Many of the constituencies in this region have been contested repeatedly by the same candidates over several elections. Some of those elected to Westminster remained MPs over three or more parliaments. There have been surprisingly few ‘single contest’ candidates. Few constituencies have been left uncontested for long even in the most barren periods in party fortunes. Another helpful factor has been the small number of changes of constituency names. In excess of 30 candidates have fought constituencies in other regions. Though the region has not been over endowed with eminent Party figures, several outstanding personalities, including a former Party Leader, are afforded extended entries.
By prior agreement with the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats did not nominate candidates for the constituencies of Bristol West, Forest of Dean, or Stroud at the General Election of 2019.