Rhondda West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Rhondda West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1918 (1918)1974 (1974)
Number of members One
Replaced by Rhondda
Created from Rhondda

Rhondda West was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Rhondda district of Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system. Along with Rhondda East it was formed by dividing the old Rhondda constituency.

History[edit]

The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Throughout its existence the constituency included the towns of Treorchy and Tonypandy.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 William Abraham Labour
1920 by-election William John Labour
1950 Iorwerth Thomas Labour
1967 by-election Alec Jones Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Rhondda

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918, Rhondda
William Abraham returned unopposed

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Rhondda West by-election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William John 14,035 58.5 N/A
Coalition Conservative Gwilym Rowlands 9,959 41.5 N/A
Majority 4,076 17.0 N/A
Turnout 23,949 70.2
Labour hold Swing
Rhondda West: 1922 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William John 18,001 62.1 +3.6
Coalition Conservative Gwilym Rowlands 10,990 37.9 -3.6
Majority 7,011 24.2 +7.2
Turnout 28,991 83.7
Labour hold Swing
Rhondda West: 1923 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William John 18,206 65.4 +3.3
Liberal J. R. Jones 9,640 34.6 NA
Majority 8,566 30.8 6.6
Turnout 27,846 78.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924, Rhondda West
William John returned unopposed
Rhondda West: 1929 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William John 23,238 65.1 +0.3
Liberal Ronw Moelwyn Hughes 9,247 25.9 -8.7
Conservative Wilfred A. Prichard 3,210 9.0 NA
Majority 13,991 39.2 8.4
Turnout 35,695 86.7 +8.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Rhondda West: 1931 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William John 23,024 84.3 +19.2
Communist John Leigh Davies 4,296 15.7 NA
Majority 18,728 68.6 21.4
Turnout 27,320 66.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935, Rhondda West
William John returned unopposed

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945, Rhondda West
William John returned unopposed

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

Rhondda West: 1950 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Iorwerth Thomas 27,150 82.4 +2.1
Conservative J. P. Driscoll 3,632 11.0 NA
Plaid Cymru James Kitchener Davies 2,183 6.6 NA
Majority 23,518 71.4 21.4
Turnout 32,965 87.9
Labour hold Swing
Rhondda West: 1951 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Iorwerth Thomas 26,123 81.0 -1.4
Conservative Emrys Simons 3,635 11.3 +0.3
Plaid Cymru James Kitchener Davies 2,467 7.7 +1.1
Majority 22,488 69.7 -1.7
Turnout 32,225 86.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Rhondda West by-election, 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Trevor Alec Jones 12,373 49.0 −27.0
Plaid Cymru Henry V. Davies 10,067 39.9 +31.2
Communist Arthur True 1,723 6.8 −0.6
Conservative Gareth Neale 1,075 4.3 −3.6
Majority 2,306 9.1 −58.3
Turnout 25,238
Labour hold Swing −29.1

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Rhondda West: 1970 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Trevor Alec Jones 18,779 74.8
Plaid Cymru Henry V. Davies 3,528 14.1
Conservative J. D. Morgan 1,610 6.4
Communist Arthur True 1,201 4.8
Majority 15,251 60.7
Turnout 81.4
Labour hold Swing −29.1

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