About Bristol West
Bristol West is a small but dynamic constituency which covers most of central and west Bristol. Despite a total population of around 127,000, Bristol West is certainly one of the most diverse and inclusive constituencies for the city and the South West. A mix of cultures, students and professionals live and work in Bristol West.
Both Bristol University and the University of the West of England are major employers and boost the number of young voters (16-24) in the constituency. It’s a great place to get involved in the local party through university groups and societies. Our boundary reaches popular suburbs including Clifton Village, Redland and Cotham as well inner city population hubs such as Easton and St Pauls.
The wards making up the Bristol West Constituency are Ashley, Bishopston and Ashley Down, Central, Clifton, Clifton Down, Cotham, Easton, Hotwells and Harbourside, Lawrence Hill and Redland. Find out how to contact our Ward Organisers here or head to our ‘get involved’ page.
Bristol is a great place for a photo opportunity too and our constituency includes famous landmarks including the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Bristol Hippodrome, Colston Hall, Bristol Zoo and Gardens and the home of the SS. Great Britain.
Our sitting Member of Parliament is Thangam Debbonaire of the Labour Party. Thangam was voted in with a 5,673. Thangam was voted in with a 5,673 majority in the 2015 general election.
Politically, the seat for the Bristol West Constituency has become a very interesting battlefield.
In 1997, Labour’s Valerie Davey broke 112 years of Conservative representation.
In 2005, the seat became a ‘three way marginal’ and was fought intensely by the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties. Stephen Williams was elected for the Liberal Democrats, aided by a very large student electorate at the time.
In 2015, the Liberal Democrat share of the vote collapsed and after fighting off competition from the Green Party and a focused campaign fought on key local issues, Thangam was elected to parliament.
Do you live in central or west Bristol and want to make a difference or campaign on local issues? In 2016 our focus is electing a Labour Bristol Mayor and returning a council majority of fantastic Labour councillors – there isn’t more exciting time to get involved on a local level. We will also be campaigning hard to put forward a positive case for remaining in the EU. The EU referendum will take place on June 23rd 2016. Click here for more information about how to play your part.