North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)

North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)
North Somerset
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North Somerset in Avon for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Avon within England.
County Somerset
Electorate 78,223 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010 (2010)
Member of Parliament Liam Fox (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Woodspring
1950 (1950)1983 (1983)
Replaced by Woodspring
1885 (1885)1918 (1918)
European Parliament constituency South West England

North Somerset is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. This seat replaced Woodspring at the 2010 general election.

Constituencies of the same name previously existed between 1885–1918 and 1950-1983.

The seat is currently represented by Dr Liam Fox, former Secretary of State for Defence.



Following the review of parliamentary representation in the North Somerset district by the Boundary Commission for England, the former Woodspring constituency has been renamed as North Somerset, and subject only to minor boundary changes.[2]

The electoral wards used to form this constituency are:


A previous constituency of the same name was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election. It was re-established for the 1950 general election, and abolished again for the 1983 general election.

Constituency profile

This is essentially the old 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 about a third of the population commuting to work, mostly in Bristol and Bath. The old seat returned Conservative MPs; Dr Fox won the new constituency by nearly 15 percentage points over the Liberal Democrats in 2010.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1885–1918

Election Member [3] Party
1885 Evan Henry Llewellyn Conservative
1892 Courtenay Warner Liberal
1895 Evan Henry Llewellyn Conservative
1906 William Henry Bateman Hope Liberal
January 1910 Joseph King Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

MPs 1950–1983

Election Member [3] Party
1950 constituency recreated
1950 Sir Ted Leather Conservative
1964 Sir Paul Dean Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Woodspring

MPs since 2010

Election Member [3] Party
2010 Liam Fox Conservative


Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: North Somerset[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liam Fox 28,549 49.3 +7.5
Liberal Democrat Brian Mathew 20,687 35.7 +5.5
Labour Steve Parry-Hearn 6,448 11.1 -10.6
UKIP Sue Taylor 2,257 3.9 +1.4
Majority 7,862 13.6
Turnout 57,941 75.0 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.0

See also

Notes and references

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