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, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[1]
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]

On its creation in 1918 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.[2] 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 1910s[edit]

Williams
General Election 1918: Bedwellty[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards 11,730 53.56 N/A
Liberal
  • William Henry Williams
10,170 46.44 N/A
Majority 1,560 7.12 N/A
Turnout 21,900 70.79 N/A
Registered electors 30,938
Labour win (new seat)
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Bedwellty[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards 17,270 63.02 +9.46
Unionist C.E. Bagram 10,132 36.98 N/A
Majority 7,138 26.05
Turnout 27,402 81.21 +10.42
Registered electors 33,741
Labour hold Swing +9.46
General Election 1923: Bedwellty [3][4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards 17,564 67.55 +4.53
Liberal William Henry Williams 8,436 32.45 N/A
Majority 9,128 35.1 +9.05
Turnout 26,000 74.18 -7.03
Registered electors 35,051
Labour hold Swing +4.53
General Election 1924: Bedwellty [3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards Unopposed
Labour hold
Registered electors 35,909
General Election 1929: Bedwellty [3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards 26,021 78.95 N/A
Unionist Hubert Geoffrey Griffith 6,936 21.05 N/A
Majority 19,085 57.9 N/A
Turnout 32,957 74.86 N/A
Registered electors 44,023
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Bedwellty[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards Unopposed
Labour hold
Registered electors 44,432
General Election 1935: Bedwellty[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards Unopposed
Labour hold
Registered electors 45,328

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bedwellty[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Edwards 30,480 82.11 N/A
Conservative H L Tett 6,641 17.89 N/A
Majority 23,839 64.22 N/A
Turnout 37,121 77.80 N/A
Registered electors 47,716
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Bedwellty [7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Josiah Finch 31,329 83.38 +1.27
Conservative RC Pitman 6,247 16.62 -1.27
Majority 25,082 66.75 +2.53
Turnout 37,576 85.49 +7.69
Registered electors 43,954
Labour hold Swing +1.27
General Election 1951: Bedwellty [7][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Josiah Finch 31,582 83.28 -0.10
Conservative John Smith 6,339 16.72 +0.10
Majority 25,243 66.57 -0.18
Turnout 37,921 85.37 -0.12
Registered electors 44,417
Labour hold Swing -0.10
General Election 1955: Bedwellty [7][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Josiah Finch 30,104 82.44 -0.84
Conservative James Sidney Rawdon Scott-Hopkins 6,412 17.56 +0.84
Majority 23,692 64.88 -1.69
Turnout 36,516 81.59 -3.78
Registered electors 44,753
Labour hold Swing -0.84
General Election 1959: Bedwellty [7][14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Josiah Finch 30,697 81.83 -0.61
Conservative Charles James Cox 6,817 18.17 +0.61
Majority 23,880 63.66 -1.22
Turnout 37,514 83.57 +1.98
Registered electors 44,890
Labour hold Swing -0.61

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Bedwellty [7][16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Josiah Finch 29,425 83.51 +1.68
Conservative Charles James Cox 5,810 16.49 -1.68
Majority 23,615 67.02 +3.36
Turnout 35,235 79.11 -4.46
Registered electors 44,538
Labour hold Swing +1.68
General Election 1966: Bedwellty [7][18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Josiah Finch 29,723 86.25 +2.74
Conservative Nigel Williams 4,739 13.75 -2.74
Majority 24,984 72.50 +5.48
Turnout 34,462 76.68 -2.43
Registered electors 44,944
Labour hold Swing +.274

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Bedwellty[7][20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,078 74.56 -11.69
Conservative Paul Marland 5,799 15.40 +1.65
Plaid Cymru CM Davey 3,780 10.04 N/A
Majority 22,279 59.16 -13.34
Turnout 37,657 76.61 -0.07
Registered electors 49,157
Labour hold Swing -6.67
General Election February 1974: Bedwellty[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 26,664 67.06 -7.5
Conservative Tim Yeo 5,027 12.64 -2.76
Liberal R Morgan 5,020 12.63 N/A
Plaid Cymru A Moore 3,048 7.67 -2.37
Majority 21,637 54.42 -4.74
Turnout 39,759 79.90 +3.29
Registered electors 49,758
Labour hold Swing -2.37
General Election October 1974: Bedwellty[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 27,418 70.88 +3.82
Conservative Peter Leonard Brooke 4,556 11.78 -0.86
Liberal RG Morgan 3,621 9.36 -3.27
Plaid Cymru D Mogford 3,086 7.98 +0.31
Majority 22,862 59.10 +4.68
Turnout 38,681 77.08
Registered electors 50,183
Labour hold Swing -2.82
General Election 1979: Bedwellty[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,794 71.35 +0.47
Conservative Robert John Walter 8,358 20.71 +8.93
Plaid Cymru T Richards 2,648 6.56 -1.42
Ecology PM Rout 556 1.38 N/A
Majority 20,436 50.64 -8.46
Turnout 40,356 79.59 +2.51
Registered electors 50,708
Labour hold Swing -4.00

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Schedule 9 to the Representation of the People Act, 1918 (7 & 8 Geo. 5. C.64)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
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  6. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif 1885-1997, Beti Jones
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