Bristol East constituency covers nine wards in the city: Frome Vale, Hillfields, Eastville, St George West, St George Central, St George Troopers Hill, Brislington West, Brislington East and Stockwood.
These boundaries were formed following the 2010 General Election. Prior to this Frome Vale and Hillfields were part of Kingswood. Easton and Lawrence Hill used to belong to Bristol East and are now part of Bristol West. A small section of Knowle which used to be in Bristol East is now part of Bristol South.
Former MPs for Bristol East Constituency
1885 - 1890: Handel Cossham
1890 - 1895: Sir Joseph Dodge Weston
1895 - 1900: Sir William Henry Wills
1900 - 1918: Charles Edward Henry Hobhouse
1918 - 1922: George Bryant Britton
1922 - 1923: Harold Spencer Morris
1923 - 1931: Walter John Baker
1931 - 1950: Sir Stafford Cripps
1950 - 1983: Constituency abolished (see below)
1983 - 1992: Jonathan Sayeed
1992 - 2005: Jean Corston
2005 - now: Kerry McCarthy
The constituency was abolished in the boundary changes preceding the 1950 General Election, although much of the area was included in the constituency of Bristol South East. Stafford Cripps was elected for Bristol South East in the 1950 General Election but stood down a year later because of ill-health. Tony Benn became the new MP in a November 1951 by-election and represented Bristol South East for the next 32 years. When the constituency was recreated for the 1983 General Election, Tony Benn stood as Labour’s candidate but was defeated by the Conservative, Jonathan Sayeed. Tony Benn was re-elected to Parliament a year later, in the Chesterfield by-election.