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List of Parliamentary constituencies in Avon

The Boundary Commission for England reviewed Avon in 2000 and devised a constituencies scheme in which no constituency spanned the four unitary authority boundaries within the abolished administrative county of Avon.[n 1] This entailed four seats to Bristol, three to South Gloucestershire and two each to Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset and accordingly a net increase of one seat. Constituency names were aligned with the new local council names.[1][2] These changes were implemented at the 2010 general election. Bath was restored as a borough constituency (to which a different election expenses quota and returning officer applies compared to county constituencies). Thus Avon has 6 Borough constituencies and 5 County constituencies.

The immediate predecessor constituency definitions had persisted, with slight amendments in 1997, from before the general election in 1983 to that of 2005. The area had been used as a convenient unit for division into ten Parliamentary constituencies (five Borough constituencies and five County constituencies).[3]



  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[4] Majority[5] Member of Parliament[5] Nearest opposition[5] Electoral wards[6] Map
Bath BC 66,778 5,694   Wera Hobhouse¤   Ben Howlett Bath and North East Somerset Council: Abbey, Bathwick, Combe Down, Kingsmead, Lambridge, Lansdown, Lyncombe, Newbridge, Odd Down, Oldfield, Southdown, Twerton, Walcot, Westmoreland, Weston and Widcombe.
Bristol East BC 72,415 13,394 Kerry McCarthy Theodora Clarke† Bristol City Council: Brislington East, Brislington West, Eastville, Frome Vale, Hillfields, St George East, St George West, Stockwood.
Bristol North West BC 75,434 4,761 Darren Jones Charlotte Leslie Bristol City Council: Avonmouth, Henbury, Henleaze, Horfield, Kingsweston, Lockleaze, Southmead, Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym.
Bristol South BC 83,012 15,987 Karin Smyth Mark Weston† Bristol City Council: Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Filwood, Hartcliffe, Hengrove, Knowle, Southville, Whitchurch Park, Windmill Hill.
Bristol West BC 93,003 37,336 Thangam Debbonaire Annabel Tall† Bristol City Council: Ashley, Bishopston, Cabot, Clifton, Clifton East, Cotham, Easton, Lawrence Hill, Redland.
Filton and Bradley Stoke CC 72,483 4,182 Jack Lopresti Naomi Rylatt‡ South Gloucestershire Council: Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke Baileys Court, Bradley Stoke Bowsland, Bradley Stoke Sherbourne, Downend, Filton, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne.
Kingswood BC 69,368 7,500 Chris Skidmore Mhairi Threlfall South Gloucestershire Council: Willsbridge, Bitton, Hanham, Kings Chase, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Rodway, Siston, Woodstock.
North East Somerset CC 71,355 10,235 Jacob Rees-Mogg Robin Moss‡ Bath and North East Somerset Council: Bathavon North, Bathavon South, Bathavon West, Clutton, Chew Valley North, Chew Valley South, Farmborough, High Littleton, Keynsham North, Keynsham South, Keynsham East, Mendip, Midsomer Norton North, Midsomer Norton Redfield, Paulton, Peasedown, Publow and Whitchurch, Radstock, Saltford, Timsbury, Westfield.
North Somerset CC 80,529 17,103 Liam Fox Greg Chambers‡ North Somerset Council: 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.
Thornbury and Yate CC 67,892 12,071 Luke Hall Claire Young¤ South Gloucestershire Council: Alveston, Boyd Valley, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Frampton Cotterell, Ladden Brook, Severn, Thornbury North, Thornbury South, Westerleigh, Yate Central, Yate North, Yate West.
Weston-super-Mare CC 82,136 11,544 John Penrose Tim Taylor‡ North Somerset Council: Banwell and Winscombe, Blagdon and Churchill, Congresbury, Hutton and Locking, Kewstoke, Weston-Super-Mare Central, Weston-Super-Mare Clarence and Uphill, Weston-Super-Mare East, Weston-Super-Mare Milton and Old Worle, Weston-Super-Mare North Worle, Weston-Super-Mare South, Weston-Super-Mare South Worle, Weston-Super-Mare West.

Implemented boundary changes for 2010Edit

Name Pre-2010 Boundaries
  1. Bath CC
  2. Bristol East BC
  3. Bristol North West BC
  4. Bristol South BC
  5. Bristol West BC
  6. Kingswood BC
  7. Northavon CC
  8. Wansdyke CC
  9. Weston-super-Mare CC
  10. Woodspring CC
Revised name Post-2010 Boundaries
  1. Bath BC
  2. Bristol East BC
  3. Bristol North West BC
  4. Bristol South BC
  5. Bristol West BC
  6. Filton and Bradley Stoke CC
  7. Kingswood BC
  8. North East Somerset CC
  9. North Somerset CC
  10. Thornbury and Yate CC
  11. Weston-super-Mare CC

(The maps on this page do not show the nominal extensions of several constituencies over the waters of the Bristol Channel.)

Other former constituencies in the area were:


Party breakdownEdit

Westminster seats by party
Year Conservative Party Labour Party Liberal Democrats Total
2017 6 4 1 11
2015 8 3 0 11
2010 6 2 3 11
2005 2 5 3 10
2001 1 6 3 10
1997 1 6 3 10
1992 6 3 1 10
1987 9 1 0 10
1983 9 1 0 10
Aggregate votes cast

The aggregate number of votes cast for the political parties which fielded candidates within this co-considered set of local authorities (sub-region) in the 2015 general election was as follows:[7]

  • Conservative 225,175 (39.6%)
  • Labour 146,420 (25.7%)
  • Liberal Democrat 77,260 (13.6%)
  • UK Independence Party 67,989 (12.0%)
  • Green Party 49,644 (8.7%)
  • Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 775 (0.1%)
  • Independents 703 (0.1%)
  • English Democrats 374 (0.1%)
  • British National Party 164 (0.1%)
  • Left Unity 92
  • Vapers in Power 49
  • Total votes: 568,645

Historical representation by partyEdit

Historical vote by partyEdit

Party 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017
Labour 202,778 177,482 159,626 128,118 146,120 245,617
Conservative 181,606 152,030 160,070 197,886 225,175 257,070
Liberal Democrat 146,270 134,170 155,107 192,030 77,260 71,017
UKIP 67,989 3,604
Green 49,644 21,010

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Constituencies in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. 20 June 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Constituencies in the Unitary Authority of North Somerset" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. 8 November 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 January 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Statutory Instrument 1995 No. 1626: The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". Office of Public Sector Information. 28 June 1995. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  4. ^ "2017 Electorates".
  5. ^ a b c "2017 Electorates".
  6. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007 No. 1681". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  7. ^ "2015 Electorates".
  1. ^ A minority of other reviews in the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies used former larger, overarching administrative counties.
  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.