Bridgend (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Bridgend (Assembly constituency).

Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 3°34′52″W / 51.507°N 3.581°W / 51.507; -3.581

Bridgend
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bridgend in Wales.
Preserved county Mid Glamorgan
Population 79,873 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 59,533 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlements Bridgend
Porthcawl
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Madeleine Moon (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Aberavon and Ogmore
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales West
European Parliament constituency Wales

Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr in Welsh) is a parliamentary constituency created in 1983 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Madeleine Moon of the Labour Party.[n 1]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Borough of Ogwr wards numbers 1, 2, 12 to 16, 18, and 20 to 23.[jargon]

1997-2010: The Borough of Ogwr wards of Brackla, Cefn Cribwr, Coity Higher, Cornelly, Coychurch Lower, Laleston, Morfa, Newcastle, Newcastle Higher, Oldcastle, Porthcawl East, Porthcawl West, Pyle, and St Bride’s Major.

2010–present: The Bridgend County Borough electoral divisions of Brackla; Bryntirion, Laleston and Merthyr Mawr; Cefn Glas; Coity; Cornelly; Coychurch Lower; Litchard; Llangewydd and Brynhyfryd; Morfa; Newcastle; Newton; Nottage; Oldcastle; Pendre; Pen-y-fai; Porthcawl East Central; Porthcawl West Central; Pyle; and Rest Bay.

History[edit]

Summary of results

The 2015 result gave the seat the 19th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[3] The Bridgend constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Ogmore & Aberavon. It has to date elected candidates from the Labour Party save for electing the Conservative candidate Hubbard-Miles at the 1983 election 'landslide' election. An absolute Labour majority occurred in Bridgend in three successive elections, 1997, 2001 and 2005.

Other opposition parties

Since 2001, inclusive, two non-Labour, non-Conservative candidates at each election have kept their deposits, winning greater than or equal to 5% of the vote. In 2011 UKIP and Plaid Cymru were the parties of the two such candidates.

Turnout

Turnout has ranged between a high of 80.5%, in 1992, and a low of 59.2% in 2005.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4][5] Party
1983 Peter Hubbard-Miles Conservative
1987 Win Griffiths Labour
2005 Madeleine Moon Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bridgend[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 14,624 37.1 +0.7
Conservative Meirion Jenkins 12,697 32.2 +1.8
UKIP Caroline Jones 5,911 15.0 +12.9
Plaid Cymru James Christopher Radcliffe [9] 2,784 7.1 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Anita Dawn Davies [10] 1,648 4.2 −18.4
Independent Les Tallon Morris 763 1.9 N/A
Green Tony White 736 1.9 N/A
TUSC Aaron David 118 0.3 N/A
Pirate David A Elston 106 0.3 N/A
National Front Adam John Lloyd 66 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,927 4.9 −1.0
Turnout 39,453 65.8 +0.5
Labour hold Swing −0.5
General Election 2010: Bridgend[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 13,931 36.3 −6.6
Conservative Helen Baker 11,668 30.4 +5.4
Liberal Democrat Wayne Morgan 8,658 22.6 +0.5
Plaid Cymru Nicholas Thomas 2,269 5.9 −1.0
BNP Brian Urch 1,020 2.7 N/A
UKIP Dave Fulton 801 2.1 +0.9
Majority 2,263 5.9
Turnout 38,347 65.3 +5.6
Labour hold Swing −6.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bridgend[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 16,410 43.3 −9.2
Conservative Helen Baker 9,887 26.1 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Paul Warren 7,949 21.0 +6.6
Plaid Cymru Gareth Clubb 2,527 6.7 −0.5
Green Jonathan Spink 595 1.6 N/A
UKIP Kunnathur Rajan 491 1.3 N/A
Majority 6,523 17.2
Turnout 37,859 59.2 −1.0
Labour hold Swing −5.0
General Election 2001: Bridgend[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 19,423 52.5 −5.6
Conservative Mrs. Tania Alexandra Teofana Beatrice Brisby 9,377 25.3 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Jean Barraclough 5,330 14.4 +2.9
Plaid Cymru Mrs. Monica Emma Mahoney 2,653 7.2 +3.4
ProLife Alliance Mrs. Sara Hazel Jeremy 223 0.6 N/A
Majority 10,046 27.2
Turnout 37,006 60.2 −12.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bridgend[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 25,115 58.1 +6.8
Conservative David Thomas Charles Davies 9,867 22.8 −12.9
Liberal Democrat Andrew Mckinlay 4,968 11.5 +1.2
Referendum Tudor Greaves 1,662 3.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru Dennis R. Watkins 1,649 3.8 +1.0
Majority 15,248 35.2
Turnout 43,261 72.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Bridgend[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 24,143 51.3 +3.7
Conservative David A. Unwin 16,817 35.7 −2.3
Liberal Democrat David Mills 4,827 10.3 −1.9
Plaid Cymru Alun Lloyd Jones 1,301 2.8 +0.5
Majority 7,326 15.6 +6.0
Turnout 47,088 80.5 −0.1
Labour hold Swing +3.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bridgend[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 21,893 47.5 +12.3
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 17,513 38.0 −0.4
Social Democratic Russell Smart 5,590 12.1 −11.1
Plaid Cymru Laura McAllister 1,065 2.3 −0.9
Majority 4,380 9.5
Turnout 46,061 80.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.8
General Election 1983: Bridgend[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 15,950 38.4 N/A
Labour John A. Fellows 14,623 35.2 N/A
Social Democratic Russell Smart 9,630 23.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru Keith Bush 1,312 3.2 N/A
Majority 1,327 3.2 N/A
Turnout 41,515 77.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

References
  1. ^ "Bridgend: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  4. ^ "Bridgend 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bridgend and Ogmore results". Elections. Bridgend County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/W07000073
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  10. ^ "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Bridgend BBC Election - Bridgend
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
Notes
  1. ^ The people of Bridgend return one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post voting system for its county constituency, an arcane and weakened distinction, which determines its election expenses and type of returning officer.

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