50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Bristol West

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? Top Green target. A four way marginal (Lib Dem-Labour-Conservative-Green)

Where? West-central Bristol, not far from Wales.

Why? Although the seat was won by the Liberal Democrats in 2010 with a healthy majority of 11, 366, the decline in support for the junior coalition member nationally has made the current MP, Stephen Williams, appear vulnerable. Can the Green party double their number of MPs in Parliament by winning? Labour also fancy their chances of winning here. With vote splitting between multiple parties, the final outcome is less than clear.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Liberal Democrat majority in 2010: 11, 366

The MP in the last Parliament – Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West

Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West

Originally from south Wales, Stephen Williams (Lib Dem) moved to Bristol as a student in the 1980s. He first won Bristol West in 2005, having previously stood in 2001 and, for Bristol South, in 1997. Since 2013 he has served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Full biography on Williams’ website.

@swilliamsmp

The challengers

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour candidate for Bristol West

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour candidate for Bristol West

As well as being a professional cellist, Thangam Debbonaire (Lab) has twenty-five years’ experience in working to end domestic violence. She now works for Respect,the UK organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims and young people, as their research manager. Full biography on Debonnaire’s website.

@tdebbonaire

Claire Hiscott, Conservative candidate for Bristol West

Claire Hiscott, Conservative candidate for Bristol West

Pharmacist, city councillor, and school governor, Claire Hiscott (Con) has lived and worked in Bristol for seventeen years. Her campaigning in Bristol has focused on healthcare and transport. Full biography on Hiscott’s website.

@clairehiscott

Darren Hall, Green PPC for Bristol West, with party leader Natalie Bennet

Darren Hall, Green PPC for Bristol West, with party leader Natalie Bennet

Raised in Berkeley in Gloucestershire, Darren Hall (Green) has lived in Bristol since 2001, when he moved to the city to work as a crime and drugs manager for the Home Office. He is now a freelance project manager in the social and environmental sector. He edits Good Bristol, a magazine dedicated to promoting ethical and sustainable businesses and organisations.

@DarrenHall2015

Dawn Parry is an Independents for Bristol candidate

Dawn Parry is a candidate under the Independents for Bristol banner.

Dawn Parry is an Independents for Bristol candidate for the seat. She has served as a Councillor in North Somerset Council and is currently engaged with a company that provides the technology to reduce pollution from diesel engines.

@DawnParry

Jan McDonald is the Class War candidate.

Stewart Weston is the Left Unity candidate for Bristol West.

Stewart Weston is the Left Unity candidate for Bristol West.

Stewart Weston is the Left Unity candidate. He  is a community engagement practitioner working mainly in Bristol and the surrounding areas. More information on the Bristol Left Unity website.

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