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 Wansdyke
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Dan Norris Labour 23,206 46.8 +2.7
Chris Watt Conservative 17,593 35.5 +0.2
Gail Coleshill Liberal Democrat 7,135 14.4 -2.4
Francis Hayden Green 958 1.9  
Peter Sandell UK Independence 655 1.3 +0.5
Majority 5,613 11.3
Turnout 49,547 70.1 -8.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Wansdyke derives its name from Woden's Dyke (Woden being a god of the Saxons), the ancient defensive ditch that stretches from near Bristol to beyond Marlborough in the South West country.

The constituency is mainly a residential area from which people commute into Bristol or Bath but it includes the picturesque Chew Valley to the south of Bristol and parts of South Gloucestershire.

The northern edge of the constituency includes parts of Bristol, moving across to Bath and down to the old Somerset coalfields. One of the main towns is Keynsham which is best known for its large Cadburys chocolate factory which makes many well-known brands including Turkish Delight and Double Decker.

Dan Norris was elected Labour MP for Wansdyke in 1997 with the biggest increase in Labourís share of the vote in the South West.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wansdyke
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Dan Norris Labour 24,117 44.1
Mark Prisk Conservative 19,318 35.3
Jeff Manning Liberal Democrat 9,205 16.8
Kevin Clinton Referendum 1,327 2.4
T S Hunt UK Independence 438 0.8
Peter House Loony 225 0.4
Sue Lincoln Natural Law 92 0.2
Majority 4,799 8.8
Turnout 54,722 79.0
 
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