Islwyn (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°39′11″N 3°11′24″W / 51.653°N 3.190°W / 51.653; -3.190

Islwyn
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Islwyn in Wales.
Preserved county Gwent
Electorate 54,792 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Blackwood, Risca, Pontllanfraith, Newbridge
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Chris Evans (Labour Co-op)
Number of members One
Created from Bedwellty
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales East
European Parliament constituency Wales

Islwyn (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɪslʊɨn]) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This area, historically known for coal-mining, is a safe Labour Party seat which was once held by the party's former leader Neil Kinnock, who served as opposition leader for nearly a decade until 1992. The current MP is Chris Evans, first elected at the 2010 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency encompasses the towns of Blackwood, Risca, Oakdale, Pontllanfraith and Newbridge.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Neil Kinnock Labour
1995 by-election Don Touhig Labour Co-op
2010 Chris Evans Labour Co-op

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Islwyn[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 17,069 49.2 −15.1
Conservative Daniel Thomas 4,854 14.0 +3.0
Plaid Cymru Steffan Lewis 4,518 13.0 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Ashgar Ali 3,597 10.4 −1.8
Independent Dave Rees 1,495 4.3 N/A
BNP John Voisey 1,320 3.8 N/A
UKIP Jason Crew 936 2.7 N/A
Independent Paul Taylor 901 2.6 N/A
Majority 12,215 35.2
Turnout 34,690 63.3 +3.0
Labour Co-op hold Swing −9.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,687 63.8 +2.3
Plaid Cymru Jim Criddle 3,947 12.8 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Lee Dillon 3,873 12.5 −0.7
Conservative Phillip Howells 3,358 10.9 +2.9
Majority 15,740 51.0
Turnout 30,865 61.0 −0.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing +0.7
General Election 2001: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,505 61.5 −12.6
Liberal Democrat Kevin Etheridge 4,196 13.2 +4.8
Plaid Cymru Leigh Thomas 3,767 11.9 +5.6
Conservative Phillip Howells 2,543 8.0 +0.2
Independent Paul Taylor 1,263 4.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Mary Millington 417 1.3 N/A
Majority 15,309 48.3
Turnout 31,691 61.9 −10.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 26,995 74.2 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Chris J. Worker 3,064 8.4 +2.8
Conservative Russell Walters 2,864 7.9 −7.0
Plaid Cymru Darren Jones 2,272 6.2 +2.4
Referendum Party Susan M. Monaghan 1,209 3.3 N/A
Majority 23,391 65.8
Turnout 72.0
Labour Co-op hold Swing
By-election 1995: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Touhig 16,030 69.2 −5.1
Plaid Cymru Jocelyn Davies 2,933 12.7 +8.8
Liberal Democrat John Bushell 2,448 10.6 +4.9
Conservative Robert Buckland 913 3.9 −10.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 506 2.2 +0.9
UKIP Hugh Moelwyn Hughes 289 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Trevor Rees 47 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 56.5
Turnout 23,166 45.1 −36.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Islwyn[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 30,908 74.3 +3.0
Conservative Peter Bone 6,180 14.9 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Michael Andrew Symonds 2,352 5.7 −3.6
Plaid Cymru (Green) Helen Mary Jones 1,606 3.9 +3.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 547 1.3 N/A
Majority 24,728 59.5 +2.8
Turnout 41,593 81.4 +1.0
Labour hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,901 71.3 +11.9
Conservative John Kenneth Twitchen 5,954 14.7 +0.6
Social Democrat Jacqui Gasson 3,746 9.2 −13.5
Plaid Cymru Aneurin Richards 1932 4.8 +0.8
Majority 22,947 56.6
Turnout 40,533 80.4 +2.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 23,183 59.4 N/A
Social Democrat David Stanley Johnson 8,803 22.5 N/A
Conservative Michael James Bevan 5,511 14.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru Aneurin Richards 1,574 4.0 N/A
Majority 14,380 36.9 N/A
Turnout 39,071 77.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" [self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Islwyn Caerphilly County Borough Council - Islwyn candidates
  4. ^ Islwyn BBC Election - Islwyn
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Blaenau Gwent
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1983–1992
Succeeded by
Monklands East