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
Con: 28549 (49%)
Lab: 6448 (11%)
LDem: 20687 (36%)
UKIP: 2257 (4%)
MAJ: 7862 (14%)
Con: 21587 (42%)
Lab: 11249 (22%)
LDem: 15571 (30%)
GRN: 1309 (3%)
Oth: 1902 (4%)
MAJ: 6016 (12%)
Con: 21297 (44%)
Lab: 12499 (26%)
LDem: 11816 (24%)
GRN: 1282 (3%)
Oth: 1864 (4%)
MAJ: 8798 (18%)
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

2015 Candidates
LIAM FOX (Conservative) See above.
MARCUS KRAVIS (Liberal Democrat)
IAN KEALEY (UKIP) Educated at Bristol University. Farmer, former teacher and nuclear physicist.
Comments - 55 Responses on “Somerset North”
  1. New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has said that a UK trade deal is a “high priority”.

    Previously, the only world leaders who have shown any willingness sign trade deals with us are on the right – mainly Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull (Shinzo Abe has conspicuously not joined them). This is, as far as I am aware, the first time someone left-of-centre has made such comments.

    Words are only words, but fair play to the DIT for at least extracting some encouraging noises out of her.

  2. She used to live in London so is an anglophile.
    South Korea’s goverment is left of centre and they have spoken about a trade deal with the UK I think.

  3. Liam Fox has made it quite clear that he will resign if a customs union is agreed.

  4. Liam Fox has resigned from Government.

  5. Sky News stating that he wasn’t given the opportunity to resign and was sacked.

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