Post by Adam in Stroud on Nov 26, 2017 17:40:12 GMT
I presume your point is that, as with Totnes, the town dies not equal the constituency - which is correct. But it is a bit tricky to get the definition of the town population.
The civil parish of Stroud population at the 2011 census was 12,690 but a non-resident would probably not know they'd left "Stroud" as they passed into Cainscross (pop 7,316 in 2011) or Rodborough (4,543). Thrupp (1,830) Chalford (6,509), Nailsworth (5,800) Whiteshill and Ruscombe (1,161) and Minchinhampton (2,875) are slightly detached but only by a few minutes drive away and are demographically pretty much the same as Stroud; as are Selsey and Randwick & Westrip, for which I can't get figures, probably about 1,000 each. Then there's Stonehouse which is again near as dammit part of Stroud though demographically more of an "old Labour" stronghold, that has a population of 7,725. That lot added together gives you about half the constituency population. And note that the least "hippyish" parts (Stonehouse and to some extent Cainscross) would actually be fairly strong traditional Labour areas rather than Tory backwoods - David Drew is a Stonehouse man and started his career as a councillor there - and that would also be true of some of the other population centres further away, notably Dursley (due to go to Thornbury and Yate under BCE's current proposals FWIW) At one time the constituency included Quedgeley which is also not a "true blue" rural Cotswolds sort of place, which is of course why it was put into Gloucester City.