Vale of Glamorgan (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°25′44″N 3°21′04″W / 51.429°N 3.351°W / 51.429; -3.351

Vale of Glamorgan
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.
Preserved county South Glamorgan
Electorate 71,585 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Barry, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Alun Cairns (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Barry
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Vale of Glamorgan (Welsh: Bro Morgannwg) is a county constituency in South Wales, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

It is something of a bellwether, having been won by the party with a plurality of seats in every general election since the seat was created in 1983.

Boundaries[edit]

This marginal constituency to the west of Cardiff takes in the Labour-voting seaside resort of Barry and a number of Conservative villages and small towns. There have been some close shaves for both parties here in the past: Conservative Walter Sweeney got home by a mere 19 votes in 1992; and John Smith (namesake of the late previous Labour leader) had a majority of under 2,000 in 2005. John Smith stood down from Parliament due to ill health, and the seat went Conservative at the 2010 election.

Vale of Glamorgan CC consists of the divisions of the Vale of Glamorgan council of Baruc, Buttrills, Cadoc, Castleland, Court, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Dyfan, Gibbonsdown, Illtyd, Llandow/Ewenny, Llantwit Major, Peterston-super-Ely, Rhoose, St. Athan, St. Bride's Major and Wenvoe.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Sir Raymond Gower Conservative
1989 by-election John Smith Labour
1992 Walter Sweeney Conservative
1997 John Smith Labour
2010 Alun Cairns Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Vale of Glamorgan[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alun Cairns 20,341 41.8 +4.4
Labour Alana E. Davies 16,034 32.9 −7.8
Liberal Democrat Eluned Parrott 7,403 15.2 +2.0
Plaid Cymru Ian James Johnson 2,667 5.5 +0.3
UKIP Kevin Mahoney 1,529 3.1 +1.4
Green Rhodri H. Thomas 457 0.9 +0.9
Christian John Harrold 236 0.5 +0.5
Majority 4,307 8.8
Turnout 48,667 69.3 +0.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John William Patrick Smith 19,481 41.2 −4.2
Conservative Alun Cairns 17,673 37.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Hooper 6,140 13.0 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Barry Shaw 2,423 5.1 −1.2
UKIP Richard Suchorzewski 840 1.8 +0.8
Liberal Karl-James Langford 605 1.3 +1.3
Socialist Labour Paul Mules 162 0.3 +0.3
Majority 1,808 3.8
Turnout 47,324 68.9 +2.2
Labour hold Swing −3.3
General Election 2001: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John William Patrick Smith 20,524 45.4 −8.5
Conservative Lady Susan Lilian Inkin 15,824 35.0 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Dewi Hywel Smith 5,521 12.2 +3.0
Plaid Cymru Chris Franks 2,867 6.3 +3.8
UKIP Timothy Niall Warry 448 1.0 N/A
Majority 4,700 10.4
Turnout 45,184 66.7 −13.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John William Patrick Smith 29,054 53.9 +9.6
Conservative Walter Sweeney 18,522 34.4 −9.9
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Suzanne M. Campbell 4,945 9.2 +0.0
Plaid Cymru Mrs. Melanie J. Corp 1,393 2.6 +0.5
Majority 10,532 19.5 N/A
Turnout 53,914 80.0 −1.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.8
General Election 1992: Vale of Glamorgan[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Walter Sweeney 24,220 44.3 −2.4
Labour John William Patrick Smith 24,201 44.3 +9.6
Liberal Democrat David Keith Davies 5,045 9.2 −7.4
Plaid Cymru David B.L. Haswell 1,160 2.1 +0.3
Majority 19 0.0 −12.0
Turnout 54,626 81.9 +2.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

By-election 1989: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John William Patrick Smith 23,342 48.9 +14.2
Conservative Rod Richards 17,314 36.3 −10.5
Social and Liberal Democrats F. Leavers 2,017 4.2 −12.5
Plaid Cymru A. Dixon 1,672 3.5 +1.7
Social Democrat David Keith Davies 1,098 2.3 N/A
Green M. Wakefield 971 2.0 N/A
Protect the Health Service C. Tiarks 847 1.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 266 0.5 N/A
Independent Welsh Socialist E. Roberts 148 0.3 N/A
Corrective Party Lindi St Claire 39 0.1 N/A
Christian Alliance David Black 32 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,028 12.6 N/A
Turnout 47,746 70.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing −12.4
General Election 1987: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 24,229 46.8 −1.2
Labour John William Patrick Smith 17,978 34.7 +8.9
Social Democratic David Keith Davies 8,633 16.7 −7.2
Plaid Cymru Penri Gwyn Williams 946 1.8 −0.5
Majority 6,251 12.1
Turnout 51,786 79.3 +5.1
Conservative hold Swing −5.1
General Election 1983: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 22,241 48.0 N/A
Labour M.E. Sharp 12,028 25.8 N/A
Social Democratic W.A. Evans 11,154 23.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru A.J. Dixon 1,068 2.3 N/A
Majority 10,393 22.2 N/A
Turnout 46,671 74.2 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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 "V" [self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Vale of Glamorgan, Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council - candidates - Vale of Glamorgan
  4. ^ Vale of Glamorgan BBC Election - Vale of Glamorgan
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.