Brecon and Radnorshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°05′38″N 3°22′55″W / 52.094°N 3.382°W / 52.094; -3.382

Brecon and Radnorshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales.
Preserved county Powys
Electorate 53,882 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Brecon, Crickhowell, Ystradgynlais, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Roger Williams (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Created from Breconshire
Radnorshire
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly Mid and West Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Brecon and Radnorshire (Welsh: Brycheiniog a Sir Faesyfed) is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Created in 1918, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election; until 1997 its name was simply Brecon and Radnor.

The Brecon and Radnorshire Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

Boundaries[edit]

The boundaries of the constituency correspond broadly with the ancient counties of Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. Radnorshire is included in full, and the only significantly populated area from Brecknockshire not in this constituency is Brynmawr, which is in Blaenau Gwent. This is the largest constituency in England and Wales by area.[2] No town in the constituency exceeds a population of 10,000, the largest being Ystradgynlais at roughly 9,000. Other towns in the constituency are Brecon, Knighton, Crickhowell and Llandrindod Wells. The remainder of the constituency is largely made up of small villages and land used for farming sheep: sheep outnumber humans in Powys as a whole by around ten to one.[3]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in the boundary changes of 1918 by merging Breconshire and Radnorshire, both previously constituencies in their own right. While once a Labour stronghold, the constituency was captured from the Conservative government by the SDP-Liberal Alliance at a dramatic by-election in 1985. It was regained by the Conservatives in 1992, but has been in Liberal Democrat hands since 1997. It was the Conservative Party's fifteenth target seat at the 2005 election, but their share of the vote fell, leaving it as the Conservatives' 95th target seat in 2010, requiring a swing of 5.09%. In the event, the swing to the Conservatives was 0.3%, and the Liberal Democrats retained the seat, with Roger Williams remaining the MP.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Sidney Robinson Coalition Liberal
1922 William Albert Jenkins National Liberal
1923 Liberal
1924 Walter D'Arcy Hall Conservative
1929 Peter Freeman Labour
1931 Walter D'Arcy Hall Conservative
1935 Ivor Grosvenor Guest National
1939 by-election William Frederick Jackson Labour
1945 Tudor Watkins Labour
1970 Caerwyn Roderick Labour
1979 Tom Hooson Conservative
1985 by-election Richard Livsey Liberal
1992 Jonathan Evans Conservative
1997 Richard Livsey Liberal Democrats
2001 Roger Williams Liberal Democrats

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Chris Carmichael
Conservative Chris Davies [5]
Labour Matthew Dorrance [6]
UKIP Clive Easton [7]
Plaid Cymru Freddy Greaves [8]
Liberal Democrat Roger Williams [9]
General Election 2010: Brecon and Radnorshire[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Roger Williams 17,929 46.2 +1.3
Conservative Suzy Davies 14,182 36.5 +1.9
Labour Chris Lloyd 4,096 10.4 −4.5
Plaid Cymru Janet Davies 989 2.5 −1.1
UKIP Clive Easton 876 2.3 +0.4
Green Dorienne Robinson 341 0.9 +0.9
Christian Jeffery Green 222 0.6 +0.6
Monster Raving Loony Chris "Lord Offa of the Dyke" Rogers 210 0.5 +0.5
Majority 3,747 9.6
Turnout 38,845 72.5 +3.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −0.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Roger Williams 17,182 44.8 +8.0
Conservative Andrew Davies 13,277 34.6 −0.2
Labour Leighton Veale 5,755 15.0 −6.4
Plaid Cymru Mabon ap Gwynfor 1,404 3.7 +0.2
UKIP Liz Phillips 723 1.9 +0.7
Majority 3,905 10.2
Turnout 38,341 69.5 -1.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +4.1
General Election 2001: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Roger Williams 13,824 36.8 −4.0
Conservative Felix Aubel 13,073 34.8 +5.9
Labour Huw Irranca-Davies 8,024 21.4 −5.3
Plaid Cymru Brynach Parri 1,301 3.5 +2.0
Independent Ian Mitchell 762 2.0 N/A
UKIP Elizabeth Phillips 452 1.2 N/A
Independent Robert Nicholson 80 0.2 N/A
Majority 751 2.0
Turnout 37,516 70.5 −11.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Richard Livsey 17,516 40.8 +5.0
Conservative Jonathan Evans 12,419 29.0 −7.1
Labour Chris J. Mann 11,424 26.6 +0.3
Referendum Party Elizabeth Phillips 900 2.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru Steven Cornelius 622 1.5 +0.6
Majority 5,097 11.9
Turnout 42,881 82.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Brecon and Radnor[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Evans 15,977 36.1 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Richard Livsey 15,847 35.8 +1.0
Labour Chris J. Mann 11,634 26.3 −2.9
Plaid Cymru Mrs Sian R. Meredudd 418 0.9 −0.3
Green Hugh W. Richards 393 0.9 N/A
Majority 130 0.3 +0.2
Turnout 44,269 85.9 +1.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +0.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Brecon and Radnor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Livsey 14,509 34.8 +10.4
Conservative Jonathan Evans 14,453 34.7 −13.5
Labour Frederick Richard Willey 12,180 29.2 +4.2
Plaid Cymru John Hamilton Davies 535 1.3 −0.4
Majority 56 0.1
Turnout 41,677 84.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
By-Election 1985: Brecon and Radnor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Livsey 13,753 35.8 +11.4
Labour Frederick Richard Willey 13,194 34.4 +9.4
Conservative Christopher John Butler 10,631 27.7 −20.5
Plaid Cymru Janet Davies 435. 1.1 −0.6
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 202 0.5 N/A
One Nation Conservative Roger Everest 154 0.4 N/A
Independent Andre C.L. Genillard 43 0.1 N/A
Majority 559 1.4 N/A
Turnout 38,412 79.4 −0.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A
General Election 1983: Brecon and Radnor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Hooson 18,255 48.2
Labour Rev. D.R. Morris 9,471 25.0
Liberal Richard Livsey 9,226 24.4
Plaid Cymru Mrs Sian R. Meredudd 640 1.7
Independent Richard Booth 278 0.7 N/A
Majority 8,784 23.2
Turnout 37,870 80.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Brecon and Radnor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Ellis Hooson 22,660 47.23
Labour Caerwyn Eifion Roderick 19,633 40.92
Liberal N Lewis 4,654 9.70
Plaid Cymru J Power 1,031 2.15
Majority 3,027 6.31
Turnout 84.21
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election October 1974: Brecon and Radnor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Caerwyn Eifion Roderick 18,622 42.12
Conservative LH Davies 15,610 35.31
Liberal NK Thomas 7,682 17.37
Plaid Cymru DN Gittins 2,300 5.20
Majority 3,012 6.81
Turnout 81.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Brecon and Radnor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Caerwyn Eifion Roderick 18,180 40.47
Conservative LH Davies 15,903 35.40
Liberal N Thomas 8,741 19.46
Plaid Cymru DN Gittins 2,099 4.67
Majority 2,277 5.07
Turnout 83.41
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 52,694

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Caerwyn Eifion Roderick 18,736 43.42
Conservative Gareth JJ Neale 13,892 32.20
Liberal Geraint Wyn Howells 8,169 18.93
Plaid Cymru W George Jenkins 2,349 5.44
Majority 4,844 11.23
Turnout 81.88
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 49,464

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 22,902 57.49
Conservative FT Stevens 14,523 36.46
Plaid Cymru Trefor R Morgan 2,410 6.05
Majority 8,379 21.03
Turnout 80.53
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 50,159

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 23,967 57.69
Conservative FT Stevens 15,415 37.10
Plaid Cymru Trefor R Morgan 2,165 5.21
Majority 8,552 20.58
Turnout 82.83
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 51,357

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 25,411 57.30
Conservative JH Davies 18,939 42.70
Majority 6,472 14.59
Turnout 86.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 51,969

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 23,953 53.10
Conservative Henry Graham Partridge 16,412 36.38
Liberal Dr William Stanley Russell Thomas 4,745 10.52
Majority 7,541 16.72
Turnout 86.80
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 52,728

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 24,572 52.21
Conservative James David Gibson-Watt 22,489 47.79
Majority 2,083 4.43
Turnout 89.25
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Brecon and Radnor

Electorate 51,951

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 22,519 48.84
Conservative James David Gibson-Watt 19,690 42.70
Liberal RMR Paton 3,903 8.46
Majority 2,829 6.14
Turnout 88.76
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945

Electorate 52,689

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tudor Elwyn Watkins 19,725 46.8
Conservative Hon. Oscar Montague Guest 14,089 33.4
Liberal Cllr. D Lewis 8,335 19.8
Majority 5,636 13.4
Turnout 80.0
Labour hold Swing

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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Labour: William Jackson, Conservative: Liberal:

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, 1939

Electorate 48,486

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Frederick Jackson 20,679 53.4
Conservative Hon. Richard Hanning Philipps 18,043 46.6
Majority 2,636 6.8
Turnout 79.9
Labour gain from National Swing
General Election 1935

Electorate 49,827

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Ivor Grosvenor Guest 22,079 52.6
Labour Dr Leslie Haden Guest 19,910 47.4
Majority 2,169 5.2
Turnout 84.3
National hold Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 49,199

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Walter D'Arcy Hall 25,620 59.8
Labour Peter Freeman 17,223 40.2
Majority 8,397 19.6
Turnout 42,843 87.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 49,031

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Freeman 14,551 33.7
Unionist Walter D'Arcy Hall 14,324 33.3
Liberal Elias Wynne Cemlyn-Jones 14,182 33.0
Majority 187 0.4
Turnout 87.7
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 39,943

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Walter D'Arcy Hall 12,834 38.4
Liberal William Albert Jenkins 10,374 31.1
Labour Edward Thomas John 10,167 30.5
Majority 2,460 7.3
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Albert Jenkins unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922

Electorate 38,815

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal William Albert Jenkins 20,405 67.4
Labour Edward Thomas John 9,850 32.6
Majority 10,555 34.8
Turnout 77.9
National Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

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