Northavon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°36′14″N 2°31′05″W / 51.604°N 2.518°W / 51.604; -2.518

Northavon
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Northavon in Avon for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Avon within England.
County 1983–1996 Avon
1996–2010 South Gloucestershire
Major settlements Thornbury, Yate, Chipping Sodbury
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Thornbury and Yate, Filton and Bradley Stoke
Created from South Gloucestershire[1]

Northavon was, from 1983 until 2010, a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

The constituency was established in 1983. Held initially by the Conservative Party, it was gained narrowly by the Liberal Democrats in 1997, then swung heavily in their favour in 2001 and was held again in 2005.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Northavon wards of Almondsbury, Alveston, Badminton, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Dodington North, Frampton Cotterell Central, Frampton Cotterell East, Frampton Cotterell West, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Marshfield, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, Patchway Callicroft, Patchway Coniston, Patchway Stoke Lodge, Pilning and Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Thornbury North, Thornbury South, Westerleigh Stanshawes, Westerleigh and Coalpit Heath, Wick and Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne, Winterbourne Down and Hambrook, Winterbourne Frenchay, Yate Central, Yate North, Yate South, and Yate West.

1997-2010: The District of Northavon wards of Almondsbury, Alveston, Badminton, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Dodington North, Frampton Cotterell Central, Frampton Cotterell East, Frampton Cotterell West, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Marshfield, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, Pilning and Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Thornbury North, Thornbury South, Westerleigh and Coalpit Heath, Wick and Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne, Winterbourne Down and Hambrook, Winterbourne Frenchay, Yate Central, Yate North, Yate South, Yate Stanshawes, and Yate West.

Northavon covered the same area as the former Northavon district (the more rural part of the current South Gloucestershire district) at its creation, but some of the constituency moved to Bristol North West with the boundary review implemented in 1997. The constituency included suburban and industrial areas on the outskirts of Bristol and several dormitory towns and small villages.

Following the review by the Boundary Commission for England of parliamentary representation in the former Avon county, taking effect at the 2010 general election, the Northavon seat has been abolished. It has been largely replaced by the Thornbury and Yate seat, but also by Filton and Bradley Stoke.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Sir John Ambrose Cope Conservative
1997 Steve Webb Liberal Democrat
2010 constituency abolished: see Thornbury and Yate & Filton and Bradley Stoke

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Ambrose Cope 30,790 53.7 N/A
Liberal Dr. George Mark Conrad 17,807 31.0 N/A
Labour Mrs. Nita Patricia June Norris 8,243 14.4 N/A
Ecology Keith Richard Radmall 499 0.9 N/A
Majority 12,983 22.6 N/A
Turnout 77.96 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1987: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Ambrose Cope 34,244 54.4 +0.7
Liberal Mrs. Christine Joan Willmore 19,954 31.7 +0.7
Labour Dan Norris 8,762 13.9 -0.5
Majority 14,270 22.7
Turnout 80.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Northavon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Ambrose Cope 35,338 50.3 −4.1
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Heather Rosemary Larkins 23,477 33.4 +1.7
Labour Mrs. Nita Patricia June Norris 10,290 14.6 +0.7
Green Jay Greene 789 1.1 N/A
Liberal Paul John Raymond Marx 380 0.5 −31.2
Majority 11,861 16.9 −5.8
Turnout 70,274 84.3 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing −2.9
General Election 1997: Northavon[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 26,500 42.4 +7.9
Conservative John Ambrose Cope 24,363 39.0 −12.8
Labour Ronald Edward Stone 9,767 15.6 +3.5
UKIP John Parfitt 1,900 3.0 N/A
Majority 2,137 3.4 −13.9
Turnout 62,530 79.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +10.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 29,217 52.4 +10.0
Conservative Mrs. Carrie Helen Ruxton 19,340 34.7 −4.3
Labour Robert William Hall 6,450 11.6 −4.1
UKIP Mrs. Carmen Amanda Carver 751 1.3 N/A
Majority 9,877 17.7
Turnout 55,758 70.7 −8.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
General Election 2005: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 30,872 52.3 -0.1
Conservative Christopher John Butt 19,839 33.6 −1.1
Labour Patricia Nancy Gardener 6,277 10.6 −1.0
UKIP Adrian George Blake 1,032 1.7 +0.4
Green Alan Leslie Pinder 922 1.6 N/A
Independent (politician) Thomas Edgar Roy Beacham 114 0.2 N/A
Majority 11,033 18.7
Turnout 59,056 72.2 +1.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −0.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "'Gloucestershire South', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITY OF SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE". Boundary Commission for England. 15 November 2001. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  6. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.127 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  7. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.