General Election 2017: How have previous votes gone in Weston-super-Mare?

PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 24 April 2017

It is expected everyone will go to the polls on June 8.

It is expected everyone will go to the polls on June 8.


A snap General Election has been called by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning (Tuesday). It will be held on June 8, and today the Mercury is taking a look back at the previous election results.

2015: John Penrose secured the constituency’s biggest majority since the 1970s.

This was the year the polls got it wrong. After five years of a Coalition Government, no-one was quite sure how things would go, but Conservative John Penrose sailed to victory in Weston with nearly 16,000 more votes than his nearest challenger. The Conservatives got a national majority too.

1) John Penrose (Conservative Party) 25,203, 2) Tim Taylor (Labour Party) 9,594, 3) Ernie Warrender (Ukip) 9,366, 4) John Munro (Liberal Democrats) 5,486, 5) Richard Lawson (Green Party) 2,592, 6) Ronald Lavelle (English Democrats) 311.

2010: Conservatives and Liberal Democrats form Coalition Government.

Labour had enjoyed 13 years of dominance, but seven years ago it came to an end under Gordon Brown’s tenure.

It was close between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Weston – but John Penrose came out on top.

1) John Penrose (Conservative Party) 23,356, 2) Mike Bell (Liberal Democrats) 20,665, 3) David Bradley (Labour Party) 5,772, 4) Paul Spencer (Ukip) 1,406, 5) Peryn Parsons (British National Party) 1,098, 6) John Peverelle (English Democrats) 275, 7) Steve Satch (Independent) 144.

2005: Weston swings from the Lib Dems.

Brian Cotter had been Weston’s MP since 1997, but John Penrose took the seat in 2005. The Labour Party had its third consecutive victory nationally.

1) John Penrose (Conservative Party) 19,804, 2) Brian Cotter (Liberal Democrats) 17,725, 3) Damien Egan (Labour Party) 9,169, 4) Paul Spencer (Ukip) 1,207, 5) Clive Courtney (British National Party) 778, 6) William Human (Independent) 225, 7) Paul Hemingway-Arnold (Demanding Honesty In Politics And Whitehall) 187.

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