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 Bristol West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Valerie Davey Labour 20,505 36.8 +1.6
Stephen Williams Liberal Democrat 16,079 28.9 +0.9
Pamela Chesters Conservative 16,040 28.8 -4.0
John Devaney Green 1,961 3.5 +2.1
Bernard Kennedy Socialist Labour 590 1.1 +0.7
Simon Muir UK Independence 490 0.9  
Majority 4,426 8.0
Turnout 55,665 65.6 -7.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Liberal Democrat to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Before the 1997 election, William Waldegrave, the Conservative chief secretary to the Treasury, seemed safe.

The Liberal Democrats required a swing of 8% to win the seat and Labour was at a safe distance in third place.

However, Labour's Valerie Davey managed to secure a surprising victory with a small but sufficient majority of 1,593 votes.

Although it doesnít fit its generally affluent image, Bristol actually has the highest number of homeless people outside London, most of them in Bristol West.

Plus, one in eight houses in Bristol is in urgent need of repair and the 86,000 electorate is divided north to south between the have-nots and the haves.

While the south of the constituency contains elegant architecture, good quality housing, shops and restaurants, the remainder includes most of the central city area and the troubled St. Paulís district where there were serious riots in 1981.

However, as the home of the city's two universities, Bristol Zoo, the Catholic cathedral and Clifton College School, Bristol West is by far the most middle-class of the cityís constituencies.

Valerie Davey rose through Avon City Council from 1981 to 1996 eventually becoming its leader.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bristol West
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Valerie Davey Labour 22,068 35.2
William Waldegrave Conservative 20,575 32.8
Charles Boney Liberal Democrat 17,551 28.0
Margot Beauchamp Referendum 1,304 2.1
Justin Quinnell Green 852 1.4
Roy Nurse Socialist Labour 244 0.4
Jai Brierley Natural Law 47 0.1
Majority 1,493 2.4
Turnout 62,641 73.5
 
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