Cardiff South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Cardiff South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members one
Replaced by Cardiff South East
Created from Cardiff

Cardiff South was a borough constituency in Cardiff, Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election. Its final MP was Labour's James Callaghan, elected in 1945 at the age of 33, who would go on to serve the party until 1987, including a spell as prime minister from 1976 to 1979 after several roles in the governments of Harold Wilson.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 James Cory Unionist
1923 Arthur Henderson jun. Labour
1924 Arthur Evans Unionist
1929 Arthur Henderson jun. Labour
1931 Arthur Evans Conservative
1945 James Callaghan Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Cardiff South[1]

Electorate 28,307

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist James Herbert Cory 7,922 48.4 n/a
Labour Joshua Thomas Clatworthy 4,303 26.3 n/a
Liberal Edward Curran 4,126 25.2 n/a
Majority 3,619 22.1 n/a
Turnout 16,351 57.8 n/a
Unionist win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Bernard Freyberg
General Election 1922: Cardiff South[2]

Electorate 29,033

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir James Herbert Cory 7,929 36.4
Liberal Bernard Cyril Freyberg 6,996 32.2
Labour David Graham Pole 6,831 31.9
Majority 933 4.2
Turnout 21,756 74.9
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Cardiff South[3]

Electorate 29,511

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Henderson 7,899 37.9
Unionist Sir James Herbert Cory 7,473 35.8
Liberal Walter Thomas Layton 5,474 26.3
Majority 426 2.1
Turnout 20,846 70.6
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924: Cardiff South[4]

Electorate 29,388

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Henry Arthur Evans 11,642 49.8
Labour Arthur Henderson 9,324 40.3
Liberal Ewan G Davies 2,287 9.0
Majority 2,218 9.5
Turnout 78.8
Unionist gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1929: Cardiff South[5]

Electorate 38,097

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Henderson 13,686 45.3
Unionist E T Nethercoat 10,030 33.1
Liberal C J Cole 6,550 21.6
Majority 3,656 12.2
Turnout 79.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Cardiff South[6]

Electorate 38,659

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Arthur Evans 17,976 59.8
Labour Arthur Henderson 12,092 40.2
Majority 5,884 19.6
Turnout 30,068 77.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Cardiff South[7]

Electorate 38,461

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Arthur Evans 14,925 50.9
Labour Harry Louis Nathan 14,384 49.1
Majority 541 1.8
Turnout 29,309 75.8
Conservative 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 and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Cardiff South[9]

Electorate 39,220

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leonard James Callaghan 17,489 60.2
Conservative Henry Arthur Evans 11,545 39.8
Majority 5,944 20.5
Turnout 73.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S 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. ^ Report of the Annual Conference, 1939
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig