General Election 2017: How have previous votes gone in North Somerset?
PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 24 April 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May has this morning (Tuesday) revealed she wants to call a snap General Election for June 8 and the Times looks back at the three most recent votes for North Somerset.
2015: Dr Liam Fox gains biggest margin of victory
After five years of a Coalition Government, no-one was certain how the national landscape would look.
However, it proved to be plain-sailing in North Somerset for Dr Liam Fox who won a sixth election to represent the area.
He polled 53.5 per cent of the vote and won by a majority of 23,099.
1) Liam Fox (Conservative Party) 31,540. 2) Gregory Chambers (Labour Party) 8,441. 3) Ian Kealey (Ukip) 7,669. 4) Marcus Kravis (Liberal Democrats) 7,486. 5) David Derbyshire (Green Party) 3,806.
2010: Conservatives and Liberal Democrats form Coalition Government
Labour had enjoyed 13 years of dominance, but seven years ago it came to an end under Gordon Brown’s tenure.
Although the Liberal Democrats polled more than a third of the local vote, it was not enough to stop Dr Fox retaining the constituency seat.
In 2010, Dr Fox received almost 3,000 votes fewer than in 2015.
1) Liam Fox (Cons) 28,549. 2) Brian Mathew (LD) 20,687. 3) Steve Parry-Hearn (Lab) 6,448. 4) Sue Taylor (Ukip) 2,257.
2005: Woodspring’s demise fails to alter political landscape
Twelve years ago, local voters had a different task – voting for a North Somerset MP, rather than a Woodspring MP – for the first time since 1979.
Dr Fox successfully retained his seat and would go on to run to become the new Conservative leader following Michael Howard’s post-election resignation. David Cameron however would take the position.
However, back then, Dr Fox polled his lowest percentage of the vote with 41.8 per cent backing him.
1) Liam Fox (Cons) 21,587. 2) Mike Bell (LD) 15,571. 3) Chanel Stevens (Lab) 11,249. 4) Rebecca Lewis (Green) 1,309. 5) Anthony Butcher (Ukip) 1,269. 5) Michael Howson (BNP) 633.