Bath

2015 Result:
Conservative: 17833 (37.8%)
Labour: 6216 (13.2%)
Lib Dem: 14000 (29.7%)
Green: 5634 (11.9%)
UKIP: 2922 (6.2%)
Independent: 499 (1.1%)
Others: 63 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 3833 (8.1%)

Category: Marginal Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Avon. Part of the Bath and North East Somerset council area.

Main population centres: Bath.

Profile: A compact seat drawn tightly around the city of Bath itself and entirely surrounded by the North East Somerset constituency. Bath is an elegant and attractive Georgian spa town, tourism is important to the economy, but there are also strong software and service industries and two univerisities - the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.

Politics: Bath was historically a Conservative seat but was famously lost to the Liberal Democrats in 1992 when Chris Patten, the then Chairman of the party, won the general election but lost his own seat. It was regained by the Conservatives in 2015.


Current MP
BEN HOWLETT (Conservative) Educated at Cambridge University. Former recruitment consultant. First elected as MP for Bath in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 14768 (31%)
Lab: 3251 (7%)
LDem: 26651 (57%)
GRN: 1120 (2%)
Oth: 1296 (3%)
MAJ: 11883 (25%)
2005*
Con: 15463 (34%)
Lab: 6773 (15%)
LDem: 20101 (44%)
GRN: 2494 (5%)
Oth: 1005 (2%)
MAJ: 4638 (10%)
2001
Con: 13478 (29%)
Lab: 7269 (16%)
LDem: 23372 (50%)
GRN: 1469 (3%)
Oth: 708 (2%)
MAJ: 9894 (21%)
1997
Con: 16850 (31%)
Lab: 8828 (16%)
LDem: 26169 (48%)
Oth: 950 (2%)
MAJ: 9319 (17%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
BEN HOWLETT (Conservative) Educated at Cambridge University. Recruitment consultant.
OLLIE MIDDLETON (Labour) Born 1995, North Wales. Educated at Ralph Allen School and Westminster University. Student.
STEVE BRADLEY (Liberal Democrat) Born Northern Ireland. Educated at Bath University. Sustainability consultant.
JULIAN DEVERELL (UKIP) Born 1978. Runs a traditional toys and games company.
DOMINIC TRISTRAM (Green) Software architect.
JENNY KNIGHT (English Democrat) Born North Yorkshire. Educated at Bournemouth University. Communications manager. Contested Thornbury and Yate 2010 for UKIP, London region 2014 European elections.
LORAINE MORGAN-BRINKHURST (Independent) Born Bath. Promotions, events and marketing consultant. Bath and North East Somerset councillor since 1996, elected as a Liberal Democrat. Awarded the MBE in 2010.
Links
Comments - 483 Responses on “Bath”
1 8 9 10
  1. She can’t have been that bad after re-gaining the seat comfortably, after accepting a hospital pass, when the original candidate dropped out late on.

  2. I can’t get too upset about the defeat of a Tory but Howlett seemed like one of the better ones, his loss is certainly a blow to the prospect of PR and I think its fair to say given his social liberalism he wouldn’t have stood for the Tories doing a deal with the DUP

  3. Howlett has been on the radio supporting the DUP deal saying it might improve LGBT rights in Northern Ireland.

  4. Bm11
    Well that’s certainly an “interesting” take on it. If he genuinely believes that then my estimation with him has dropped significantly. The Tories need the DUP to form a gov, the Tories therefore are going to be in no position to make demands on LGBT rights in NI, in fact I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one of the DUP demands is some sort of constitutional amendment that outright bans any Westminster based gov enforcing such rights on NI in the future.

  5. Surely Howlett’s loss isn’t a great dent to the prospect of PR given he’s been replaced by a Liberal Democrat who is surely just as pro-PR?

  6. Total Dynamic
    The point was he was the lone voice in the PCP that was totally in favour of PR. At best other Tory MP’s are ambivalent, most are totally against.

  7. ”I can’t get too upset about the defeat of a Tory but Howlett seemed like one of the better ones”

    Well he had several personal problems which probably damaged him with the electorate to some extent.

  8. Certain concrete things like the existence of the All Party Parliamentary Group for PR are now in doubt in terms of being able to exist thanks.

    Basically with Carswell stepping down, Howlett defeated, and Hannan denied the opportunity to be selected, there are no right of centre voices for PR in Parliament.

1 8 9 10
Leave a Reply

NB: Before commenting please make sure you are familiar with the Comments Policy. UKPollingReport is a site for non-partisan discussion of polls.

You are not currently logged into UKPollingReport. Registration is not compulsory, but is strongly encouraged. Either login here, or register here (commenters who have previously registered on the Constituency Guide section of the site *should* be able to use their existing login)