Woodspring (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Woodspring in Avon for the 2005 general election.
Location of Avon within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||North Somerset|
|Created from||North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare|
Woodspring 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. From 1992 until 2010, it was represented by Liam Fox, former Secretary of State for Defence.
1983-1997: The District of Woodspring wards of Backwell, Clevedon Central, Clevedon East, Clevedon North, Clevedon South, Clevedon Walton, Clevedon West, Easton-in-Gordano, Gordano, Long Ashton, Nailsea East, Nailsea North and West, North Weston, Portishead Central, Portishead Coast, Portishead South, Portishead West, Winford, and Wraxall, and the District of Wansdyke wards of Cameley, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Clutton, Compton Dando, Farmborough, Harptrees, High Littleton, Paulton, Publow, Stowey Sutton, and Timsbury.
1997-2010: The District of Woodspring wards of Backwell, Clevedon Central, Clevedon East, Clevedon North, Clevedon South, Clevedon Walton, Clevedon West, Easton-in-Gordano, Gordano, Long Ashton, Nailsea East, Nailsea North and West, North Weston, Portishead Central, Portishead Coast, Portishead South, Portishead West, Winford, Wraxall, Wrington, and Yatton.
The constituency contained the northern and eastern parts of the North Somerset unitary authority (formerly the Woodspring district of the County of Avon, and roughly the same area as the ancient Hundred of Portbury). The constituency extended between two rivers with the Avon running along the north-east edge and the Congresbury Yeo to the south. It included the three main towns of Clevedon on the west coast, Nailsea to the south, and Portishead to the north, along with smaller surrounding villages like Backwell, Easton-in-Gordano, and Long Ashton.
On its creation in 1983, Woodspring was won by the Conservative Sir Paul Dean, who had held the old seat of Somerset North since 1964. Sir Paul was a Deputy Speaker of the House to George Thomas and latterly Bernard Weatherill from 1982 to 1992; he served longer than anyone else since the post was created in 1902. On his retirement in 1992 Liam Fox succeeded him, and held the seat until its abolition in 2010; during this time he served as a junior minister in the Major government, and later became an opposition frontbencher during the Blair and Brown governments.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Paul Dean||Conservative|
|2010||constituency abolished: see North Somerset|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Woodspring|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Bell||15,571||30.2||+6.0|
|General Election 2001: Woodspring|
|Liberal Democrat||Colin Eldridge||11,816||24.2||-6.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Woodspring|
|Liberal Democrat||Nan Kirsen||16,691||30.4|
|Natural Law||Mike Mears||667||1.2|
|General Election 1992: Woodspring |
|Conservative||Dr Liam Fox||35,175||54.5||−2.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs NE Kirsen||17,666||27.4||+0.4|
|Green||Mrs RJ Knifton||801||1.2||−0.8|
|Natural Law||BD Lee||100||0.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Woodspring|
|Conservative||Sir Paul Dean||34,134||56.57|
|General Election 1983: Woodspring|
|Conservative||Sir Paul Dean||31,932||57.59|
|Wessex Regionalist||D Robyns||177||0.32|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "'Woodspring', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- "Somerset North: New Boundaries Calculation". Electoral Calculus. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.