Somerset and Dorset West (European Parliament constituency)

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Somerset and Dorset West
European Parliament constituency
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Member state United Kingdom
Created 1984
Dissolved 1994
MEPs 1

Somerset and Dorset West was a European Parliament constituency covering all of Somerset in England, plus parts of Avon and western Dorset.

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 Bridgwater, Somerton and Frome, Taunton, Wells, West Dorset, Weston-super-Mare, Woodspring and Yeovil.[1]

The constituency replaced Somerset and parts of Wessex. It was itself replaced by much of Somerset and North Devon and parts of Bristol and Dorset and East Devon in 1994. These seats became part of the much larger South West England constituency in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Elected Name Party
1984 Margaret Daly Conservative


European Parliament election, 1984: Somerset and Dorset West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Daly 98,928 50.9 N/A
Liberal Richard Moore 58,677 30.2 N/A
Labour Jane Linden 38,863 18.9 N/A
Majority 40,251 20.7 N/A
Turnout 36.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1989: Somerset and Dorset West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Daly 106,716 45.0 -5.9
Green Richard Lawson 54,496 23.0 N/A
Labour Diana Organ 46,210 19.5 +0.6
Social and Liberal Democrats Murdoch MacTaggart 28,662 12.1 -18.1
Wessex Regionalist Anthony Mockler 930 0.4 N/A
Majority 52,220 22.0 +1.3
Turnout 40.7 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing


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