South West Wiltshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 27198 (52.7%)
Labour: 6948 (13.5%)
Lib Dem: 5482 (10.6%)
Green: 2985 (5.8%)
UKIP: 9030 (17.5%)
MAJORITY: 18168 (35.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Wiltshire. Part of the Wiltshire council area.

Main population centres: Warminster, Mere, Westbury, Trowbridge.

Profile: A rural seat covering part of Salisbury plain and the towns around its western fringe. Trowbridge is the largest settlement, a surprisingly industrial town that was once a centre of cloth making and is now the county town with the council and frozen food manufacture the main industries. Warminster is very much a garrison town, housing several military facilities including the Battlesbury Barracks, home to the 3rd Yorkshire Regiment.

Politics: Wiltshire South West was created in 2010, the successor to the old Westbury constituency, an ancient seat that had been a rotten borough until reformed in the nineteenth century. It has been held by the Conservatives since the 1920s. The Liberal Democrats had been in a strong second place but were replaced by UKIP in 2015.

Current MP
ANDREW MURRISON (Conservative) Born 1961, Colchester. Educated at Harwich High School and Bristol University. Former army medical officer. First elected as MP for South West Wiltshire in 2001. Minister for International Security Strategy 2012-2014, Under secretary for Northern Ireland 2014-2015.
Past Results
Con: 25321 (52%)
Lab: 5613 (11%)
LDem: 14954 (31%)
UKIP: 2684 (5%)
Oth: 446 (1%)
MAJ: 10367 (21%)
Con: 24749 (45%)
Lab: 9640 (17%)
LDem: 19400 (35%)
UKIP: 1815 (3%)
MAJ: 5349 (10%)
Con: 21299 (42%)
Lab: 10847 (21%)
LDem: 16005 (32%)
UKIP: 1261 (2%)
Oth: 1216 (2%)
MAJ: 5294 (10%)
Con: 23037 (41%)
Lab: 11969 (21%)
LDem: 16969 (30%)
Oth: 2867 (5%)
MAJ: 6068 (11%)

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

2015 Candidates
ANDREW MURRISON (Conservative) See above.
TREVOR CARBIN (Liberal Democrat) Born Ilminster. Driving instructor and former archaeologist. Wiltshire councillor and former West Wiltshire councillor. Contested South West Wiltshire 2010.
Comments - 10 Responses on “Wiltshire South West”
  1. Trowbridge and Westbury were of course in the old Westbury constituency all the way up to 2010

  2. For anyone who may be interested, the snooker player Stephen Lee comes from Trowbridge, who the WPBSA have banned for 12 years on counts of match fixing.

    I wonder if Andrew Murrison has passed any comment on this yet?

  3. Given that the Liberal Democrats in much of Wiltshire held up quite well last year (Trowbridge and Westbury seeing improvements in the Lib Dem vote share for the most part!) this may be a possible prediction:

    Con 45
    Lib Dem 29
    Lab 15
    UKIP 10
    Others 1

    By Southwest England standards, UKIP’s Wiltshire support is not all that good, if you compare it to Devon,Dorset and Cornwall, at least. If the Liberal Democrats do fall back in this seat, it will not be that far at all.

  4. UKIP candidate = Matthew Brown:

  5. The Labour candidate, George Aylett, is 18 year old.

  6. Big effort likely here by the reds then 🙂

  7. I was seriously considering voting for Labour here until I discovered the candidate was an 18 year student. At that age surely he should be spending more time handbrake-turning a Citroen Saxo around the Argos car park and thinking about Kim Kardashian’s latest vajazzle than formulating a response to the finer points of Danny Alexander’s deficit forecasts.

  8. Conservative Hold. 15,000 maj.

  9. Andrew Murrison has been appointed Middle East Minster.

  10. Trowbridge & Drynham ward by-election, 04.07.19:

    Caused by the death of a Cons Cllr, aged 73. He is said to have had a large personal vote and the Ind who stood and split the vote is a former Cons Cllr who unsuccessfully sought the nomination.

    LD 431
    Cons 316
    Ind 246
    Lab 44

    LD Gain from Cons.

    [The average age of Cllrs who died causing by-elections is now 68 incidentally]

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