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 Woodspring
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Liam Fox Conservative 21,297 43.7 -0.7
Chanel Stevens Labour 12,499 25.6 +4.9
Colin Eldridge Liberal Democrat 11,816 24.2 -6.2
David Shopland Independent 1,412 2.9  
Richard Lawson Green 1,282 2.6 +1.4
Fraser Crean UK Independence 452 0.9  
Majority 8,798 18.0
Turnout 48,758 68.7 -9.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
There is no town called Woodspring and the constituency name was taken from the local government district created in 1974 which has since been abolished.

This seat is largely rural and accounts for some 58% of the population of the North Somerset council area. The Victorian town of Clevedon is Woodspring’s largest town. Its economy is largely dependent on commuters, with a large proportion working in Bristol and with its position on the M5 it has become a centre for distribution and light industry.

The other major conurbation, Nailsea, was at the centre of the North Somerset coalfield in the nineteenth century and was also famous for its glass. Sinking into rural tranquillity at the end of the 1800s the then village was identified by Somerset County Council as the site of a dormer town for Bristol in the 1950's. The town has since grown from a small village of a few thousand to a town of 18,000.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Woodspring
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Liam Fox Conservative 24,425 44.4
Nan Kirsen Liberal Democrat 16,691 30.4
Debbie Sander Labour 11,377 20.7
Richard Hughes Referendum 1,641 3.0
Richard Lawson Green 667 1.2
Andrew Glover Independent 101 0.2
Mike Mears Natural Law 52 0.1
Majority 7,734 14.1
Turnout 54,954 78.4
 
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