Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 3°18′29″W / 51.752°N 3.308°W / 51.752; -3.308

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in Wales.
Preserved county Mid Glamorgan
Electorate 55,409 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Dai Havard (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Merthyr Tydfil
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful a Rhymni) is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Boundaries[edit]

The main towns are Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. Neighbouring constituencies are Brecon and Radnorshire, Blaenau Gwent, Islwyn, Caerphilly and Cynon Valley.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, prior to this Merthyr Tydfil had been in its own eponymous constituency and Rhymney was in the seat of Ebbw Vale (at the time Michael Foot's constituency) which was abolished at that election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Ted Rowlands Labour
2001 Dai Havard Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dai Havard 14,007 43.7 -16.8
Liberal Democrat Amy Kitcher 9,951 31.0 +17.0
Conservative Maria Hill 2,412 7.5 -1.4
Independent Clive Tovey 1,845 5.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru Glyndwr Jones 1,621 5.1 -4.9
BNP Richard Barnes 1,173 3.7 N/A
UKIP Adam Brown 872 2.7 +0.4
Socialist Labour Alan Cowdell 195 0.6 -0.3
Majority 4,056 12.6
Turnout 32,076 58.6 +3.2
Labour hold Swing -16.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dai Havard 18,129 60.5 -1.3
Liberal Democrat Ceirion Rees 4,195 14.0 +6.5
Plaid Cymru Noel Turner 2,972 9.9 -4.8
Conservative Roger Berry 2,680 8.9 +1.7
Forward Wales Neil Greer 1,030 3.4 +3.4
UKIP Gwyn Parry 699 2.3 +2.3
Socialist Labour Ina Marsden 271 0.9 -1.3
Majority 13,934 46.5
Turnout 29,976 54.9 -2.8
Labour hold Swing -3.9
General Election 2001: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dai Havard 19,574 61.8 -14.9
Plaid Cymru Robert Hughes 4,651 14.7 +8.7
Liberal Democrat Keith Rogers 2,385 7.5 +0.1
Conservative Richard Cuming 2,272 7.2 +0.8
Independent Jeffrey Edwards 1,936 6.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Ken Evans 692 2.2 N/A
ProLife Alliance Anthony Lewis 174 0.5 N/A
Majority 14,923 47.1
Turnout 31,684 57.7 -11.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Rowlands 30,012 76.7
Liberal Democrat Duncan Anstey 2,926 7.5 +0.1
Conservative Jonathan Morgan 2,508 6.4 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Alun G. Cox 2,344 6.0
Independent Labour Alan B. Cowdell 691 1.8
Referendum Party Ron W. Hutchings 660 1.7
Majority 27,086 69.2
Turnout 39,141 69.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Rowlands 31,710 71.6 −3.8
Liberal Democrat Robyn P.J. Rowland 4,997 11.3 +3.2
Conservative Mark J. Hughes 4,904 11.1 −0.8
Plaid Cymru Alun G. Cox 2,704 6.1 +1.4
Majority 26,713 60.3 −3.2
Turnout 44,315 75.8 −0.3
Labour hold Swing −3.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Rowlands 33,400 75.35
Conservative NM Walters 5,270 11.89
Liberal P Verma 3,573 8.06
Plaid Cymru J Davies 2,085 4.70
Majority 28,130 63.46
Turnout 76.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Rowlands 29,053 67.35
Liberal P Owen 6,323 14.66
Conservative R Blausten 5,449 12.63
Plaid Cymru G Howells 2,058 4.77
Workers Revolutionary T Gould 256 0.59
Majority 22,730 52.69
Turnout 72.52
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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 "M" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Caerphilly County Borough Council - candidates Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
  4. ^ Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney BBC Election - Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.