Abertillery (UK Parliament constituency)

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Abertillery
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members one
Replaced by Blaenau Gwent and Islwyn
Created from West Monmouthshire

Abertillery was a county constituency centred on the town of Abertillery in Monmouthshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system of election. From 1950 up to (and including) 1970, it was the safest Labour seat in the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency consisted of the urban districts of Abercarn, Abertillery and Nantyglo and Blaina.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 William Brace Labour
1920 by-election George Barker Labour
1929 George Daggar Labour
1950 by-election Rev Llewellyn Williams Labour
1965 by-election Albert Clifford Williams Labour
1970 Jeffrey Thomas Labour
1981 SDP
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Brace
General Election 1918: Abertillery[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Brace unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Hay Morgan
Abertillery by-election, 1920[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Barker 15,942 66.4 n/a
Coalition Liberal George Hay Morgan 7,842 33.6 n/a
Majority 7,650 32.8 n/a
Turnout 70.8 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922: Abertillery[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Barker unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Abertillery[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Barker unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Abertillery[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Barker unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1929: Abertillery[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Daggar 20,175 64.5 n/a
Liberal Walter Reynolds Meredith 8,425 26.9 n/a
Unionist Peter John Feilding Chapman-Walker 2,697 8.6 n/a
Majority 11,750 37.6 n/a
Turnout 82.4 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Abertillery[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Daggar unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1935: Abertillery[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Daggar unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

General Election 1939/40:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Abertillery[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Daggar 28,615 86.6 n/a
National John Hayward 4,422 13.4 n/a
Majority 24,193 73.2 n/a
Turnout 81.1 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Abertillery[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Daggar 29,609 87.05
Conservative OJ Lewis 4,403 12.95
Majority 25,206 74.11
Turnout 34,012 84.58
Labour hold Swing
Abertillery by-election, 1950
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Llywelyn Williams 24,622 86.51 -0.54
Conservative Richard Body 3,839 13.49 +0.54
Majority 20,783 73.02 -1.09
Turnout 28,461
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Abertillery[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Llywelyn Williams 29,321 86.94 -0.11
Conservative John Radcliffe 4,404 13.06 +0.11
Majority 24,917 73.88 -0.23
Turnout 33,725 84.04 -0.54
Labour hold Swing -0.11
General Election 1955: Abertillery[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Llywelyn Williams 25,599 82.74 -4.20
Conservative Arthur G Davies 4,081 13.19 +0.13
Welsh Nationalist Trefor Richard Morgan 1,259 4.07 N/A
Majority 21,518 69.55 -4.33
Turnout 30,939 79.11 -4.93
Labour hold Swing -2.17
General Election 1959: Abertillery[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Llywelyn Williams 26,931 85.03 +2.29
Conservative Ronald J Maddocks 4,740 14.97 +1.78
Majority 22,191 70.07 +0.52
Turnout 31,671 81.89 +2.78
Labour hold Swing +0.26

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Abertillery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Llywelyn Williams 24,204 85.90
Conservative Peter Rees 3,973 14.10
Majority 20,231 71.80
Turnout 28,177 75.5
Labour hold Swing
Abertillery by-election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clifford Williams 18,256 78.98 -6.92
Conservative Peter Rees 3,309 14.31 +0.21
Plaid Cymru Edward Merriman 1,551 6.71 N/A
Majority 14,947 64.67 -7.13
Turnout 23,116
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Abertillery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clifford Williams 23,353 88.1 +2.2
Conservative Anthony Peter Wallis 3,151 11.9 −2.2
Majority 20,202 76.2 −0.4
Turnout 26,504 73.4 −2.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Abertillery[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeffrey Thomas 22,819 81.4 −6.7
Conservative John E. Rendle 3,478 12.4 +0.3
Plaid Cymru David B. Harries 1,751 6.2 N/A
Majority 19,341 69.0
Turnout 28,048 75.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Abertillery[21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeffrey Thomas 20,068 70.3 −11.1
Plaid Cymru William Aneurin Richards 3,119 10.9 +4.7
Conservative Neil Hamilton 2,730 9.6 −2.8
Liberal Hugh Westcott Clark 2,632 9.2 N/A
Majority 16,949 59.4
Turnout 28,549 78.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Abertillery[21][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeffrey Thomas 20,835 76.9 +5.6
Plaid Cymru William Aneurin Richards 2,480 9.0 −1.9
Conservative Pamela Joan Evelyn Larney 2,364 8.6 −1.0
Liberal Hugh Westcott Clark 1,779 6.5 −2.7
Majority 18,355 66.9
Turnout 27,458 75.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Abertillery[21][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeffrey Thomas 21,698 76.0 +0.1
Conservative Ralph Tuck 4,613 16.2 +7.5
Plaid Cymru David Brian Harries 2,248 7.9 −1.2
Majority 17,085 59.8
Turnout 28,559 80.2
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schedule 9 of the Representation of the People Act, 1918 (7 & 8 Geo. 5 c.64)
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  10. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  12. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1950". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
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  14. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
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  16. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results May 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
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  18. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
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  20. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Politics Resources. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c "'Abertillery', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Politics Resources. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "UK General Election results October 1974". Politics Resources. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "UK General Election results 1979". Politics Resources. Retrieved 15 March 2016.