Barry (UK Parliament constituency)

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Barry
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
19501983
Number of members one
Replaced by Cardiff South & Penarth and Vale of Glamorgan
Created from Llandaff and Barry

Barry was a parliamentary constituency in Wales which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election. The majority of the electorate (61%) passed to the new Vale of Glamorgan constituency where they formed a majority (76.8%) of this seat. The district of Penarth which formed 23.6% of the constituency joined the majority of the Cardiff SE seat to form the new Cardiff South and Penarth.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Event Member[1] Party
1950 Dorothy Rees Labour
1951 Sir Raymond Gower Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dorothy Mary Rees 20,770 44.48
Conservative M Evans 19,745 42.29
Liberal John Alun Emlyn-Jones 6,180 13.23
Majority 1,025 2.20
Turnout 86.00
General Election 1951: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 24,715 51.73
Labour Dorothy Mary Rees 23,066 48.27
Majority 1,649 3.45
Turnout 86.82
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1955: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 27,085 57.87
Labour Daniel Jones 19,722 42.13
Majority 7,363 15.73
Turnout 83.58
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 30,313 59.32
Labour Dengar Evans 20,790 40.68
Majority 9,523 18.63
Turnout 84.88
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 28,600 54.03
Labour David Ian Marquand 24,334 45.97
Majority 4,266 8.06
Turnout 82.30
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 27,957 51.28
Labour Jeffrey Thomas 26,563 48.72
Majority 1,394 2.56
Turnout 83.63
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 31,957 53.76
Labour John Allison 23,286 39.17
Plaid Cymru Ogwen Williams 4,200 7.07
Majority 8,671 14.59
Turnout 79.21
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 25,326 44.4
Labour J.E. Brooks 19,779 34.7
Liberal J. Lloyd 10,048 17.6
Plaid Cymru V. Wynne-Williams 1,924 3.4
Majority 5,547 9.7
Turnout 82.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Barry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 23,360 43.0
Labour J.E. Brooks 20,457 37.6
Liberal J. Lloyd 8,764 16.1
Plaid Cymru V. Wynne-Williams 1,793 3.3
Majority 2,903 5.3
Turnout 77.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979: Barry[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Raymond Gower 30,720 50.9
Labour P.P. Stead 21,928 36.34
Liberal W.N. Berritt 6,105 10.12
Plaid Cymru A.J. Dixon 1,281 2.12
National Front E.R. Kerton 312 0.52
Majority 8,792 14.57
Turnout 60,349 80.33
Conservative hold Swing

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