Seat Preview: Bristol West

22 May 2017

Bristol West

MP: Thangam Debonnaire

Majority: 5,673

Labour-Green marginal

Until 1997, Bristol West had returned a Conservative MP for 112 years. Even in the Labour landslide of 1945, Conservative MP Oliver Stanley had a majority of nearly 7,000. However, Labour won the seat in 1997 and the Liberal Democrats’ Stephen Williams held it between 2005 and 2015. It is a constituency very much in favour of the European Union: 79% (probably) voted Remain in last year’s EU referendum.

Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire won the seat in 2015, and is standing again this time around. Stephen Williams is also standing again, having failed to win the West of England mayoral election in May. The seat is also of major interest to the Green Party, who probably view Bristol West as their best chance of doubling their representation in the House of Commons. They are fielding Molly Scott Cato, who is also currently an MEP for the South West region. The Greens came second in 2015. Bristol West is one of the few constituencies where the student vote might really matter, although potentially less so in a June election. For all the talk of progressive alliances between Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens, Bristol West is a seat where they are all battling each other.

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Craig Johnson is a Cardiff-based Research Officer with the Public Policy Institute for Wales, and is in the closing stages of a Ph.D. in British politics at Newcastle University. He tweets @cjnu1.