Pontypridd (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°36′04″N 3°21′00″W / 51.601°N 3.350°W / 51.601; -3.350

Pontypridd
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Pontypridd in Wales.
Preserved county Mid Glamorgan
Electorate 61,507 (April 2012)[1]
Major settlements Pontypridd, Llantrisant
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Owen Smith (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Mid Glamorganshire
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Pontypridd is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returns one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post system.

Boundaries[edit]

Pontypridd constituency can be split into two parts, an eastern part containing the town itself, and a western part focussed on Llantrisant. In Pontypridd itself the wards are: Town, Treforest, Rhondda (consisting of Hopkinstown, Maesycoed, Graigwen, Trehafod, & Pwllgwaun), Graig, Trallwng, Rhydyfelin Central & Ilan, Hawthorn, Taffs Well. The Western half consists of the following wards: Beddau, Church Village, Tonteg, Llantwit Fardre, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Talbot Green, Tonyrefail East and Tonyrefail West.[2]

Alternatively, one can think of the constituency as being divided between a 'suburban' district in the south and communities that grew in the industrial revolution to the north; the Southern area, particularly between Church Village and Llantrisant, contains much new residential and light industrial development, and benefits from good transport links due to its proximity to the M4. This section has a growing population and is an important 'dormitory' for Cardiff. The Northern parts, particularly Tonyrefail and the northern end of Pontypridd town consists of large sections of 19th century housing and suffered high unemployment in the 1980s as the old industries closed. However, in recent years, economic recovery has been firm, especially considered with neighbouring constituencies to the north.

The Pontypridd constituency was created in its original form from parts of the old South Glamorganshire & East Glamorganshire constituencies as part of 'The Fourth Reform Act of 1918' which extended voting rights to women over 30 years of age, reduced the qualifying age of Male voters who had served in the Great War to 19 years of age & created the now abolished University constituencies. Part of this bill also effected a 'General Redistribution of Seats' on an 'equitable basis'.[3] It originally included the old Borough & Rural district of Cowbridge (which included Ystradowen, Bonvilston, St Athan, Llantwit Major & Llandow) & the Urban district of Pontypridd plus the then Rural Districts of Llantrisant & Llantwit Fardre.[4] The Constituency remained unchanged from this form until the Third Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review's proposals were implemented in 1983.[5] This removed the Cowbridge Urban & Rural Districts (& placed them in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency & also it removed the communities of Llanharry, Llanharan & Brynna & placed them in the Ogmore constituency. However the communities of Creigiau & Pentyrch were added to the seat at this time, only to be removed again in time for the 2010 General Election. For the 2010 Election the Cilfyndd and Glyncoch electoral divisions were also removed from the seat, and added to the Cynon Valley constituency.[6]


Members of Parliament[edit]

Like many seats in South Wales, Pontypridd has been retained by the Labour party for over 90 years.

Election Member[7] Party
1918 Thomas Arthur Lewis Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1922 by-election Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones Labour
1931 by-election David Lewis Davies Labour
1938 by-election Arthur Pearson Labour
1970 Brynmor John Labour
1989 by-election Dr Kim Howells Labour
2010 Owen Smith Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010a : Pontypridd[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Owen Smith 14,220 38.8 −15.4
Liberal Democrat Mike Powell 11,435 31.2 +11.2
Conservative Lee Gonzalez 5,932 16.2 +4.6
Plaid Cymru Ioan Bellin 2,673 7.3 −3.7
UKIP David Bevan 1,229 3.4 +0.8
Socialist Labour Simon Parsons 456 1.2 N/A
Christian Donald Watson 365 1.0 N/A
Green John Matthews 361 1.0 N/A
Majority 2,785 7.6 −25.7
Turnout 36,671 63.0 −0.2
Labour hold Swing −13.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Pontypridd
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kim Howells 20,919 52.8 −7.1
Liberal Democrat Mike Powell 7,728 19.5 +8.7
Conservative Quentin Edwards 5,321 13.4 +0.1
Plaid Cymru Julie Richards 4,420 11.2 −2.6
UKIP David Bevan 1,013 2.6 +1.0
Communist Robert Griffiths 233 0.6 N/A
Majority 13,191 33.3 −12.8
Turnout 39,634 60.9 +7.5
Labour hold Swing −7.9
General Election 2001: Pontypridd
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kim Howells 22,963 59.9 -3.9
Plaid Cymru Bleddyn Hancock 5,279 13.8 +7.3
Conservative Prudence Dailey 5,096 13.3 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Eric Brooke 4,152 10.8 −2.6
UKIP Sue Warry 603 1.6 N/A
ProLife Alliance Joseph Biddulph 216 0.6 N/A
Majority 17,684 46.1 −4.4
Turnout 38,309 53.4
Labour hold Swing −5.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Pontypridd
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kim Howells 29,290 63.9 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Nigel Howells 6,161 13.4 +4.9
Conservative Jonathan Cowen 5,910 12.9 −7.4
Plaid Cymru Owain Llewelyn 2,977 6.5 −2.6
Referendum Party John Wood 874 1.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Peter Skelly 380 0.8 N/A
Communist Robert Griffiths 178 0.4 N/A
Natural Law Anthony Moore 85 0.2 N/A
Majority 23,129 50.4 +10.0
Turnout 45,855 53.4
Labour hold Swing −0.9
General Election 1992: Pontypridd[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kim Howells 29,722 60.8 +4.5
Conservative Dr Peter D. Donnelly 9,925 20.3 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Professor Delme Bowen 4,448 9.1 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Steve Belzak 4,180 8.5 −10.3
Green Ms. Emma J. Jackson 615 1.3 N/A
Majority 19,797 40.5 +3.6
Turnout 48,890 79.3 +2.5
Labour hold Swing +1.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Pontypridd by-election, 1989
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kim Howells 20,549 53.4 −2.9
Plaid Cymru Sydney Morgan 9,775 25.3 +20.0
Conservative Nigel Evans 5,212 13.5 −6.0
Social and Liberal Democrats Tom Ellis 1,500 3.9 −15.0
Social Democrat Terry Thomas 1,199 3.1 −7.2
Communist David Richards 239 0.6 N/A
Independent David Black 57 0.1 N/A
Majority 10,794 28.0 −8.8
Turnout 38,511 62.0 −19.3
Labour hold Swing −11.5
General Election 1987: Pontypridd[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brynmor John 26,422 56.3 +10.7
Conservative Desmond Swayne 9,145 19.5 −3.4
Social Democratic Peter Sain-Ley-Berry 8,865 18.9 −7.0
Plaid Cymru Professor Delme Bowen 2,498 5.3 +0.7
Majority 17,277 36.8 +17.1
Turnout 46,930b 76.6 +3.9
Labour hold Swing +7.1
General Election 1983c : Pontypridd[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brynmor John 20,188 45.6 −10.4
Social Democratic Richard Langridge 11,444 25.9 N/A
Conservative Richard Evans 10,139 22.9 −6.3
Plaid Cymru Mrs Janet Davies 2,065 4.7 +0.9
Green A.K. Jones 449 1.0 N/A
Majority 8,744 19.8 −7.0
Turnout 44,285d 72.7 −5.4
Labour hold Swing −5.2

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Pontypridd[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brynmor John 32,801 55.97 −0.6
Conservative Michael Clay 17,114 29.21 +8.9
Liberal Hugh Penri-Williams 6,228 10.63 −4.9
Plaid Cymru Alun Roberts 2,200 3.76 −3.8
National Front R.G. Davies 263 0.45 N/A
Majority 15,687 26.77 −9.5
Turnout 58,606h 78.1 +4.3
Labour hold Swing −4.7
General Election October 1974: Pontypridd[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brynmor John 29,302 56.57 +4.6
Conservative Alun Jones 10,528 20.33 −0.8
Liberal Mrs Mary Murphy 8,050 15.55 -2.79
Plaid Cymru Richard Kemp 3,917 7.57 −1.0
Majority 18,774 36.3 +5.4
Turnout 51,797i 73.79 −3.6
Labour hold Swing +2.7
General Election February 1974: Pontypridd[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brynmor John 28,028 51.97 −6.6
Conservative Alun Jones 11,406 21.15 +4.3
Liberal Mrs Mary Murphy 9,889 18.34 +4.2
Plaid Cymru Richard Kemp 4,612 8.56 −1.9
Majority 16,622 30.82 −10.8
Turnout 53,935j 77.40 +3.0
Labour hold Swing −5.4
General Election 1970: Pontypridd[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brynmor John 28,414 58.5 −16.4
Conservative Mr Michael Withers 8,205 16.9 −8.2
Liberal Mrs Mary Murphy 6,871 14.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru Errol Jones 5,059 10.4 N/A
Majority 20,209 41.6 −8.2
Turnout 48,549k 74.39 −0.3
Labour hold Swing −4.1

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Pontypridd[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 30,840 74.9 +3.6
Conservative Kenneth Green-Wanstall 10,325 25.09 −3.6
Majority 20,515 49.8 +7.1
Turnout 41,365l 74.73 −2.1
Labour hold Swing +3.6
General Election 1964: Pontypridd[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 29,533 71.35 +3.2
Conservative Colonel John R. Warrender 11,859 28.65 −3.2
Majority 17,674 42.70 +6.2
Turnout 41,392m 76.86 −4.3
Labour hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Pontypridd[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 29,853 68.20 −2.9
Conservative Sir Brandon Meredith Rhys-Williams 13,896 31.80 +2.9
Majority 15,957 36.50 −5.8
Turnout 43,749n 81.20 +6.3
Labour hold Swing −2.9
General Election 1955: Pontypridd[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 28,881 71.14 −1.1
Conservative Thomas Tyrrell 11,718 28.87 +1.1
Majority 17,163 42.28 −2.2
Turnout 40,599o 74.89 −8.4
Labour hold Swing −1.1
General Election 1951: Pontypridd[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 32,586 72.26 +3.3
Conservative James L Manning 12,511 27.75 +7.6
Majority 20,075 44.52 −4.3
Turnout 45,097p 83.32 −0.9
Labour hold Swing −2.1
General Election 1950: Pontypridd[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 30,945 68.9 +0.3
Conservative T.E.R. Rhys Roberts 9,049 20.2 +2.3
Liberal David C Irwin Lewis 4,895 10.9 −2.6
Majority 21,896 48.78 −1.9
Turnout 44,889q 84.3 +8.3
Labour hold Swing −1.0

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Pontypridd[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearson 27,823 68.62 +8.7
Conservative Capt. Cennydd George Traherne 7,260 17.9 N/A
Liberal John Ellis Williams 5,464 13.5 N/A
Majority 20,563 50.7 +30.8
Turnout 40,547r 76.0 +6.7
Labour hold Swing +15.4

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Pontypridd by-election, 10 February 1938[24]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Pearsone 22,159 59.9 N/A
Liberal National Lady Juliet Evangeline Rhys Williams 14,810 40.1 N/A
Majority 7,349 19.9 N/A
Turnout 36,969 69.3 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1935: Pontypridd[25]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Lewis Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1931: Pontypridd[26]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Lewis Davies 21,751 58.4 −1.5
Liberal National Bernard Acworth 13,937 37.4 N/A
Independent Labour Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones 1,110 3.0 N/A
Independent William Lovell 466 1.3 N/A
Majority 7,814 20.97 −14.7
Turnout 37,264t 78.7 +5.8
Labour hold Swing +2.3
Pontypridd by-election, 19 March 1931[27]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Lewis Davies 20,687 59.89 +6.8
Liberal C Geoffrey H Crawshay 8,368 24.23 −12.5
Conservative David Evans 5,489 15.89 +5.8
Majority 12,319 35.7 +19.3
Turnout 34,544 73.0 −9.0
Labour hold Swing +9.7

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Pontypridd[28]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones 20,835 53.12 −2.8
Liberal John Victor Evans 14,421 36.8 N/A
Conservative Miss May Gordon Williams 3,967 10.1 −34.0
Majority 6,414 16.4 +4.5
Turnout 39,223u 82.0 +2.3
Labour hold Swing +2.3
General Election 1924: Pontypridd[29]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones 18,301 55.93 +1.0
Conservative D J Evans 14,425 44.1 N/A
Majority 3,876 11.9 +2.1
Turnout 32,726v 79.6
Labour hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1923: Pontypridd[30]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones 16,837 54.9 +7.7
Liberal Jon David Rees 13,839 45.1 +19.8
Majority 2,998 9.78 −9.9
Turnout 30,676
Labour hold Swing −6.0
General Election 1922: Pontypridd[31]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones 14,884 47.2 −9.8
National Liberal Sir Rhys Rhys-Williams 8,667 27.5 −15.5
Liberal J.G. Jones 7,994 25.4 N/A
Majority 6,217 19.7 +6.5
Turnout 31,545
Labour hold Swing +2.9
Pontypridd by-election, 25 July 1922[32]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones 16,630 57.0 +14.2
National Liberal Thomas Arthur Lewis 12,550 43.0 −13.1
Majority 4,080 13.19
Turnout 29,180
Labour gain from National Liberal Swing 13.7

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Thomas Arthur Lewis
General Election 1918w : Pontypridd[33]

Electorate 34,778

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Thomas Arthur Lewis 13,327 56.1 N/A
Labour David Lewis Davies 10,152 42.8 N/A
Conservative Arthur Seaton 260 1.1 N/A
Majority 3,175 13.4 N/A
Turnout 23,739 68.3
Coalition Liberal win

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Prior to 2010 the Pontypridd Constituency also consisted of the Cilfynydd, Glyncoch, Creigiau & Pentyrch Wards. The Fifth Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review for Wales placed Cilfynydd & Glyncoch wards in the Cynon Valley (UK Parliament constituency) & the Creigiau & Pentyrch wards in the Cardiff West (UK Parliament constituency). These changes were made & in place for the United Kingdom general election, 2010.
  • b The Total Electorate for the Constituency in June 1987 was 61,255.
  • c In 1983 the Third Periodical Boundary Review report made major changes to the constituency, removing the Cowbridge community & placing it the new Vale of Glamorgan seat & also by removing the Llanharry & Llanharan communities to the Ogmore seat. However, the Pentyrch & Creigiau communities were added to the new seat from the old Barry seat, to give a New seat with nearly 15,000 less electors.
  • d The Total Electorate for the newly reconstituted Constituency in June 1983 was 60,883.
  • e Arthur Pearson's initial selection following a closely contested process at a selection conference at Pontyclun occurred only after several rounds of voting, and he was finally chosen against the prominent local miners' agent W. H. May on 15 January 1938.
  • h The Total Electorate for the Constituency in May 1979 was 75,050, this was & still is the highest recorded electorate so far for the Pontypridd constituency in any of its forms.
  • i The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1974 was 70,200.
  • j The Total Electorate for the Constituency in February 1974 was 69,685.
  • k The Total Electorate for the Constituency in June 1970 was 65,265.
  • l The Total Electorate for the Constituency in March 1966 was 55,088.
  • m The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1964 was 53,859.
  • n The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1959 was 53,903.
  • o The Total Electorate for the Constituency in May 1955 was 54,214.
  • p The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1951 was 54,126.
  • q The Total Electorate for the Constituency in February 1950 was 53,275.
  • r The Total Electorate for the Constituency in July 1945 was 53,346.
  • s The Total Electorate for the Constituency in November 1935 was 48,469.
  • t The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1931 was 47,346.
  • u The Total Electorate for the Constituency in May 1929 was 47,860.
  • v The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1924 was 41,099.
  • w Enacted in the Representation of the People Act 1918 & created from the old East Glamorganshire (which included Pontypridd & the Tonteg/Church Village/Llantwit Fardre areas) & South Glamorganshire (which included the Llantrisant, Tonyrefail, Pontyclun, Llanharry & Cowbridge areas) parliamentary constituencies, the Pontypridd constituency from 1918 to the 1983 UK General Election remained unchanged & consisted of the Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, St Athan, Ystradowen, Llandow & Bonvilston communities plus Pontypridd urban district council plus the Llantrisant(which included Llanharry, Llanharan, Brynna) & Llantwit Fardre rural districts.
  • x The Total Electorate for the Constituency in December 1918 was 34,778.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council Ward figures for 2012 County Council Elections
  2. ^ http://www.bcomm-wales.gov.uk/fifth_review/midglamstatistics_e.pdf
  3. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 8 1918 Election section
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1950, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 55
  5. ^ Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales. February 1983. Cmd.8798.
  6. ^ "Fifth Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales". Stationery Office. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  8. ^ Pontypridd BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Pontypridd
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide June 1987, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Golden Square Page 187
  11. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide June 1983, The Times Newspapers Ltd, St Edmundsbury Press, Bury Page 186
  12. ^ Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales. February 1983 Cmd.8798.
  13. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide May 1979, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Ogle Street, London Page 188
  14. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide October 1974, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 218
  15. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide February 1974, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 207
  16. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1970, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 182
  17. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1966, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 170
  18. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1964, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 202
  19. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1959, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 189
  20. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1955, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 206
  21. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1951, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 182
  22. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1950, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 240
  23. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1945, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 109
  24. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1945, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 109
  25. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 135 1935 section
  26. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 108 1931 section
  27. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 108 1931 section
  28. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 119 1929 section
  29. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 119 1929 section
  30. ^ House of Commons Information Office Email Dated 18 December 2008
  31. ^ House of Commons Information Office Email Dated 18 December 2008
  32. ^ House of Commons Information Office Email Dated 18 December 2008
  33. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 68 1918 Section