Northavon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°36′14″N 2°31′05″W / 51.604°N 2.518°W / 51.604; -2.518

Northavon
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Northavon in Avon for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Avon within England.
County1983–1996 Avon
1996–2010 South Gloucestershire
Major settlementsThornbury, Yate, Chipping Sodbury
19832010
Number of membersOne
Replaced byThornbury and Yate, Filton and Bradley Stoke
Created fromSouth Gloucestershire[1]

Northavon was, from 1983 until 2010, a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

The constituency was established in 1983. Held initially by the Conservative Party, it was gained narrowly by the Liberal Democrats in 1997, then swung heavily in their favour in 2001 and was held again in 2005.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Northavon wards of Almondsbury, Alveston, Badminton, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Dodington North, Frampton Cotterell Central, Frampton Cotterell East, Frampton Cotterell West, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Marshfield, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, Patchway Callicroft, Patchway Coniston, Patchway Stoke Lodge, Pilning and Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Thornbury North, Thornbury South, Westerleigh Stanshawes, Westerleigh and Coalpit Heath, Wick and Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne, Winterbourne Down and Hambrook, Winterbourne Frenchay, Yate Central, Yate North, Yate South, and Yate West.

1997-2010: The District of Northavon wards of Almondsbury, Alveston, Badminton, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Dodington North, Frampton Cotterell Central, Frampton Cotterell East, Frampton Cotterell West, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Marshfield, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, Pilning and Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Thornbury North, Thornbury South, Westerleigh and Coalpit Heath, Wick and Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne, Winterbourne Down and Hambrook, Winterbourne Frenchay, Yate Central, Yate North, Yate South, Yate Stanshawes, and Yate West.

Northavon covered the same area as the former Northavon district (the more rural part of the current South Gloucestershire district) at its creation, but some of the constituency moved to Bristol North West with the boundary review implemented in 1997. The constituency included suburban and industrial areas on the outskirts of Bristol and several dormitory towns and small villages.

Following the review by the Boundary Commission for England of parliamentary representation in the former Avon county, taking effect at the 2010 general election, the Northavon seat has been abolished. It has been largely replaced by the Thornbury and Yate seat, but also by Filton and Bradley Stoke.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Sir John Cope Conservative
1997 Steve Webb Liberal Democrat
2010 constituency abolished: see Thornbury and Yate & Filton and Bradley Stoke

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 30,872 52.3 -0.1
Conservative Christopher Butt 19,839 33.6 −1.1
Labour Patricia Gardener 6,277 10.6 −0.9
UKIP Adrian Blake 1,032 1.7 +0.4
Green Alan Pinder 922 1.6 -
Independent (politician) Thomas Beacham 114 0.2 -
Majority 11,033 18.7 +1.0
Turnout 59,056 72.2 +1.5
Registered electors 81,800
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.5
General election 2001: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 29,217 52.4 +10.0
Conservative Carrie Ruxton 19,340 34.7 −4.3
Labour Robert Hall 6,450 11.6 −4.1
UKIP Carmen Carver 751 1.3 -1.7
Majority 9,877 17.7 +14.3
Turnout 55,758 70.7 −8.5
Registered electors 78,841
Liberal Democrat hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Northavon[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Webb 26,500 42.4 +7.9
Conservative John Cope 24,363 39.0 -12.8
Labour Ronald Stone 9,767 15.6 +3.5
UKIP John Parfitt 1,900 3.0 _
Majority 2,137 3.4 -13.9
Turnout 62,530 79.2 -5.5
Registered electors 78,943
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +10.4
General election 1992: Northavon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cope 35,338 50.3 −4.1
Liberal Democrat Heather Larkins 23,477 33.4 +1.7
Labour Nita Norris 10,290 14.6 +0.7
Green Jay Greene 789 1.1 -
Liberal Paul Marx 380 0.5 -
Majority 11,861 16.9 −5.8
Turnout 70,274 84.2 +3.9
Registered electors 83,496
Conservative hold Swing −2.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Northavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cope 34,244 54.4 +0.7
Liberal Christine Willmore 19,954 31.7 +0.6
Labour Dan Norris 8,762 13.9 −0.5
Majority 14,270 22.7 +0.1
Turnout 62,960 80.2 +2.3
Registered electors 78,483
Conservative hold Swing 0.0
General election 1983: Northavon [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cope 30,790 53.7 +0.9
Liberal George Conrad 17,807 31.1 +12.6
Labour Nita Norris 8,243 14.4 −13.4
Ecology Keith Radmall 499 0.9 -
Majority 12,983 22.6 −2.4
Turnout 57,339 78.0 -7.4
Registered electors 73,553
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "'Gloucestershire South', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ "FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES IN THE UNITARY AUTHORITY OF SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE". Boundary Commission for England. 15 November 2001. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  5. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.127 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  6. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  8. ^ Percentage change and swing for 1983 is calculated relative to the BBC/ITN 1979 notional constituency result, not actual 1979 result. See British Broadcasting Corporation; Independent Television News. The BBC/ITN Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies (Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services 1983)