Abertillery (UK Parliament constituency)

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Abertillery
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members one
Replaced by Blaenau Gwent and Islwyn
Created from West Monmouthshire

Abertillery was a county constituency centred on the town of Abertillery in Monmouthshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system of election. From 1950 up to (and including) 1970, it was the safest Labour seat in the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency consisted of the urban districts of Abercarn, Abertillery and Nantyglo and Blaina.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 William Brace Labour
1920 by-election George Barker Labour
1929 George Daggar Labour
1950 by-election Rev Llewellyn Williams Labour
1965 Albert Clifford Williams Labour
1970 Jeffrey Thomas Labour
1981 SDP
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

William Brace
General Election 1918: Abertillery[2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Brace unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

George Hay Morgan
Abertillery by-election, 1920[3]

Electorate 32,960

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Barker 15,942 66.4 n/a
Coalition Liberal George Hay Morgan 7,842 33.6 n/a
Majority 7,650 32.8 n/a
Turnout 70.8 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922: Abertillery[4]

Electorate 34,270

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Barker unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win
General Election 1923: Abertillery[5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Barker unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win
General Election 1924: Abertillery[6]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Barker unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win
General Election 1929: Abertillery[7]

Electorate 37,972

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Daggar 20,175 64.5 n/a
Liberal W. R. Meredith 8,425 26.9 n/a
Unionist Peter John Feilding Chapman-Walker 2,697 8.6 n/a
Majority 11,750 37.6 n/a
Turnout 82.4 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Abertillery[8]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Daggar unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win
General Election 1935: Abertillery[9]

Electorate 39,367

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Daggar unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Abertillery[11]

Electorate 40,749

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Daggar 28,615 86.6 n/a
National Dr. J John Hayward 4,422 13.4 n/a
Majority 743.2 n/a
Turnout 81.1 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Abertillery

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Daggar 29,609 86.5
Conservative OJ Lewis 4,403 13.5
Majority 25,206 73.0
Turnout 71.1
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schedule 9 of the Representation of the People Act, 1918 (7 & 8 Geo. 5 c.64)
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  10. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig