Bedwellty (UK Parliament constituency)

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

Bedwellty was a county constituency in Monmouthshire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.

It was then largely replaced by the new Islwyn constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency consisted of the urban districts of Bedwas and Machen, Bedwellty, Mynyddislwyn and Risca and the civil parish of Rogerstone in St Mellons Rural District.[1] These areas had previously been divided between the West Monmouthshire and South Monmouthshire constituencies.

The House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949 removed Rogerstone into the constituency of Monmouth from 1950. Although there were substantial changes in local government boundaries in 1974, those of the constituency were not altered prior to its abolition in 1983.

The constituency was abolished by the Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) Order 1983, which redistributed Commons seats and aligned boundaries with wards of the districts created by the Local Government Act 1972.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Charles Edwards Labour
1950 Harold Finch Labour
1970 Neil Kinnock Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Islwyn

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bedwellty
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,794 71.35
Conservative Robert John Walter 8,358 20.71
Plaid Cymru T Richards 2,648 6.56
Ecology PM Rout 556 1.38
Majority 20,436 50.64
Turnout 79.59
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bedwellty
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 27,418 70.88
Conservative Peter Leonard Brooke 4,556 11.78
Liberal RG Morgan 3,621 9.36
Plaid Cymru D Mogford 3,086 7.98
Majority 22,862 59.10
Turnout 77.08
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bedwellty
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 26,664 67.06
Conservative Tim Yeo 5,027 12.64
Liberal R Morgan 5,020 12.63
Plaid Cymru A Moore 3,048 7.67
Majority 21,637 54.42
Turnout 79.90
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bedwellty
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,078 74.56
Conservative Paul Marland 5,799 15.40
Plaid Cymru CM Davey 3,780 10.04
Majority 22,279 59.16
Turnout 76.61
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bedwellty

Electorate: 47,630, Voters: 37,121

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards 30,480 82.1
Conservative H L Tett 6,641 17.9
Majority 23,839 64.2
Turnout 77.94
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Bedwellty
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards Unopposed
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1931: Bedwellty
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards Unopposed
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Bedwellty[2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924: Bedwellty[3]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: Bedwellty[4]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1922: Bedwellty[5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Bedwellty[6]

Electorate 30,938

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Edwards 11,730
Liberal
  • William Henry Williams
10,170
Majority
Turnout
Labour win
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schedule 9 to the Representation of the People Act, 1918 (7 & 8 Geo. 5. C.64)
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.