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Weston-super-Mare
County constituency
WestonSuperMareConstituency.svg
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Weston-super-Mare shown within Avon (county), and Avon (county) shown within England
Created: 1918
MP: John Penrose
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Somerset
EP constituency: South West England

Weston-super-Mare is a 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.

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Boundaries

The constituency covers the southern half of North Somerset Unitary Authority, including the town of Weston-super-Mare, the villages of Kewstoke, Locking, Hutton, Banwell, Winscombe, Congresbury, Churchill and Blagdon, and several smaller villages.

Boundary changes effective from the General Election of 2010 will cause Weston constituency to lose the village of Butcombe to the new North Somerset constituency (the successor to Woodspring).

This is a minor boundary change to make the constituency boundary conform to local authority ward boundaries. The change affects only around 100 electors.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Gilbert Wills, Bt. Conservative
1922 Lord Erskine Conservative
1923 Frank Murrell Liberal
1924 Lord Erskine Conservative
1934 by-election Ian Orr-Ewing Conservative
1958 by-election David Webster Conservative
1969 by-election Sir Jerry Wiggin Conservative
1997 Brian Cotter Liberal Democrat
2005 John Penrose Conservative

Election Results

General Election 2005: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Penrose 19,804 40.3 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Brian Cotter 17,725 36.1 −3.4
Labour Damien Egan 9,169 18.7 −1.1
UKIP Paul Spencer 1,207 2.5 +1.1
BNP Clive Courtney 778 1.6
Independent William Human 225 0.5
Demanding Honesty in Politics and Whitehall Paul Hemingway-Arnold 187 0.4
Majority 2,079 4.2
Turnout 49,095 65.5 +2.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +2.5
General Election 2001: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Cotter 18,424 39.5 -0.6
Conservative John Penrose 18,086 38.7 +1.0
Labour Derek Kraft 9,235 19.8 +1.9
UKIP Bill Lukins 650 1.4
Independent Charles Peverelle 206 0.4
Independent Richard Sibley 79 0.2
Majority 338 0.8
Turnout 46,680 62.8 -10.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -0.8
General Election 1997: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Cotter 21,407 40.1
Conservative Mrs. Margaret Daly 20,133 37.7
Labour Derek Kraft 9,557 17.9
Referendum Party Tom Sewell 2,280 4.3
Majority 1,274 2.4
Turnout 53,377 73.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
  • Boundary Changes: Weston constituency loses Yatton and Wrington areas to Woodspring constituency. First effective at 1997 General Election.
General Election 1992: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 30,022 47.7
Liberal Democrat Brian Cotter 24,680 39.3
Labour David Murray 6,913 11.0
Green Richard Lawson 1,262 2.0
Majority 5,342 8.4
Turnout 62,877 79.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 28,547 49.4
SDP-Liberal Alliance John Crockford-Hawley 20,549 35.6
Labour Paul Loach 6,584 11.4
Green Richard Lawson 2,067 3.6
Majority 7,998 13.8
Turnout 57,747 75.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 27,948 53.6
SDP-Liberal Alliance Jonathan Marks 18,457 35.4
Labour Roger Berry 5,781 11.1
Majority 9,491 18.2
Turnout 52,186 73.1
Conservative hold Swing
  • Boundary Changes: Weston constituency loses Berrow, Brent Knoll, Axbridge, Cheddar, Mark & Wedmore areas to Wells constituency, and loses Clevedon to Woodspring constituency. First effective at 1983 General Election.
General Election 1979: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 40,618 56.9
Liberal Rowland Morgan 16,305 22.9
Labour A. H. Taylor 14,420 20.2
Majority 24,313 34.0
Turnout 71,343 77.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 31,028 48.8
Liberal Roger Miller 18,169 28.6
Labour Peter Owen 14,057 22.1
United Democratic Eric Iszatt 296 0.5
Majority 12,859 20.2
Turnout 63,550 74.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 33,838 50.0
Liberal Philip Golding 20,237 29.9
Labour R.E. Morris 13,542 20.0
Majority 13,601 20.1
Turnout 67,617 80.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 33,816 57.9
Labour Miss Sarah Palmer 14,473 24.8
Liberal Edward Deal 10,120 17.3
Majority 19,343 33.1
Turnout 58,409 73.7
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare by-election 27th March 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 29,211 65.7
Liberal Edward Deal 8,739 19.7
Labour Nicholas Bosanquet 6,504 14.6
Majority 20,472 46.0
Turnout 44,454 60.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Webster 27,733 52.1
Labour Melvyn Butcher 15,340 28.8
Liberal Ian McDonald 10,173 19.1
Majority 12,393 23.3
Turnout 53,246 78.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Webster 27,143 53.1
Labour Miss Jessie Stephen 12,248 23.9
Liberal Ian McDonald 11,771 23.0
Majority 14,895 29.2
Turnout 51,162 79.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Webster 27,881 57.5
Labour Edward Hampton 10,977 22.7
Liberal Edward Taylor 9,609 19.8
Majority 16,904 34.8
Turnout 48,467 79.7
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare by-election 12th June 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Webster 21,271 49.3
Labour Edward Hampton 11,295 26.2
Liberal Edward Taylor 10,588 24.5
Majority 9,976 23.1
Turnout 43,154 72.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Ian L. Orr-Ewing 27,357 62.7
Labour R.G. Andrews 16,275 37.3
Majority 11,082 25.4
Turnout 43,632 73.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian L. Orr-Ewing 30,485 65.7
Labour R.G. Andrews 15,942 34.3
Majority 14,543 31.4
Turnout 46,427 79.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian L. Orr-Ewing 26,767 56.4
Labour M.H. Hill 13,294 28.0
Liberal Archie Kew 7,394 15.6
Majority 13,473 53.6
Turnout 47,455 83.1
Conservative hold Swing
  • Boundary changes: Weston constituency loses Portishead, Gordano, Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton areas to North Somerset constituency. First effective at 1950 General Election.
General Election 1945: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian L. Orr-Ewing 30,720 49.5
Labour Bruce Cardew 20,542 33.1
Liberal Stanley Sanger 10,804 17.4
Majority 10,178 16.4
Turnout 62,066 73.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian L. Orr-Ewing 27,735 65.7
Liberal H.F. Scott-Stokes 7,883 18.7
Labour G.H. Elvin 6,625 15.7
Majority 19,852 47.0
Turnout 42,243 66.4
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare by-election June 1934
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian L. Orr-Ewing 21,203 61.5
Liberal H.F. Scott-Stokes 7,551 21.9
Labour A.E. Millett 5,715 16.6
Majority 13,652 39.6
Turnout 34,469
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John F.A. Erskine, Lord Erskine 35,255 85.7
Labour W. Bernard Craig 5,905 14.3
Majority 29,350 71.4
Turnout 41,160 71.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1929: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John F.A. Erskine, Lord Erskine 22,898 52.2
Liberal William Ewart Morse 16,219 37.0
Labour Mrs. C.E.M. Borrett 4,766 10.9
Majority 6,670 15.2
Turnout 43,883 79.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1924: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John F.A. Erskine, Lord Erskine 17,987 55.8
Liberal Frank E.J. Murrell 12,895 40.0
Labour Raphael Neft 1,343 4.2
Majority 5,092 15.8
Turnout 32,225 81.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frank E.J. Murrell 15,223 51.5
Conservative John F.A. Erskine, Lord Erskine 14,318 48.5
Majority 905 3.0
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1922: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John F.A. Erskine, Lord Erskine 15,552 55.1
Liberal Frank E.J. Murrell 12,674 44.9
Majority 2,878 10.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1918: Weston-super-Mare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Sir Gilbert A.H. Wills 13,494 65.5
Liberal E.H. Thruston 7,104 34.5
Majority 6,390 31.0
Coalition Conservative hold Swing
  • Constituency created 1918 from parts of Wells and North Somerset constituencies.

The constituency comprised the Urban Districts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead, and the Rural Districts of Axbridge and Long Ashton.

See also

References

  • The Constitutional Year Book for 1913 (London: National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, 1913)
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • Michael Kinnear, The British Voter (London: BH Batsford, Ltd, 1968)
  • Henry Pelling, Social Geography of British Elections 1885-1910 (London: Macmillan, 1967)
  • Frederic A Youngs, jr, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol I (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
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