Montgomeryshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°38′24″N 3°28′08″W / 52.640°N 3.469°W / 52.640; -3.469

Montgomeryshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Montgomeryshire in Wales.
Preserved county Powys
Electorate 48,910 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Newtown, Welshpool
Current constituency
Created 1536
Member of Parliament Glyn Davies (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly Mid and West Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Created in 1542, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP), traditionally known as the knight of the shire, by the first-past-the-post system of election.

The Montgomeryshire Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

Boundaries[edit]

The seat is based on the ancient county of Montgomeryshire, in the principal area of Powys. One of Britain's most rural and isolated constituencies, it has also been one of the small handful of seats that the Liberal Democrats (formerly the Liberal Party) could call safe, before a loss to the Conservatives in the 2010 general election. Apart from this and a Conservative victory in the 1979 general election, Montgomeryshire has elected Liberal or Liberal-affiliated candidates since 1880. The seat was officially known as Montgomery before 1997.

Members of Parliament[edit]

1542–1604[edit]

Parliament Member
1542 James Leche[2]
1545 Humphrey Lloyd[2]
1547 Humphrey Lloyd[2]
1553 (Mar) Edward Herbert[2]
1553 (Oct) Edward Herbert[2]
1554 (Apr) Edward Herbert[2]
1554 (Nov) Edward Herbert[2]
1555 Not known
1558 Edward Herbert[2]
1559 (Jan) Edward Herbert I[3]
1562–1563 Edward Herbert I[3]
1571 Edward Herbert I[3]
1572 John Price[3]
1584 (Oct) Richard Herbert[3]
1586 (Oct) Oliver Lloyd[3]
1588 (Oct) Edward Herbert I[3]
1593 Reginald WIlliams[3]
1597 (Sep) William Herbert[3]
1601 (Oct) Edward Herbert[3]

1604–present[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1604–1611 William Herbert
1614 William Herbert
1621–1622 William Herbert
1624 William Herbert
1624–1629 William Herbert
1640 Richard Herbert
1640–1642 John Pryce
1642 Seat vacant from 12 September 1642, when Pryce was disabled from sitting
1647 Edward Vaughan
1648 Seat vacant after Vaughan was excluded in Pride's Purge
1653 Not separately represented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 - 1655
(Two Members)
Charles Lloyd
John Pryce
1656 - 1658
(Two Members)
Charles Lloyd
Hugh Pryce
1659 Edward Vaughan
1660 John Purcell
1661 Edward Vaughan
1661 Hon. Andrew Newport Tory
1679 Edward Vaughan
1719 Hon. Price Devereux
1740 Robert Williams
1741 Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Tory
1742 Robert Williams
1747 Edward Kynaston
1772 Watkin Williams
1774 William Mostyn Owen
1795 Francis Lloyd
1799 Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn Tory
1834 Conservative
1850 by-election Herbert Watkin Williams-Wynn Conservative
1862 by-election Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn Conservative
1880 Stuart Rendel Liberal
1894 by-election Arthur Humphreys-Owen Liberal
1906 David Davies Liberal
1929 Clement Davies Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1939 Independent
1942 Liberal
1962 Emlyn Hooson Liberal
1979 Delwyn Williams Conservative
1983 Alex Carlile Liberal
1988 Liberal Democrat
1997 Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat
2010 Glyn Davies Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Glyn Davies
Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds[5]
General Election 2010: Montgomeryshire[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Glyn Davies 13,976 41.3 +13.8
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 12,792 37.8 −12.5
Plaid Cymru Heledd Fychan 2,802 8.3 +1.3
Labour Nick Colbourne 2,407 7.1 −5.2
UKIP David W L Rowlands 1,128 3.3 +0.4
National Front Milton Ellis 384 1.1 N/A
Independent Bruce Lawson 324 1.0 N/A
Majority 1,184 3.5
Turnout 33,813 69.4 +3.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +13.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 15,419 51.2 +1.8
Conservative Simon Baynes 8,246 27.4 −0.5
Labour David Tinline 3,454 11.5 −0.4
Plaid Cymru Ellen ap Gwynn 2,078 6.9 +0.1
UKIP Clive Easton 900 3.0 +0.3
Majority 7,173 23.8 +2.3
Turnout 30,097 64.4 −1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.2
General Election 2001: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 14,319 49.4 +3.5
Conservative David Jones 8,085 27.9 +1.8
Labour Paul Davies 3,443 11.9 −7.3
Plaid Cymru David Senior 1,969 6.8 +1.8
UKIP David Rowlands 786 2.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Ruth Davies 210 0.7 N/A
Independent Reginald Taylor 171 0.6 N/A
Majority 6,234 21.5 +1.7
Turnout 28,983 65.5 −9.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 14,647 45.9 −2.6
Conservative Edward Glyn Davies 8,344 26.1 −6.6
Labour Miss Angharad L. Davies 6,109 19.1 +6.7
Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones 1,608 5.0 +0.3
Referendum Party John Andreas Bufton 879 2.8 N/A
Green Mrs. Sue M. Walker 338 1.1 −0.4
Majority 6,303 19.7 +3.9
Turnout 31,925 74.7 −5.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.0
General Election 1992: Montgomery[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alexander Charles Carlile 16,031 48.5 +1.9
Conservative Mrs. Jeannie France-Hayhurst 10,822 32.7 −5.8
Labour Steve J. Wood 4,115 12.4 +1.9
Plaid Cymru Hugh N. Parsons 1,581 4.8 +0.3
Green Patrick H.W. Adams 508 1.5 N/A
Majority 5,209 15.8 +7.7
Turnout 33,057 79.9 +0.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alexander Charles Carlile 14,729 46.6 +3.3
Conservative David M. Evans 12,171 38.5 −2.6
Labour Edward D.W. Llewellyn-Jones 3,304 10.5 +1.9
Plaid Cymru Dr. Carl I. Clowes 1,412 4.5 −0.8
Majority 2,558 8.1 +5.8
Turnout 31,616 79.4 +0.2
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1983: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alexander Charles Carlile 12,863 43.3 +8.4
Conservative David John Delwyn Williams 12,195 41.1 +0.8
Labour Joe Wilson 2,550 8.6 −7.7
Plaid Cymru Dr. Carl I. Clowes 1,585 5.3 −3.2
Independent D.W.L. Rowlands 487 1.6 N/A
Majority 668 2.3
Turnout 29,680 79.2 −2.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David John Delwyn Williams 11,751 40.3 +11.9
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 10,158 34.9 −8.2
Labour J. Price 4,751 16.3 −2.9
Plaid Cymru C. Clowes 2,474 8.5 −0.8
Majority 1,593 5.5
Turnout 29,134 81.4 +1.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election October 1974: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 11,280 43.1 −2.3
Conservative W.R.C. Williams-Wynne 7,421 28.4 −0.5
Labour P.W. Harris 5,031 19.2 +1.4
Plaid Cymru A.P. Jones 2,440 9.3 +1.0
Majority 3,859 14.7 −2.2
Turnout 26,172 77.9 −4.7
Liberal hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 12,495 45.4 +7.0
Conservative W.R.C. Williams-Wynne 7,844 28.5 −1.2
Labour P.W. Harris 4,888 17.8 −2.3
Plaid Cymru A.P. Jones 2,274 8.3 −3.5
Majority 4,651 16.9 +8.2
Turnout 27,501 82.6 +0.3
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1970: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 10,202 38.4 −3.1
Conservative David John Delwyn Williams 7,891 29.7 +2.3
Labour D.W. Thomas 5,335 20.1 −3.7
Plaid Cymru Edward Glynne Millward 3,145 11.8 +4.4
Majority 2,311 8.7 −5.4
Turnout 26,573 82.3 −0.5
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 10,278 41.5 −0.8
Conservative A.W. Wiggin 6,784 27.4 +0.7
Labour G.M. Evans 5,891 23.8 +1.3
Plaid Cymru T. Edwards 1,841 7.4 −1.1
Majority 3,494 14.1 −1.5
Turnout 24,794 82.8 −1.3
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1964: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 10,738 42.3 +0.3
Conservative A.W. Wiggin 6,768 26.7 −4.7
Labour G.M. Evans 5,696 22.5 −4.1
Plaid Cymru Islwyn Ffowc Elis 2,167 8.5 N/A
Majority 3,970 15.6 +4.9
Turnout 25,369 84.1 +0.3
Liberal hold Swing
Montgomeryshire by-election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Emlyn Hooson 13,181 51.3 +9.2
Conservative Robert H. Dawson 5,632 21.9 −9.4
Labour Tudor Davies 5,299 20.6 −6.0
Plaid Cymru Islwyn Ffowc Elis 1,594 6.2 N/A
Majority 7,549 29.4 +18.6
Turnout 25,706 85.1 +1.3
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Edward Clement Davies 10,970 42.0 −26.0
Conservative F.L. Morgan 8,176 31.3 N/A
Labour D.C. Jones 6,950 26.6 −5.4
Majority 2,794 10.7 −25.4
Turnout 26,096 83.8 +10.2
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1955: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Edward Clement Davies 16,021 68.0 −0.5
Labour D.C. Jones 7,521 32.0 +0.5
Majority 8,500 36.1 −0.9
Turnout 23,542 73.6 −3.3
Liberal hold Swing −0.5
General Election 1951: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Edward Clement Davies 17,075 68.5 +18.5
Labour D.C. Jones 7,854 31.5 +9.0
Majority 9,221 37.0 +13.4
Turnout 24,929 76.9 −12.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1950: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Edward Clement Davies 14,401 50.0 −6.3
Conservative H. West 7,621 26.5 −17.2
Labour J.D. Williams 6,760 23.5 N/A
Majority 6,780 23.6 +8.6
Turnout 28,782 88.9 +11.5
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward Clement Davies 14,018 56.3 n/a
Conservative P.L.W. Owen 10,895 43.7 n/a
Majority 3,123 15.0 n/a
Turnout 24,913 77.4 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Edward Clement Davies Unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal National hold Swing n/a
General Election 1931: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Edward Clement Davies unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal National hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 31,142

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward Clement Davies 12,779 46.5 -30.8
Unionist Cllr. J.M. Naylor 10,651 38.7 n/a
Labour John Evans 4,069 14.8
Majority 2,128 7.8
Turnout 88.3 +8.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 24,338

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies 14,942 77.3 n/a
Labour Arthur Davies 4,384 22.7 n/a
Majority 10,558 54.6 n/a
Turnout 79.4 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922

Electorate 23,759

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lt-Col. David Davies unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Davies was sent the coalition government 'coupon' but repudiated it.

General Election, December 1910: Montgomery

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies Unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election, January 1910: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies 4,369 61.8
Conservative Arthur Watkin Williams Wynn 2,697 38.2
Majority 1,672 23.7
Turnout 7,066 89.1
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

David Davies
General Election, 1906: Montgomery

Electorate 7,843

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies Unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
Humphreys-Owen
General Election, 1900: Montgomery

Electorate 7,915

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur Charles Humphreys-Owen 3,482
Conservative Robert William Herbert Watkin Williams Wynn 3,218
Majority 264 3.9
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1800s[edit]

General Election, 1892 Liberal Majority 27 General Election, 1892 Liberal Majority 815 General Election, 1886 Liberal Majority 579

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. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ http://montlibdems.org.uk/en/page/jane-dodds-parliamentary-candidate-for-montgomeryshire
  6. ^ Montgomeryshire Cyngor Sir Powys County Council Electoral Registration
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Montgomeryshire". BBC News. 
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [1]
  • D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [2]
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • Robert Waller, The Almanac of British Politics (1st edition, London: Croom Helm, 1983)