List of constituencies in South West England


The region[1] of South West England has, since the 2010 general election, 55 parliamentary constituencies which is made up of 15 Borough Constituencies and 40 County Constituencies. At that election the Conservative Party held the largest number of constituencies, with 36. The Liberal Democrats had 15 and Labour had 4. At the 2015 general election the Liberal Democrats lost all of their seats (14 to the Conservatives and one to Labour), while the Conservatives gained one seat from Labour, leaving the Conservatives with 51 and Labour with 4. In the 2017 general election, the Conservatives remained, by far, the largest party with 47 seats, though losing three to Labour, who won 7, and one to the Liberal Democrats, who won 1. In the 2019 general election,[2] the Conservatives increased their number of seats to 48 by regaining Stroud from Labour, who held their other six seats, while the Liberal Democrats retained their sole seat in Bath.

Constituencies


  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat   ♣ Green Party   # Independent

Constituency [nb 1] Electorate[3] Majority[4][nb 2] Member of Parliament[4] Nearest opposition[4] County County Location Constituency Map
Bath BC 67,805 12,322   Wera Hobhouse¤   Annabel Tall† Somerset (prev. Avon)
Bournemouth East BC 74,125 8,806   Tobias Ellwood   Corrie Drew‡ Dorset
Bournemouth West BC 74,205 10,150   Conor Burns   David Stokes‡ Dorset
Bridgwater and West Somerset CC 85,327 24,439   Ian Liddell-Grainger   Oliver Thornton‡ Somerset
Bristol East BC 73,867 10,794 Kerry McCarthy Sarah Codling† Bristol (prev. Avon)
Bristol North West BC 76,273 5,692 Darren Jones Mark Weston† Bristol (prev. Avon)
Bristol South BC 84,079 9,859 Karin Smyth Richard Morgan† Bristol (prev. Avon)
Bristol West BC 99,253 28,219 Thangam Debbonaire Carla Denyer Bristol (prev. Avon)
Camborne and Redruth CC 70,250 8,700   George Eustice Paul Farmer‡ Cornwall
Central Devon CC 74,926 17,721   Mel Stride   Lisa Webb‡ Devon
Cheltenham BC 81,044 981   Alex Chalk Max Wilkinson¤ Gloucestershire
Chippenham CC 77,221 11,288   Michelle Donelan   Helen Belcher¤ Wiltshire
Christchurch CC 71,520 24,617   Christopher Chope   Mike Cox¤ Dorset
Devizes CC 73,372 23,983   Danny Kruger   Jo Waltham¤ Wiltshire
East Devon CC 87,168 6,708   Simon Jupp   Claire Wright# Devon
Exeter BC 82,054 10,403   Ben Bradshaw   John Gray† Devon
Filton and Bradley Stoke CC 74,016 5,646 Jack Lopresti Mhairi Threlfall‡ Gloucestershire (prev. Avon)
Forest of Dean CC 71,438 15,869   Mark Harper   Di Martin‡ Gloucestershire
Gloucester BC 81,319 10,277   Richard Graham   Fran Boait‡ Gloucestershire
Kingswood BC 68,972 11,220 Chris Skidmore Nicola Bowden-Jones‡ Gloucestershire (prev. Avon)
Mid Dorset and North Poole CC 65,427 14,898   Michael Tomlinson   Vikki Slade¤ Dorset
Newton Abbot CC 72,529 17,501   Anne Marie Morris   Martin Wrigley¤ Devon
North Cornwall CC 69,935 14,752 Scott Mann Danny Chambers¤ Cornwall
North Devon CC 75,859 14,813   Selaine Saxby   Alex White¤ Devon
North Dorset CC 76,765 24,301   Simon Hoare   David Chadwick¤ Dorset
North East Somerset CC 73,692 14,729 Jacob Rees-Mogg Mark Huband‡ Somerset (prev. Avon)
North Somerset CC 80,194 17,536 Liam Fox Hannah Young‡ Somerset (prev. Avon)
North Swindon CC 82,441 16,171   Justin Tomlinson   Kate Linnegar‡ Wiltshire
North Wiltshire CC 73,280 17,626   James Gray   Brian Matthew¤ Wiltshire
Plymouth, Moor View BC 69,430 12,897   Johnny Mercer   Charlotte Holloway‡ Devon
Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport BC 77,852 4,757   Luke Pollard   Rebecca Smith† Devon
Poole BC 73,989 19,116   Robert Syms   Sue Aitkenhead‡ Dorset
Salisbury CC 74,556 19,736   John Glen   Victoria Charleston¤ Wiltshire
Somerton and Frome CC 85,866 19,213   David Warburton   Adam Boyden¤ Somerset
South Dorset CC 73,809 17,153   Richard Drax   Carralyn Parkes‡ Dorset
South East Cornwall CC 71,825 20,971   Sheryll Murray Gareth Derrick‡ Cornwall
South Swindon CC 73,118 6,625   Robert Buckland   Sarah Church‡ Wiltshire
South West Devon CC 72,535 21,430   Gary Streeter   Alex Beverley‡ Devon
South West Wiltshire CC 77,969 21,630   Andrew Murrison   Emily Pomroy-Smith‡ Wiltshire
St Austell and Newquay CC 79,930 16,526 Steve Double Felicity Owen‡ Cornwall
St Ives CC 68,795 4,280 Derek Thomas Andrew George¤ Cornwall
Stroud CC 84,537 3,840   Siobhan Baillie   David Drew Gloucestershire
Taunton Deane CC 88,676 11,700   Rebecca Pow   Gideon Amos¤ Somerset
Tewkesbury CC 83,958 22,410   Laurence Robertson Alex Hegenbarth¤ Gloucestershire
The Cotswolds CC 81,939 20,214   Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Liz Webster¤ Gloucestershire
Thornbury and Yate CC 69,492 12,369 Luke Hall Claire Young¤ Gloucestershire (prev. Avon)
Tiverton and Honiton CC 82,953 24,239   Neil Parish   Liz Pole‡ Devon
Torbay BC 75,054 17,749   Kevin Foster   Lee Howgate¤ Devon
Torridge and West Devon CC 80,403 24,992   Geoffrey Cox   David Chalmers¤ Devon
Totnes CC 69,863 12,724   Anthony Mangnall   Sarah Wollaston¤ Devon
Truro and Falmouth CC 76,719 4,561   Cherilyn Mackrory Jennifer Forbes‡ Cornwall
Wells CC 84,124 9,991   James Heappey   Tessa Munt¤ Somerset
West Dorset CC 81,897 14,106   Chris Loder   Edward Morello¤ Dorset
Weston-super-Mare CC 82,526 17,121 John Penrose Tim Taylor‡ Somerset (prev. Avon)
Yeovil CC 82,468 16,181   Marcus Fysh   Mick Clark¤ Somerset

Proposed boundary changes


The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries.[5] Subsequently, the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020[6] was passed into law on 14 December 2020. This formally removed the duty to implement the 2018 review and set out the framework for future boundary reviews. The Act provided that the number of constituencies should remain at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.

The Act specified that the next review should be completed no later than 1 July 2023 and the Boundary Commission formally launched the 2023 Review on 5 January 2021.[7] The Commission have calculated that the number of seats to be allocated to the South West region will increase by 3, from 55 to 58.[8]

See 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for further details.

Results history


Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[9]

2019

The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising the South West region in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 1,612,090 52.8% 1.4% 48 1
Labour 713,226 23.3% 5.8% 6 1
Liberal Democrats 554,500 18.2% 3.3% 1 0
Greens 115,011 3.8% 1.5% 0 0
Brexit 11,139 0.4% new 0 0
Others 47,411 1.5% 0.8% 0 0
Total 3,053,377 100.0 55

Percentage votes

South West votes percentage

Key:

CON - Conservative Party, including National Liberal Party up to 1966

LAB - Labour Party

LIB - Liberal Party up to 1979; SDP-Liberal Alliance 1983 & 1987; Liberal Democrats from 1992

UKIP/Br - UK Independence Party 2010 to 2017 (included in Other up to 2005 and in 2019); Brexit Party in 2019

Green - Green Party of England and Wales (included in Other up to 2005)

Seats

South West seats

Key:

CON - Conservative Party, including National Liberal Party up to 1966

LAB - Labour Party

LIB - Liberal Party up to 1979; SDP-Liberal Alliance 1983 & 1987; Liberal Democrats from 1992

OTH - 1945 - (1) Independent Progressive (Vernon Bartlett); (2) Independent National (Daniel Lipson)

Former constituencies


Abolished in 2010

Abolished in 1997

See also


Notes


  1. BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

References


  1. See NUTS 1 statistical regions of England
  2. "Results of the 2019 General Election". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  3. Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (2020-01-28). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  5. "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  6. "Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020".
  7. "2023 Review launched | Boundary Commission for England". Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  8. "2023 Review | Boundary Commission for England". Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  9. Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (2020-04-17). "General election results from 1918 to 2019". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)