North Somerset

2015 Result:
Conservative: 31540 (53.5%)
Labour: 8441 (14.3%)
Lib Dem: 7486 (12.7%)
Green: 3806 (6.5%)
UKIP: 7669 (13%)
MAJORITY: 23099 (39.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Somerset. The northern half of the North Somerset council area.

Main population centres: Clevedon, Portishead, Nailsea, Yatton.

Profile: This is primarily a commuter area to the south of Bristol, it includes the towns of Portishead and the Victorian seaside town of Clevedon, both set between the Severn estuary and the M5. Further inland is the town of Nailsea. The seat also contains Bristol Aiport. Between 1983 and 2010 the seat was called Woodspring, the name of the then district council which was named after Woodspring Priory, now just outside the seat in the neighbouring Weston-Super-Mare constituency..

Politics: This is a comfortable Conservative seat, held by Liam Fox since 1983 without any serious threat to his position.


Current MP
LIAM FOX (Conservative) Born 1961, East Kilbride. Educated at St. Brides High School and Glasgow University. Former general practitioner and civilian army medical officer. Contested Roxburgh and Berwickshire 1987. First elected as MP for Woodspring in 1992. PPS to Michael Howard 1993-1994, Government Whip 1994-1996, Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1996-1997. Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs 1997-1999, Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1999-2003, co-chairman of the Conservative party 2003-2005, Shadow Foreign Secretary 2005, Shadow Defence Secretary 2005-2010. Defence Secretary 2010-2011. A standard bearer for the right of the party, Fox contested and came third in the 2005 leadership election. He resigned from government in 2011 over links with his best man, Adam Werritty.
Past Results
2010
Con: 28549 (49%)
Lab: 6448 (11%)
LDem: 20687 (36%)
UKIP: 2257 (4%)
MAJ: 7862 (14%)
2005*
Con: 21587 (42%)
Lab: 11249 (22%)
LDem: 15571 (30%)
GRN: 1309 (3%)
Oth: 1902 (4%)
MAJ: 6016 (12%)
2001
Con: 21297 (44%)
Lab: 12499 (26%)
LDem: 11816 (24%)
GRN: 1282 (3%)
Oth: 1864 (4%)
MAJ: 8798 (18%)
1997
Con: 24425 (44%)
Lab: 11377 (21%)
LDem: 16691 (30%)
Oth: 820 (1%)
MAJ: 7734 (14%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Woodspring

Demographics
2015 Candidates
LIAM FOX (Conservative) See above.
GREG CHAMBERS (Labour)
MARCUS KRAVIS (Liberal Democrat)
IAN KEALEY (UKIP) Educated at Bristol University. Farmer, former teacher and nuclear physicist.
DAVID DERBYSHIRE (Green)
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Comments - 51 Responses on “Somerset North”
  1. Liam Fox remains International trade Secretary. Bit puzzled where he was not reappointed yesterday with the other big guns then. .

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