Somerset (European Parliament constituency)

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European Parliament constituency
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Member state United Kingdom
Created 1979
Dissolved 1984
MEPs 1

Somerset was a European Parliament constituency covering all of Somerset in England, and southern Avon.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

The constituency consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bath, Bridgwater, Somerset North, Taunton, Wells, Weston-super-Mare and Yeovil.[1]

The constituency was replaced by much of Somerset and West Dorset and part of Bristol in 1984. Following further changes, these seats became part of the much larger South West England constituency in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Elected Name Party
1979 Frederick Warner Conservative


European Parliament election, 1979: Somerset[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Warner 120,057 57.0 N/A
Liberal Alan Butt Philip 48,600 23.1 N/A
Labour D. R. Lovelace 41,931 19.9 N/A
Majority 71,457 33.9 N/A
Turnout 38.4 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)


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