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Bristol (European Parliament constituency)

Bristol was a European Parliament constituency centred on Bristol in England, but covering much of Avon. Until 1984, it included parts of southern Gloucestershire and northwestern Wiltshire.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bristol North East, Bristol North West, Bristol South, Bristol South East, Bristol West, Chippenham, Gloucestershire South and Kingswood. In 1984, Chippenham and Gloucestershire South were replaced by Bath, Northavon and Wansdyke, while Bristol North East and Bristol South East were merged to form Bristol East. In 1994, Bath and Wansdyke were replaced by Woodspring.[1]

The seat became part of the much larger South West England constituency in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament

Election Member Party
1979 Richard Cottrell Conservative
1989 Ian White Labour


European Parliament election, 1979: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Cottrell 100,160 54.2 N/A
Labour Doug Naysmith 59,443 32.1 N/A
Liberal J. P. Heppell 25,308 13.7 N/A
Majority 40,717 22.1 N/A
Turnout 35.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Cottrell 94,652 46.1 -8.2
Labour Roger Berry 77,008 37.5 +5.4
Social Democratic P. J. Farley 33,698 16.4 +2.7
Majority 17,644 8.6 -13.5
Turnout 36.0 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian White 87,753 39.5 +2.0
Conservative Richard Cottrell 77,771 35.0 -11.1
Green Derek Wall 39,436 17.7 N/A
Social and Liberal Democrats Charles Boney 16,309 7.3 -9.1
Wessex Regionalist Gwendoline McEwen 1,017 0.5 N/A
Majority 9,982 4.5 -4.1
Turnout 39.6 +3.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Bristol[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian White 90,790 44.1 +4.6
Conservative Earl of Stockton 60,835 29.6 -5.4
Liberal Democrat J. A. W. Barnard 40,394 19.6 +12.3
Green J. H. Boxall 7,163 3.5 -14.2
UKIP T. H. Whittingham 5,798 2.8 N/A
Natural Law Thomas Dyball 876 0.4 N/A
Majority 29,955 14.5 +10.0
Turnout 40.9 +1.5
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ "David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results". Retrieved 20 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d United Kingdom European Parliamentary Election results 1979–99: England: Part 1

External links

  • David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results
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