecca Pow   Rachel Gilmour¤ Taunton Deane Borough Council: Bishop’s Hull, Bishop’s Lydeard, Blackdown, Bradford-on-Tone, Comeytrowe, Milverton and North Deane, Monument, Neroche, North Curry, Norton Fitzwarren, Ruishton and Creech, Staplegrove, Stoke St.Gregory, Taunton Blackbrook and Holway, Taunton Eastgate, Taunton Fairwater, Taunton Halcon, Taunton Killams and Mountfield, Taunton Lyngford, Taunton Manor and Wilton, Taunton Pyrland and Rowbarton, Trull, Wellington East, Wellington North, Wellington Rockwell Green and West, West Monkton, Wiveliscombe and West Deane.
Wells CC 79,405 7,585   James Heappey   Tessa Munt¤ Mendip District Council: Ashwick and Ston Easton, Avalon, Chilcompton, Glastonbury St Benedict’s, Glastonbury St Edmund’s, Glastonbury St John’s, Glastonbury St Mary’s, Knowle, Moor, Nedge, Pylcombe, Rodney and Priddy, St Cuthbert (Out) North and West, Shepton East, Shepton West, Street North, Street South, Street West, Wells Central, Wells St Cuthbert’s, Wells St Thomas’. Sedgemoor District Council: Axbridge, Axe Vale, Berrow, Brent North, Burnham North, Burnham South, Cheddar and Shipham, Highbridge, Knoll, Wedmore and Mark.
Yeovil CC 82,557 5,313   Marcus Fysh   David Laws¤ South Somerset District Council: Blackdown, Brympton, Chard Avishayes, Chard Combe, Chard Crimchard, Chard Holyrood, Chard Jocelyn, Coker, Crewkerne, Eggwood, Hamdon, Ilminster, Ivelchester, Neroche, Parrett, St Michael’s, South Petherton, Tatworth and Forton, Windwhistle, Yeovil Central, Yeovil East, Yeovil South, Yeovil West, Yeovil Without.

From 2010[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England changed the constituencies to realign boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. In two cases the changes meant that the constituencies were renamed. These changes were implemented at the United Kingdom general election, 2010.[3]

Name Pre-2010 Boundaries Post-2010 Boundaries
  1. Bridgwater CC
  2. Somerton and Frome CC
  3. Taunton CC
  4. Wells CC
  5. Yeovil CC


On the Revision:
1. Bridgwater and West Somerset CC
3. Taunton Deane CC

Parliamentary constituencies in Somerset
Proposed Revision

Changes proposed in 2016[edit]

As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies published in 2016 the Boundary Commission for England has proposed the following constituencies in North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset for the Next United Kingdom general election:[4]

See also[edit]

Results[edit]

2005 2010 2015
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Historical representation by party[edit]

1885 to 1918 (10 MPs)[edit]

Constituency 1885 1886 87 1892 1895 96 99 1900 1906 09 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 11 12 18
Bath Blaine Laurie Murray Maclean A. Thynne Foxcroft
Wodehouse --> Gooch Hunter
Bridgwater Stanley Montgomery Sanders
Frome Baker T. Thynne Barlow T. Thynne Barlow
Somerset Eastern Hobhouse --> Thompson Jardine -->
Somerset Northern Llewellyn Warner Llewellyn Hope King
Somerset Southern Lambart Strachey Herbert
Taunton S. Allsopp A. Allsopp Welby Boyle Peel Wills
Wellington Dyke Acland Elton Fuller-Acland-Hood Boles
Wells Paget Jolliffe Dickinson Silcock Sandys

1918 to 1983 (7 MPs)[edit]

Constituency 1918 21 1922 23 1923 1924 1929 1931 34 1935 38 39 42 1945 1950 1951 1955 56 58 1959 1964 1966 69 1970 Feb 74 Oct 74 1979
Bath Foxcroft Raffety Foxcroft Baillie-Hamilton Guinness Pitman Brown Patten Avon
Bridgwater Sanders Morse Wood Croom-Johnson Bartlett --> --> Wills King
Frome / Somerset N (1950) Hurd Gould Peto Gould Thynne Tate Farthing Leather Dean Avon
Taunton Boles Griffith-Boscawen Simpson Gault Wickham Collins Hopkinson du Cann
Wells Greer Bruford Hobhouse Sanders Muirhead Boles Maydon Boscawen
Weston-super-Mare Wills Erskine Murrell Erskine Orr-Ewing Webster Wiggin Avon
Yeovil Herbert Davies Kingsmill Peyton

1983 to present (5 MPs)[edit]

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015
Bridgwater / Bridgwater and West Somerset (2010-) King Liddell-Grainger
Somerton and Frome Boscawen Robinson Heath Warburton
Taunton (1983-2010) / Taunton Deane (2010-) du Cann Nicholson Ballard Flook Browne Pow
Wells Heathcoat-Amory Munt Heappey
Yeovil Ashdown --> Laws Fysh

Party vote throughout history[edit]

Party 1918 1922 1923 1924 1929 1931 1935 1945 1950 1951 1955 1959 1964 1966 1970 1974F 1974O 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015
Conservative 61.5% 51.1% 47.4% 52.9% 45.4% 66.6% 55.4% 45.5% 47.8% 55.0% 54.8% 51.4% 46.2% 45.8% 53.2% 44.7% 44.0% 52.3% 51.2% 50.6% 45.3% 36.5% 40.9% 41.4% 41.5% 47.2%
Labour 24.3% 19.3% 10.6% 16.6% 22.3% 19.7% 25.4% 39.8% 38.9% 43.2% 40.6% 34.4% 33.1% 38.1% 35.0% 27.0% 28.5% 24.0% 11.7% 11.7% 12.9% 17.4% 16.5% 14.9% 7.7% 9.5%
Liberal 13.5% 29.6% 42.0% 30.5% 32.3% 13.7% 19.2% 8.8% 11.3% 1.8% 4.6% 14.2% 20.0% 16.1% 11.6% 28.1% 26.9% 22.7% 37.0% 37.6% 40.2% 40.6% 39.6% 40.1% 45.1% 23.9%
UKIP 13.0%
Others 0.8% 5.9% 2.0% 0.7% 0.2% 0.2% 0.6% 1.0% 0.1% 0.1% 1.6% 5.5% 3.0% 3.6% 5.7% 6.4%

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. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007, page 4". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007
  3. ^ "New Parliamentary Constituencies for England SN/PC/04297" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "2018 Review - Initial proposals - South West England". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 19 September 2016.