Wansdyke (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wansdyke in Avon for the 2005 general election.
Location of Avon within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||North East Somerset|
|Created from||Somerset North and Kingswood|
Until 1997, it was a safe seat for the Conservative Party. It then became a Labour-held marginal until its abolition.
1983-1997: The District of Wansdyke wards of Bathampton, Batheaston, Bathford, Camerton, Charlcombe, Freshford, Hinton Charterhouse, Keynsham East, Keynsham North, Keynsham South, Keynsham West, Midsomer Norton North, Midsomer Norton Redfield, Newton St Loe, Peasedown St John, Radstock, Saltford, and Westfield, and the District of Kingswood wards of Badminton, Bitton North Common, Bitton Oldland Common, Bitton South, Blackhorse, Bromley Heath, Hanham Abbots East, Hanham Abbots West, Oldland Cadbury Heath, Oldland Longwell Green, Siston, and Springfield.
1997-2010: The District of Wansdyke wards of Cameley, Camerton, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Clutton, Compton Dando, Farmborough, Harptrees, High Littleton, Hinton Charterhouse, Keynsham East, Keynsham North, Keynsham South, Keynsham West, Midsomer Norton North, Midsomer Norton Redfield, Newton St Loe, Paulton, Peasedown St John, Publow, Radstock, Saltford, Stowey Sutton, Timsbury, and Westfield, and the Borough of Kingswood wards of Bitton North Common, Bitton Oldland Common, Bitton South, Hanham Abbots East, and Hanham Abbots West.
From 1997, Wansdyke covered the part of Bath and North East Somerset not in the Bath constituency. It also contained six wards or parts of wards from South Gloucestershire Council. It was named after the former Wansdyke district, itself named after the Wansdyke, a historical earthwork.
The constituency was located between the cities of Bristol and Bath, including the towns of Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Saltford, as well as the Chew Valley to the south of Bristol. It also covered parts of South Gloucestershire to the east of Bristol, including Bitton, Longwell Green and Oldland Common.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Constituency abolished: see North East Somerset|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Gail Coleshill||10,050||19.7||+5.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Gail Coleshill||7,135||14.4||-2.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Jeff Manning||9,205||16.8||−6.0|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter House||225||0.4||+0.4|
|Natural Law||Sue Lincoln||92||0.2||+0.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||-14.65|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs D Darby||14,834||22.8||−2.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|Wessex Regionalist||A Stout||213||0.38|
Notes and references
- "'Wansdyke', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- "Somerset North East: New Boundaries Calculation". Electoral Calculus: General Election Prediction. Retrieved 19 September 2007.
- "Wansdyke". Election Uk. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.