Bristol (European Parliament constituency)


Bristol was a European Parliament constituency centred on Bristol in England, but covering much of Avon. Until 1984, it included parts of southern Gloucestershire and northwestern Wiltshire.

Bristol
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
Sources

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.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bristol North East, Bristol North West, Bristol South, Bristol South East, Bristol West, Chippenham, Kingswood, and South Gloucestershire. In 1984, it was redrawn to consist of Bath, Bristol East, Bristol North West, Bristol South, Bristol West, Kingswood, Northavon, and Wansdyke. In 1994, it consisted of Bristol East, Bristol North West, Bristol South, Bristol West, Kingswood, Northavon, and Woodspring.[1]

The seat became part of the much larger South West England constituency in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament


Election Member Party
1979 Richard Cottrell Conservative
1989 Ian White Labour

Results


European Parliament election, 1979: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Cottrell 100,160 54.2
Labour Doug Naysmith 59,443 32.1
Liberal J. P. Heppell 25,308 13.7
Majority 40,717 22.1
Turnout 184,911 35.1
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Cottrell 94,652 46.1 -8.2
Labour Roger Berry 77,008 37.5 +5.4
SDP P. J. Farley 33,698 16.4 +2.7
Majority 17,644 8.6 -13.5
Turnout 205,438 36.0 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian White 87,753 39.5 +2.0
Conservative Richard Cottrell 77,771 35.0 -11.1
Green Derek Wall 39,436 17.7 New
SLD Charles Boney 16,309 7.3 -9.1
Wessex Regionalist Gwendoline McEwen 1,017 0.5 New
Majority 9,982 4.5 -4.1
Turnout 222,286 39.6 +3.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian White 90,790 44.1 +4.6
Conservative Earl of Stockton 60,835 29.6 -5.4
Liberal Democrats J. A. W. Barnard 40,394 19.6 +12.3
Green J. H. Boxall 7,163 3.5 -14.2
UKIP T. H. Whittingham 5,798 2.8 New
Natural Law Thomas Dyball 876 0.4 New
Majority 29,955 14.5 +10.0
Turnout 205,856 40.9 +1.3
Labour hold Swing

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