|Somerton and Frome|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||82,150 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Frome, Somerton, Wincanton and Martock|
|Member of Parliament||Sarah Dyke (Liberal Democrat)|
|Created from||Wells and Yeovil|
It was formerly represented by David Warburton, who was elected as a Conservative, but latterly sat as an Independent after losing the Conservative whip in April 2022 following allegations of misconduct.[n 2] Warburton resigned as an MP on 17 June 2023, thus triggering the first by-election in this constituency since its creation at the 1983 general election.
Further to the completion of the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the seat will be subject to major boundary changes, with the town of Frome and surrounding rural areas in the (former) District of Mendip being incorporated into the newly created constituency of Frome and East Somerset. To partly compensate, the towns of Glastonbury and Street will be transferred in from the constituency of Wells (to be renamed Wells and Mendip Hills). As a consequence, the constituency will be renamed Glastonbury and Somerton, to be first contested at the next general election.
1983–1997: The District of Yeovil wards of Blackmoor Vale, Brue, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Ivelchester, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Turn Hill, Wessex, and Wincanton, and the District of Mendip wards of Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Badcox, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Selwood and Berkley, Stratton, and Vale.
1997–2010: The District of South Somerset wards of Blackmoor Vale, Brue, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Ivelchester, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Turn Hill, Wessex, and Wincanton, and the District of Mendip wards of Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Badcox, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Frome Welshmill, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Stratton, and Vale.
2010–present: The District of South Somerset wards of Blackmoor Vale, Bruton, Burrow Hill, Camelot, Cary, Curry Rivel, Islemoor, Langport and Huish, Martock, Milborne Port, Northstone, Tower, Turn Hill, Wessex, and Wincanton, and the District of Mendip wards of Beacon, Beckington and Rode, Coleford, Creech, Frome Berkley Down, Frome Fromefield, Frome Keyford, Frome Park, Frome Welshmill, Mells, Nordinton, Postlebury, Stratton, and Vale.
This area has a mixed economy, including agriculture and high-tech defence related industries. In November 2012, it had below the national average proportion of jobseekers (3.8%) at 1.6% of the population.
Members of Parliament
|1997||David Heath||Liberal Democrat|
|2023 by-election||Sarah Dyke||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2020s
|Liberal Democrats||Sarah Dyke||21,187||54.6||+28.4|
|Reform UK||Bruce Evans||1,303||3.4||New|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+29.0|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Adam Boyden||17,017||26.2||+5.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Mark Blackburn||13,325||20.9||+1.5|
|Liberal Democrats||David Rendel||11,692||19.4||−28.1|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+18.3|
|Liberal Democrats||David Heath||28,793||47.5||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+0.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||David Heath||23,759||43.9||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||David Heath||22,983||43.6||+4.1|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||David Heath||22,684||39.5||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||David Heath||23,711||40.2||+3.9|
|Green||Ms. LA Graham||742||1.3||New|
|Liberal||Ms. J Pollock||388||0.7||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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