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 Kingswood
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Roger Berry Labour 28,903 54.9 +1.2
Robert Marven Conservative 14,941 28.4 -1.5
Christopher Greenfield Liberal Democrat 7,747 14.7 +1.9
David Smith UK Independence 1,085 2.1  
Majority 13,962 26.5
Turnout 52,676 65.4 -12.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Kingswood lies on the eastern border of Bristol. The seat was effectively created in February 1974, and has always been considered marginal, and until 1992 it was always won by the party who won the General Election. Labourís Roger Berry broke the trend in 1992 and unseated the sitting Tory MP Rob Hayward with an above-average swing of almost 6%.

This area includes places like Stoke Gifford and serves as part of Bristol's commuter belt so it has tended to provide strong support for the Conservatives.

The seat is split between urban and rural regions. The Bristol ring road passes through the borough, providing excellent communication links of great benefit to the many small manufacturing industries based here. A new and sizeable development is planned in the form of a Science and Education Park, and though new business development tends to be of a somewhat transitional nature, diversity has meant employment is not tied to just a couple of large companies.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Kingswood
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Roger Berry Labour 32,181 53.7
Jon Howard Conservative 17,928 29.9
Jeanne Pinkerton Liberal Democrat 7,672 12.8
Alexandra Reather Referendum 1,463 2.4
Peter Hart BNP 290 0.5
Andrew Harding Natural Law 238 0.4
Andrew Nicolson Independent 115 0.2
Majority 14,253 23.8
Turnout 59,887 77.6
 
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