North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)
North Somerset is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Liam Fox, a Conservative who served as Secretary of State for International Trade, a new position in the Cabinet, from 2016 to 2019.
for the House of Commons
|Major settlements||Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead|
|Member of Parliament||Liam Fox (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Woodspring, Wansdyke and Wells|
|Created from||Frome and Weston-super-Mare|
|Replaced by||Frome and Weston-super-Mare|
|Created from||East Somerset|
Earlier versions of the seat existed in 1885–1918 and 1950–1983.
- First creation
Parliament passed the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 creating the larger constituency of North Somerset from the 1885 general election, which was later abolished for the 1918 general election.
- Second creation
North Somerset was re-established for the 1950 general election, and abolished again for the 1983 general election.
- Third creation
Following the review of parliamentary representation in the North Somerset district by the Boundary Commission for England, the former Woodspring constituency was renamed as North Somerset without substantial boundary changes.
1885–1918: The Sessional Divisions of Keynsham, Long Ashton, and Temple Cloud, and the civil parishes of Binegar, Chilcompton, and Midsomer Norton.
1950–1983: The Urban Districts of Keynsham, Norton Radstock, and Portishead, the Rural Districts of Bathavon and Clutton, and part of the Rural District of Long Ashton.
2010–present: The District of North Somerset wards of Backwell, Clevedon Central, Clevedon East, Clevedon North, Clevedon South, Clevedon Walton, Clevedon West, Clevedon Yeo, Easton-in-Gordano, Gordano, Nailsea East, Nailsea North and West, Pill, Portishead Central, Portishead Coast, Portishead East, Portishead Redcliffe Bay, Portishead South and North Weston, Portishead West, Winford, Wraxall and Long Ashton, Wrington, and Yatton.
This is essentially the former Woodspring seat with a new name. A coastal strip between the Severn Estuary and the M5 motorway includes the towns of Clevedon and Portishead, while inland from the motorway is the town of Nailsea and a predominantly rural area dotted with villages. This is a fairly affluent constituency with average incomes and low proportion of unemployment claimants – about a third of the population commute to work, mostly in Bristol and Bath.
The Woodspring seat returned Conservative MPs, and had been held by Fox since 1992. Fox won the new constituency by nearly 14 percentage points over the Liberal Democrats in 2010, while Labour took second place in 2015 and 2017.
Members of Parliament
|1885||Evan Henry Llewellyn||Conservative|
|1895||Evan Henry Llewellyn||Conservative|
|1906||William Henry Bateman Hope||Liberal|
|1950||Sir Ted Leather||Conservative|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Woodspring|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Ashley Cartman||11,051||17.8||+8.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Richard Foord||5,982||9.6||-3.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Marcus Kravis||7,486||12.7||−23.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Brian Mathew||20,687||35.7|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1970s
|United Democratic Party||JK Polling||387||0.54||New|
|Labour||John T Mitchard||28,121||41.9||-0.8|
Elections in the 1960s
|Liberal||Mark E Willies||6,745||10.9||-2.9|
|Liberal||Mark E Willies||8,253||13.8||New|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||E Fraser Wilde||23,649||43.7||-2.1|
|Labour||Robert J Hurst||24,917||47.6||+3.8|
|Liberal||Albert Ernest Whitcher||5,573||10.6|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Election results 1885–1918
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative||Evan Henry Llewellyn||4,170||54.4|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Conservative||Evan Henry Llewellyn||4,252||67.1||+12.7|
|Liberal||James Dormer Marshall||2,087||32.9||-12.7|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||Evan Henry Llewellyn||3,901||49.9||−17.2|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+17.2|
|Conservative||Evan Henry Llewellyn||4,652||54.0||+4.1|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.1|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.2|
Elections in the 1910s
|Conservative||Frank Beachim Beauchamp||5,768||46.8||+7.0|
|Conservative||Frank Beachim Beauchamp||5,378||46.1||-0.7|
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Liberal: Joseph King
- Unionist: J Windsor Levis
Notes and references
- "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
- "'Somerset North', Feb 1974 – May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- "FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITY OF NORTH SOMERSET". Boundary Commission for England. 8 November 2000. Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". www.ons.gov.uk.
- "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF).
- "Somerset North". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "UK Polling Report".
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Somerset North". BBC News. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. p. 380. ISBN 9781349022984.
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
- "The Nomination". Shepton Mallet Journal. 9 July 1886. p. 7. Retrieved 11 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
- Standard 21 June 1913